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The Singlecut King of Northern VA
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Alright, he is a pretty funny dude and very humble and you can tell he really cares for his fans, here is the letter.

Hey everyone….

Your old pal, Dave here. Been a while, eh? It’s been one hell of a year, that’s for sure. Looks like we’ve got some serious catching up to do! Hmmm, let’s see…..where do I begin?

Drumroll, please….

The funniest thing happened to me the other day in Sweden!

Two songs into our set at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, I made a mad dash to the right of the stage during MONKEY WRENCH to shred some tasty licks for the kids up front. It was a beautiful night, beautiful stadium, 52,000 screaming people….dream gig! Well….wait for it….I definitely shredded something (ZING!) Wound up feet first over the Edge (pun intended), dropping about 12 feet, dislocating my ankle and snapping my fibula like an old pair of take out chopsticks. Whoopsie daisy. Not good. Without realizing the extent of my injuries, I stood up to get back onstage and crumbled like a sack of Joe Theismanns (look it up, kiddies). That shit was B-R-O-K-E.

As I lay there on my back, I just thought, “Are you kidding me? We haven’t even gotten to the screamy bit of the song and the gig is fucking OVER?” So, I asked for a microphone and told the audience I’d get fixed up and come right back to finish the show ASAP. Shock? Probably. But, I couldn’t stand the thought of such a perfect night going to waste! I looked at our drummer Taylor and said, “Bust out some Chevy Metal covers while they fix me up!” So, as the band kicked in to “Stay With Me” by The Faces, the medics poured me onto a stretcher, took me off to the side, cut my favorite pants off (so bummed) and popped my ankle back into place. I asked if I could get back onstage to finish the show, but they said I needed a cast (which was 20 minutes away at the hospital) to hold my ankle in place. So I looked my EMT, Johan in the eyes and said “Well, then you’re coming up there with me right now and holding it in place until they can bring the cast here. Ready?” He stared at me wide-eyed for a second and said, “OK, lets’ go…”

I don’t know who was more scared, me or Johan. 5 minutes later, I don’t know who was having more fun, me or Johan. (I actually looked at him in between songs and said “This is pretty fun, isn’t it?” He smiled and nodded yes.)

Like clockwork, the cast arrived, I walked offstage for a song or two as they put it on me, and then came back to finish the gig. Let’s just say that singing our song “Walk” with a straight face was pretty goddamned hard. “These Days” was a good one, too. (Easy for you to say! Your leg has never been broken!) All in all, it was without a doubt the single most bizarre Foo Fighters show in the entire 20 years of being a band. Hands down. What seemed like a tragedy at first turned into a triumph, and we all walked away with a new sense of appreciation for what we’ve got…

Straight to the hospital for x-rays, where we finally saw the extent of the damage. That’s when things got really real. I was told I needed surgery to fix the break. I decided to fly back to London and find a doctor that could see me ASAP. (Thanks for the recommendation, Paul!) An MRI and a few x-rays later, we set a date and prepared for the operation.

Operation went well. Had a great team and nice stay in hospital. Good curry, too! Thank you to everyone involved.

So….here I am, recovering with 6 metal screws in my leg, thinking about a lifetime of holding up TSA lines from here to Kalamazoo….damn.

Here’s the not so witty bit…….My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while. The most important thing now is for me to recover from the surgery, to keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection/complication that could do long term damage. I’m not out of the woods yet, folks…

Which means, and it kills me to say it…..the doctors have told us to cancel shows. I’m really so sorry, guys. You know I hate to do it, but I’m afraid it’s just not physically possible for me at the moment. We’re doing our best right now to work out a plan, so bear with us. You know we’re good for our word. But for now, I need to make sure we have YEARS of gigs ahead of us….

You have always stood by our band, and we will always stand by you. Like I say at every show, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you guys. And I mean that. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I will do everything I can to come back and give you a night to remember for the rest of your lives AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Until then…my sincerest apologies.

Your friend, Dave

PS…….Kanye…..Imma let you have this one….. (In reference to not being able to co-headline at Glastonbury)
 

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That's a nice letter. I can imagine fans will be bummed, but I find it hard to imagine anyone being mad at Dave over that.
 

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Is Actually Recording
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It's hard to imagine ANYONE not liking Dave Grohl. his bands, past and current, sure... But he's just a dude who loves playing music, and it shows.
 

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^I'm pretty sure he paid tribute to Holy Diver on one of their recent albums too.

I mean, there is pretty much no way 1:30 is a coincidence.

 

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^ I remember first hearing that song on the radio and thinking, "Did someone cover Holy Diver?"
 

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The Singlecut King of Northern VA
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With that being said, Dave is a big metal head but also loves the classics. I guess I am in the minority because I loved Nirvana, but then again I have a wide love of music and listen to stuff most on this board have never heard of or would not even listen to.

I just love how he took a bad situation and put some humor into it, I bet it would be a fun night just hanging out with him shooting the shit about music and gear.
 

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Dave is a hoot. Wishing him a speedy recovery. Maybe he'll channel the experience into yet more great tunes. :yesway:
 

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I have EXCELLENT tickets to the show at CitiField on July 15, just me and Mrs. I don't think she'll be too pleased :(
 

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I dont know what i'd like more; to see the foo fighters, or to hang out with dave grohl for an evening instead.
 

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The Singlecut King of Northern VA
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They put on a kick ass show, however I preferred their live tone better when he was using the Mesa Roadkings, but not much you can do even rock starts go on tone searches and change things up.
 

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They put on a kick ass show, however I preferred their live tone better when he was using the Mesa Roadkings, but not much you can do even rock starts go on tone searches and change things up.
I think I'd be too caught up in the experience to worry about the tone - based on the fact that you know it's gonna sound good.
 

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I dont know what i'd like more; to see the foo fighters, or to hang out with dave grohl for an evening instead.
I absolutely know which I'd prefer - to hang out with Grohl for an evening, preferably somewhere we could jam.
 

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I know some folks have issues with Dave Grohl, but I'm not one of them. I wasn't a Nirvana fan, but I do like Foo Fighters and if I had my druthers, I'd spend the evening just chatting with him and the guys.
 

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I was a mediocre Nirvana fan. I like a few of their tunes, but I stayed away from the whole Seattle thing except for a few notables. Same with Foo Fighters. I dig a bunch of their tunes, but its outside my rotation of listening. But Dave really seems like a great dude. I would love to have a few beers with him and shoot the shit. The Garage Tour, the Sound City thing, the making the album in his garage because he can thing all screams of someone that way way way deep down just loves music in its purest form. I could totally see him toiling away in the club scene until the earth cooled if he didn't make it just because he loves music and playing .
 

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The Singlecut King of Northern VA
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Just watch a video, amazing he is still having a great time even sitting there with how messed up his ankle is.

 
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