Dave Grohl might've hung in and kept right on jamming after snapping his fibula "like an old pair of takeout chopsticks" in Gothenburg, Sweden on Friday (June 12), but his doctors have officially pulled the plug on the Foo Fighters' European Tour dates. So the show, unfortunately, must not go on.
And Grohl, who played through the pain mere minutes after the fall which also dislocated his ankle, has written a personal letter of apology to the band's disappointed fans as a token of consolation. And in it, he managed to squeeze in a well-played Kanye West joke.
In the note, Grohl first relived his experience receiving the vicious injury. (Spoiler: It was rough stuff.)
Thank you Gothenburg. That was amazing. pic.twitter.com/BXvuxIfVEv— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) June 12, 2015
"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 ... I definitely shredded something (ZING!) Wound up feet first over the Edge (pun intended), dropping about 12 feet," he wrote. "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 sh-t was B-R-O-K-E."
He then explained how it was that he ended up back on the stage after such a spill, even against the advice of his attending medics.
"I just thought, 'Are you kidding me? We haven't even gotten to the screamy bit of the song and the gig is f--king OVER?'" he wrote. "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, let's go.'"
Go they did. And, until he had to get up and leave the stage at least, it was a blast. Although, he did make sure to note "that singing [their] song 'Walk' with a straight face was pretty godd---ed hard."
After that, his hospital x-rays revealed he'd need surgery, so he was flown to London for his operation, which he reports "went well," and now he is in recovery -- "with 6 metal screws in my leg, thinking about a lifetime of holding up TSA lines from here to Kalamazoo."
He even shared a pic of his new hardcore hardware.
In the meantime, he and the band have to call off the shows they'd had scheduled in the UK and Belgium -- including the Glastonbury Festival, which they were supposed to headline alongside Kanye West.
So, after doling out his "sincerest apologies" for the interruption in plans, Dave closed the note with this joke at Ye's expense: "PS... Kanye... Imma let you have this one..."