One of the perks of being in a rock band is the opportunity to travel the world and entertain your fans in exotic locations. Of course, the downside of all that traveling is that you are susceptible to every nasty virus, bug and epidemic the globe has to offer, not to mention exhaustion and a good chance of serious injury.
And so, we give you a shockingly long list of the recent walking wounded.
» Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler: The 61-year-old front man of the veteran hard rockers took a tumble of a stage in South Dakota last week and though no official word has been given on what injuries he sustained, they are rumored to include a broken collarbone.
» Kasabian singer Tom Meighan: The leader of the techno-rocking British band has been quarantined after being diagnosed with swine flu in the midst of the band’s current Far East swing.
» Placebo’s Brian Molko: The gender-bending singer reportedly fainted onstage at the Summer Sonic show in Japan on Sunday and was carried offstage after suffering from an unexplained virus he picked up on the road.
» Jet’s Nic Cester: The vocalist for the retro rockers collapsed not once, but twice during a gig at the Hard Rock Cafe in London on Monday, joking from the stage about suffering from the swine flu. In reality, he was treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis, acute vomiting and dehydration.
» Crystal Castles’ Alice Glass: The electro-punk band’s live wire singer gave her usual spazz-tastic performance in Los Angeles last week at the out-of-control Hard Summer event and reportedly suffered a concussion when she got kicked in the head by a riot cop, though her manager later denied the report. She looked fine to us a few days later at Lollapalooza.
» No Age guitarist Randy Randall: We know Randy was not well because we interviewed him at Lollapalooza, where his left arm was in a serious sling after he suffered a dislocated shoulder during a dance-off at a gig in Milwaukee.
» Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan: After undergoing surgery to remove a malignant tumor on his bladder earlier in the band’s summer tour, the veteran synth pop band’s singer was sidelined again this week when a show at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California was canceled after doctors ordered complete vocal rest for 48 hours.