The music world hasn’t been having the best of luck so far in 2015, has it? In February I wrote about the sheer number of musicians leaving bands, which really shook up the alternative music community. Now, however, there’s a slightly more worrying trend: more and more musicians are injuring themselves on stage. This isn’t just limited to rock, punk or alternative musicians, so let’s take a look back at some of the more memorable musician injuries of 2015 so far.
It all started with Madonna in February, who suffered whiplash on stage at the BRIT Awards. The costume of her backing dancers caught on her cape which she was unable to untie, leading to her being pulled over backwards by her neck. Ouch.
In April, at the legendary Coachella Festival, Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine jumped off stage a little too energetically, breaking her foot in the process. She hopes that she’ll be recovered in time to perform at Glastonbury later this month.
In May, U2’s The Edge fell off stage while performing in Vancouver. In this video shared by The Telegraph, it appears he simply mis-judged his step and walked right off stage. It’s good to know that even big-shot musicians can make mistakes and be clumsy, right?
And now for the icing on the cake. Last Friday, during a concert in Sweden, Foo Fighers frontman Dave Grohl fell off stage two songs into the set, resulting in a broken leg. Ever a trooper, after being rushed off to hospital Grohl returned and the band were able to complete the set.
Following the injury Foo Fighters cancelled two further dates of their Sonic Highways Tour, however it is currently unknown whether they will cancel their Wembley Arena dates on the 19th and 20th of June, or their set at Glastonbury. Now, I’m well aware I’m biased as I have a ticket to see the band perform on the 19th, but I really hope the concert isn’t cancelled! Whatever happens, though, Grohl’s health comes first, and I’ll respect whatever decision the band makes.
That was the run-down of the most noticeable injured musicians so far in 2015. Let’s hope this trend doesn’t continue!