Dave Grohl fell off stage and broke his leg—but that didn’t stop him from playing

Dave Grohl did not let a broken leg get the best, the best, the best of him.


Josh Katzowitz


Published Jun 13, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 2:29 pm CDT

New rule for those who surround Dave Grohl before he takes the stage: Nobody mention anything about breaking a leg, because the Foo Fighters lead singer/guitarist might just go ahead and do it.

It all started as a regular Friday evening in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Foo Fighters were rocking, and the band had launched into “Monkey Wrench,” its second song of the set. Then, with an amped-up Grohl roaming near the front of the stage, this happened.

So, that looked painful. Perhaps even more hurtful, the band kept right on playing after its leader fell to earth. There was good reason for the pain, because Grohl ended up breaking his leg.

But then, something amazing happened. Grohl told the crowd that he’d return to the gig after he went to the hospital to check his leg.

“I think I just broke my leg again. I think I really broke my leg,” Grohl told the stadium crowd before he was stretchered away, according to Blabbermouth. “So you have my promise, right now, that the Foo Fighters, we’re going to come back and finish the show. But right now… I’m going to go to the hospital, I’m going to fix my leg, but then I’m going to come back, and we’re going to play for you again.”

And he did.

The original problem, according to Grohl, was that he was just too damn excited.

Then the band ripped into “All My Life,” with Grohl sitting on a chair with his leg propped up and his little toes poking through the bottom of his cast.

It’s unclear how his leg will affect upcoming shows—the Foo Fighters are scheduled for a Dutch festival on Sunday, and the band is set to play two Wembley Stadium shows in London next week. But major kudos to Grohl for coming right off the disabled list and finishing the show. The dude is a true rock star.

Screengrab via jontebus/YouTube

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*First Published: Jun 13, 2015, 12:14 pm CDT