Jimi Hendrix expanded the physical limitations of guitar solos by plucking the strings with his teeth. Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) achieved comedy-rock glory by cranking out dual-guitar noise with his foot. Now Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has secured his place in that mighty lineage by ripping out a distorted axe break on his broken leg.
Grohl debuted his cast-powered solo during Foo Fighters’ July 6th show in Camden, New Jersey. The leggy guitar romp kicks off around the 1:10 mark of the above clip, during a high-voltage performance of Sonic Highways track “Outside.” After repositioning his appendage, Grohl rubs the axe back and forth across his toes, smiling like a demented mad science as the whirring din crescendos.
“That was the first time I’ve ever done the fucking cast solo. Is that okay?” Grohl asked the audience. “Do you like that cast solo? I haven’t done that yet. What do you think, Camden, should I keep that cast solo? Looks like I’m doing it in Toronto.”
The injury occurred last month during a Foo show in Gothenburg, Sweden, when Grohl took a scary tumble off the stage. Instead of calling it quits like a mortal rocker, he took an hour-long hospital break and returned for an additional two-and-a-half hour set.
The broken leg forced the band to cancel a handful of European concerts – including a spot at the Glastonbury Festival. But the band still performed at their Fourth of July, 20th anniversary gig in Washington D.C. As part of the show, Grohl head-banged on top of his custom-designed throne (which he dreamt up while laid out in the hospital high on Oxycontin).
“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,” the musician said in a statement announcing the concert cancelations. “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.”