Axl Rose broke his foot during when he slipped onstage while singing “Mr. Brownstone” during the Guns N’ Roses’ exclusive reunion club show last Friday April 1 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, according to TMZ.
Rose had surgery this past week to repair the fracture. The singer tweeted: “This is what can happen when you do something you haven’t done in nearly over 23 years, ‘Internal Fixation‘”.
This is what can happen when you do something you haven't done in nearly over 23 years,"Internal Fixation" (ง'̀-'́)ง https://t.co/jFTz3MQw82
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) April 8, 2016
“Axl sustained a fracture of the fifth metatarsal, which is one of the bones in his foot,” explains Santa Monica-based foot and ankle specialist Dr. Rachel Triche in a video linked from GNR’s social media accounts. “Axl underwent what we call an open reduction internal fixation where we go in and put the bone pieces back together and realign them. We placed a plate and screws in order to hold them in place while it’s healing.
“Right now he’s in a cast and we’re limiting how much weight he can put on it. He’s having his set designed for the stage so he can still perform for everyone. He will be limiting the weight on the front part of the foot for about four weeks and we’ll let him gradually progress from there so we can get him back to his stage-ready action.”
However, Axl Rose wasn’t going to let a little thing like a broken foot stop him from playing the first proper show on Guns N’ Roses‘ Not in This Lifetime reunion tour last Saturday.
So as Guns N’ Roses’ introductory music played just prior to their first song at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Rose was suddenly wheeled onto this stage aboard the same gigantic metal throne Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters used last year after breaking his leg by falling off the stage during a June show in Sweden.
It was revealed earlier Friday that Rose broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot, and has had a plate and screws inserted to aid the healing process. Before the seventh song in Saturday’s set (a fantastic version of “Rocket Queen”), Rose thanked Grohl and also professed to have nothing to do with the fact that the throne’s distinctive red “FF” logo was temporarily covered up.
Sure enough, when he returned for the encore the cover was removed, proving this was indeed the very same throne Grohl used. Rose once again thanked the Foo Fighters’ frontman, remarked “I could see how you could get used to this,” and cracked up very noticeably after singing the “I sit here on this chair..” line in “Patience”.