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Childish Gambino fractured his foot at Wild Splash; what other notable onstage injuries have occurred in Tampa Bay?




Your humble Soundcheck editor had to miss Childish Gambino's performance a couple of weeks ago at Wild Splash 2012 in Clearwater. Too bad, because the rapper apparently delivered a fairly newsworthy set.

Childish Gambino -- a.k.a. comic and Community star Donald Glover -- announced he would be postponing a series of dates because: 

This past Saturday I fractured my foot on stage in Tampa during a performance and was rushed to the emergency room. The doctors say that if I stay off of my foot for a couple weeks and wear this boot, there’s a good chance they can avoid surgery and start performing again soon. I’m really upset by the timing of this.

That's odd, because Soundcheck had not one but two correspondents at Wild Splash 2012, and both said they saw no indication that anything was amiss during Glover's performance. (One thought he "killed it," the other said his set was "very tame. Kinda boring actually.") Maybe Glover is just a pro's pro who doesn't let fans see the pain inside him. That's what comics do, right?

Anyway, this whole thing got us to thinking: What other notable concert-related injuries have occurred in Tampa Bay over the years? A few came to mind:

-- In 1977, Patti Smith was opening for Bob Seger at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa when she fell off the stage, breaking two vertebrae in her neck and sidelining her for several months. It was during her recovery that she recorded her biggest hit, the Bruce Springsteen-penned Because The Night.

-- During a sold-out concert at the St. Pete Times Forum in 2005, Paul McCartney fell through a trapdoor in the stage, according to various reports. He suffered minor injuries to his back and neck, but managed to finish the show in pain.

-- The rock group Blue October has an extremely checkered history in Tampa Bay, but the lowest point came in 2006. During a concert at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, singer Justin Furstenfeld was running the basepaths when he slipped on home plate, tearing ligaments in his knee and putting him in a wheelchair right as hit single Hate Me was taking off. "Every time I come to Tampa I hurt myself," he later said.

-- In 2010, Billy Corgan passed out during a performance of Bullet With Butterfly Wings at a Smashing Pumpkins concert at the Ritz Ybor. (You can kind of see it in this video.) Yours truly happened to be at that show, and did not even notice it -- that's how quickly Corgan was back on his feet. But afterward, he tweeted, "that wasn't a stage move or clumsiness, that was me blacking out and wiping out. I have no memory of falling against the drum riser and my guitar cabinet, but I can tell you I've got quite a good bruise + am moving slow." And the whole Internet picked up on it. Fair enough, but we were there, and we can tell you the incident didn't interrupt the flow of the show at all.

-- And let's not forget the singers who managed to shine despite their injuries -- Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, who performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2009 with a bloody open wound on his knee; and All American Rejects singer Tyson Ritter, who rocked the Ford Amphitheatre in a wheelchair in 2009.

What else? We're sure you guys know a few good, gruesome local concert injuries. Let's hear 'em in the comments!

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 5:17pm]


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