Foo Fighters wrapped up the first leg of their North American tour on Sunday night (July 19th) with the second of two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, and in keeping with the guests that the band has invited onstage at previous shows, frontman Dave Grohl brought up Godsmack‘s Sully Erna and someone a bit more unusual: Grohl’s orthopedic surgeon. Midway through the set, Dr. Lew C. Schon came onstage to lead a rendition of White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”
Grohl told the crowd prior to Schon’s appearance that the doctor was “the man that made it possible for me to get onstage and play a show tonight,” adding, “He came to my hotel room today and he f**king checked out my leg and he said, ‘You can rock Fenway tonight’ and I said, ‘Lou, so can you.’”
Schon has been instrumental in Grohl’s healing process as he recovers from a nasty broken leg sustained in a fall from a stage in Sweden last month.
“Unfortunately in the heat of the moment, I wasn’t really thinking about anything but rockin’ Sweden’s ass off, and I think we were doing that for the first seven-and-a-half minutes. And then the show came to an abrupt halt as I went over the edge. I’m surprised that this hasn’t happened before, to be honest.”
Grohl has played this stretch of North American dates while seated on a light-up throne with his leg in first a cast and then a removable boot.
Grohl called his doctor a “badass” after the surgeon’s appearance onstage. The Foos were later joined for a cover of Alice Cooper‘s “School’s Out” by Erna, who is a New England native.
Foo Fighters kicked off the North American trek with an all-star 20th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C. on July 4th. Subsequent shows have seen the band welcome surprise guests like Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and members of Bad Brains.
The Foos head next to South Korea and Japan for a handful of shows before beginning the second leg of the North American jaunt on August 12th in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We’ll see if Grohl will be on his feet for that run of shows or if the throne will still be in use.