Cage the Elephant’s Jared Champion’s appendix burst Monday night. Luckily, Dave Grohl was nearby, available to help.
The always awesome Foo Fighters leader didn’t actually perform any medical procedures on the Kentucky rocker, but he offered to fill in for the drummer at the band’s show in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Maverick Center (Cage are currently the opening act on the Foos’ tour supporting Wasting Light). “He had an ulcer for a couple days, then at 1 A.M. it was just unbearable, so he went to the emergency room,” guitarist Lincoln Parish tells SPIN. “He was rushed straight into surgery.” Enter Grohl. “Dave somehow heard what had happened and called our tour manager. He said, ‘Hey, so do you think the guys would go for it?’ ” Parish says. “Our manager was like… ‘Um, yeah!!!’”
While he currently fronts the Foo Fighters, Grohl has never strayed far from the seat where he once made history, as you may recall, and he agreed to join Cage the Elephant on the songs he’s most familiar with, including “In One Ear,” “Shake Me Down,” “Sell Yourself,” and “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.” Cage the Elephant kicked off their set with another fill-in drummer (the tour’s monitor engineer), and then Grohl came on for the set’s last five songs. The crowd, understandably, howled when he stormed the stage. (via Dave Grohl Fills in for Hospitalized Cage the Elephant Drummer | SPIN.com)