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Dave Grohl hired a stuntman to reenact the terrifying fall that broke his leg a few years ago

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Life’s been kind to Dave Grohl, who, despite being in two of the most pervasive rock bands in history, has managed to ease into adulthood with relatively few scars. That’s impressive since the dude still rocks like a much younger man, whether that be through his pre-show shots or his fiery onstage antics.

The Foo Fighters’ ascendancy hasn’t been without its bumps, though. Back in 2015, Grohl himself took a much-publicized tumble while playing an arena in Gothenburg, Sweden, breaking his leg. True to his legacy, however, Grohl emerged an hour later, his leg elevated, to finish the show. Later, while high on oxycontin, he designed a custom throne—see it above—that ensured he could continue that current tour. It was an unfortunate accident that resulted in Grohl only building his myth that much more.


It’s no surprise, then, that upon returning to the very same Gothenburg stage earlier this week Grohl honored the fall with the help of a stuntman. The audience didn’t know that, however; what they saw was a long-haired dude running out, rock horns up, and almost immediately falling face-first off the stage. Grohl didn’t maintain the ruse for long, following his doppelgänger with the opening riffs of “All My Life.”

Watch a clip of the stunt below.

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.