In this Crazy Tour Stories segment, the beautycore band, Gold Frankincense & Myrrh, reveals one of their crazy stories from being on the road. You can check out the story, after the break.
One of the craziest things that has happened to us on tour has to be the time our lead guitarist CJ finished out our set after she broke her ankle and leg in three places. We were playing on the main stage at Blue Ridge Rockfest in Concord, Virginia, last September. We love to be very theatrical and in-your-face when we perform, and we love getting as close as we can to our fans. We were opening up with our heaviest song, Graveyard of Identities, and everyone was singing along and jumping around, the crowd was totally engaged and having fun.
In the middle of the second song, CJ runs and jumps on the big speakers out in front of the stage. When she started to run back to her mic to sing the chorus, she tried to jump over the monitors and ended up tripping over one of our ego risers. Normally, that wouldn’t have been an issue, but all of us wear T.U.K. platform shoes on stage, so the extra height created more room and impact when she landed on her ankle. She ended up breaking her fibula in half, one of her big tarsal bones in her right foot, and the side of her right foot. She figured she had just twisted her ankle, so she continued to play through the rest of the set like she normally would, jumping and running around. The funny thing is, no one knew she had broken anything, and we were getting irritated that she was missing choreography that we had practiced; our drummer even laughed when she fell haha. When we finished the set, she just kinda stood on the stage and told us that she couldn’t move. She ended up having to get the stagehands to carry her off the stage and take her to the paramedics. When she got to the paramedic’s tent, they immediately told her she had broken her ankle and leg. One of the stagehands, Jason, was kind enough to take her to the ER to get help.
Unfortunately, the ER had a six-hour wait, and they wouldn’t have looked at her ankle because of the swelling anyway. CJ called us and told us that she wasn’t going to wait at the ER and that she was coming back to the festival with crutches. Everyone who was at the show came and asked how she was doing, and we were able to speak to so many new fans of our music. Yeah, it hurt a lot, but we weren’t going to let a broken bone get in the way of playing or interacting with the fans at the merch table. Blue Ridge Rock Fest ended up being an amazing show, and our guitarist gained a lot of respect for continuing the show on a broken ankle and leg. We are so grateful for all our fans as well. We got a lot of care packages in our band mailbox, and everyone is still asking how her ankle’s doing. We couldn’t ask for a better team than Team GFM.
Joshua Weidling Owner/Founder
I'm the owner & founder of Digital Tour Bus. I started the company in my dorm room during my freshman year of college. I have a degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Outside of music and going to concerts, I'm a big fan of stand-up comedy, playing board games, trying the most amazing unhealthy food, and watching really mediocre comedy tv shows.