Grohl posted a message to his fans on the Foo Fighters' website (which required fans to "click on [the] broken heart" on a photo of the old board game Operation) explaining the cancellations, "It kills me to say it…..the doctors have told us to cancel shows."
In the message, Grohl explained the behind-the-scenes events that took place when he broke his leg during the band's show in Gothenburg, Sweden. After having the leg set by an emergency technician, Grohl took to the stage in a chair -- while the tech attended to his damaged leg -- and he was able to finish out the concert.
After the show, Grohl went "straight to the hospital for x-rays, where we finally saw the extent of the damage."
"That’s when things got really real," Grohl continued. "I was told I needed surgery to fix the break. I decided to fly back to London and find a doctor that could see me ASAP. An MRI and a few x-rays later, we set a date and prepared for the operation.”
Grohl shared that the operation "went well," but that he's now "recovering with 6 metal screws in my leg, thinking about a lifetime of holding up TSA lines from here to Kalamazoo."
"Here’s the not so witty bit," he continued. "My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while. The most important thing now is for me to recover from the surgery, to keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection/complication that could do long term damage. I’m not out of the woods yet, folks."
Due to the extent of the damage, the Foo Fighters have officially canceled their upcoming European shows.
"I’m really so sorry, guys," Grohl explained. "You know I hate to do it, but I’m afraid it’s just not physically possible for me at the moment. We’re doing our best right now to work out a plan, so bear with us. You know we’re good for our word. But for now, I need to make sure we have YEARS of gigs ahead of us."
Grohl apologized to his fans again, and promised that he would "do everything I can to come back and give you a night to remember for the rest of your lives AS SOON AS POSSIBLE."
One of the performances that has been cancelled is the band's appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in England on June 26. The five-day long festival, which the Foo Fighters were set to headline, is the largest music fest in the world, often attended by over 150,000 people annually.