Adams Injury More Serious Than First Thought
Rocker RYAN ADAMS could never play the guitar again, after falling off stage and breaking his wrist last Thursday night.
Doctors have told the NEW YORK, NEW YORK star he could lose 20 per cent of the movement in his wrist following the accident at Liverpool, England's ROYAL COURT venue when he tumbled two metres (six feet) off stage.
Adams also injured his leg and a microphone cut his lip in the fall, which happened midway through a performance of SHADOWLANDS.
The indie singer-songwriter - who has now flown back to recuperate at home in his native America - has been told it will take a minimum of six to nine weeks for his injury to recover.
The 29-year-old says, "I heard the noise but I didn't feel the pain. The sound of my wrist breaking off my arm was really loud. It popped. People heard it. I think you could hear the break.
"I remember thinking, 'OK, my neck is fine,' then making sure my back was OK. Then people came to help me. Then I looked at my arm and went, 'Oh s***.'
"To begin with I thought it was just swollen but after a first glance I knew exactly what had happened. I was thinking 'This is it, it's f***ed.' By the time I walked off and saw it, it was so f***ing heinous.
"These ER people had to cut off all my bracelets. When they were cutting them off my 1974 tattoo, blood was coming out of my skin even though there was no cut. It was trickling through my pores. That was when I almost fainted. Some people couldn't look at it.
"They said it'll take at least six weeks or two months. They might have to wire it together with metal wires.
"The guess now is that I could lose up to 20 per cent of the mobility in my wrist. That's the percentage I won't be able to bend it any more.
"My fingers and hand will be fine but I'll have to re-train my wrist. We'll see about guitar but it might make me a great piano player. I have a feeling I'll be able to pull through. It's all about making sure I can get my wrist about a guitar."