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Damon Albarn details Del The Funky Homosapien’s stage fall injuries

By | Published on Thursday 12 July 2018


Damon Albarn has revealed the severity of the injuries sustained by Del The Funky Homosapien after he fell off the stage during the Gorillaz’s headline stint at the Roskilde festival last weekend.

The rapper was performing the last song of the band’s set, ‘Clint Eastwood’, when he fell from the stage on Saturday. The band abruptly ended the show moments later, when it became apparent that he was seriously injured. Albarn told the audience: “Unfortunately, we’ve had a… I don’t know yet”.

The next day, the rapper told fans on Facebook that he was “doing alright but will be in the hospital for a bit”. Now in an interview with Beats 1, Albarn has revealed the extent of the injuries. “Del is in hospital still in Roskilde”, he explained. “He’s got seven fractured ribs, and he punctured his lung on one side, lacerated it on the other”.

Although confirming his bandmate is “gonna be fine”, Albarn admitted the injuries were much worse than he originally realised while still on stage. Noting that he himself has fallen off stages “way higher than that”, he conceded “I’ve been so fortunate”.

Recalling last Saturday’s events, he explained: “When he fell down, I was looking at him like, ‘come on, get up, there’s 80,000 people out there and we need to finish’. I thought I was going to able to carry the song on. I thought he was going to be okay, but he really wasn’t. It’s an awful, awful thing that I can’t quite believe. I keep playing it through my head”.

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