Sunday, January 31, 2010
[pitchfork.com] Israeli garage rockers Monotonix are known for their live insanity-- they hang from ceilings, jump of off each other, and sometimes play drums on top of their audience. (Check Flickr for plenty of visual evidence.) Somehow, the band has never suffered a serious injury during a show-- until now.
"We never stopped a show in 700 shows, but yesterday it seemed like we should," wrote the band in a MySpace post, referring to their January 27 gig at West Palm Beach, Florida's Respectable Street Cafe, during which singer Ami Shalev broke his leg.
Originally chronicled in the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, the injury and its aftermath sounds nothing but surreal. As shown in a YouTube video (embedded below), after realizing he couldn't go on with the show, Shalev asked the crowd if there was a "doctor or paramedic" in the house, to which one particularly brazen patron responded, "Fuck you, pussy!" Eventually, a wrestling coach stepped in to help out.
But the weirdest part of the story occurred when Shalev got to JFK Memorial Hospital. "The doctor showed up asking for autographs," the band writes on MySpace, and "nurses kept coming in and out of the room with monotonix show videos playing on their ipods."
According to the MySpace message, "the highlight of the evening was the doctor showing us youtubes of his 12 year old son playing drums while Ami is getting pain killer shots to his butt from the nurse. there was a commercial TV in the hospital room and the bill was tremendous." But who needs health care reform, right?
Monotonix canceled a Georgia gig last night but are tentatively planning to play shows in Charlotte and Asheville, North Carolina today and tomorrow.
Post-break YouTube video (via Broward-Palm Beach New Times):
Posted by Dan Goldin at 2:49 AM