A failed onstage stunt may have left Pink feeling like one of the “Stupid Girls” she sings about. The Washington Post is reporting that the pop singer was injured falling from a harness onstage during a concert in Nuremburg, Germany. The July 15 accident was the result of Pink not being properly secured in the harness. See video of Pink’s onstage mishap here.
In spite of the mishap, Pink remained upbeat. In a Twitter message, Pink apologized to her fans for interrupting the concert: “Didn’t get clipped in2 harness correctly, drug me off stage, fell in2 barricade.I hope it at least looked cool!!!”
Pink was able to get back onstage and thank the audience before being whisked off to the hospital.
“So I’m not sure but possibly I broke something. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to do the last song but thank you for coming. Thank you for always being supportive,” she said.
Fans cheered and applauded as Pink left the stage to go to the hospital. Pink tweeted from the ambulance on her way to the hospital, “to all my nurnberg fans- I am so so so sorry to end the show that way. I am embarrassed and very sorry. I’m in ambulance now but I will b fine.”
Pink was released from the hospital after a short stay and an examination showed no broken bones or fluid in her lungs. She sent her love and reassurances that she was fine through tweets to her fans. “Ok all my lovers out there- nothings broken, no fluid in the lungs, just seriously sore. I made that barricade my b**ch!!!! Thanx Nurnberg.”
Pink is known for her daring stunts during her concerts. According to MTV, the day after her mishap, Pink returned to the stage. Her show-must-go-on attitude was evident in her tweet following the concert: “Well, we did it!!!” She said. “Always get right back on the horse that bucked you. thank u gorgeous people of Salem, Germany!!! totally worth it!”
Pink’s Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour in Europe is set to continue through the end of July.
Taking onstage injuries in stride is nothing new for performers. Many follow the example set by Pink in Germany, continuing to perform while injured or returning to the stage shortly after a mishap.
Show-Must-Go-On Attitude: Jon Bon Jovi
According to the Huffington Post, on June 12, 2010, Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi tore a calf muscle while performing onstage in New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Despite his pain, the singer limped across the stage, continuing his encore performance of “Livin’ On a Prayer.”
In a YouTube video of the performance, Bon Jovi can be seen wincing in pain and grabbing the microphone stand for support. Yet, he continued to perform. Bon Jovi’s attitude: the show must go on, despite the pain.
“My calf muscle just blew out! Whoa!” he said from the stage. “I got another leg. I don’t need this one. I ain’t got nowhere to go. I’m old. What can I tell you? But I’m still good-lookin’!”
Bon Jovi had to be helped off-stage by bandmates at the end of the encore. Bon Jovi still planned to play the rest of their summer tour. No dates were expected to be cancelled despite Bon Jovi’s injury.
Show-Must-Go-On Attitude: Kenny Chesney
According to CMT, country music star Kenny Chesney performed an entire concert despite having crushed bones in his foot prior to an April 26, 2008, performance. The injury occurred as Chesney was being hoisted onstage by a lift in Columbia, South Carolina. As the lift began to move Chesney toward the stage, his foot became wedged between the lift and the stage. After about 30 seconds, Chesney was able to free himself and continued with his performance.
With the same show-must-go-on attitude displayed by Pink and Jon Bon Jovi, Chesney shrugged off his injury to the crowd. Chesney continued to hold his knee, limp and stop for rest during his performance. His foot was so swollen after leaving the stage that his boot had to be cut off by medical personnel. In a written statement, Chesney later explained his desire to continue with the show despite his injury:
“I took one look at those fans, and there was no way I wasn’t going on. Sometimes the energy and the adrenalin pull you through. They had come to rock, and there was no way I was sending them home with anything less than the best of what me and my guys came to do — put it all out there and give them back at least as good as they gave us. … Honestly, through the pain, through all of it, Columbia, S.C., totally got me through.”