Dave Grohl Lends His Stage Throne to Metal Bassist Shot in Leg
Greyhawk bassist Darin Wall, who was shot in the leg when confronting an attacker outside a music venue earlier this month, recently received what’s perhaps the most exciting furniture loan of all time — Foo Fighters bandleader Dave Grohl sent him his stylized throne to use onstage. It’s the same one Grohl employed himself after breaking his leg in 2015.
Wall immediately put it to good use on Sunday night (Sept. 26), utilizing the eye-catching, Foo Fighters-branded chair at his Seattle-based heavy metal band’s first gig back since the shooting.
Seattle’s King 5 News reported from the concert, a sold-out hometown show at the club El Corazon. Around three weeks ago, as reported by KOMO Radio, Wall was shot in the left leg while protecting a venue full of bands and fans from a belligerent suspect on Sept. 5.
It happened at The Shredder in Boise, Idaho, after the 41-year-old Greyhawk bassist said he first noticed the suspect, later identified as Ethan Byrd, 26, making threatening gestures at others. As Wall and another attempted to keep him outside and away from concertgoers, Byrd reportedly returned to his car and retrieved a gun. After seeing the suspect reach for the weapon, the musician said he engaged in a confrontation with the assailant that resulted in his being shot through Byrd’s pants and into his upper thigh.
“His body language was indicating he was intending to use it,” Wall told KOMO. “He wasn’t saying leave me alone, it was definitely an aggressive body language that he intended to hurt somebody.”
“There are three people who have used it,” Wall explained to King 5. “There’s Dave Grohl, Axl Rose in Guns N’ Roses, and me.”
Depending on how one does the math, that may be incorrect, seeing as how Grohl also sent the throne to country act Old Dominion in 2019 when their frontman, Matthew Ramsey, was recovering from a leg injury. Perhaps Wall meant he’s the third rock musician to use it.
Regardless, the throne is unexpected boon following Wall’s heroic feat. “[Grohl] called me from the MTV VMA Awards and said I’ll ship that throne up to you at my expense,” the bassist added.
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