As a result of lead singer result of lead singer-songwriter Justin Furstenfeld's recent leg injury, Blue October has been forced to cancel tour dates until June 17th.
As a result of lead singer result of lead singer-songwriter Justin Furstenfeld’s recent leg injury, Blue October has been forced to cancel tour dates until June 17th. The accident occurred immediately following a headline show in Tampa for more than 3000 97X Birthday Bash listeners at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater Florida. Furstenfeld and the other members of Blue October were running the bases on the minor league baseball field for the Philadelphia Phillies when he broke his leg. He was immediately rushed to the hospital in intense pain and was subsequently released early Sunday morning. According to the band’s manager, Paul Nugent, further tests this morning revealed the extent of damage to Furstenfeld’s leg. Nugent said, “I’m disappointed to inform you that the MRI performed this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Justin confirmed a complete tear of the LCL (ligament) in his right leg. He will require surgery as soon as possible, early to mid next week. As for the recovery period, we can speculate that Justin will be able to return to the stage on June 17th at Buzz-Fest in Houston; we will be moving our May dates back to late June and July.” Blue October added Texas guitarist Julian Mandrake to the line-up to cover Furstenfeld’s guitar parts last night in Baltimore, where Furstenfeld performed in a wheelchair. Nugent added, “We look forward to getting back on the road and building on this great start for “Foiled” as soon as possible.” The band’s single, “Hate Me,” continues scorching the airwaves maintaining a solid base at Modern Rock radio– where it is now Number 2–alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Tool, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, etc., while climbing the Top 40 and Hot AC charts. The band recently made their major national television debut on The Tonight Show, April 14th.