They Might Be Giants member John Flansburgh injured in 'serious' car accident after show
They Might Be Giants vocalist and guitarist John Flansburgh is recovering from a car accident, according to the musician's bandmate John Linnell.
In a Twitter post shared Thursday, Linnell said Flansburgh was involved in a "rather serious" accident following the band's show at Bowery Ballroom in New York Wednesday. Flansburgh has seven broken ribs, several with multiple fractures, Linnell said. Fortunately, no vital organs were involved and the "long-term prognosis seems positive."
"There will be a lengthy recovery process," he said, sharing that the duo will need to reschedule the rest of their tour dates for June. The shows spanning New York, Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia were previously rescheduled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The musical duo hopes to resume the late summer dates at the end of August.
"Please send your healing rays to Flans, drive safely, and we look forward to seeing everyone as soon as possible," Linnell's statement concluded.
The accident comes after Flansburgh tweeted he was "very excited" to get back on stage, but admitted he was also "vaguely terrified" in light of the ongoing health crisis, noting that the pandemic is far from over. He encouraged attendees to wear masks at upcoming shows, adding, "We have all waited a long time for this, and our team has worked tirelessly to keep these shows on the books. It would be super unfortunate for it all to be leading to infections for anyone — you, the band, the crew — all of us."
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