They Might Be Giants cancel tour dates after serious injury to lead guitarist
New York, New York - They Might Be Giants lead guitarist John Flansburgh was hospitalized with serious injuries following a car crash in New York City caused by a drunk driver, police said Friday.
Flansburgh was taking a car service back to his Upper East Side home after the band had a show at the Bowery Ballroom at about 12:45 AM Thursday when the Ford he was riding in was T-Boned by a Honda near the corner of Park Avenue and East 102nd Street.
The guitarist’s Ford overturned and struck another car, cops said. The Honda, driven by a 26-year-old, lost control, vaulted a curb and slammed into a gate outside a residential complex, cops said.
"The force of the impact actually flipped our car over to its side," Flansburgh said on Instagram. "While the driver and I oriented ourselves to our new sideways, broken glass and airbag-filled reality, we sensed the ominous smell of motor oil and smoke. Remarkably, just a moment later it seemed, a dozen NYC firemen arrived and set their minds on finding a way to liberate us."
Emergency services rushed Flansburgh and his 32-year-old driver to hospital, where doctors determined that the guitarist had broken seven ribs.
Flansburgh posts from hospital bed
They Might Be Giants postponed the rest of the band’s June tour dates as Flansburgh recovers.
"I would understand anyone thinking we are just a band born under a bad sign and giving up hope, but I also know someday we will rock again – and for me, that day couldn’t come soon enough," the musician posted from his hospital bed. "Until then I will be watching reruns of Sex in the City until I am strong enough to reach the remote. Wish me luck. I’m going to need it."
The Honda driver, who blew past a red light on his way to slamming into Flansburgh’s car, tried to fight off responding police as he was rushed to hospital with minor injuries.
Cops charged him with drunk driving, resisting arrest, and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test.
Flansburgh co-founded They Might Be Giants in 1982 with longtime friend John Linnell while studying at Pratt Institute.
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