Foxygen has released a statement getting into more of the details on Sam’s recent injury. Basically, it was really, really bad:
Foxygen will be unable to perform at next week’s FYF Festival in Los Angeles. The cancellation is directly related to injuries sustained by Sam France during a Minnesota performance in late July. Sam sustained complete fractures of the tibia and fibula. The breaks were severe enough to require surgery, involving an intramedullar nailing of the tibia and a metal rod placed in his leg. Sam is currently unable to walk unassisted, and is undergoing six weeks of physical therapy. Being from the LA area, it’s a true heartbreaker for the band to be unable to appear at FYF. Thank you so much to our fans for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
A complete fracture of both the tibia and fibula is pretty brutal. As my friend who plays rugby and has seen this injury before put it, “That’s when your foot just flops around because there’s nothing holding it in place. Gruesome to watch.” Yikes — can’t imagine we’ll see Sam back to his usual on-stage antics for quite some time.