Arctic Monkeys Drummer Missed Recording Sessions
Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders has admitted that he broke his hand by punching a wall while drunk, causing him to miss out on recording sessions for new album AM.
The band had to bring Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas while Helders recovered, who spoke about the injury in an interview with Q magazine.
‘It wasn’t a fist fight with a person, no,’ he said. ‘I didn’t hurt anybody, except for myself. It was… a bizarre incident… with a wall… that was harder than I expected… The next day I did (feel like a fool)… It was just me being stupid. I weren’t even that angry, cos I’m not an angry person. I was just messing about, drunk. Everyone I’ve told said, ‘We’ve all done it.’
‘I just managed to hit the wrong wall. The bone popped out – not out of the skin but it was stuck up. I went to my girlfriend, ‘I think we need to go to hospital.’ They put a plate in it. I’m having it taken out at Christmas.’
Helders’ brief absence apparently didn’t do the record much harm, with it going on to receive strong sales and be shortlisted for this year’s Mercury Music Prize.
Earlier this week, Helders and frontman Alex Turner gave their two cents on the Breaking Bad finale, joking that they hope ‘it were all a dream’.