Dillinger Guitarist Was Told: 'You'll Never Play Guitar Again'

What did Benjamin Weinman do when he heard the worst news a guitarist could ever hear?

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Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman has revealed that doctors told him he would lose the ability to play guitar after breaking his wrist last month.

Fortunately, a frantic search for a specialist doctor helped save Weinman's guitar playing ability, and he's set to return to the stage with the band at the Summer Slaughter tour alongside Periphery this summer.

"When the Doctor told me I broke my wrist and that this particular bone doesn't typically heal my heart sunk. Our record had just come out and we were just getting started with its promotional cycle. I would not let this stop me," he said.

Weinman immediately got an appointment with New York's best hand surgeon. "I told him I had to play guitar again in a month. He said, 'Ok, I'll put a screw in your wrist.' Two weeks after surgery they took my stitches and cast off and I started playing guitar again. Definitely not the most pleasant experience, but now I almost feel back to myself."

Some good has come from the experience too; Weinman says he's got a newfound appreciation for his guitar after coming so close to losing it, but will have to continue a delicate rehab process to get his wrist back to full strength.

The Summer Slaughter tour kicks off on July 19 in San Francisco. See the full list of dates below (via Metal Insider):

07/19 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency 07/20 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues 07/21 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory 07/24 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom 07/26 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues 07/27 - Houston, TX - House of Blues 07/29 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues (w/o Cattle Decapitation) 07/30 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade 07/31 - Knoxville, TN - NV 08/01 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues 08/02 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore 08/03 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium (w/o Norma Jean) 08/04 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero 08/07 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater 08/08 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy 08/09 - Montreal, QC - Heavy MTL 08/10 - Albany, NY - Upstate Concert Hall 08/11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre 08/12 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues 08/13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave 08/14 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze 08/16 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre 08/17 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex 08/19 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO 08/20 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom

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    Tony Iommi - "That's cute."
    So is music a pissing contest of "who's had it worse" now? Guess I missed that memo. The man nearly lost his ability to play the guitar due to an injury completely different from what Iommi went through. Grow up.
    Cancer kills, but for a professional musician, is life worth living when you can't do what you love?
    the joke wasn't about cancer. Was about Iommi losing part of his fingers when he was younger.
    Slightly relevant sidenote: The guitarist/drummer of The Angelic Process committed suicide after a hand injury made him unable to play guitar again.
    Losing your finger tips is much different than a permanent broken wrist. Your fingers will heal and you can get/make prosthetic tips. Your wrist will never heal and you'll be in pain the rest of your life.
    i'm going to have to go ahead and say they both seem to pose serious problems for someone that plays. different problems, but still serious
    Breaking a wrist isn't that bad...but it's scary as ****. I PULVERISED my left wrist 4 years ago and although it was REALLY painful the only thing I could think of was "OMFG I'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO PLAY AGAIN". But thanks to a really good surgeon, it never really hindered me...the guy stuck five pins in there(that actually look more like steel nails, still got them). When I took the cast off I could barely put my hand at an angle, and my arm had shrunk to the bone. Within 6 month I could play again, It's a matter of finding a good orthopedist...but I guess any severe hand/wrist injury is every musician's worst nightmare (well except for all these dj wannabe ****ups). But in reality if you treat it correctly it's not that bad. My ex guitar player busted both of his wrists and his arm while skateboarding and still, he's got wicked skills. But we both agree that yeah, it sometimes hurts a little, it's pretty minor but the pain never seems to go away. Ok I'll stop boring yall now with stories from my life and get on with the ****ing laundry.
    Dave Mustaine's situation should've taught doctors to never make that proclamation again.
    You should know many doctors will bullshit you about this. The fact is many musicians\non-musicians have had tendonitis or wrist injuries, and those are usually manageable and can be healed. If not completely then partially so the person will still be able to play guitar just not the most technical stuff..
    good to hear, but just look at the guys in Baroness...that they survived was amazing, never mind continuing to play
    Damn, that must have been terrifying. Glad he's okay, and can't wait to catch them at the Toronto Summer Slaughter show!
    the stuff you guys argue/give a sh!t about is ridiculous. article misleading title...lol. what are you? 10?
    Again with the title issues.
    Was he told about it? - Yes. Does the title say he was told about this? - Yes. Does it mean he really will never play guitar again? - No. Does the title states he really will never play guitar again? - No. So we don't have any misleading titles here. Goodbye.
    The title states: "Dillinger Guitarist Was Told: 'You'll Never Play Guitar Again'". The article says "... the Doctor told me I broke my wrist and that this particular bone doesn't typically heal..." Therefore, he was NOT told 'You'll never play guitar again', the title IS misleading. Your dissection broke down on the very first point.
    The doctor saying "That particular bone doesn't typically heal" can be implied as "this bone probably won't heal, so you won't be able to play guitar again."
    That's exactly the point - it's implied. That's why it's misleading.
    Last I checked it's pretty much impossible to play guitar with a broken wrist. If the bone never heals then your wrist will remain broken. Therefore, you'd never be able to play guitar. Nothing is implied - it just requires you to actually use your brain for a minute. I know that is probably hard for you to do, but you really should try to use it once in a while.
    THIS ^ why do so many people expect to sit back and have the rest of the world walk them through life? maybe i'm just getting old...
    U mean journalism exaggerates and pushes things in order to garner interest? Holy sh*tballs!! Has somebody told the President? I mean somebody should freakin' DO something about this... Seriously though, it's 21st century media...deal with it
    Good thing he's alright. Thought the title was about his parents discouraging him from playing music when he was younger.