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?
Posted on Jul 11, 2013 03:23 pm
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