Stage Accident Sidelines Montgomery Gentry
Eddie Montgomery -- half of the country duo Montgomery Gentry -- needed surgery earlier this week in the wake of a recent fall from the stage. Doctors in Lexington, Ky., repaired extensive damage causEddie Montgomery -- half of the country duo Montgomery Gentry -- needed surgery earlier this week in the wake of a recent fall from the stage. Doctors in Lexington, Ky., repaired extensive damage caused to the performer's left wrist, inserting titanium plates and rods.
"I want to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Joseph East [Hospital] -- they are unbelievable," Montgomery says. "If you saw the before and after pictures of my wrist you would know just how incredible they are."
Montgomery suffered the injury April 28 during a show in Asheville, N.C., falling to the arena floor after a speaker cabinet on which he stepped gave way during the third song in the group's set. "Believe it or not -- I've never broken a bone before and that was some kind of pain," he says. "But the crowd was rocking and I couldn't let them down."
"I knew it was a serious injury by the look on Eddie's face and the fact that his arm was dangling at his side the rest of the show," Troy Gentry adds.
After finishing the 90-minute performance, Montgomery was taken to a local emergency room, where he was found to have broken four bones. The group performed its scheduled shows over the weekend in Mississippi, but has rescheduled performances May 12 in Columbus, Ga., and May 13 in Greenville, S.C., for Oct. 6 and Oct. 7, respectively.
Montgomery Gentry is scheduled to launch its next leg of touring June 4 in Camden, N.J., and has dates scheduled into late October. The group is out in support of last year's Columbia set "You Do Your Thing," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 10 on The Billboard 200.