Hazards of the job

Country singer Eric Church is hot off a top 10 hit with Love Your Love the Most. He’s climbing the charts with the new single Hell on the Heart. And he’s trying to heal a broken foot.

Although restricted to a chair and wearing a cast on his foot

NASHVILLE — Country singer Eric Church is hot off a top 10 hit with Love Your Love the Most. He’s climbing the charts with the new single Hell on the Heart. And he’s trying to heal a broken foot.

Church said he’s active on stage and likes to stomp and march around while he sings, which is what he was doing during a show at the Syracuse, N.Y., state fair.

“It was a concrete stage, and over the course of the show, I broke a bone in my foot,” Church said.

“The problem was, I didn’t know I had broken the bone, so I played two more shows afterward, and ended up hurting the rest of the foot trying to cover for that bone.”

He got fitted for crutches and traded in his cowboy boot for a medical one, but Church insisted his career would continue.

“The first five or six shows I went out on crutches and even played on a stool,” Church said.

“When you see our shows, they’re high energy, and I know that the crowd has a certain expectation of what they want the show to be, and I was concerned that we may not be able to live up to that. But I was blown away, I don’t know whether the crowd felt sorry for me and gave me a little extra, but some of the best shows we’ve had is when I just sat there on the stool and let those guys do their thing.”

Soon enough, Church ditched the crutches and wore only his medical boot on and off the stage.

A couple of weeks later, however, he was using crutches around the BMI Awards’ red carpet, with his foot tightly wrapped in what looked like a cast.

He said he had re-injured himself on stage, “and now it’s angry. So I’m off it for a bit.”

“When I was in the boot, something, I don’t know, on stage turned or did something, and here I am,” he said.

Church said his busy schedule makes it difficult to follow the doctor’s orders and let his foot heal.

He said he’s been playing five or six shows a week, leaving little time for him to be off his feet nursing the broken bone.

“So I’m just going to keep playing, and it will either fall off or heal at some point in time,” he said. “That’s my plan. Not a good plan, but it’s my plan.”

Just Posted

Expert panel to review supervised consumption sites in Alberta including Red Deer

Eight experts will hear from Albertans on the social and economic impacts… Continue reading

Environment groups warned saying climate change is real could be seen as partisan

OTTAWA — A pre-election chill has descended over some environment charities after… Continue reading

Scheer repeats call on RCMP to investigate Trudeau’s actions in SNC affair

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the federal ethics commissioner’s stinging… Continue reading

Vikings Days a celebration of Danish immigration, culture

The Danish Canadian Museum near Dickson held its annual Viking Days celebration… Continue reading

WATCH: ‘Lots to see and do’ at Pioneer Days in Red Deer

Sunnybrook Farm Museum is celebrating its 24th annual Pioneer Days this weekend.… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Thursday The Red Deer and District Garden Club hosts its annual Flower… Continue reading

34% of economists in survey expect a US recession in 2021

WASHINGTON — A number of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about… Continue reading

Ontario cannabis retailer returns $2.9M in CannTrust products to company

VAUGHAN, Ont. — CannTrust Holdings Inc. says the Ontario government’s cannabis retailer… Continue reading

Pipeline rupture sends 40,000 litres of oil into Alberta creek

DRAYTON VALLEY, Alta. — The Alberta Energy Regulator says a pipeline has… Continue reading

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has condemned violence in Hong… Continue reading

Turtles, butterflies and foxes: Captive breeding for endangered species growing

LANGLEY, B.C. — The turtle in my hand dangles its churning feet… Continue reading

Saskatoon Cubs win Westerns with wild extra-innings comeback

The Saskatoon Cubs showed no quit in the finals of the 18UAAA… Continue reading

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

OTTAWA — The United Kingdom is shirking its share of the international… Continue reading

Most Read