Clip: Paul Westerberg Suffers Severe Hand Injury
Friend: Westerberg Suffers Severe Hand Injury
December 22, 2006, 8:45 AM ET
Jason MacNeil, Toronto
Paul Westerberg severely injured his left hand and could be sidelined
for an extended period of time. According to a blog posting from Jim
Walsh, a Minneapolis writer and friend of the former Replacements lead
singer, the accident occurred earlier this month.
"A week or so again he put a screwdriver through his left hand trying
to get some wax out of a candle and cut some nerves and ripped some
cartilage and hurt himself pretty bad," Walsh says. "He's in a cast.
He's seen a couple of doctors who say he won't be able to play guitar
for a year."
A spokesperson for Vagrant, for which Westerberg records, did not
respond to a request for comment by deadline.
The injury comes on the heels of a very productive 2006 for
Westerberg. Aside from scoring and providing the soundtrack to the
animated film "Open Season," he also reunited with his Replacements
colleagues Tommy Stinson and Chris Mars for the first time in 15 years
to record two new songs for the Rhino retrospective "Don't You Know
Who I Think I Was? The Best of the Replacements."