TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan performed at Saturday's (22Aug09) Epicenter Festival in California on crutches - because he refused to become the latest injured rocker to pull out of a show.
The star apologised to fans repeatedly during the group's headlining slot at the Pomona event, explaining he had injured his leg while harvesting grapes at his vineyard.
He joked, "I want to make sure you get drunk and run into each other... All I ask for is acknowledgement of my sacrifice."
Keenan has added his name to a bizarre list of rockers who have been forced to hobble around at shows or cancel them completely due to injury or illness.
Oasis pulled out of headlining Sunday's (23Aug09) V Festival in England to allow frontman Liam Gallagher to recover from laryngitis, Rod Stewart scrapped a show in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week (20Aug09) when he fell ill and a mystery illness to drummer Joey Jordison forced Slipknot to scrap a headlining spot at the Pain in The Grass festival in Washington.
Previously this summer, Tommy Lee was forced to sit out of Motley Crue shows after burning his left hand and Aerosmith scrapped their summer tour after frontman Steven Tyler fell from the stage and broke his collar bone.