Posted in music on January 28, 2010

Monotonix injured
Monotonix

The problem with being a performer known for exaggeration and extreme physical antics is, when something seriously goes wrong, nobody believes it at first. And so it went last night that when Monotonix frontman Ami Shalev called for a doctor barely 15 minutes into his band's headlining set, he was, at first, relentlessly heckled.

"I think we finally managed to make history," Shalev said. The crowd cheered, figuring it would be an announcement about the band's debut appearance south of Orlando.

"After more than 700 shows, I think I finally broke my leg," he continued.

More cheering. This was part of the stunt, right?

"Is there a doctor or paramedic?" he asked.

"Suck it up!" Someone yelled.

"Pussy!" Another heckler cried.

But Shalev was obivously in pain. "Fuck you!" he yelled, wincing and grabbing his thigh. "What I need is a doctor or a paramedic, or a wheelchair. Or just a chair." He repeated the request again at least twice.

Confusion then ensued as, yes, there was a doctor or paramedic in the house, who ran to tend to him. A massive bag of ice was produced from behind the bar, and helpers produced an Ace bandage.

Shalev, though, seemed to want to continue the show from a chair, insisting to his handlers and bandmates he could just ice it down. That seemed highly unlikely once the paramedics arrived with a stretcher. Shalev refused to leave on it, but didn't get up either. Nobody from the venue bothered to announce what was going on, instead sending a DJ to the booth to play indie rock as a few people lingered, trying to dance.

Eventually, most of the crowd trickled out. (Some actually demanded refunds. Really? Enjoy your extra $7 or $10, assholes). It was an anticlimactic, deeply disappointing end to what should have been the band's triumphant introduction to South Florida.[Broward-Palm Beach New Times]

The show took place at Respectable Street Cafe in West Palm Beach. Monotonix was in the middle of a short set of dates with Surfer Blood. It's unclear what will happen to the remaining three shows on their tour. More picture of the night are at the New Times.

UPDATE: Pictures from the hospital above, and below with a message from the band about what happened, cancellations, and all tour dates...

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Ami injured leg, Athens show cancelled
during the show in west palm beach, florida we did with surfer blood in "respectable st. cafe" (which was our first southern florida show), Ami had a bad landing on his feet during the first song.
he was on Haggai, then he jumped down, and got a bad pain in his right knee, it's something he's been carrying since a blow he suffered at a show in tel aviv in the summer of 2008.

we kept playing the second song but obviously something was wrong with Ami, and we didn't know if we should stop or not yet. he tried to keep going, but during the third song it was pretty obvious he can't go on after he had to lean on people from the audience to stay standing.
we never stopped a show in 700 shows, but yesterday it seemed like we should.
Ami asked if there was a paramedic or doctor at the audience, and everyone thought it was a joke. even when he laid down at the side of the venue a guy that was helping him (which was a wrestling coach) kept asking us if it was a prank and he's gonna get up and keep going in a sec.
I was holding the ice on Ami's leg and people kept asking: "are you guys selling merch?"
we stopped the show and Ami layed down. an ambulance came and Ami refused to get on it.

we packed our stuff and drove to JFK Memorial Hospital close to Palm Beach and put Ami on a wheelchair.
the doctor showed up asking for autographs and started having the nurses take his pictures with Ami and the band. other nurses kept coming in and out of the room with monotonix show videos playing on their ipods.
the highlight of the evening was the doctor showing us youtubes of his 12 year old son playing drums while Ami is getting pain killer shots to his butt from the nurse.
there was a commercial TV in the hospital room and the bill was tremendous.

we're gonna cancel tonight in Athens, but still try to make it to Charlotte and Asheville to finish the tour properly, and then off to Chicago to record.

Ami is in good spirits, but still can't step on his leg. we're hoping it will be better soon.

Monotonix - 2010 (cancelled?) Tour Dates
Jan 28 40 Watts Athens, Georgia
Jan 29 Snug Harbor Charlotte, North Carolina
Jan 30 Rocket Club Asheville, North Carolina
Mar 03 Annandale Hotel Sydney, Australia
Mar 04 Ding Dong Lounge Melbourne, Australia
Mar 05 The National Hotel Geelong, Australia
Mar 06 Golden Plains Festival Meredith, Australia
Mar 07 The Lost Weekend Festival Peak Crossing, Australia
May 14 ATP Festival Minehead, UK

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Comments (42)

I can't believe dude has never been injured until this point.

Posted by Chase | January 28, 2010 10:12 AM

looks like he broke his feMEHur

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 10:13 AM

maybe it was his femehr

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 10:14 AM

I just thank god that there was a photographer in the house to capture that scene. Next time I am at a show I will be sure to thank one. We always seem to take them for granted and we never really think about the true heroism involved.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 10:19 AM

MEHtacarpal, MEHtatarsal, MEHtal LIVES!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 10:20 AM

"Nobody from the venue bothered to announce what was going on, instead sending a DJ to the booth to play indie rock as a few people lingered, trying to dance..."

Oh, you wacky hipsters. Nothing to prevent you from having a good time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 10:22 AM

"I just thank god that there was a photographer in the house to capture that scene. Next time I am at a show I will be sure to thank one. We always seem to take them for granted and we never really think about the true heroism involved."

I was at the show and I also took his picture, at that point nobody knew what was going on, I personally thought this was part of the act.

Posted by Jaime | January 28, 2010 10:22 AM

Ami Shalev, she rak tiye li bari !

Posted by me | January 28, 2010 10:25 AM

What's a Monotonix??

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 10:34 AM

Was Susan Sarandon spanking any pigs at that show?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 10:44 AM

10:13, that was one of the best meh's I have ever heard.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:02 AM

Flori-DUH.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:04 AM

Eventually, most of the crowd trickled out. (Some actually demanded refunds)

Awesome - What a bunch of spoiled brats...Ha,Ha...

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:05 AM

Florida hipsters are the worst.

Posted by Regular reader | January 28, 2010 11:15 AM

11:15

Isn't that an Oxymoron?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:24 AM

Get better soon Ami!!! Ask for an adamantium skeletal transplant!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:30 AM

Please thank a photographer the next time you are at a show

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:31 AM

kavod!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:40 AM

wow, acting like a jackass finally caught up with him. didn't see that one coming.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 12:45 PM

The boy who cried AIDS Wolf

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 12:47 PM

crowd got to see surfer blood also

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 1:11 PM

Surfer Blood is one of the worst band names in recent years...HATE IT! Should've gone with something more predictable like Wolf Blood or Surfer Wolf.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 1:30 PM

theres way too much kissing up to photographers in the comments

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 1:41 PM

DOUCHE!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 2:02 PM

Im a lucky NYer that happened to be at the show. It was a classic. To set the record str8 ami said this clasic line.. "what we need here is a doctor, a paramedic, a wheelchair OR...just a chair"

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 2:23 PM

ami, katan alecha

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 2:44 PM

Ami's leg is not broken, but he was injured. As of 5 minutes ago the last show on their tour (Saturday in Asheville, NC) will most likely happen, the others may also.

Posted by Rocket Fool | January 28, 2010 3:08 PM

MEHnotonix

Posted by Billy | January 28, 2010 3:51 PM

that photo sucks

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 4:36 PM

Need to put the original photo you used back up. Why'd you take it down?

Posted by chrysler5thavenue | January 28, 2010 5:41 PM

Get better soon!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 6:07 PM

too bad the moustache didn't also break

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 7:29 PM

monotonix is the wildest band currently. nobody can match their shows. it's like jimi hendrix in 1967.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 9:24 PM

The boy who cried AIDS Wolf

Anonymous | January 28, 2010 12:47 PM

Bravo. Isnt there a year end of best creative comments there Mr. BV? You can sell it as a coffee table book.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 5:19 AM

Never heard of this band and was just listening to them on youtube. Kinda weak. And in terms of the crazy antics shit. Whatever. Go to a speed metal show if you want to jump around for real.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 10:52 AM

arent florida hipsters just like new york hipsters, just without their parents money?

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2010 8:00 PM

florida would be really nice if about 5 things were different. no one knows what 5 things tho

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Posted by Indie Power | February 4, 2010 6:44 PM

Wow. Those hecklers are the worst! Can't they see that he is obviously in pain?

If I were him, I would have thrown my crutch at them. Sure, I'd fall down, but if it hits them, it will all be worth it.

Dee

Posted by Woodworking Plans | May 21, 2011 11:15 AM

Despite breaking his leg, the Monotonix singer is still fortunate to have his family, friends and fans to extend their social support. This should have given him speedy recovery!

-Charmaine

Posted by BBQ Islands | August 28, 2011 3:40 PM

From what I heard, he's doing fine now, thanks to the support of his fans worldwide.

Posted by Keyword Tool | August 29, 2011 12:08 AM

"The problem with being a performer known for exaggeration and extreme physical antics is, when something seriously goes wrong, nobody believes it at first." Sounds really true.
Can't wait for him to play again, but with less exaggeration no more extreme moves. He might not be lucky next time.

Posted by BBQ Islands | August 29, 2011 5:12 AM

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