Paul Westerberg Out Of The Guitar Game
December 26, 2006 10:56am CST
Guitarist Paul Westerberg severely injured his left hand in an accident involving a screwdriver and may not be able to play for a year. A blog posting from Jim Walsh, a Minneapolis writer and friend of the former Replacements lead singer said: "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." "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," he added. Westerberg's unlucky injury came at the end of a very productive year for the musician, Billboard.com reported. In 2006, he scored and provided the soundtrack to the animated film "Open Season," as well as reuniting his old band, the Replacements, 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."