Anthony Says Chickenfoot Drummer Chad Smith Used Hyperbaric Chamber for Torn Ligament
Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony is reporting that drummer Chad Smith is “doing great” after a stint with therapy and even a moment in a hyperbaric chamber to heal a torn ligament in his bicep.
“Everyone’s so concerned about Chad,” Anthony said jokingly to Noisecreep. “Chad’s actually doing great. What happened was, we were playing a show in Paris, and he irritated an old injury that he never rehabbed correctly. That’s what we do. When you feel fine, rehab’s over and you feel like you’re OK.
“He had a little bit of a torn ligament area in one of his biceps. But we had a few days off over in Europe. He did some rehab now he’s hopefully he’s resting for the couple weeks we have off now. But his arm is fine. We finished up the last few shows there and he was doing great.”
Anthony – a former member of Van Halen, who is also joined in Chickenfoot by singer Sammy Hagar and guitarist Joe Satriani – explained that the band had to cancel a few small shows in Europe in the hopes of healing Smith’s injury.
“Big picture: We didn’t want to risk anything over here in the States,” Anthony said. “We’ll make it back over there and make it up to them. The important thing is we get Chad’s arm better. He probably won’t tell anybody this but he actually went to London and was doing some of the Michael Jackson hyperbaric chamber sessions. It must have helped him out great. We had a couple big festivals last weekend and he said his arm felt fine.”