Just How Did Arctic Monkeys' Drummer Break His Hand?

Matt Helders reveals all...
Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has revealed how he sustained the injury which kept him out of the ‘AM’ sessions.

It’s been one of the year’s most popular guitar albums. Arctic Monkeys return ‘AM’ soared into the charts at number one, selling more than 100,000 copies in its first week of release.

Yet a familiar face was missing. Drummer Matt Helders bowed out during recording, suffering a broken hand which necessitated the insertion of a metal plate.

Elvis Costello's drummer Pete Thomas stepped in on the sessions, with Helders re-joining the band for live dates.

Speaking to Q, the percussionist explained that the injury happened during a drunken brawl – with himself. "It wasn't a fist fight with a person, no," says Helders. "I didn't hurt anybody, except for myself. It was... a bizarre incident... with a wall... that was harder than I expected... The next day I did (feel like a fool)... It was just me being stupid. I weren't even that angry, cos I'm not an angry person. I was just messing about, drunk”.

“Everyone I've told said, 'We've all done it.' I just managed to hit the wrong wall. The bone popped out - not out of the skin but it was stuck up. I went to my girlfriend, 'I think we need to go to hospital.' They put a plate in it. I'm having it taken out at Christmas."

‘AM’ was recently nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize – William Hill currently place Arctic Monkeys as joint favourites to win.

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