5 Seconds of Summer guitarist Michael Clifford injured in pyrotechnics mishap
LONDON — The show will go on for Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer after guitarist Michael Clifford was burned by pyrotechnics at a Saturday concert.
“Michael is recovering well after being given the all clear by doctors,” band spokeswoman Erin Cooney said. “Michael and the band would like to thank all the fans, well-wishers and particularly last night’s audience for their support. There will be no pyrotechnic production for the show this evening.”
“Feeling loads better and my face is fine. Excited for the show tonight,” Clifford said Sunday in a post on the band’s official Facebook page.
Earlier, he shared an image of himself with half of his face wrapped in bandages, assuring fans that he “doing OK.”
The mishap occurred on the second night of the band’s three-show run at Wembley Arena for its “Rock Out With Your Socks Out” world tour.
Band mates Calum Hood and Luke Hemmings assured fans via social media that their 19-year-old bandmate was in “good spirits.”
“No one ever wants to see your best friend in the state I saw Mike backstage,” Hood said. “He’s a trooper and is OK.”
Video and images from the concert show Clifford skimming a shooting flame as he played. He jumps suddenly as a plume of smoke streams from his head and rushes to grab a towel before leaving the stage. More video from the concert shows bandmate Ashton Irwin breaking the news to screaming fans.
“Michael has hurt himself so we will not be continuing the show right now,” said, “He is OK.”
News of Clifford’s injuries became a trending topic on Twitter Saturday night as fans wished him well.
The band’s representatives did not respond tor requests for comment.AlertMe