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Exclusive: The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman Discusses His Broken Hand

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MetalSucks contributor John Myungotta recently interview The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman for another media outlet. Since that interview won’t go to press for some time and the issue of Weinman’s recently broken hand is obviously a time sensitive issue, MetalSucks has been given permission to print the section of the discussion that pertains to Weinman’s hand here. 

I’m sorry to hear about your hand. How did this happen?

It’s kind of like, you know Dillinger [laughs]. I’ve just been telling everyone I zigged when I should have zagged.

Yeah, the Dillinger Escape Plan live show is so chaotic, do you even remember how it happened?

No, honestly. Every night I hurt myself. The adrenaline is so crazy that I don’t ever realize it until long after the show. I’ve broken my neck and split my head open and played the entire set and then went and got x-rays and my head staples. It’s kind of the nature of the beast.

I was hoping I hadn’t hurt myself this bad, but unfortunately a few days later after getting x-rays, I realized it’s pretty bad.

I had a feeling this doesn’t rank at the top of the Dillinger injuries.

Well, it may because it’s an injury that could affect my playing for the rest of my life. I really don’t want to let that seep into my head. I’m not really going to accept that, but I do have some work ahead of my for sure.

Is it a break or ligament damage?

I broke a bone in my wrist actually.

Oh, that’s a very complicated area of the body.

Unfortunately, it’s a bone that doesn’t typically heal very well, which is why I’m going in to get surgery tomorrow [Which is now today, June 13. -Ed.] for it instead of trying to let it heal naturally. It’s just to try and ensure that it heals as well as possible.

Do you think you’ll be ready for Summer Slaughter?

That’s my goal. That’s why I’m getting the surgery. They’ll screw me back together and then I’ll start trying to get ready to play some more shows. I’m going to do my best to be as back to normal as possible by then.

Fingers crossed that Weinman’s surgery today goes well! Get dates for the Summer Slaughter tour here.

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