Watch: Dragonforce’s Herman Li Tosses Guitar to Crew Member, Dude Doesn’t Catch It
We’d like to think that in the life of a hard-touring metal musician, one can never expect for things to go as planned. There are just too many balls in the air, literally and figuratively, for every single aspect of your elaborate performance to run smoothly. Case in point, hyperactive power metallers Dragonforce are a band who have toured the world over and seen shit we would not believe, but guitarist Herman Li posted a video to Instagram showing him tossing his guitar to a crew member — a seemingly common practice for him — and the dude totally missing it and letting it drop.
As you’ll see in the video below, Herman is wrapping up a Dragonforce set (at least we assume they’re wrapping things up, given all the confetti and streamers and shit), and tosses his guitar to a crew member who’s either on a balcony or standing on some sort of staircase. Point is, the dude’s pretty high up — which is why it’s so tragic to watch him miss the guitar. You know that wasn’t some tumble to the stage — that shit hit the ground with a crack. That said, Herman seems to be in good humor about it, so there you go.
But it’s not like Dragonforce are made of money! In a recent interview, Herman himself revealed the seemingly paltry sum the band was paid for the inclusion of their song “Through the Fire and the Flames” in the video game Guitar Hero, which was a huge look for them:
“How many millions of dollars did I get? Well, I’ll tell you this. ‘Guitar Hero‘ actually only paid a one-off fee—a one-off fee—to use the song. So I’m thinking a little less than $3,000. Maybe even less. I can’t remember, but let’s split that between the band members, you gotta pay the manager, the record label, the accountant… whoever’s involved. It’s actually barely any money. I don’t even remember the amount I even cashed in on that one.”
Check out the video of Herman’s guitar bummer below.