Cold War Kids' Guitarist Jonathon Russell Injures Hand, Misses Miami Concert

Cold War Kids' guitarist Jonathon Russell cut his hand and was briefly hospitalized prior to the band's performance at the Heineken Inspire event Friday evening at the Moore Building in Miami's Design District. New Times photographer Ian Witlen, who was photographing the band backstage at the time, says that Russell got hurt when he stepped on what looked like a painted cement ledge -- but it turned out to be waist-deep water covered with lily pads. 

As Russell fell, according to Witlen, he caught his balance on a very sharp, woven copper fence and sliced his hand

open. The injury is reportedly not serious.

The Cold War Kids still took the stage, later than was originally

planned, and played as a three-piece. More details of the show, also

featuring the Hold Steady, here. The band's next concert is scheduled

for June 3 in San Jose, California.

This is not the first time that Ian Witlen (as well as Miami New Times

music editor Arielle Castillo and myself) attended a concert featuring

an injury that affected the outcome of the night. Back in January,

Monotonix's singer Ami Shalev hurt

his leg during a performance at Respectable Street in West Palm

Beach.


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