Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Helders: I broke hand when drunk

Matt Helders injured his hand when he struck a wall

Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has claimed that he injured his right hand after punching a wall in a drunken state.

The 27-year-old, who had a metal plate fitted into his hand, was replaced by Pete Thomas, who had played with Elvis Costello, in the recording sessions for the group's new album AM, while he took time out to recover.

"It wasn't a fist fight with a person, no. I didn't hurt anybody, except for myself. It was... a bizarre incident... with a wall... that was harder than I expected..." he told Q.

"It was just me being stupid. I weren't even that angry, because I'm not an angry person. I was just messing about, drunk. I just managed to hit the wrong wall."

He continued: "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."

Matt said he was fine with watching his replacement take his place.

"If you had someone you really admire how they had sex, then yeah, it was like that. I'm just happy to watch because you're really good," he added.

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