W.A.S.P.’s Blackie Lawless on Breaking His Leg 10 Years Ago: “I screamed the loudest I’ve ever screamed in my entire life” – VIDEO – 2022
Blackie Lawless Talks About Breaking His Leg 10 Years Ago
I broke my leg about ten years ago, and I put on a bunch of weight. I did something really stupid. We lived out in the sticks. So, there was a couch and a love seat that I wanted to move. Where we live is all ranch properties, and so they’re all pretty big pieces of land. I had guys that were working up there, and they asked me if I needed a hand. I said, “Nah, I’ll do this; you guys keep doing what you’re doing.”
So, I got one of those kind of redneck trucks that’s jacked way up in the air, and I had this couch and love seat in the back of it. They didn’t weigh much; they were made out of suede. The love seat was on top of the couch, so the two fabrics, when they were together, were gripping each other, almost like Velcro. I get up in the back of the truck, and I go to move the love seat, and it doesn’t want to move. I thought, “Well, if you don’t want to move, I’ll make you move.” I reached over to grab it to manhandle it, and when I pulled it off, it hits me in the chest. Off the back of the truck, I go. Now, the truck is jacked up about five feet in the air, but I went backwards over the rail. So, I’m probably falling about eight feet. It wasn’t just that I fell on the ground, there was a pile of bricks all sticking up at different angles. I fell in that pile of bricks. I went to get up, and I couldn’t get up. I thought, “I’ll just lay here another minute; I’ll be ok.”
One of the guys there calls an ambulance. They get me in the ambulance, and I look up. There’s this netting, over the top, where they put it over people if they’ve got to airlift them in a helicopter. I asked the guy, “Will that netting support me if I reach up and grab it?” He said, “Yes.” Like I said, there’s cows and horses out there, so there are a lot of cattle grates. He had to drive over this cattle grate. He said, “Alright, I’m coming up on the cattle grate.” He’s driving 5 MPH. I reach up and pull myself up in a reverse push-up position, and my leg went backwards. Everybody knows I’ve got a set of pipes on me. I almost put his ears out. I screamed the loudest I’ve ever screamed in my entire life.
I am now the proud owner of an 18-inch titanium rod that will more than likely be with me for the duration. The Orthopedic surgeon comes in the next morning and says, “I’m not going to lie to you,” he says, “it’s going to be at least six months before you’re up walking around again.” Well, a year later, I was still not where I needed to be. Consequently, the weight came on, so you work to get it off.