Kevin Parker Fractures His Hip While Running A Marathon

10 March 2023 | 8:55 am | Staff Writer

But Kevin Parker says that the shows will go on!

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Tame Impala vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker fractured his hip while running a marathon, he revealed from a hospital bed.

The band are due to play a show at the 20,000-capacity arena, Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City tonight and tomorrow, and Parker says that the concerts will go ahead as planned.

“Fractured my hip. Tried to run a half marathon on what turned out to be an existing stress fracture. Whoops,” Parker wrote on Instagram. “Made it to within 1km of the finish line. That’s life I guess. All shows in Mexico and South America going ahead as planned I’m not quitting on you guys”.

Parker posted pictures of himself from the hospital bed, a particularly nasty-looking x-ray, and an impressive video of himself already walking up some stairs with the aid of a hospital worker. That’s just rock and roll, right?

He also shared an image of two massive surgical screws holding his bone together.

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Last month, Tame Impala revealed the Lonerism 10 Year Anniversary Box Set, which will be shipped on 26 May. You can pre-order it here.

The box set will contain three LPs, a 24-page booklet, unreleased Lonerism demos and never before heard demo sessions. Anniversary edition artwork was designed by Erin Knutson and Immanuel Yang, with additional photography by Matt Sav and Kevin Parker. 

Lonerism's luscious sound won Tame Impala Album of the Year awards from triple j, NME, and Rolling Stone. The album was subsequently named Best Rock Album and Album of the Year at the 2013 ARIA Awards and received a nomination for Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

"Difficult to sum up what the album means to me at this point. It was a pretty special time for me making the music (it wasn’t an album yet at that point). In a way it’s when I truly discovered myself as an artist," Parker wrote on Instagram a few months ago, reflecting on Lonerism's impact and legacy and his doubts at the time.

"Coming off the back of Innerspeaker I had this new sense of purpose. I had finally given myself permission to let music take over my being completely… to become totally immersed in my own world of recording music. So I had this new sense of creative freedom. 

"I felt free to be ambitious, weird, pop, experimental, whatever, and didn’t feel judged because I was finally just doing it for myself and believed in myself. For the most part anyway… of course the day came to release it and it all came crashing down and I thought the album sucked and couldn’t even imagine people enjoying it. 

"As it turns out I was wrong… the album dropped and exceeded all my expectations and my life changed massively again, and I slowly realised the music was pretty good, again, which gave me a new sense of purpose, and the cycle starts again…."

Tame Impala have also unveiled a new single, Wings Of Time, featuring Pond's Nicholas Allbrook for the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves soundtrack. The film hits cinemas on 30 March. 

"Being asked to do a track for the D&D soundtrack seemed like an unmissable opportunity to indulge in my long time love of fantasy prog rock," Parker said. 

He added, "I recruited my good friend Nicholas Allbrook, who is the person I know appreciates this subject matter the most. We rented a villa in Spain, that kind of felt like a castle, for two nights whilst on tour for Primavera. That location got us in the right frame of mind and it went from there. We stayed up late coming up with weird ideas and song lyrics."