Injured Beady Eye guitarist Gem Archer made his first public statement since his accident in August that resulted in a skull fracture. His message acknowledged his supporters and well-wishers. He says that he is ‘on the mend’ and still plans to tour with his band in November.
His full statement was published on Beady Eye’s Facebook page and reads:
‘Hi all. Gem here saying a big thank you from the bottom of my being, to everyone for their kind words, wishes, messages and patience over the past weeks. I am on the mend, not gone round the bend and treading carefully whilst taking each day as a giant leap forward. I still consider myself lucky, who knows why things happen, but they do and it all could have been much worse but it wasn’t. That was then and as of now, I can’t wait to stand with a guitar in my hand alongside the rest of the boys, on a stage in front of some of you from November onwards. “You can’t change the wind, but you can change how you walk into it ” as an old friend said to me once. Here’s to next time and knowing a little more of how to do the walk! Bring it on. Thanks again. Peace, love, luck and respect. Gem Archer’
Beady Eye were forced to cancel all of their August engagements, including their anticipated V Festival appearance, after it was announced that 46-year-old Archer had suffered severe head trauma in an accident at home on August 1. After a week in hospital under intensive observation, he was released to his home for recovery. There was speculation about whether Archer would be fit to perform with the band for the remainder of the year.
Last month, the band issued a statement insisting that Archer was making a ‘full recovery’ in time for their upcoming UK and Ireland tour kicking off in Dublin on November 7. In a message to fans, they said: ‘We are buzzing about getting back on stage for the UK and Ireland dates in November. ‘
The Sun reported last week that Archer suffered further injury during his recovery period. A source revealed to the paper that he had broken his leg while at home, and that he had a double fracture to the tibia and fibula. Neither Beady Eye nor Archer has confirmed that report.