Smudo injured his knee: Fanta 4 rapper returns after falling on stage

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Smudo injured his knee
Fanta 4 rapper returns after falling on stage

Michael Bernd Schmidt is better known as Smudo, rapper of the legendary German hip-hop group “Fantastics Vier”. During a performance in August, Smudo injured himself in front of 14,000 fans, now he is making his comeback on stage.

When the Fantastics Four performed Sunday night as part of the Lollapalooza Festival on the grounds of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, the injured rapper Smudo (real name Michael Bernd Schmidt) and his bandmates were also on the Main Stage South. Until then, fans had doubted whether the musician, who had torn the patellar tendon in his knee in late August during a stage fall, would perform.

Shortly before the performance, however, the management of the German spoken word legends had already made it clear that the quartet would perform, including Smudo. Speculations that the 54-year-old could do the show sitting down were itself disproved that evening: He did the first show since the accident standing – wearing a large gray-black leg splint.

“This is not a stunt, this is real!”

The rapper injured himself during the encore at a show in Bonn. “My knee,” he moaned, bandmate Thomas D. was stunned and told the 14,000 fans in front of the stage, “It’s not a stunt, it’s real!” A day after his podium accident, Smudo personally contacted his fans. He revealed via Instagram what exactly happened and how he was doing in the meantime. “There are worse places to jump through the patellar tendon than on stage at the end of the tour. Thank you all for the touching wishes for recovery,” wrote the Swabian, who has lived in Hamburg for many years, under a photo of the performance .

He also apologized for the postponement of the planned concert in Osnabrück, explaining his health condition: “OP this morning went 1a. The mood is good. 6 weeks track”. The Fantastic Four (“Die Da!?!”) are considered the pioneers of the German recitative, and in 1989 the band gave their first concert under this name.

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