Ongoing History Daily: Rivers Cuomo’s leg

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo was born with his left leg 44 millimeters leg shorter than the other, something he had to deal with for the first chunk of his life. But once he made some money with the band’s first album, he got that fixed.

In March 1995, doctors broke the leg and pulled it to the proper length. Rivers was then fitted with a special wire brace on the outside of his leg that had to be adjusted on a regular basis to make sure that the bone grew together naturally to its new proper length. This was followed by physiotherapy, which really, really hurt. Rivers spent months in the hospital, often under the influence of painkillers.

But in the end it was worth it because by 1996, Rivers could stand up completely plumb.

Every hear of enhanced CDs? That was covered in yesterday’s post.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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