Toots Hibbert Cancels Tour Over Bottle InjuryBy: Sean Patterson - May 29, 2013
Almost two weeks ago, at the Dominion Riverrock outdoor music festival in Virginia, Reggae singer Frederick “Toots” Hibbert was hit in the head with a large glass vodka bottle during a Toots and the Maytals performance. He was rushed to the hospital, where he received seven stitches to close the wound on his head. The person who allegedly threw the bottle, a 19-year-old named William Lewis, has been charged with aggravated assault.
Though the band had initially been hopeful that Hibbert would be able to continue the band’s U.S. tour, it now appears that he is too injured to return to the stage.
According to an Associated Press report, Hibbert has returned to his home in Jamaica and has cancelled the rest of the Toots and the Maytals tour dates. He is reportedly still undergoing treatment for his injury.
Hibbert gained fame in Jamaica in the 60s and 70s as a part of the band The Maytals. He has been touring and creating albums ever since, and in 2005 Toots and the Maytals won a best reggae album Grammy award for the album True Love.