Currently doing the festival thing in Europe, Grandaddy will head back to the States for a handful of shows in the Midwest and Canada at the start of August. Then it’s back across the sea for more festivals and other fun stuff. Earlimart support on North American dates.

Next time you see Grandaddy before their show, you might want to refrain from shouting out the old showbiz good-luck adage, “break a leg.” That’s because band member Jim Fairchild nearly did just that and much more, and not in a good I-thought-it’d-be-cool-to-jump-off-the-roof-into-the-pool kind of way.

According to a post on the band’s Web site, “The booze was flowing so the details are a bit blurry. Seems Jim was kicking it with the Pete Yorn guys on Pete’s bus. While having a good time, Jim sort of did a little stumble fall down the steps and out the door of the bus and onto the ground.

“Unlucky for him, the 18-wheeler that carries the production gear was on its way to San Diego. As it was leaving the parking lot, the 17th or 18th wheel rolled over Jim’s shoulder, breaking some little bones that I can’t pronounce let alone spell.

“Jim was taken to the hospital. He is O.K. He can still play guitar – he just does it in a chair with a sling on his arm.”

Phew. That was a close one.