But he awoke Saturday to “cracking sounds” on the right side of his body, he said.
“I’m having a very difficult time breathing and there’s like a stabbing pain whenever I breathe or move,” Malone wrote in social media posts about 30 minutes before the concert was to start. “We’re in the hospital now, but with this pain, I can’t do the show tonight.”
Tickets will be valid for a rescheduled concert that is in the works, he said, apologizing for being unable to perform Saturday. The venue, TD Garden, had announced minutes earlier that the concert was canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances” and fans should keep their tickets for a new date.
Malone has been on the road since Sept. 10 for his 33-city Twelve Carat Tour, promoting his fourth album, “Twelve Carat Toothache.” He was one week and five stops in when he had the onstage accident in St. Louis.
Video footage of the incident showed the artist reaching to grab fans’ hands while performing “Circles.” He turned and walked to the center of the stage, then stepped into an open area and fell, appearing to catch himself with his upper body. He rolled out of the opening and lay on his back. The music stopped.
Medics helped Malone offstage, but he later returned and continued the show.
In a video shared on Twitter the next day, the rapper said the opening in the stage is meant to allow instruments to be lowered. He said falling through it “winded me pretty good, got me pretty good,” adding that he had been given painkillers at the hospital.
Malone thanked fans for their support and vowed to continue the tour.
In his Saturday post announcing the cancellation of the Boston show, he said he felt “terrible, but I promise I’m going to make this up to you.”
“I love you Boston, I’ll see you soon,” he concluded.