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15 Wildest True Stories About Musicians

Ozzy Osbourne

In 1982, a 17-year-old boy attended an Ozzy Osbourne Concert in Des Moines. The boy had a bat in tow (because that’s a normal thing to do), and he threw it on stage in the middle of Ozzy’s concert. Naturally, Ozzy picked it up and bit its head off. He was rushed to the ER right after the show to be treated for rabies. Osbourne later admitted that he thought the bat was rubber.

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Keith Richards

It’s never easy when a loved one passes away. Keith Richards, founding member of the Rolling Stones, knows just how confusing this time can be. When his father passed away in 2002, the father was cremated. Naturally, Keith mixed the ashes with cocaine and snorted them.  

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Rock musicians are known to experiment with drugs. Well, in 1991, Slash was busy getting high when he noticed the monster from Predator. Slash ran. He broke through a glass door, hid behind a maid, ran naked across a golf course, all before cowering behind a lawn mower. He was so high that he still believed the story by the time the police came over. 

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Ed Sheeran

Pop star Ed Sheeran was once attacked by a member of the royal family. Well, close. He was hanging out with musician James Blunt and Princess Beatrice when Blunt jokingly asked to be knighted. The princess went and retrieved the ceremonial sword, swung it back, and accidentally nicked Sheeran’s face. He was totally fine, but he’s got a small conversation-starting scar now. 

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the most popular bands of all time, and they made quite the splash as they rose up the charts. They were known to give crazy performances with great jam sessions, so people would flock to their shows. Often, the audience would be met by the band members wearing only a sock to cover their privates. 

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Nikki Sixx

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx was known for his rampant use of drugs. Unsurprisingly, he once overdosed. He was revived from his two-minutes with death after being given two shots of adrenaline. While being rushed to the hospital, he managed to break out of the ambulance, rush home, and take the biggest dose of heroin he’d ever done. The whole experience inspired the hit song “Kickstart my Heart.” 

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Jimi Hendrix

These days, when the kids think something’s cool, they say it’s “lit.” Jimi Hendrix would have loved that. At Hendrix’s first show in America, a 17-year-old managed to capture the most iconic picture of Hendrix you’ll find. In the middle of the show, Hendrix managed to get his hands on some lighter fluid. He promptly used it to set his guitar on fire and smash it on stage. What else would you do in the middle of a set? 

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Britney Spears

The Early 2000s pop star Britney Spears’s life is so crazy that it’s difficult to pin down just one incident, but it’s a little easier when you hear about her parenting. Britney had been a fairly normal pop star before this, but after a nasty breakup with Justin Timberlake, we began to see cracks more and more often. When she was pestered by the paparazzi, she put her 4-month-old son in her lap and sped away in her SUV.  

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Alice Cooper

When Alice Cooper was playing a show In Toronto back in 1969, a chicken stumbled on stage. It’s debated whether the chicken was brought by the fans or if it was one of the band’s two pet chickens, but there is was. It was tossed into the crowd where it was promptly torn apart. The band later said they assumed the chicken would fly. Either way, it was quite a gruesome show, and animal rights activists showed up for the next few shows after that.  

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Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde, the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, looks like he could be a Viking, and he drinks like one too. That ended up helping him out. When he was in his early 40s, he was diagnosed with a blood clot disease. He had several in his legs already. He was put on blood thinners, and in addition to the massive amounts of alcohol he’d been drinking for three decades, his blood was too thin for the clots to do serious damage. It was extremely dangerous, but it may have saved his life. These days, he’s had to stop drinking. 

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Sid Vicious

The Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen both enjoyed their fair share of drugs. They had a fight one night while doing heroin, and Spungen was found dead the next morning. Vicious was charged for murder.  He tried to kill himself twice but was saved both times. He went into drug rehab and was doing well until four months after the incident. He overdosed at a party. No funeral home would take him, and Spungen’s mom refused to let Vicious’s ashes near her daughter’s grave. 

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Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O’Connor was the embodiment of rock and roll’s rebellious nature. In 1992, she decided to make a protest while performing on SNL, one which the show did not know about. She sang a modified version of Bob Marley’s “War,” changing the lyrics to criticize the Catholic Church’s high rates of child abuse. She then pulled out a picture of the then-pope and ripped it while staring at the camera. This was before the abuses done by the Catholic Church had been exposed, so it cause quite the splash.  

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Kurt Cobain

Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain lived a rough life. He didn’t handle being thrust into the spotlight well and fell into the rampant drug use that was so common amongst rock musicians of the 80s. In 1994, after struggling with physical and mental health issues for years, he attempted suicide. He survived but was in a coma for a day.  He went to rehab, escaped, and took a flight to Seattle where he was coincidentally seated next to Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan. Cobain killed himself a few days later, adding his name to the 27 Club, a list of musicians who all died at age 27. 

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Raves can get crazy. It’s kind of implied in the name. Moby was playing one once when a man tripping on ecstasy dressed as a 10’ tree clambers up on stage and starts wrestling with him. The crowd assumed it was part of the show. Moby had no idea why he was being attacked by a giant tree-man. 

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Led Zeppelin

People will do some crazy things to, well, be with celebrities. They get used to it, though, and sometime make a game out of it. Led Zeppelin once came back stage to find a bunch of topless groupies. They band promptly handed out scripts for the play Antigone, which they proceed to perform an amateur rendition of the play to an audience of none. 

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Wu Tang Clan

One of the biggest goals of modern science is to find a clean, longer-lasting source of energy. The Wu Tang Clan claims to have once found this. They fiddled around backstage and ended up creating a perpetual motion machine. Then, a bunch of people in suits stormed in, destroyed the machine, and commanded the group to never mention it again. We’re not sure if we believe this story, but we like to think it’s true. 

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