Rockstars are known for their odd and extreme life: sex, drugs and rock’n’roll has been the main slogan for depicting legendary musicians such as Slash, Keitch Richards, Ozzy Osbourne and many others. Apart from their amazing skills and worldwide known songs, some of them are pretty well known for their behavior off-stage (and sometimes… on stage!). Anyone remember the story about Ozzy and the bat? Well, there are many more. Enjoy the 10 craziest moment in music history!
1. Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne is one of the craziest musicians ever – from biting off a bat head on stage (although he didn’t know the bat was real) to snorting ants from the floor, the “Madman” led a life that would have killed the strongest man on earth. Despite all of this, he’s still alive and kicking, touring and singing everyday. Scientists once performed a test on his blood, eventually discovering that his DNA was altered after decades of drug and alcohol abuse and they couldn’t believe how he managed to live that long. Long live the Prince of Darkness!
2. Keith Moon
The former “The Who” drummer was known for his extreme life. Unfortunately, the musician left us in 1978 due to a Heminevrin overdose, a drug that’s prescribed to prevent symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. During his life he made a name of himself both for his drumming skills but also for his habit to pick up fights and destroy things while being heavily drunk. After a bad fight during a gig in 1967, Moon was knocked out and taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, his band took revenge for him destroying a hotel room and throwing a full-sized piano into the pool. The band was presented a 24,000$ bill (roughly 171,000$ in present day!). Moon used to drink way too much and mix alcohol with drugs and, during a gig in 1973, he passed out on stage. The coolest thing about it? A 19-year-old boy from the crowd finished the set!
Slash has been sober since years now – precisely, after a near-death experience where he was told he could have died at 35. Right before toning down his drug abuse, Slash used to blow out his advance paycheck by buying insane amounts of heroin and cocaine. In the early ’90, while high on drugs, he became convinced that a monster that looked like The Predator was chasing him with weapons and managed to run completely naked through an Arizona golf resort, smashes a glass door, took a maid as a shield and then hide behind a lawnmower. And if this wasn’t enough, what about the time when he picked up a Mountain Lion as a pet and kept it in his hotel room? While in Beijing Curtis (that was the Lion’s name) escaped from the cage and completely destroyed the room before being sedated. Classic Slash.
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers
You may see them as grown adults, playing alternative rock and having families, but the Chilis used to do the craziest things in the scene, both on- and off- drugs. One of the most memorable moments was certainly their Kit Kat Club concert back in 1983, where they performed completely naked with just a sock on their intimate parts. It quickly became a trademark of the band that kept on performing like that for decades before finally… growing up. Footages of those concerts can be easily found online.
5. Keith Richards
Every member of The Rolling Stones is famous for crazy stories involving drugs, groupies and drugs. Even considering the stories revolving around Mick Jagger, nobody beats Keith Richards when it comes to the most insane stories in the Rock’N’Roll history. Urban legends involving complete blood transfusion may be taken as funny and evocative stories but one thing is for sure: Keith deliberately admitted to snort and smoke his own father ashes. Did he gained extra years after that? We’re not sure, but Keith is still alive and kicking despite his extreme life!
6. Iggy Pop
The ‘Lizard Man’ is so iconic that it’s hard not to imagine him shirtless and bent down on the stage. Credited for inventing the stage dive, Iggy was a real provoker and crazy punk rocker. One of his main stage antics involved slashing himself on stage while rolling around and going batshit crazy on the stage. Iggy once crossed the line by insulting a crew of bikers that attended the show and got punched in the face and beaten up badly. After getting the lesson learned, Iggy returned to the stage and kept on singing and finished the set. A true legend!
7. Mötley Crue
The band infamous song “Kickstart my Heart” was inspired by Nikki Sixx death trip. It was 1987 and Nikki shoot up so much heroin that he actually overdosed and later declared dead for 2 minutes while on the ambulance that was taking him to the hospital. Two paramedics pumped him with two shots of adrenaline and managed to revive him. Instead of resting, Nikki escaped the ambulance, found a ride back home, did more heroin and passed out again. No wonder that only a few rockstars were able to challenge Nikki when it came to alcohol and drugs.
8. Zakk Wylde
Popular belief says that partying like a rock star is the quickest road to the grave. Zakk Wylde didn’t give a shit about it and defeated death. How? In 2009, the Black Label Society guitarists was hospitalized and found out he had three blood clots in his leg. Apparently, he suffered from clotting for years to a point where the three biggest ones traveled through his heart and his lungs, but he survived. Why? His massive amount of alcohol intake kept his blood so thin that the clots were actually able to pass without damage. How METAL is that?
9. Izzy Stradlin
The original Guns’N’Roses rhythm guitarists, while not going high on drugs so much like his bandmate Slash, certainly made a name of himself. While touring in Japan, the gunners were told to pay attention to Japanese Custom officers: they tracked down a lot of rockstars with drugs in their possession, eventually jailing them for short amounts of time (Paul McCartney was one of them). Acknowledged that, Izzy’s brilliantly decided to hide the drugs in his stomach. The outcome? He spent almost 100 hours in coma. And if this wasn’t enough, Izzy managed to pee in the gallery area of a plane because he “couldn’t wait any longer” as the bathroom was occupied. We guess he has a bit of a problem with everything about planes and airports!
10. Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper made a name of himself thanks to his stage antics, lyrics, musical style and… the chicken incident. Legend says that a fan threw a chicken onstage and Cooper threw it back into the audience, which proceeded to tore the poor animal to pieces and threw parts of it onstage. In reality, as explained by bassist Dennis Dunaway, the band travelled with two chickens named Larry and Pecker and treated them like domestic animals. The incident wasn’t remotely planned and the band actually never killed the animals, but the story started to spread making them the most talked-about band of the year.
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