Rock's 10 Wildest Myths
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he did bite a bat, thinking it was a rubber toy. He bit the bats neck, not bit it off. He was rushed to the hospital and the show you cancelled
Ozzy's crazy.. Need I say more? It's as simple as that
Some myths are so perfectly suited to the legend they're too good to be true. Others just turn out to be true. Although many fans dismiss the story as myth, Ozzy Osbourne -- reality TV's rock & roll Prince of Darkness -- actually did bite the head off a bat. After the 1981 release of his second solo album, Diary of a Madman, the former Black Sabbath vocalist hit the road for a tour nicknamed "Night of the Living Dead. " Onstage, Ozzy pelted his audience nightly with 25 lbs. of pig intestines and calves' livers. Fans began bringing meat, and then dead animals, to throw back. One night in Des Moines, someone threw a live bat onstage. Stunned by the lights, the bat lay motionless. Osbourne, thinking it was a rubber toy, bit into its neck. He was rushed to the hospital and tested for rabies. Rumors that Osbourne once bit the head off a dove during a meeting with CBS Records have also been confirmed. But even this madman can't live up to the reputation every time: One rumor has it that Ozzy used to throw three dogs into the crowd before shows, refusing to begin until their dead carcasses were returned to the stage. That one is, in fact, a myth.
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Rock & roll was undoubtedly waiting for a savior when the White Stripes, the eccentric garage duo from Detroit, hit the big time a couple of years ago. In the increasingly processed world of pop, Jack and Meg White's inspired primitivism was the key to their success. It didn't hurt, however, that the band came equipped with a provocative rumor attached. Sharing jet-black hair and pasty complexions, the Whites passed themselves off as a brother-and-sister team, the two youngest siblings in a family of ten. In March 2001 a writer for the Detroit Free Press exposed the pair as a once-married couple. County records show that John (Jack) Gillis and Megan White were married in 1996, and divorced in 2000. As with most phenomena, the facts about the White Stripes remain subject to distortion. Yes, they did turn down an offer to license a song for an ad for the Gap; no, it wasn't for $1 million
Some fans still believe that Manson, born Brian Warner, was the bespectacled child actor (Josh Saviano) who played Paul Pfeiffer, best friend of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), on the hit television show The Wonder Years, which was broadcast from 1988 to 1993. At the height of his notoriety in the mid-Nineties, Manson also got plenty of mileage out of the rumor that he had a rib removed so he could perform oral sex on himself. The list of tall tales associated with the singer is as long as his reach: He supposedly had breast implants; he replaced one eye with a testicle; he played Charlie in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Manson, a master of deception and reinvention, welcomes the rumors: They make him a continuing topic of discussion. "It's kind of irrelevant sometimes whether they are true or not, " he once said. The Paul Pfeiffer one's not true... and Alice Cooper didn't play Eddie Haskell either
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Even scholars of Shakespeare and Joyce don't read their heroes' writing this closely. When the diminutive Genesis frontman hit the Top Twenty with "In the Air Tonight" in 1981, fans interpreted its lyrics (apparently a commentary on Collins' failed marriage) literally. "Well, if you told me you were drowning/I would not lend a hand": Collins is said to have witnessed the drowning of a real-life friend from afar. A stranger who was closer to the drowning man offered no help. Like a game of Telephone, the folklore took on further embellishments: Collins supposedly tracked the man down and gave him a free concert ticket, then debuted the song with a spotlight trained on the offender. By some accounts the negligent man later committed suicide, or was arrested as a result of Collins' diligence. In a postscript, Eminem's psychopathic fan "Stan" compares his rapper-hero, who he believes has abandoned him, with the man on the beach: "That's kinda how this is, you could have rescued me from drowning/Now it's too late, I'm on a thousand downers now. " "In the Air" is certainly not drowning, as it's recently been remade by rappers DMX and Lil' Kim and alt-rockers Full Blown Rose.
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