Rock's 10 Wildest Myths


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Paul McCartney Is Dead
If the Beatles are the undisputed titans of pop music, then this is the Titanic of rock myths. In 1969, Beatlemaniacs -- and who in the world wasn't one, by then? -- were buzzing with the bizarre rumor that Paul McCartney had been dead since 1966, the victim of a car crash in his Aston-Martin on a rainy night following a recording session at Abbey Road. The surviving band members, distraught, were said to have scrambled to find an impersonator. Then they began the slow process of dropping hints about the incident: "Here's another clue for you all, " John Lennon sang on "Glass Onion. " "The walrus was Paul. " The walrus was said to be an ancient symbol of death in several cultures (Roman, Arctic). During the eerie outro of "Strawberry Fields, " a muffled voice can be heard apparently saying "I buried Paul. " And on the cover of Abbey Road, Paul is barefoot (the corpse), John is in white (the angel), Ringo in black (the clergyman) and George in denim (the gravedigger). The dead man has since gone on to record dozens of solo records, compose symphonies, be knighted... and get busted for pot.


There were also audio specialists that reviewed the audio imprint af Pauls voice in the pre 'death' era and 'post' death era, and they claimed that the two voice imprints could not come from the same person.


The reason I know of this myth is because I saw the Revolution 9 backwards. I think it says Paul is dead a few times. Which kinda freaks me out. I'm no fan, but I know a kid in my class who's obsessed. And if he heard this, he'd die scared.
[Newest]He is not dead

2Ozzy Bites Head Off Bat
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.


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

3Rod Stewart's Stomach Pumped

4Jacko Meets the Elephant Man
I don't think he did buy the Eelephant Man's bones

5Gene Simmons' Cow Tongue
Besides their continuing popularity, the most improbable aspect of the long-running theatrical rock group Kiss has to be the freakishly long tongue of singer-bassist Gene Simmons. For years comic-book nerds convinced each other that Simmons had in fact had a cow tongue surgically grafted to his own. Sadly, it's just a fluke of Mother Nature. "I was oblivious, for the first thirteen years of my life, that I was endowed with a large oral appendage, my superlong tongue, " Simmons wrote in his autobiography. "It really was longer than everyone else's, and I was soon to find out that having a long tongue came in handy with the girls. " He's so enamored of the rumor that, when he recently launched his own men's magazine, the name was obvious: Tongue.


Laugh out loud some people and their crazy theories! This has got to be the craziest!
Hah. He just naturally has a long tongue! 7 inches to be exact ;)
Its also one of the most recognizable images when the band KISS comes to mind!
Cow Tongue? WTF? he had a piece of skin removed so he could stick it out farther and he already had a long tongue before, and he had a skin removed so he could make it MORE longer


6White Striped Siblings
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


7Marilyn Manson's Wonder Years
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


8Keith Richard's Blood Transfusion
"I can't untie the threads of how much I played up to the part that was written for me," Keith stated with full honesty. The myths and facts that surround Mr. Richards have grown way beyond his control to the fact that lines don't exist between the two anymore. Unfortunately, this one was written off as a faux and to much disappointment, it doesn't even have any spectacular story to it. As Keith was boarding a flight in Heathrow airport, he was approached by a group of journalists, to whom he gave a quick 'F*** off', but had a moment to throw in "I'm going to have my blood changed". "Boom, that's it. And then off to the plane. After that, it's like it's in the Bible or something. I just said it to fob them off. It's been there ever since".

9Ozzy Osbourne Snorts a Line of Ants

10Marilyn Manson Removed Ribs
My one friend told me this but I didn't believe him because he speaks such nonsence so I didn't believe him


People still tell me its true

The Contenders

11Mama Cass' Ham Sandwich
When "Mama" Cass Elliott died in 1974 at the age of thirty-two, initial reports suggested she choked while eating a sandwich in bed. The sweet-voiced belter for the Mamas and the Papas had been enjoying a successful solo career at the time, with hits such as "It's Getting Better" and the vaudevillian throwback "Dream a Little Dream of Me. " At almost 240 pounds, she had always struggled with her weight; fans could easily believe her death was associated with eating. Reports were soon embellished with details. Like Jimi Hendrix, Cass had supposedly asphyxiated on her own vomit. And the sandwich, like the singer's showier instincts, was ham. Some believed she died from a heroin overdose; others said she had been carrying John Lennon's baby at the time. In the end, the truth was less lurid. Mama Cass died of massive heart failure, probably as a result of her weight problem and the occasional crash diets she tried. Though a sandwich may well have been found at her bedside, an autopsy revealed no evidence of food in her trachea.


12Phil Collins Airs Drowning
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.


13Courtney love killed Kurt

14Dark Side of the Moon links with the Wizard of Oz
This is a very popular one that has been disproven many ideas and I have personally disproven it also

15David Bowie and Mick Jagger In Bed

16Kurt Cobain Is Alive And Rivers Cuomo
This theory states that Kurt Cobain faked his death and became the Weezer frontman. Some points shown are similar facial features, the formula book of Cobain's lyrics Rivers has, the side project Goat Projector, and the Foozer tour.


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