Bands with Massive ControversiesReturnOfScorpio With this list, we’ll be looking at massive controversies that have either defined a band or have been brought up in conversations about said bands.
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In 2013, welsh new metal group Lostprophets had to break up following reports that Ian Watkins, the lead singer, committed multiple child sex offenses. He was found two of possessed multiple pieces of child porn, and silicate a woman for sex with her infant daughter. - ReturnOfScorpio
Pedophile - DarkBoi-X
Ian Watkins is a rapist. He's a terrible person. His singing isn't that bad, though. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo
Manson and his posse were already the scapegoat of everything wrong with American youth by those on the right side of the aisle, but the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School cemented their place in infamy for years to come.
Manson was blamed for causing the shooting with his band’s lyrics. - ReturnOfScorpio
This guy has been blamed for the Columbine High School Shootings. - JoeBoi
Guns and roses has had many controversies over the years. One of the first ones was the usage of the N-word in the song ‘One In a Million’. Then there was the St. Louis riot, in which Axl Rose assaulted a fan with a camera, the Montreal riot, which Axl caused after showing up late and cutting Guns N' Roses’s set short after co-headliners Metallica had already cut their set short due to a freak accident, the firing/quitting of all members (except for Axl), and even Axl’s brief outright ban of ANYTHING Slash or Velvet Revolver from his shows. - ReturnOfScorpio
Euronymous and his black metal group, Mayhem, were infamous for many reasons, but I’m going to focus on one of them: Dawn of the Black Hearts.
Dead, the band’s lead vocalist (real name Per Yngve Ohlin), committed suicide in 1991, and his body was found by Euronymous (real name Øystein Aarseth). Euronymous then proceeded to further mutilate his bandmate’s body and take photos of the carnage. One of which would be used for the 1995 bootleg live album ‘Dawn of the Black Hearts’.
He used a shotgun to shoot Dead in the face, then proceeded to collect his skull fragments and make necklaces out of them and hand them out to other black metal musicians. In disgust with this, bassist Necrobutcher (real name Jørn Stubberund) left Mayhem, and was replaced by the infamous Count Grishnackh (real name Varg Virkenes). - ReturnOfScorpio
Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil is responsible for the death of the drummer of another band. During a cookout with members of motley Crue and Hanoi rocks, Vince Neil and Hanoi rocks drummer razzle went out to get more liquor. The car they were driving crashed, and razzle was killed. Neil was charged with DUI, and Hanoi rocks eventually disbanded, while Motley Crue went on to achieve a career high point, with ‘Dr. Feelgood’. - ReturnOfScorpio
Death grind band cattle decapitation is infamous for their music and lyrics. However, they slid into mega infamy with their music video for ‘forced gender reassignment.’ The video is infamous for homophobia, antitheism, and extreme gore. The video was immediately banned from youTube, who usually are somewhat lax on music videos. - ReturnOfScorpio
Almost immediately when people think Limp Bizkit, they think of the 1999 Woodstock riot. During their performance of ‘Break Stuff’, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst encouraged acts of rioting and vandalism. There were even allegations of gang rape during their set. And while they would still have another issue to happen in 2000 in Sydney Australia, and their infamous cover of a specific song by The Who, many people still associate this incident with their most infamous. - ReturnOfScorpio
Fred Durst has encouraged criminal activity numerous times, most infamously at Woodstock 99 in which he encouraged acts of rioting, thus making it a disaster. - JoeBoi
Dimebag Darrel’s name was (and still is) synonymous with Pantera, and is still seen as one of the highly praised guitar gods. Unfortunately, the breaking up of Pantera was met with extreme resentment by a man named Nathan Gale.
During a 2002 live show from Damageplan, Gale jumped up onstage and shot Dimebag to death. He proceeded to shoot and kill a few other people, until a cop’s bullet stopped Gale’s bloodshed. - ReturnOfScorpio
Four words: Were bigger than Jesus.
While not the exact thing that was said, this infamous quote will forever be attributed to John Lennon, and something he said in a British interview. It would be taken out of context in the US by the tabloids, and would result in a massive boycott, which later saw the infamous Ku Klux Klan get involved. - ReturnOfScorpio
Well, they were controversial because John Lennon said the infamous “more popular than Jesus” quote which caused massive boycotting in the southern United States as well as radio stations no longer playing the Beatles. It even lead to John Lennon being assassinated. - JoeBoi
Judas Priest was in the middle of a back masking scandal, when it was said that a teenage boy took his own life after hearing subliminal messages in their song ‘Better By You, Better Than Me’. To this day, it still comes up in discussions about Judas Priest. - ReturnOfScorpio
There was some boy who committed suicide from listening to one of this band’s songs. - JoeBoi
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