Top 10 Rock and Metal Musicians Who Suffered Onstage AccidentsMetal_Treasure Some live shows went wrong causing serious and painful injuries.
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He suffered a pyrotechnic accident in 1992 during a concert in Montréal, Canada.
Metallica’s pyro was based on magnesium that burns at over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit that engulfed Hetfield and left him with very serious injuries.
One of Hetfield's tattoos features this accident (flames encasing the four cards). - Metal_Treasure
Also, during a gig in 1990 he pierced his hand on the axe’s whammy bar while performing his trademark windmill move. Ouch! - Metal_Treasure
I can imagine how much this would suck- if he had hit the wrong nerve, he could have lost his ability to play guitar. - Gg2000
He got hearing problems after a show - the band (or Keith Moon) added too much pyro in Keith Moon’s bass drum which caused a larger explosion than intended leaving band members with shrapnel wounds and permanent hearing damage. - Metal_Treasure
2 serious accidents:
1) A massive fire accident that is described in Deep Purple's Smoke On the Water.
During the Zappa show in Switzerland somebody in the audience fired a flare gun toward the rattan covered ceiling, the place caught fire that destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Zappa equipment. Thank god, there were no major injuries.
2) A week later in London a fan rushed onto the stage and pushed Zappa into the concrete orchestra pit. The fall nearly killed him. Zappa sustained a crushed larynx, fractures, head trauma, and injuries covering his entire body.
These incidents led Zappa to fear that he would be murdered. - Metal_Treasure
This proves to those saying "he's trying to hard to be badass" that he isn't- he simply is - SoldierOfFortune
Zakk sliced his hand open on the strings of his guitar. He asked for stitches to close the wound and... finished the show splashing his own blood into the audience. - Metal_Treasure
YEEOW THAT HURTS. (*holds his own hands*) - TristGamer
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters fell off the stage, broke his leg and told the crowd "Ladies and gentlemen... I think I just broke my leg".
He went to the hospital and returned to finish the concert sitting on a chair attended by a paramedic. "I may not be able to walk or run but I can still play guitar and scream," Grohl said. - Metal_Treasure
Many Judas Priest fans know that Halford rides his motorcycle onto the stage at the end of each show but in 1990 Halford was knocked off the motorcycle by a misplaced prop and missed the last song.
He broke his nose and was rendered unconscious during the show that was supposed to be his final show with the band. - Metal_Treasure
Keef electrocuted himself on stage on Dec. 3, 1965 in Sacramento when he bumped his guitar into an ungrounded mic stand. The electrical explosion blew him backwards and knocked him out. Onlookers thought he had been shot. One of the first (hardly the last) times Keef almost died.
I liked your comment, Brian. "Classic Lou Reed fan". LOL - Metal_Treasure
He got bitten on the butt by a fan in the middle of a song in N.Y., 1973.
O_O - Metal_Treasure
The event where he threw his bass up and accidentally knocked on the head can be found on YouTube during the groups performance of "lithium" at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.
He used to throw his bass high into the air and catch it but during a live show his bass landed on his head and he fell to the ground. - Metal_Treasure
A cherry bomb explosion burned part of his face (and Steven’s face, too). - Metal_Treasure
He fell offstage twice while performing the same song - “Love in an Elevator” (in 2009 and 2010). He suffered head, neck and shoulder injuries. I would say “Love in an Elevator” is his unlucky song. - Metal_Treasure
He's lit his own hair on fire a few times
His hair caught fire while blowing fire onstage. - Metal_Treasure
Passed out during a concert. A teenager from the crowd took his place during that time.
As far as I know he passed out because he was drunk. And maybe this happened more than once. - Metal_Treasure
Not a rock & metal musician, but this happened to deadmau5 as well. - PositronWildhawk
He broke his arm when performing Papercut but continued the concert afterwards.
In 1996, while performing in Berlin, Schaffer injured his neck for which he had surgery in 2000. - Metal_Treasure
Ace Frehley was electrocuted before a KISS show one time. He claimed he couldn't feel his hand for several minutes. Inspiration for the song shock me.
He fell off stage and broke his leg in Ottawa in 1978. He continued to tour singing in a wheelchair. - Metal_Treasure
He fell off the stage and broke his nose and several ribs. But he sang the entire set of the concert before being treated in hospital.
It happened in 2012 during a headliner show of his band Edguy at the Bang Your Head Festival. - Metal_Treasure
Singer of US deathcore band Emmure suffered electric shock but he's OK. The accident was caused by faulty wiring and grounding of his mic, in a venue with no ventilation which caused the entire venue to sweat.
He was warned about the risk.
“I took the risk because I wanted to step on stage... It’s all one big joke to me. Just lucky I’m ok”, Frankie said. - Metal_Treasure
The lead singer/guitarist of the 1960s Jefferson Airplane band who ended up getting knocked out by a Hells Angels member mid-song during the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. - Swellow
He had quite a few injuries live.
He fell off a high hight and broke his ribs. I found it funny, but it is still a serious injury. - Mikbiter15
On January 26, 2011 ( Australia Day), Buffett was performing a concert in Australia at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion and fell off the stage after an encore. A concert-goer said, "He just went over to the edge of the stage, like he had numerous times through the night, just to wave, and people were throwing stuffed toys and things at him. And he just took one step too many and just disappeared in a flash. He didn't have time to put his arms out to save himself or anything, he just dropped." Coincidentally, one of Australia's leading trauma surgeons was at the concert and close to the stage; Dr. Gordian Fulde treated Buffett at the scene. Fulde said, "I thought he'd broken his neck... I heard the clunk of his head on a metal ledge, he has a deep gash on his scalp, which is all right now... But at first I thought: this guy is going to be a spinal injury." Dr Fulde turned him on his side so he could breathe and administered first aid. Buffett regained consciousness within a few minutes. He ...more - HardRockSam
Once, during a U2 concert on the Innocence+Experience Tour in Canada (I believe it was), The Edge fell off the stage during "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". - Gg2000
Noel Gallagher also got hurt in Canada really badly while performing with Oasis. They were performing "Morning Glory" when a concertgoer ran onstage from behind and pushed him over. - Gg2000
Manson suffered a serious leg injury when a stage prop fell on him. - ReturnOfScorpio
Technically not seen as an ‘onstage’ accident, but I feel Ty’s story deserves a mention.
On February 20, 2003, Ty and his band, Great White, were performing at the Station, a nightclub in West Warwick, RI, USA. A fire broke out when foam insulation was ignited by pyrotechnics. Ty originally made it out of the burning building alive, but was killed when he went back inside to retrieve a guitar. - ReturnOfScorpio
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