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Well, wouldn't you know it - musicians are still setting themselves on fire with pyrotechnics. While this one wasn't as serious as James Hetfield stumbling into a wall of flame, and Clifford scampered away rather than putting the fire out with some sick spin moves like Michael Jackson, the kid still has a gnarly story to tell his grandkids.
During a 2012 performance in Auckland, New Zealand, Lady Gaga's 'Judas' stage setup decided to betray her. Gaga was smoked in the head by a metal pole being moved by one of her backup dancers, suffering a concussion (and the epic shiner in the picture). Check out the video to see the exact moment the dancer freezes, thinking "Oh shit, there goes my dream job."
Nirvana's Krist Novoselic was just being Krist when he tossed his bass into the air with the intent to catch it at as a sweet finale to the band's 1992 MTV Music Awards performance. Well, his hand-eye coordination seemed to be a little off that night. On the plus side, we were treated with one of the most charmingly shambolic music award performance endings of all time.
During a 1967 TV appearance, The Who's Keith Moon decided in an inspired moment to fill his kick drum with as much explosives as he could get his hands on. Turns out it was also sort of a dick move - the explosion went off right next to Pete Townsend's head, rendering him deaf in one ear.
Apparently Iglesias regularly catches flying camera drones at his concerts to give the fans a close up of his pretty mug. At a show in Tijuana, Mexico earlier this year, however, he got a little too handsy with the little robot (it totally looks like he was trying to tickle it). While the resulting bloody hand was all kinds of gross, the heart he painted in blood on his t-shirt was straight up gangsta.
Despite having a torn ACL, Drake decided not to drop off 2009's America's Most Wanted tour; instead performing a few songs a night. He quickly learned that attempting to do the Drake Skip on a torn ACL is a recipe for disaster/rolling around in agony.
The wonderfully weird virtuoso (pictured here with a dapper paper towel scarf) was closing off a 1971 London show when a crazed fan rushed the stage and pushed Zappa 15 feet down to the venue's concrete orchestra pit. The musician suffered a crushed larynx, broken rib and a fractured leg.
The insanely talented soul artist is perhaps most well known for writing and producing the Super Fly soundtrack. Unfortunately, he's also known for experiencing one of the worst non-fatal onstage injuries: at a 1990 New York concert, Mayfield was struck by falling stage lighting, paralyzing him from the neck down.
Let’s face it – as a species, humans collectively love seeing each other get hurt.
Our ingrained response is something like this: Step 1 – ensure they’re alive. Step 2 – laugh. We seem to find it especially funny when somebody famous eats it (almost certainly due to jealousy). As far as musicians go, we’ve chortled at everyone from Bono to Steven Tyler’s less graceful moments and recently lauded the man who decided to keep it going despite a broken leg.
However, we often forget that there are plenty of ways musicians risk life and limb for us onstage other than accidentally toppling off their lofty perch. Here are nine reminders why concert insurance is so expensive.