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Six Weird-Ass Moments In Music

We’ve all heard about Ozzy Osbourne snorting ants and Phil Specter killing women, but there are tons of crazy stories involving musicians that most people don’t know about. So, Jason Buhrmester, author of the awesome new book Black Dogs: The Possibly True Story Of Classic Rock’s Greatest Robbery, gives us six of the lesser-known weird moments in the history of music.
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In the early 70s, Black Sabbath needed gigs–just not one performing at Stonehenge for a Satanic organization. Despite the rumors of the band’s love of the occult, they had no interest in performing for a bunch of Satanists. After refusing the show, the band was allegedly “cursed,” which became a bit too real for Ozzy and company when a knife-wielding man climbed on-stage in Memphis and ran at guitarist Toni Iommi. Later, when the band noticed black-robed people roaming their hotel and found one of their doors adorned with an upsidedown cross daubed in blood, they did what any Satan-loving heavy metal band would do—they called security.


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While on tour in New Zealand, Shane MacGowan, the snarl-toothed, booze-chugging singer for the Pogues, stayed in a hotel built on an ancient Maori graveyard. During his stay, MacGowan claimed to hear Maori spirits and, got totally paranoia, painted his room and clothes blue in order to prove his worth as a Maori warrior. Unsatisfied, he stripped naked and painted his entire body the same shade of blue, which is how the band’s tour manager found him in the morning. 


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In his autobiography "I Lived to Tell It All," country legend George Jones describes a mega-bender of booze and drugs that continued until his brain snapped and he found himself locked in a Donald Duck voice that he couldn’t stop using when he spoke. Let me reiterate: George Jones got so wasted that he was only able to speak in a Donald Duck voice for days on end. He performed several entire concerts in his Duck impression and, at one point, to make matter worse, he locked himself in his dressing room and wouldn’t hit the stage until he was introduced as Hank Williams.

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While sitting naked on the roof of his New York City apartment, peacenik John Lennon claimed to have spotted a UFO hovering roughly 100 feet away. According to his then girlfriend, Lennon screamed for the spacecraft to take him. He later immortalized the sighting on the back of his album “Walls and Bridges” with the words “On 23 August 1974 I saw a UFO J.L.”
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The man behind “Ring of Fire” started his own blaze while driving his rolling drug den —a beat-up Winnebago with the windows spray-painted black that Cash had dubbed “Jesse James.” While off-roading, the Man in Black sparked a forest fire that burnt down 508 acres of the Los Padres National Forest in California. The U.S. government sued him and settled for $82,001 making him the first person ever successfully sued for starting a forest fire. When told that the inferno killed 49 of the area’s 53 endangered condors, Cash replied, “I don’t care about your damn yellow buzzards.” 
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When Keith Richards’ father passed away in 2002 at age 84, the Rolling Stone guitarist and walking corpse couldn’t stop himself from taking a little taste. "He was cremated," Richards told NME magazine, "and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn’t have cared." How good was a fine line of Richards’ pops? "It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive."
Pick up a copy of Jason’s Black Dogs: The Possibly True Story Of Classic Rock’s Greatest Robbery in bookstores or online now.

22 Responses to "Six Weird-Ass Moments In Music"

  1. laprincessa says:

    Why 6? Why not 8? Or 372? Or 3?

  2. Steve says:

    A company that makes hemmoroid medicine, or ad agency for a one, wanted to use Cash’s song Ring of Fire in a TV commercial.

    Cash’s people turned them down.

    The visual is funny without the commercial.

  3. Todders says:
    how did satanists get the rights to book stonehenge? Watch Macho Man Randy Savage take a bong rip of salvia… AND TOTALLY LOSE HIS SH*T:
  4. Anomynous says:

    I love how you didn’t even include the link to your gay-ass piece of shit video that makes Freddy Got Fingered look like Citizen Kane. Kill yourself, you fucktard.

  5. Pierre says:


  6. Thatguypete says:

    I would pay money to see ol’ George singing like Donald Duck. That’s too funny…

  7. laprincessa says:

    Amen, me too, brother.

  8. Sheriff says:

    6 Weird Ass Moments- not a dumb fuck shitting himself to awful music cause mommy and daddy didnt love him.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Taking a shit on stage, fighting w/ the audeince and eating and rolling around in ur own shit couldnt make the list, huh!

    Long live GG Allin

  10. Anonymous says:

    but GG allin might have been the least talented musician ever. the only reason that anyone knows who he is is because of his shock.

  11. Anonymous says:

    His parents loved him very much.

  12. Anomynous says:

    ^^ win-a-roonie

  13. Karen says:

    I heard that too… that he later said it was just a joke. He supposedly DIDN’T snort pops. Who knows though.

  14. ordinaryboy says:

    Well, he has since said that it was true, and that his denial of it was bullshit so there’s really no telling what the truth is. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did though. I mean, it’s a pretty fitting tribute given the circumstances, no?

  15. Anonymous says:

    He was probably just too fucked up to remember doing it.

  16. David K. says:

    I thought Richards later said that didn’t actually happen? I mean I hope it did…

  17. Sickpigs.com says:

    How in the world can a list titled “Six Weird-Ass Moments In Music” not contain something about “Weird” Al Yankovic? I mean, really guys.


  18. AnonymousG says:


  19. Anonymous says:

    What about the time Metallica got booed off stage in laramie WY back in 1983 because eceryone thought they sucked?

  20. Anonymous says:

    This sprung hatred that inspired their new cd “Kill ‘em All” which featured several of their most hated things in this world which included:
    U-Haul; Laramie, Wyoming; Andrew Lloyd Friedman; Jamaica, Queens; Spon Q ($6 a shot!!); Tony “Artword” Taylor; A. Lame; and the unkown Opera Singer in the music building who woke us up too early!

  21. John says:

    wow i knew johnny cash was badass but that guy is the fucking MAN!!!!!!

  22. Joe Kerr says:

    The Led Zeppelin “Mudshark” (actually red snapper, but who cares) incident should be here.