- Gimme Fuel Gimme (slightly less) Fire That I Desire.
When Metallica performs live, it is like watching a master craftsman create a marble statue in one go. As a band, they are sonically perfect when performing in front of an audience. They always command their audience’s attention, and the stage show is always second to none. However, when things go wrong, mishaps tend to have disastrous consequences. For the world’s greatest heavy metal band, they embarked on a tour with Guns N Roses in 1992. During a show in Montreal, front man James Hetfield stood too close to the vent that unleashes plumes of flame. As expected, the flames singed Hetfield’s arm causing the show to stop in its tracks. James Hetfield was rushed to the hospital and received treatment for severe third-degree burns. Metallica, ever the professional musicians that they are, continued the tour with Hetfield’s arm in a cast and their guitar tech filling in for him on rhythm guitar for the remaining tour dates.
- Enrique Iglesias proves that he is a “Hero”
For Enrique Iglesias, the singer likes to play catch with his audience. Occasionally, fans would throw things onstage, and he would catch them. These objects were drones the fans would bring into the stadium during his shows. Enrique would catch them, and the fans would predictably go wild for the stunt. However, one fan tossed a drone that Enrique caught at the wrong angle. The blades of the drone severely cut his fingers, causing him to bleed out onstage. He stepped off to the side to have the injury examined and came back later with his hand wrapped in a t-shirt to play the rest of the show.
- Breaking the Law has Consequences!
For Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, he tends to take risks every now and then. This one risk involved a stunt that had Rob Halford ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle onstage every night. One time however, there was a problem with the motorcycle. The motorcycle crashed into a drum riser that sent Halford to the ground where he was knocked unconscious. The stage crew couldn’t find Halford for a few minutes due to smoke caused by the fog machines. The incident helped Rob Halford make the decision to leave Judas Priest in 1992.
- Keith Richards Rocks Off to The Side of The Stage
For Keith Richards, playing sold out arenas is a constant source of joy in his life. However, one night, he noticed that the microphone was placed at a different angle. Keith attempted to turn the microphone to face him so he could perform some backing vocals. However, he was “shocked” to discover that the mic electrocuted him and sent him to the ground. The entire show stopped, and Keith was taken by medics to a nearby hospital for treatment.
- Get the Firehouse Because I Set My Hair on Fire
For Gene Simmons, he is called the demon for a reason. He levitates from the stage, spits blood and on occasion breathes fire from his mouth. One time during a gig in 1973, Simmons hair caught fire when performing his fire breathing trick. A roady with a wet towel came out to help douse the flames. For Gene Simmons, this would not be the last incident involving his hair and fire. Gene Simmons had roughly seven more mishaps over the course of his career.
- Keith Moon Goes Out with a Bang.
Being one of the world’s greatest drummers doesn’t necessarily make you one of the world’s most brilliant people. For Keith Moon, the drummer convinced his roadies to load his drum kit with explosives. When on a late show, Moon proceeded to add three times as many explosives in his kit than usual. As the Who finished playing “My Generation”, the drum exploded. While Keith Moon made it out of the way with minimal injuries, Pete Townshend to this day blames the incident on why his hearing is as bad as it is.
- I Think I Broke My F’n Leg
For Dave Grohl, when performing in Sweden with the Foo Fighters, he miscalculated a step. This miscalculation caused the Foo Fighters front man to fall off the stage and severely injure his leg. His doctor hauled him offstage while the rest of the band played classic rock covers to a nervous crowd. Dave Grohl later returned onstage with a cast and a chair and proceeded to play the rest of the show. He would later go on to complete the rest of the tour with a throne inspired by Game Of Thrones so he could nurse his broken leg.
- The Toxic Twins Are At It Again!
For Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the two have a history of feuding. However, this time, Stevens injury was purely accidental. Joe Perry playfully nudged Steven and Steven took a tumble while onstage. This resulted in head, neck, and shoulder injuries for Steven Tyler.