10 Most Rock’n’Roll Moments in Music History

[10] Ozzy Osbourne bites head off bat

This incident has embedded itself into Rock’n’Roll folklore and catapulted Osbourne into legendary status. After someone threw this unconscious bat onto stage at a Black Sabbath concert, the already infamous lead singer picked it up and bit the head off it, reportedly believing it was a rubber toy. Having continued to decapitate the bat after realising it was a living creature Osbourne underwent an intensive course of rabies treatment.


[9] Keith Moon blows up bass drum on TV

Keith Moon could be in this list for countless reasons, including driving a Rolls Royce into a swimming pool, running over and killing his Chauffeur, and destroying countless hotel rooms. However this stunt, which Moon kept secret from all his band members and stage engineers, proceeded to deafen Pete Townsend, disable all communication on the television show and project a cymbal into Moon’s arm rendering him unable to play drums for a week.


[8] The Red Hot Chili Peppers are thrown off Top of the Pops for refusing to mime

The band’s stance on miming has become synonymous with their reputation as wild funk rockers. Developing their ‘Socks on Cox’ outfits to protest against having to perform to a pre recorded track, this was not the first time they’d sparked controversy with their antics. The Chili Pepper’s bassist Flea remembers “The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80’s, we were thrown off of ‘The Top Of the Pops’ television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony’s shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance”. Nirvana gave a similar performance on the British chart music powerhouse a few years later.

[7] Sex Pistols swear on the Today Show

One of the most timeless interviews that sparked a backlash of controversy, propelled the Sex Pistols to stardom and told the whole world exactly what Punk was all about. The interview took place in 1976 on the BBC when broadcasting standards were even stricter than today, and shows John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten and Steve Jones swearing explicitly, as well as star to be Siouxsie Sioux antagonising the host.


[6] Dave Grohl breaks leg and continues concert

Whoever says Rock’n’Roll is dead has to answer to this man. Dave Grohl needs to do very little to be considered one of rock music’s most revered icons, being in Nirvana, Queens of the Stoneage and of course the Foo Fighters. Not only is breaking your leg on stage to thousands of adoring fans pretty hardcore, getting back up with your leg in a cast and playing the remainder of the show is legendary.


[5] James Brown Drunk Interview

Another man who needs no introduction, and could be in this list for more than one reason. However this hilarious interview with a news anchor, recorded after Brown’s infamous altercation with his wife, shows Brown in a less than sober condition and taking his charges as lightly as you’d expect from the Godfather of Soul.


[4] Ginger Baker…..

This is less a moment and more a lifetime. Ginger Baker is the epitome of Rock’n’Roll, a world class musician, a cultural icon, and a lunatic. Providing the inspiration for everyones favourite Muppet Animal, Baker could be on this list for a million reasons such as beating Cream member Jack Bruce half to death, hearing about his own supposed death on the radio while driving through the desert with 2 hookers, punching a Rolling Stone journalist in the face on Camera in the recent documentary ‘Beware of Mr Baker’ or this interview.


[3] Jimi Hendrix slaughters Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock

A historic moment in not only Rock’n’Roll history but American cultural history. The renowned performance by the guitar virtuoso, which lasted 2 hours, featured a rendition of the American national anthem performed in his trademark distorted psychedelic style and was a poignant protest of the Vietnam War. If it’s not enough to perform a political protest with a guitar in-front of 500,000 people at 9am in the morning wasn’t enough, he did it with 6 tabs of acid in his headband with a band he’d rarely played with.


[2] Eric Clapton spends $16,000 a week on drugs

Eric Clapton Lights it up

The Rock’n’Roll ether is saturated with tales of excess, from lavish cars and guitars to insane binges. Clapton recently revealed in his memoirs the level of his excesses. At the height of his success with Cream, and also the height of his addiction, he spent $16,000 a week on drugs, equivalent to roughly $53,000 today.  During one live performance, he was so out of it, he performed while lying on the stage. “At least I showed up” stated the singer.

…..and the drumroll please….

[1] Iggy Pop goes insane on Australian TV

The man who invented the stage dive and single-handedly pioneered the way for Punk is the epitome of an out of control Rockstar. This interview and performance paints a wonderful picture of the just how enigmatic the star was, bouncing around the studio and putting the microphone down his pants.

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