Rumors, myths and legends about musicians.
One of the most enduring legends is the legend “Paul is Dead,” according to which Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a clone. McCartney himself in response to these rumors in 1993 released the “live” album “Paul Is Live”, whose name can also be translated as “Paul is alive.”
According to rumors, which of the musicians just did not wash their stomach. Particularly famous was the case of Rod Stuart, who was once allegedly urgently taken to a hospital with abdominal pain caused by … an overdose of seminal fluid, and even obtained from sailors. The singer escaped the embarrassing situation with a joke: in his book Rod. Autobiography ”, he wrote that he was never washed his stomach neither from the semen of the sailors, nor from any other.
Phil Collins hit “In the Air Tonight”, in which he sings “If you said that you were drowning, I would not stretch out my hands”, was taken too gullible by fans too literally. Rumors were born that Collins witnessed the forcible drowning of his close friend, after which he became obsessed with the idea of revenge. Some also claimed that with his song, Collins forced the criminal to commit suicide. However, this is all just fiction.
Mariah Carey is often credited with owning a range of 8 octaves. This is not true. Even classical soprano singers rarely can “break out” beyond the limit of four octaves. And according to the Guinness Book of Records, not a single person in the world has a voice with a range of 8 octaves.
One of the most well-established myths in rock music concerns the band Led Zeppelin. In The Hammer of the Gods, Stephen Davis described how a band once indulged one of their fans with a shark. In fact, it was not a shark, but a red snapper fish, and not all musicians were engaged in indecency, but only their tour manager Richard Cole.
Sid Vicious’s life is full of rumors: for example, it is widely believed that after the death of a musician, his mother dispelled the ashes of his son over the grave of Nancy Spangen. In fact, the ashes of the cultist’s bassist were almost certainly returned to London.
Some sources report that Charles Manson, the world famous serial killer, made his way to the American pop rock quartet The Monkees in 1965. However, this is not possible, since at that moment he was in prison on charges of fraud.
Rumor has it that at some point Keith Richards’ body was so poisoned with drugs that he had to resort to a complete blood transfusion. This is an invention, although there is a grain of truth in this story: in 1973, the guitarist of The Rolling Stones took a detox program in a Swiss clinic, but there was no substitute for his blood.
In addition to the old story about a complete blood transfusion, regarding Keith Richards, they invented another tale, according to which the musician sniffed the dust of his father. Actually, Keith himself spoke about this in an interview with NME in 2007, although he later changed his story by saying that he actually dispelled the ashes in the roots of the oak tree.
Kiss’s Gene Simmons loves showing her unusually long tongue everywhere, and so imaginative people decided he sewed a cow tongue for himself. Surprisingly, despite the fact that the cow’s language is completely different from the human language, many people believed in this story.
Is it true that Keith Moon once drowned his Rolls Royce in a pool? In fact, not quite so. Once he did not put the car on the parking brake, and the car rolled into an empty pool under construction. There was also a case when the drummer of The Who drove by car into a pond in his yard, but he never drove on a Rolls-Royce straight into the water pool.
The story of Ozzy Osbourne biting off a bat’s head right on stage is actually true. This happened during a concert in Des Moines in the USA in 1981 during the “Diary Of A Madman” tour. The musician did this unintentionally: he believed that the mouse thrown to him on stage was rubber. After that, the singer was taken to the hospital to check for rabies.
Everyone knows the story of how The Beatles smoked a joint in the toilet of Buckingham Palace before presenting them with the Orders of the British Empire in 1965. But later, Paul McCartney refuted this myth and said that in fact they simply smoked a cigarette. After 31 years, Noel Gallagher outdid his great compatriots by sniffing the cocaine path in the royal restroom at the residence of the British Prime Minister.
In 1997, information appeared in the tabloids that the remains of the notorious Victorian Englishman Joseph Merrick, Elephant Man, were bought by Michael Jackson. In reality, most of Merrick’s remains were destroyed during World War II, when the Royal London Hospital was bombed from the air.