Weirdest Rock Concert Moments

A List of the Oddest Onstage Mishaps

Every night, rock bands give their all on stage for their adoring fans, but some shows don't go off without a few hitches. With that in mind, here are some of the most notable incidents in the history of weird rock concert moments.


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Creed played the Allstate Arena in Chicago on December 29, 2002, but there was one problem: Scott Stapp was drunk. According to a lawsuit filed after the concert by four attendees, the frontman "was unable to sing the lyrics of a single Creed song. Stapp left the stage on several occasions during songs for long periods of time, rolled around on the floor of the stage in apparent pain or distress, and appeared to pass out on stage during the performance." The band apologized the following month but didn't offer refunds. A year later, Creed broke up, due in part to Stapp's substance-abuse problems.

Limp Bizkit

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On July 26, 2003, Limp Bizkit appeared at the Hawthorne Racetrack in Chicago as part of Metallica's Summer Sanitarium tour with Deftones, Linkin Park and Mudvayne. But the crowd soon made it be known how they felt about frontman Fred Durst and his crew: Limp Bizkit were reportedly booed as soon as they hit the stage. it got worse from there as Durst was pelted with coins and bottles, leading him to launch into homophobic taunts, according to local papers. As a result, Limp Bizkit left the stage after 30 minutes and only six songs, but not before Durst challenged audience members to a fight.

Bret Michaels

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Once the frontman for '80s hair-metal band Poison, Bret Michaels has more recently graduated to the rank of reality star thanks to his Rock of Love dating show. But on June 7, 2009, he became infamous for a rather painful reason: Walking off stage after a performance of "Nothin' but a Good Time" at the Tony Awards, Michaels was bonked in the head by part of the Tony set that was being lowered right at that moment. Michaels suffered a lip contusion and a fractured nose. Perhaps even more traumatic for him, though, was the fact that the embarrassing TV clip soon went viral.

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Sadly, it's not uncommon for musicians to be attacked on stage by crazed fans who somehow get past security, but when Slash was assaulted by a spectator in Italy on June 10, 2010, at least he made it entertaining. Appearing at Milan's PalaSharp Arena to promote his self-titled solo record, Slash was in the midst of performing the Guns N' Roses classic "Sweet Child o' Mine" when a concertgoer tackled him. The guitarist bravely kept on rocking, eventually switching guitars and finishing the song. Afterward, Slash described the night as "a kick-ass rock show."

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In 1992, Nirvana were the biggest band in the world. But that didn't mean they were invincible. During a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 9, the trio played "Lithium," which culminated in bassist Krist Novoselic tossing his instrument high into the air. But when he tried to catch it, he missed and the bass whacked him in the head. Still, it was a pretty awesome performance.

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U2's Pop received some of the most brutal reviews the band ever received, but the tour to support the record was difficult in its own way. On August 6, 1997, U2 played Oslo's Valle Hovin Stadion and were preparing to start their encore, which began with the band's four members emerging from a gigantic metallic lemon high above the stage. But on this night, the lemon wouldn't open, trapping the band inside. 

Kings of Leon

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Kings of Leon were playing at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis on July 23, 2010, but they cut their show short after three songs. The reason? Pigeon poop. Complaining that they were being pelted by birds who were residing in the rafters, the Tennessee quartet left the stage. Bassist Jared Followill probably got the worst of it since he got some bird droppings in his mouth. A full refund was provided to fans.

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