No genre of music has ever been as depraved as rock and metal. It's been a hub for outrageous stories for decades, ever since artists struck upon fountains of money and, in turn, an excess of drugs and women.
As part of our Halloween celebrations we've picked some of the most stomach-turning stories ever to emerge from the rock world.We dare you to get through them all, and would love to hear about other legends in the comments.
Led Zeppelin Penetrate Groupie With Shark
Their history is peppered with depravity, but one story in particular quite literally sticks out. During a fishing trip in Seattle during their first US tour, some members of the band and their manager "penetrated" a groupie with a shark they had caught. It was later confirmed by others at the scene, who added that their wives were also there to witness the fishy endeavour.
Nikki Sixx Came Back From The Dead
After a heroin overdose, Sixx
's heart stopped beating for two minutes. Paramedics gave him two shots of adrenaline which brought him back, and he checked out of hospital on the same day so he could get home for another heroin hit - but not before leaving a message on his answering machine to say "I can't come to the phone right now 'cause I'm dead.
Keith Richards Blood TransfusionThe Rolling Stones
are famous for their drug-addled performances, but sometimes their habits got too much. In 1973, guitarist Keith Richards
went to a clinic in Switzerland to clean up - but this was no rehab. Apparently he asked for all his blood to be replaced in a single transfusion. Legend has it that his old blood could not be contained, and melted through the lab down to the Earth's core.
Keith Richards Snorted His Dad's Ashes
Some rock stars can't do with just one crazy story. In 2007 he admitted to the NME
that he snorted his Dad's ashes with cocaine, though later denied mixing them with the drug. Instead, some of the ashes had blew onto a table. Rather than clean it up with a brush, he decided to dab it with his finger and snort the residue. No wonder he looks like the walking dead.
Robert Johnson Sells Soul To Devil
The 1930s bluesman claimed to have sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads in exchange for mad guitar skills. He probably didn't word it like that, but the result was the same and he made history as one of the best guitarists of his era. The devil bit back when his supposedly jealous girlfriend poisoned him.
Ozzy Osbourne Bites Head Off Bat
In what remains the most famous gruesome rock story ever, metal man Ozzy Osbourne
bit the head off a bat in 1982 when a fan threw it on stage. In his defence, he said he thought it was a rubber bat and bit it as a stunt, so he was probably as surprised as the rest of us. He later described it as "one of the most horrible, painful experiences of my life,
" and was rushed to hospital for rabies shots. Other legends say he once bit the head off a dove, and we all know the tale of how he snorted a line of ants. Say it together now: Rock Legend.
Rod Stewart Took Cocaine In His A--
This revelation appeared within the last week
, and it's as grim as you expect. "We started buying anti-cold capsules from the chemist's, separating the two halves of the capsules, replacing their contents with a pinch of cocaine, and then taking the capsules anally, where they would dissolve effortlessly into the system.
" You can't say he isn't efficient. Another legend, which Stewart
denies, says he once had his stomach pumped after drinking a pint of sailor's semen.