Most Gruesome Rock Stories

No genre of music has ever been as depraved as rock and metal. Join us around the campfire for a gruesome voyage through fish penetration, blood transfusions and pints of semen.

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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 Transfusion

The 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.

37 comments sorted by best / new / date

    MinterMan22
    what about that band whose name escapes me at the moment where the guitarist killed himself and the vocalist took a picture of the scene so it could be their album cover and then made a necklace out of fragments of the dude's skull? or something gnarly like that
    triviumfan2080
    holy shit...Mayhem are a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984[1] in Oslo long regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. Mayhem's career has been highly controversial, primarily due to their violent stage performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin ("Dead") and 1993 murder of guitarist ystein Aarseth ("Euronymous") by former member Varg Vikernes ("Count Grishnackh"), also of Burzum.
    Pal0404
    mayhem
    swave75
    Yeah this story should number one. Actually there are lots of stories from the black metal scene in the 90's that make Ozzy and Richards seem tame.
    JMZ08
    Church burnings, tortures, sacrifices and murders. Apparently Euronymous kept necklaces with skull fragments from Dead's suicide and he rewarded those necklaces to those whom he deemed satanic enough.
    slybacon
    Or the same guy that took the picture was killed by the bands bassist. Euronymous was a crazy mofo
    Rimfrost
    Theres also something about some guy threatening someone with dynamite in that story, i think? And ofcourse, the later parts of the story where Burzum kills Euronymous, stabbing him several times and claiming that he fell on a lamp (hence the knife wounds)... And later, when he was released on parole, he was caught driving around with a hunting rifle and a Gps. I dont think theres any band stories as crazy as Mayhems.
    JFRules
    What about Alice Cooper and the Chicken
    JMZ08
    What about the murder between Mayhem band members? Varg Vikernes got sent to prison for that shit
    Crimson.King
    The Led Zep shark story legend is also attributed to The Vanilla Fudge and immortalized in Frank Zappa's 'Mud Shark' off the "Fillmore East - June 1971" album. Either way, the incident did not occur during a 'fishing trip' as the article says, but during a stay at Seattle's Edgewater Inn (where you could rent a fishing pole and cast out from the balcony of your hotel room). Fish on...
    Blackdog71
    According to Richard Cole's book it wasn't a shark either. It was a large fish.
    Crimson.King
    Good info, I read "Hammer of the Gods" but never read Cole's book. Also, I think Frank Zappa mentions in his autobiography "The Frank Zappa Book" that Mothers of Invention band member Don Preston originally heard the story from the guys in Vanilla Fudge.
    thechaostheory
    What was the thing with the squid then? Or am I mistaken?
    Crimson.King
    Good question. In the 'Do you Like my New Car?' song on 'Fillmore East' someone sings about "being juked by a baby octopus and spewed upon with cream corn". Other than that, I've not run across any other squid references
    archiec123
    Keith Richards' blood transfusion story is just a legend; he denies and scoffs at it in his autobiography, "Life". Shame though...
    JuteJute
    Kirk hammett bought his first Wah pedal before hes first guitar
    The_Locker
    Wtf. I posted that comment a while back you theif. http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/ug_n...
    JuteJute
    I know you did. Thats why i didnt post it back then. And who the **** cares? This is like third rock n roll joke ever created. Take my medal and shooo!
    Swannie
    Robert Johnson didn't purport the devil legend as much as some other people like Son House did, but he didn't discourage it either. Also, it was the husband of a woman he was flirting with that killed him.
    JuteJute
    Sry bro i havent seen that. This joke is like the third rock n roll joke.