Hot Stuff! The Absolute Worst Rock Injuries of All Time!
Today marks the anniversary of Detroit Super-Star, Alice Cooper fell off the stage in Vancouver Canada in 1975 and broke his ribs. Being a rock star can seem like fun and games, girls and booze, but there are some dangers involved with live performances. Imagine ten of thousands of bodies all pressing against a stage while pyro-technics are going off! Sweat and alcohol flying all over. Broken bottles and angry mosh-pits. Tons of cables and electronic musical instruments. Someone is bound to get hurt sometimes. Let’s find out about some of the worst rock injuries!
One of the events that stood out from my young life was the infamous Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial fire incident. And this event was not even live! It was a commercial for Pepsi. It was supposed to have a crew and a safe set, yet MJ still got hit by a pyro-technic firework flare from behind, and his hair caught on fire. He actually danced for a few moments before anyone even caught on and put out the fire.
In most cases, these injuries involve fire or a fall. Our fascination and the extra impact a little explosion creates will not be going away anytime soon. These pyrotechnic displays are generally run by very skilled professionals but even they have to work with lighting, crowds and other people not following specific fire safety guidelines. Many of these lists of injuries happened in the 70s and 80s. Because so many of these injuries occurred in the past have helped improve the safety of all future shows.
There is no one particular style of music that collects all the injuries. There are recorded injuries and canceled shows because of those injuries all across the industry. Here are some of those rock injuries.