50 Interesting Facts about Popular Bands – Part 2

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26Prince

In 2008, Prince covered Radiohead's "Creep" at Coachella. Someone uploaded a mobile video of it to Youtube. Prince quickly made Youtube remove it. After finding out about the blocking, Radiohead's lead singer Thom Yorke said "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our song."


27. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen returned to the US top 10 charts after 16 years due to its appearance in the "Wayne's World" movie.


28. When asked to headline a show with The Pixies opening, Radiohead refused to headline, saying "That's like the Beatles opening for us".


29. Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees was used in a study to train medical staff to perform CPR. The song has close to 104 beats per minute, and 100-120 chest compressions per minute are recommended by the British Heart Foundation.


30. Joe Strummer, from The Clash, wept when he learned "Rock the Casbah" was written on a bomb dropped during Operation Desert Storm.


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31Rick Allen

Rick Allen, the drummer for Def Leppard, lost his arm after a car accident in 1984. He thought he could never play in the band again and became very depressed until a fellow drummer helped him design an electronic drum kit that could be played with one arm. He returned to the band in 1986.


32. Anthony Kiedis once missed a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert because he was off scoring drugs, so Keith Morris filled in on vocals and just yelled and made up lyrics because he didn't know any of the songs.


33. In 1986, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were budgeted $5000 by EMI Music to make a demo tape and set aside $2000 to spend on heroin and cocaine.


34. Donnie from The Wild Thornberrys animated show was voiced by Flea, the bassist from Red Hot Chili Peppers.


35. Bono was campaigning to have first-world taxpayers forgive all third world debt whilst hiding U2's earnings from Irish tax collectors in the Netherlands.


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36Bono

Bono wears glasses all the time because he has glaucoma.


37. When Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia died, an autopsy was done. In his large intestine, the medical examiner found a bottle cap, a pipe screen, a mascara brush, and a small brass key "probably consumed in Buffalo, between 1979 and 1981."


38. Deep Purple was recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the "globe's loudest band". When in a concert at the London Rainbow Theatre their sound reached 117 dB. Three of their audience members were rendered unconscious.


39. Adam Levine once tweeted at Fox News to never play Maroon 5 on their "evil, f*cking channel ever again;" the network went onto disobey his request.


40. Eddie and Alex Van Halen's original band “Mammoth” had no P.A. system of their own, so they’d rent David Lee Roth’s system for $50 a night. After years of Eddie singing lead vocals, they figured they could save money by letting David Lee Roth into the band because he had the P.A. system.


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41Michael Jackson

Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It" caused a speaker to catch on fire during its recording.


42. Dimebag Darrell once asked Eddie Van Halen for a copy of his guitar "Bumblebee" from the cover of Van Halen II. Eddie said yes but forgot, but after Dimebag was killed he turned up at the viewing with the original and it is now buried with him.


43. Eddie Van Halen didn't ask for royalties after completing Michael Jackson's "Beat It" song guitar solo, he did it as a favor.


44. Eddie Van Halen actually started out playing the drums. He bought a drum set and his brother bought a guitar. When his brother got better at the drums than him, Eddie said: "OK, f*ck you, I'll play your guitar."


45. When Quincy Jones called to ask Eddie Van Halen to do the guitar solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It", Van Halen thought it was a prank call and called Jones an a*shole before hanging up on him.


46Van Halen

Van Halen's "no brown M&Ms" clause was to check that venues had adhered to the safety standards in the contract. If there were brown M&Ms, it was a tell tale sign they had not.


47. Eddie Van Halen donated 75 of his personal guitars to underfunded music education programs in public schools in Los Angeles.


48. Freddie Mercury had a throat infection at the time of Live Aid concert and was advised by his doctors to not risk performing at the festival. He defied their orders, and Queen's set went down in history as one of the best performances that day.


49. Queen guitarist Brian May developed hepatitis from a tainted needle in 1974, almost forcing him to have his arm amputated. He eventually regained his health in time to help his bandmates finish the album which contained their first mega hit, "Killer Queen".


50. Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers was not only Nihilist #2 in The Big Lebowski, he was also Marty McFly's rival needles in Back to the Future Part II and III.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Brian Johnson is AC/DC one and only Singer. The guitarist (now passed away) is Malcolm Young, who had to re-learn the songs. A lot of your articles are misspelt and I suggest you hire a proof reader (who might also check your “facts”. Not reading this site anymore.

  2. Dave Evens was the lead singer for AC/DC from 1973-1974

    And Malcolm had a microphone in from of him 41 years kind of rough to call any of them the 1 and only.

  3. Bon Scott was the original AC/DC singer, he passed away & was replaced by Brian Johnson. How about YOU check your facts, eh?

  4. “ One of these days I’m gonna change my evil ways!! “ I’m still Ridin’ On. Salute to Bon & Angus. And not to forget the rest of them who held it down. Peace.

  5. No offense to this site but wherever or however they come by their facts it seems like they put incorrect ones waiting for someone to correct them in the comments its a sound method no hate i promise

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