In 2015 a fan of the Austrailian band Peking Duk got backstage at their concert by adding himself as a family member on their Wiki page and showing it to security. The band wasn't even upset, saying "We ended up having a bunch of beers with him and he was an absolute legend." time.com/4136607/peking-d…
The band Arcade Fire once had a formal dress code for their concerts slate.com/culture/2013/11…
The band Creed got sued by fans in 2003 because of how intoxicated the bands singer was during one of their concerts in the Chicago area rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Black Sabbath’s live album β€œLive At Last” was released without the band’s knowledge or permission. After dismissing their manager Patrick Meehan in the 70s, in 1980, Meehan arranged the reissue of the Sabbath catalogue and the release of an album consisting of concert recordings from 1973. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
The 1992 Rage Against the Machine track "Killing In The Name" was the 2009 UK Christmas #1 song thanks to a campaign set to prevent a song from "The X Factor" from accomplishing the feat for a 5th straight year. The band would then perform a free concert in London thanking fans for the campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
A band called The Warlocks were set to play a benefit concert in San Francisco in December 1965, but the problem was that there was already a band called The Warlocks...so they changed their name to The Grateful Dead. ultimateclassicrock.com/w…
During the 1965 Shea Stadium concert of the Beatles, the crowd were cheering so loud that none of the band members could hear each other play, and Ringo had to look at the bopping heads of his band mates to keep time. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
, of Summer Jam, a concert in Watkins Glen, NY held in 1973, featuring The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brother's Band. There was a single fatality by a skydiver who blew himself up with a stick of dynamite. newyorkupstate.com/concer…
On December 8 2013, Metallica became the first band to play on all 7 continents with a concert at Carlini Station in Antarctica. youtube.com/watch?v=2Hi2u…
When Sid Vicious and Glen Matlock's band, Vicious White Kids, was playing its only concert, Vicious' girlfriend Nancy Spungen sang backing vocals. However, after Matlock heard her during rehearsals, he made sure that her microphone was unplugged at the actual show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
The band Chicago was so fond of cocaine that during a tour in the 1970's they put a fake phone booth on stage called the "Snortitorium" so they could do lines mid-concert without going backstage. decider.com/2018/01/19/no…
1,000 Italian rockers simultaneously played Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly to impress the band and convince them to come to Cesena, Italy to play a concert. Dave Grohl was impressed by this effort and performed a full concert in Cesena for these 1,000 people 3 months later. billboard.com/articles/co…
When Steve-o was 13, his dad was a top executive at Nabisco and challenged Steve-o to do better than his corporate box seats at a Motley Crue concert. Steve-o managed to track down the band in Toronto and get backstage passes. youtube.com/watch?v=Ap-eh…
Pearl Jam discovered Ticketmaster was adding a service charge to all their concert tickets without informing the band. The band then created their own outdoor stadiums for the fans and testified against Ticketmaster to the United States Department of Justice articles.latimes.com/1994…
Dave Grohl, band member from Foo Fighters, broke his leg at the beginning of a concert at Sweden in 2015 and still came back to finish the show while a doctor held his leg for almost three hours straight. youtu.be/q7tRZlFIxWo
Last summer the band Phish played thirteen concerts in a row at Madison Square Garden, and performed 237 songs without repeating a single one. jambase.com/article/numbe…
In 1980, The Beatles had planned a reunion concert for a TV documentary on the band, titled The Long and Winding Road. The planned reunion was scrapped following the murder of John Lennon on December 8th of the same year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of the Station Nightclub Fire. This fire arose at a Great White concert in 2003 after the band's pyrotechnics set the stage on fire. Guitarist Ty Longley was killed trying to salvage their equipment. This remains the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in US history. firefighternation.com/201…
The deepest underwater concert was performed at 303 m (994 ft) below sea level by Katie Melua and her band, on Statoil's Troll A gas rig, off the coast of Bergen, Norway, on 1 October 2006. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Rock band Iron Maiden went to a restaurant after a 1984 concert in Poland. The Maidens saw a wedding inside; after a chat, they took the wedding band's instruments and began playing for the night. Guests had no idea until the groom saw that his wedding band transformed into Iron Maiden. youtube.com/watch?v=knC74…
The deepest concert was performed by Katie Melua (UK) and her band at 303 m (994 ft) below sea level, on Statoil's Troll A gas rig, off the coast of Bergen, Norway, on 1 October 2006. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Big Cypress, a music festival held by the band Phish on News Years Eve 1999 in to 2000, had 85,000 in attendance making it the largest Millennium Eve concert that night. This is the longest Phish concert ever, culminating in a 7.5 hour long second set from midnight to sunrise New Year's Day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Rock band Van Halen included "a bowl of M&M candies, with absolutely all the brown ones removed" as an indicator whether the concert promoter had actually read the band's complicated contract. It served as a quick check to ensure safety of all equipment thisisinsider.com/van-hal…
The band Phoenix once played a secret concert at a high school in Austin. To attend, the students needed to have perfect attendance. spin.com/2013/10/phoenix-…
At the height of the siege of Sarajevo in 1994, Iron Maiden's frontman Bruce Dickinson and his band decided to smuggle themselves into the city and give a concert despite constant shelling and sniper-fire. When their arranged UN heli-transport bailed, they hitched a hike in the back of a truck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
A line in the Barenaked Ladies song "If I Had $1000000" inspired fans to pelt Kraft Dinner at the band during concerts. After hundreds of boxes were thrown BNL requested fans cease the Kraft Dinner ritual and donate the food via bins set up in the lobbies of their shows for local food banks. nowiknow.com/thankfully-t…
Metallica became the first band to play on all seven continents by holding a concert on Antarctica. However, they didn't play "Trapped under ice" setlist.fm/news/12-17/set…
In 1971, a crazed fan shot a flare-gun towards Frank Zappa and his band during a concert in Switzerland. The resulting fire injured several audience members, melted the bands equipment, and destroyed the venue. This incident was the inspiration for Deep Purples, 'Smoke On The Water.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Armenian-American metal band System of a Down once held a free concert made for 3,500 people, but nearly triple the amount of people showed up. The concert was eventually cancelled by police due to the large crowd, which caused fans to start a riot and destroy $30,000 worth of equipment. nme.com/news/music/system…
Deep Purple were 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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Jimi Hendrix and his band accidentally dropped lump of hash in their dressing room's sink right before a BBC concert. They had to dismantle the drainpipe to save it. "I found a maintenance man and begged tools [..] We succeeded in our task and had a great smoke." remembers drummer Mitch Mitchell krock1017fm.com/44-years-…
Bruce Springsteen's 1980 hit "Hungry Heart" was originally written for the Ramones. He had written it in five minutes after seeing one of their concerts, and only recorded it himself after the band turned it down consequenceofsound.net/20…
Metallica and few other metal bands played to 500,000 plus Russians in 1991 thanks to a free concert put on by Time Warner. youtu.be/_W7wqQwa-TU
The Led Zeppelin song "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?" was never played live in concert by the band before their 1980 dissolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey…
Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin's manager, is reported to have secured 90% of gate money from concerts performed by them. His trust and loyalty to Led Zeppelin was such that his managerial arrangement with the band was via a gentlemen's agreement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The Vermont jam band Phish has performed Loving Cup in concert sixfold (135) times more than The Rolling Stones (22) wxrt.radio.com/blogs/bob-…
Antony Hodgkinson aka Dancing Tony, was dared to dance on stage at a nirvana concert. the band liked it and invited him to dance at reading in 1992. pastemagazine.com/article…
A school in Bromley, England, once held a rock concert featuring some of their young pupils: A band called "The Little Ravens" with 12-year-old Peter Frampton on guitar, and "George And The Dragons" with lead singer David Bowie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
A 2013 concert by an afrobeat band at Hampshire College was cancelled because the group had too many white members huffingtonpost.com/2013/1…
The band Nine Inch Nails created an alternate reality game to be played over 18 months. Challenges in the game included finding a specific USB at many of NIN's concerts, finding individual payphones and waiting to be called there, and decoding time codes in order to find digital letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
The first endorsement deal between a musical act and an athletic company was between Run-D.M.C. and Adidas. Run D.M.C.'s co-manager invited an Adidas exec to the band's concert at Madison Square Garden, where they played their song "My Adidas" and asked the audience to hold up their shoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
The famous 'No brown M&Ms' clause by the band Van Halen was actually a very sophisticated method of quality control used in their concerts. fourhourworkweek.com/blog…
Gary Sinese is in a band called the Lt. Dan Band that does free concerts on military installations. ltdanband.com
In 1968 John Lennon, Keith Richards, Mitch Mitchell and Eric Clapton played a gig as a band called 'The Dirty Mac' for The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll circus, a filmed concert that was only released in 1996. youtube.com/watch?v=Iuy-1…
The Grateful Dead's legendary free concert on Haight St in 1968 was a spontaneous decision to play unannounced for a street party. According to Phil Lesh, the show was facilitated with the help of a SFPD officer who was a friend of the band. gratefuldeadoftheday.com/…
Neil Peart, drummer of legendary rock band Rush, rides a BMW motorcycle through scenic routes and backroads to every concert, and is accompanied by a trailer with his gear and backup motorcycles. cygnus-x1.net/links/rush/…
The album version of Prince's hit 'Purple Rain' is actually a live version recorded at a benefit concert in 1983 and was his long-time guitarists debut live show with the band. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
The FBI considers fans of the band 'ICP' to be gang members. They are the only fans of any band to get this label. They are planning a march and free concert to shed light on who they really are. juggalomarch.com
On August 29, 1966, The Beatles played what would become their last official concert as a band at Candlestick Park, San Francisco. The Park's capacity was 42,500, but only 25,000 tickets were sold, leaving large sections of unsold seats. rarebeatles.com/photopg7/…
The developers of a german game studio implemented a (motion captured with the real band) concert of the metal band "Blind guardianβ€œ into one of theire games. To unlock the concert, the player has to retrieve the stolen equipment. youtube.com/watch?v=JyfE5…

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