Ten Rock Myths: Are They True?
There are so many rumours, half-truths and downright lies that constantly fly around. Some are so outrageous that they’ve taken on a life of their own. This is our list of the Top Ten myths. And we’re also giving you our opinion on whether they’re believable, or as nonsensical as the Tooth Fairy:
Bon Scott demoed some Back In Black songs – Oh how every ‘DC fans wants to believe there is a tape hidden in a dark vault of this stuff. But…it’s rubbish, always been. No such demo exists.
Cliff Burton’s death saved Lars Ulrich from being sacked by Metallica – Now, this might have legs. The story’s been repeated down the years, and it’s just possible the band were thinking about a change. Did Burton’s death actually save the Danish tub thumper? That’s too simplistic.
King Diamond has no electric lights in his house, because they scare away the spirits – True! Well, that was the case about 25 years ago, when he lived in Copenhagen. And his place was full of vodka, whiskey…
Jimi Hendrix was gonna join ELP – Amazingly, HELP (as it could have been called) did nearly happen. But Hendrix died before they could get together.
Kiss mixed their own blood in with the printing ink for the first of their Marvel Comics special – well, almost true. They did put their own blood into the ink, but it was inadvertently used in a edition of Sports Illustrated!
Lemmy has been told by doctors that he’d drop dead if he gave up booze and drugs – Well, is anyone gonna dare suggest to Lemmy that he cleans up and finds out?!
Syd Barrett unexpectedly turned up in the studio while Pink Floyd were recording Shine On You Crazy Diamond – That’s the claim. It might sound like publicity hogwash. However, there appears to be a photo in Nick Mason’s book (Inside Out: A Personal History Of Pink Floyd) that confirms it really did happen!
Mahogany Rush’s Frank Marino was inspired to play guitar by the ghost of Jimi Hendrix – The Canadian guitar great was doing way too many drugs at the time, so don’t believe a word.
On the road, Van Halen used to demand bowls of M&Ms with the brown ones removed – True. David Lee Roth always claimed that this was put in to see whether promoters actually read the contracts. Cunning!
Jimmy Page regularly practised black magic rites – Who knows? The beauty of this one is that still nobody’s sure of the truth. Best to keep it that way, eh? Because when the legend becomes fact, print the legend.
There are loads of other myths. Why not post your fave ones below.