DAVE GROHL Falls Off Stage — Here’s Seven other Stage Accidents That Made the News Headlines

Foo Fighters front man and the all-around Mr. Nice Guy of Rock — Dave Grohl — has been injured after falling from the stage during a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33115570]

In the long history of rock ‘n’ roll, there have been many stage accidents worth mentioning.

Here Are Seven More Stage Accidents That Rocked the World

Frank Zappa was almost killed in the fire at the Montreux Casino during the 1971 Mothers of Invention tour.

The freak accident (caused by a flare gun having been fired by a member of the public into a highly flammable ceiling) was commemorated by the Deep Purple song “Smoke on the Water”.



Leslie Harvey (brother of Alex Harvey) and the guitarist / co-founder of the Stone the Crows was killed by an electric shock after touching a microphone that was not properly earthed / ground in Swansea in 1972.

New Orleans blues-stars Dr. John witnessed the incident.

“Les” Harvey had earlier survived a fatal road accident in 1965, when the tour van carrying his (then) band The Blues Council crashed, killing both the lead singer and bassist.



Krist Novoselic bass guitar accident

Krist Novoselic bass guitar accident

It’s not the first time that Grohl has been involved in a stage-incident.

At the 1992 Video Music Awards the Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic threw his bass-guitar high into the air, intent on capturing it.

It was a stunt he had regularly practiced, but on this occasion (in front of the TV cameras) things went awry and Novoselic’s bass landed (with some precision) violently onto his head.

He had to be carried off and taken to hospital. The incident did not prevent comrades Cobain & Grohl destroying all their equipment though — much to the alarm and consternation of the horrified MTV executives.


Moon - fascinated by blowing things up...

Moon – fascinated by blowing things up…

Who drummer Keith Moon blew up his kit and permanently disabled band-mate Townsend.

Not unknown for his reckless acts involving pyrotechnics (Keith was fascinated by blowing things up and setting things alight) Moon decided to fill his drums with explosives before a TV show in 1967.

The pyro was supposed to go off at the end of “My Generation” but the explosion was far bigger than Moon had anticipated.

It deafened Pete Townshend. Pete still claims that his life-long hearing problems were caused by that explosion.


Hetfield - Standing in the wrong place...

Hetfield – Standing in the wrong place…

Metallica is another rock act that is obsessed with fire.

James Hetfield was badly burned in 1992 in Montreal, when some stage pyrotechnics that he was standing over (he was certainly in the wrong place) went off during “Fade to Black” inflicting terrible burns to his neck, arms and face.




Patti Smith - Things went badly  wrong...

Patti Smith – Things went badly wrong…

We all enjoy the spectacle when a star falls from grace.

And it’s particularly gratifying when the star is pompous & arrogant and the wounds aren’t that bad. (For example, Bono’s stage fall in Miami in 2001.)

But we all start praying when things go badly wrong.

And they did go badly wrong in 1977 when the American singer-songwriter Patti Smith accidentally danced off a high stage in Tampa, Florida and fell 15 feet into a concrete orchestra pit. She broke her neck.

Fortunately for us, she made a full recovery after a long period of rest.



Tyler - His most unlucky number...

Tyler – His most unlucky number…

Love in an Elevator” is dangerous, apparently.

Aerosmith’s front-man Steven Tyler was injured twice during the course of performing his most unlucky number “Love in an Elevator.”

In 2009, while on the Guitar Hero Tour, he fell from a stage in South Dakota and hurt his head and neck and broke his shoulder. Tyler was out of action so long that fans thought that he had left the band.

But after several months of rehab for ‘pain management’ he managed to get back on stage, only to fall again (face first) into the crowd (on a video you can see that he was ‘jokingly’ pushed by Joe Perry) during the performance of which song? Yes, you guessed it, “Love in an Elevator.

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GRS Announces Mötley Crüe Manager

The Global Rock Summit – which takes place April 4th & 5th 2014 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles – has announced the addition of more names to add to the already impressive range of Rock Industry heavyweights.

These now include Chris Nilsson President of Tenth Street Management (Management of Mötley Crüe), Spinefarm Records Founder and Owner Riku Paakonen, Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman, David “Beno” Benveniste Founder and CEO of Velvet Hammer Management (Management of System of a Down/ Alice in Chains/ The Deftones), Randy Ray (Sumerian Records), Matt Ash Director Raw Power Management (Bring me the Horizon), Ben Weeden COO House of Blues, Howard Benson (Record Producer – Motorhead / My Chemical Romance / Blackstone Cherry) plus many more.

The Global Summit Rock will feature a cross-section of expert speakers covering a rich spectrum of the global rock industry. The event will discuss the future of the industry and delegates will be encouraged to examine ways in which to strengthen and broaden business opportunities even further.

Chris Nilsson

Mötley Crüe Manager Chris Nilsson

The conference will also discuss key issues with some of the most respected minds in the industry – as well as hosting a series of keynote presentations with some of the most famous and innovative figures in the rock industry. The evenings will feature artist show-cases from some of the best new rock bands from all over the world.

Jordan Berliant, Partner, The Collective Music Group and world-wide manager of Linkin Park & Slash will M.C. the inaugural Global Rock Summit with support from the event Co-Founders Seven Webster, MD, 7PM Management (Worldwide Manager of Skindred) and Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide.

The first Global Rock Summit takes place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, April 4-5, 2014 with showcases taking place at the Hard Rock Cafe and S.I.R. Studios in Hollywood.

You can register online by clicking HERE: http://www.globalrocksummit.com/registration.php



Robin Beck for AOR 2

HRH AOR in proud association with Classic Rock AOR magazine & Team Rock Radio have announced more acts for next spring’s extravaganza including the US legendary Female AOR sensation Robin Beck

Robin Beck shortHRH AOR is pleased to welcome the Florida-based, Brooklyn Born vocalist Robin Beck back to the UK, at a time where her new album titled ‘Underneath’ has already garnered numerous great reviews across the globe – and has been cited in some quarters as possibly her best album to date.

After a number of record deals, Robin has set up her own Record label Her Majestys Music Room (via Cargo Distribution) to release her new album and all at HRH AOR are extremely excited to have her perform a cross section of both classic and new material at next Springs event.

Robin will be joining LA”s House of Lords plus Dynazty, ColdSpell, Bonafide and many more great acts for this great festival.

Also lined-up are a host of other acts including, Dante Fox, Lawless, Curran, Newman and East of Eden.

Next Spring’s event takes place at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales on March 20th -23rd.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/HRHAORFestival




New UK Blues Festival Announced


Big Boy Bloater
Image © Neil Mach 2013

Hard Rock Hell (HRH) has this week announced its latest weekender – HRH Blues – in proud association with ‘The Blues Magazine’ and ‘Team Rock Radio’ which will take place at Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales.

This two day event will be rolling over 21st & 22nd March 2014, with a pre party on the 20th for all Early Bird, DC n HRH Vets.

The HRH Team have promised a stunning line-up of 25 blues maestros – and they have already announced Canvey Island’s energetic blues rockers Dr Feelgood as one of the headlining acts.


HRH Blues posterOther exciting artists include:

The evocative, soulful blues vocalist Jo Harman
The Nimmo Brothers guitarist/vocalist Stevie Nimmo
The celebratory tribute to Rory Gallagher’s music: Band of Friends
The dark mosquito-bitten blues of Big Boy Bloater
The blues rock guitar virtuoso Simon McBride
The young blues-influenced singer-songwriter Lucy Zirins

Lots More Acts to be Announced Soon.

HRH Blues

Event Date: 20th – 23rd March 2014

Please Note: This event is for adults, strictly over 18’s only!

Tickets Available Here: https://www.hrhblues.com/tickets/


Lucy Zirins Image © Neil Mach 2013

Lucy Zirins
Image © Neil Mach 2013

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HRH Prog 2 Festival Announces First Wave of Acts

HRH presents HRH: Prog 2 Festival, in proud association with Prog Magazine, has announced Fish, Focus, The Pineapple Thief, Quasar and Hawklords as the initial confirmed acts for next spring’s event.

Running from March 20-23 2014 the second edition of the Prog weekender will continue to embrace both the classic and new artists of the prog scene.

HRH Prog AdvertThe first wave of acts features ex-Marillion frontman and all-round prog legend Fish, Dutch progressive rock overlords Focus, Prog magazine favourites The Pineapple Thief, the return of neo proggers Quasar, Hawklords and new acts Purson, The Physics House Band, Chimp Spanner, Crimson Sky and Deadly Circus Fire.

More acts will be added over the next few weeks.

HRH: Prog 2 will take place at Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales.

Tickets are available now from www.hrhprog.com

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Graham Bonnet Announced For Hard Rock Hell AOR 2

Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet plus New York’s Tyketto, Europe’ guitarist Kee Marcello and the 1990s Los Angeles glam-rockers Love/Hate have all been announced for Hard Rock Hell AOR 2.

Graham Bonnet at Sauna Open Air festival 2008HRH AOR in proud association with Classic Rock Magazine has announced its first round of acts for next year’s spring extravaganza including seminal English rock singer and ex Rainbow, MSG and Alcatraz frontman Graham Bonnet.

Joining Graham Bonnet, HRH AOR are also pleased to announce, the appearance of Tyketto who will be celebrating their 25th anniversary at the second edition of this superb AOR Festival.

The AOR Festival will take place at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales on March 20th -23rd.

Also joining the festivities are German melodic rockers Bonfire who never fail to put on a great show wherever they play and Pink Cream 69 who released their new album ‘Ceremonial’ on Frontiers earlier this year.

Other acts also announced are Tigertailz, Chasing Violets featuring Frédéric Slama from AOR, White Widdow, Summers and Hell 2 Pay.

To buy tickets go to www.hrhaor.com or ring 0203 287 6684

HRH AOR 2 early poster