Living on the Edge: 10 More Onstage Oopsies

Rock stars are just like the rest of us. They eat, love, poop, age, and sometimes they just embarrassingly go ass over tea kettle.


When Gravity Attacks: 13 Memorable Onstage Stumbles

The difference between them and us, besides, you know, money, fame, security, and the like, is that when we do it the exposure is limited to whoever saw us at the moment. In the Age of YouTube, though, every unfortunate onstage mishap is immortalized for mass consumption.

Yes, it's juvenile, but today we're going to offer our ten favorite falls by famous rock stars. Take comfort, though, ever single person who fell ended up more or less fine. That's why it's a comedy and not a tragedy.

10. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)

I'm not sure exactly what move Bruce Dickinson was going for at Download Fest 2007 during "Wrathchild," but the one he gets is falling over backwards. For just a second, he looks like he's seriously contemplating just singing the rest of the song lying down behind the monitors.

9. Shane MacGowan

Sometimes an artist doesn't so much fall off the stage as the stage gives up on them like a shifty asshole. Shane McGowan was doing a set in his favorite bar when he just drops out of sight like it's a magic trick. The best part is how his backing band refuses to notice, even when McGowan tries to get their attention by making his microphone feedback.

8. Bono

Walking backwards is usually a bad idea in even the best of circumstance, but on stage you're really just asking for it. Bono proved that in Miami with spectacular results.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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