Random acts of lip-syncing starring Milli Vanilli and Ashlee Simpson: Lip-syncing is a career no-no in rock and roll. It's a career killer. That's exactly what happened to acts such as Milli Vanilli and pop star Ashlee Simpson.
Milli Vanilli suffered a mishap in the form of the cd they were lip-syncing to started repeating while they were performing onstage in Bristol, Conn., for Club MTV. Following an allegation made public by Charles Shaw, one of the singers on their album All or Nothing, Milli Vanilli came forth, confessed that they didn't sing on their record, and gave back their 1990 Grammy award Best New Artist. Sadly, member Rob Pilatus died in 1997 of an accidental drug overdose.
Fast-forward to 2004: Ashley Simpson is slated to perform her hit single "Pieces of Me" and "Autobiography" on Saturday Night Live. When she was supposed to perform "Autobiography," she put the mike to her mouth and the song that she sang earlier, "Pieces of Me," came over the speakers. She started dancing and then left.
Faith Hill calls out a fan for touching her husband's junk: Country singer Faith Hill is usually known for being rather graceful onstage -- a family act, if you will. However, that grace took a backseat when during a performance with her husband Tim McGraw, a rabid fan decided to grab her husband's balls. Rightfully so, Hill called out the fan.
Heart and "the great KABONG! Incident": In the late '70's, Heart was a lot like Fleetwood Mac in the form of their own personal relationships. Lead singer Ann Wilson dated manager Mike Fisher and guitarist Nancy Wilson dated Mike's brother, lead guitarist Roger Fisher.
According to VH1 Classic's Behind the Music Remastered, Nancy broke up with Roger because she found herself falling in love with drummer Denny Carmassi. This made Roger furious because, even though he apparently cheated on Nancy, he still loved her.
One night while in Portland, Ore., Fisher went crazy onstage and threw his guitar down. According to Ann, he also did the same thing backstage and nearly caused physical harm to Nancy. Needless to say, Fisher was fired from the band.
Woodstock 99, all of it: Let's face it -- Woodstock 99 was total CHAOS. Theft, rape, assault, arson, looting, and plenty more crimes were all rampant. However, when the artist actually encourages concertgoers to do things like this, that's very irresponsible. But that's exactly what artists like Limp Bizkit and the Red Hot Chili Peppers did.
Here's what went down. Aside from the fact that everything was overpriced, the record-breaking heat, lack of security, and long lines for basically anything, Limp Bizkit decided to encourage the already overheated and mad crowd that "it's one of them days y'all. Everything's fucked up. You just wanna break some shit. You feel me?" shortly before breaking into "Break Stuff."
During the song, people started breaking off plywood from the walls, while CNN also reported incidents of sexual assaults and rape during the set.
While the Chili Peppers played, some major bonfires began because a peacenik group called PAX decided to pass out candles to be lit whenever Keidis and Co. played "Under the Bridge." Unfortunately those candles were used for bonfires, which were later fueled by some punks who wanted to burn stuff.
Lead singer Anthony Keidis made a comment about the bonfires looking like Apocalypse Now and then launched into "Sir Psycho Sexy" and then a rendition of "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix at the request of Hendrix's sister. Though the band wasn't responsible for the fires, it was definitely one of those "you're not helping matters" moments.