“When I was little…I had got into an accident and it gave me congenital glaucoma in both of my eyes,” Fetty Wap told Sisrius XM show VIP Saturdays. Good thing his doc was able to save at least one of them.
2 Tony Iommi
At the age of 17, the Black Sabbath guitarist lost the tips of his middle and ring finger on his right hand due to an industrial accident at a sheet metal factory. Iommi fashioned fingertips out of plastic, restrung his guitar with extra-light strings and tuned them down – thus creating a heavy, dark sound that would become the foundation for heavy metal badassery.
3 Rick Allen
Nicknamed “The Thunder God” by fans, the Def Leppard drummer was involved in a car accident that left him with his left arm completely severed. Allen defied all expectations by adapting his playing style and drum kit so that he could continue drumming. According to singer Joe Elliott, he became “a better drummer than he was when he had two arms.”
4 Jerry Garcia
The Grateful Dead guitarist lost two-thirds of his right middle finger as a child while steadying wood that his older brother was chopping. Despite the accident, he went on to become an extraordinary guitarist and inspired many Deadheads to become musicians – or at least put on a tie-dye shirt, light up and eat Cherry Garcia ice cream.
5 Sammy Davis, Jr.
The legendary singer/dancer/actor lost his left eye in an automobile accident in 1954. He was eventually fitted for a glass eye and went on to become a member of the Rat Pack along with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, officially making Sammy one of the coolest cats in Hollywood history.
6 Django Reinhardt
The legendary jazz guitarist was badly injured in a fire in 1928. The fourth and fifth fingers on his left hand were left permanently curled toward the palm due to the tendons shrinking. Django learned to maximize the use of his other fingers and developed his own playing style, becoming one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
7 James “Munky” Shaffer
The co-founding guitarist of pioneering nu metal band Korn severed the top of his left index finger due to an accident with his three-wheeler. He picked up the guitar as a way to rehabilitate his finger, and eventually went on to sell over 35 million albums.
8 Paul Stanley
The singer for KISS was born with a Level 3 Microtia, which is a deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear, leaving him with no ear canal and virtually deaf on his right side. Luckily, KISS stuck to playing quiet folk songs and avoided loud explosions in order to preserve Stanley’s other ear.
9 Leslie West
In 2011, the Mountain frontman had his lower right leg amputated as a result of complications from diabetes. With a big metaphorical F-U to life and leg, West is releasing a new solo album this week titled ’Still Climbing.’ Now that’s rock n’ roll.
Born without arms, Goffeney learned to play guitar and bass with his feet. He formed a band called Big Toe and released a self-titled album in 1999 to critical acclaim. Goffeney has had ongoing success as a performer, speaker and TV personality – and although he may be the least well-known musician on this list, his talent has made him legendary.
11 Victor “Moulty” Moulton
The drummer for garage rock one hit wonders The Barbarians lost his left hand in an explosion when he was 14. He wore a hook-shaped prosthesis and eventually modified it to hold a drumstick. The band later had a regional hit with the song “Moulty” which dramatized his hand-losing accident to comedic effect.