When Rockers Attack: On Stage Fights + Band Beatdowns Caught On Film!
Keith Richards’ Wailing Guitar
John Lennon’s murder by a fan fresh in his mind, The Rolling Stones resident outlaw wasn’t having it when a fan jumped on stage. Thankfully Fender Telecasters are among the more durable guitars on the market.
Axl Rose Attacks Fan, Starts Riot
The mighty mouth of Guns N’ Roses is known for his mercurial temperament and this night really, really did not want having his picture taken. The ensuing melee led to a massive riot for which Rose was later arrested but not convicted for inciting.
Henry Rollins Has A Mean Left Hook
Crowd violence was common when young Henry Rollins joined Southern California hardcore heroes Black Flag in the early 1980s. This footage shows that he was no shrinking violet when faced with such fan “appreciation” and maybe even enjoyed it a little.
Sid Vicious’ Swinging Bass
The Sex Pistols bassist tried hard to live up to his stage name with violent behavior including this Fender wielding assault on a bunch of rambunctious Texas rowdies on the band’s first ever U.S. tour.
Nirvana Vs. The Bouncer
Singer Kurt Cobain was known for his wild stage antics but made the fatal mistake of catching the bouncer in the head with his guitar at this raucous show which earned him a kick and a punch but luckily the band was quick to back him up.
Nirvana Vs. The Drunk Guy
The only thing wilder than the band at early Nirvana shows? The crowd but some drunk fools can’t take a hint and when they overstay their welcome the band was ready to deal.
Jesus Lizard: Don’t Interrupt The Guitar Solo!
Don’t mess with Texas. Don’t mess with Texas noise rockers The Jesus Lizard. And do not mess up guitarist Duane Denison’s slide guitar solo unless you want to catch a beating.
Mark Ford Is A Kickin’ Guitar Player
The former Black Crowes guitarist wasn’t feeling this tipsy Russian’s harmonica playing when he barged on stage and was thus met with a very well-placed kick.
Green Day: Billie Joe Takes No S***
Not sure what pissed off the Bay area singer in this clip but he was ready to stage dive on top of the offending punker and send him back crying to his Momma.
Don’t Push Your Luck With Tool
Some guys get on stage and jump right off. Some guys get on stage and want a hug. And some of those guys get flipped and herbed by the singer in their favorite band for the next few minutes.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre Vs. Themselves
This revered West Coast neo-psychedelic outfit wasn’t content to fight members of the audience or over aggressive bouncers but instead enjoyed beating the tar out of each other.
Radio Moscow: The Guitarist Vs. The Drummer
They say you should always end your show with a bang, which in this case was the sound the guitar made when it smashed the guitarist in the face leading to not just the end of the show but the end of the band as well.