15 Times Our Musical Idols Were Real-Life Heroes

  • T.I.

  • Paul McCartney

  • David Lee Roth

  • The Game

  • Simon Cowell

  • Ray Davies

  • Amy Winehouse

  • Garth Brooks

  • Slayer

  • Lady Gaga

  • Kid Rock

  • J.C. Chasez

  • Taylor Swift

  • Will.i.am

  • Eminem

-By Frank Donovan 

Die-hard fans claim that music has saved their lives in troubled times. While we’ve totally been there, today we’re taking it a step further with instances when musicians have literally saved lives or otherwise contributed more than their musical talents to the common good. Some are in the right place at the right time when disaster strikes. Others use their vast cultural influence to make a difference.

From Paul McCartney to T.I. and Taylor Swift to Slayer, here are 15 times when our idols were true heroes.

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