10 Bands That Tragedy Struck...

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    Airbornemama Mama Loves You All Out There!

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    The Allman Brothers Band...
    If there were a poster band for enduring crippling tragedy while keepin' on keepin' on, it's the Allmans. Everyone knows one of the band's namesakes, Duane Allman, died in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Macon, GA. To compound that tragedy, bassist Berry Oakley also died in a motorcycle wreck, a little more than a year after Duane. Oakley's accident occurred just three blocks from Allman's.

    Meanwhile, singer Gregg Allman, brother to Duane, has battled drugs, hepatitis C, cancer, and Cher. In early 2017, drummer and founding member Butch Trucks committed suicide by shooting himself in front of his wife.

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    Hard rock legends AC/DC are one of the few bands to become even more popular as the years wore on, despite the tragedy that has circled the group since the '80s. Lead singer Bon Scott died from choking on his own vomit in early 1980. This might sink a lesser band, but AC/DC persevered, and soared to new heights. In the 2010s, after decades of mega success, things got weird. In 2014, guitarist Malcolm Young left the band, feeling the effects of dementia. Young moved into a nursing home, having completely lost his short-term memory. Singer Brian Johnson then left because he was losing his hearing.

    Then there's the saga of drummer Phil Rudd. In 2014, Rudd was arrested for attempted murder (he was accused of trying to hire a hitman), as well as meth and pot possession. His behavior during sessions for the band's 2014 album Rock or Bust was erratic, but no one expected he'd take such a dark turn.

    All said and done, Angus Young is the only member of the band's seminal line up still in the band, and kinda-sorta still ticking.


    The Beach Boys...
    The Beach Boys are one of the greatest and most important American rock bands of all time. They also have a legendary history of not being the clean-cut, all-American boys they're made out to be. This group of relatives (three Wilson brothers and cousin Mike Love) and one friend (Al Jardine) were led by the tyrannical Murry Wilson, father to the brothers, who has long been accused of psychologically and physically abusing the band.

    On top of that, there are the legendary on-again off-again squabbles between Brian Wilson and Mike Love. Wilson, the perceived genius, had a long battle with mental illness and drug abuse that eroded his creativity. Love is known as many things, kind and gentle not among them. Following the band's 2012 tour, Love unceremoniously dumped Wilson in favor of his backing band, who proudly wave the Beach Boys flag without their most influential member.

    Brian's drug use in the '60s made him an icon and cemented him as a genius, but also melted his brain. The same can be said of his shrink, Dr. Eugene Landy, who gave Wilson enough pills during in late '80s to fry his brain even more. Landy was attempting to control Wilson to nefarious ends, and it took a new romantic interest - who Wilson married - to break the sordid relationship.

    Meanwhile, Dennis Wilson was friends with the Manson family (as in Charles Manson) and even jammed with Manson. Allegedly, Wilson nearly produced and wrote music with the cult leader. Following this, Wilson drowned in 1983 while diving off his yacht while intoxicated. Finally, Carl Wilson died of cancer in 1998.


    The Band...
    The Band are one of the most celebrated folk groups of all time. They're best known for their work with Bob Dylan, the Martin Scorsese concert film The Last Waltz, and the tragic deaths of three of their members.

    Following The Band's initial split after The Last Waltz, the group got back together in 1983. In 1986, piano player Richard Manuel, a long-struggling drug addict and alcoholic, committed suicide by hanging himself in a Florida motel room following a show. His replacement, Stan Szelest, died in 1991 from a heart attack.

    Guitarist Rick Danko had his own string of bad luck. In 1968, he was severely injured in a car accident, breaking his neck and back in six places. In 1999, he died of heart failure due to drug use (he was convicted in 1996 after receiving of a package of heroin in the mail) and alcoholism.

    Keyboardist Richard Bell died in 2007 from multiple myeloma and singer/drummer Levon Helm died from cancer in 2012.

    When The Band reformed after The Last Waltz, without lead guitarist and primary song writer Robbie Robertson, things fell apart. Either Robertson had tremendous foresight, or The Band's subsequent legacy could be called the Curse of Robbie Robertson.


    Lynard Skynard...
    Legendary southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd will forever be defined by a freak accident that changed the band permanently. On a fateful day in 1977, the band's chartered Convair CV-240 plane crashed in Mississippi when it ran out of fuel. Lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines (Steve's older sister), assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary, and co-pilot William Gray all died. Their Street Survivors album was released three days earlier.

    If that wasn't bad enough, guitarist Allen Collins's wife died of a hemorrhage due to a miscarriage. Collins was later involved in car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He pleaded no contest to DUI manslaughter and died in 1990 from pneumonia.

    Leon Wilkeson, Skynyrd's bassist since 1972, was found dead in his hotel room on July 27, 2001 due to emphysema and chronic liver disease. Lastly, keyboardist Billy Powell died of a heart attack in 2009. Only one original member, Gary Rossington, is still alive as of 2017 (drummer Artimus Pyle survived the accident but wasn't a founding member).

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    Airbornemama Mama Loves You All Out There!

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    Alice in Chains...
    The suicide of Kurt Cobain (a member of the 27 club) and overdose of Mother Love Bone vocalist Andrew Wood are the most well-known tragedies of the Seattle scene, but peers Alice in Chains suffered a far more protracted battle with its demons. Most of this is chronicled in the band's music, lyrics, and song and album titles, which deal overtly with dru addiction.

    In 2002, vocalist Layne Staley, a long-suffering addict, retreated to his Seattle apartment to do heroin until he died. When his body was found (more than a week after he died), it weighed only 86 pounds and was already decomposing. Bassist Mike Starr suffered a similar fate, albeit nearly a decade later. He died from a drug overdose in 2011 in Salt Lake City

    While the grunge icons are still around, they exist in a diminished state. Of the original line up, only guitarist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney remain. The two recruited a new vocalist and bass player and recorded music that has been received well by both fans and critics...


    The Greatful Dead...
    The Grateful Dead are one of rock's most beloved bands, thanks to their epic live shows and obsessive followers. However, you would never, ever want to be the band's keyboardist.

    Beginning with Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, who left the band due to cirrhosis of the liver (he died in 1973), the revolving door swung around and around. Keith Godchaux replaced Pigpen, left the band in 1979, and died in a car accident the next year. Brent Mydland replaced him, only to die in 1990 from a drug overdose. Vince Welnick took over, and was in the position until Jerry Garcia's death in 1995. Welnick overcame cancer and bouts with severe depression before committing suicide in 2006.

    Then there's Jerry Garcia. The guitarist died from a heart attack in 1995. In his pre-Dead days, Garcia lost two-thirds of his middle right finger due to a woodcutting accident. When he was four. Garcia had a huge appetite for drugs, most notably heroin, cocaine, and LSD. His hard-charging days resulted in a four-day diabetic coma in 1986...


    They say looks can be deceiving. In the case of Slipknot, the opposite is true. You get what you pay for with the nine masked madmen who churn out a frightening blend of death metal, nu metal, and Satanic noise.

    Singer Corey Taylor started doing coke and speed when he was 13. He overdosed on coke at 15, and was placed in a dumpster instead of being taken to a hospital, because, you know... Iowa. Many years later, guitarist Mick Thomson got in a knife fight with his brother on someone else's lawn (while drunk, of course).

    In 2010, bassist Paul Gray met a grizzly fate in a Johnston, IA hotel room. Gray was found dead, a hypodermic needle next to his bed, a smattering of pills splattered across the floor. An autopsy revealed the drummer died from a combo platter of morphine and fentanyl, coupled with heart disease...


    Mamas and the Papas...
    They may appear to be an innocuous group of happy '60s hippies, but the Mamas & Papas went through some dark sh*t. Singer Cass Elliott battled weight issues until her death in 1974 from heart failure due to obesity. There's a long-standing sick joke she choked on a ham sandwich, but that isn't true.

    Vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter John Phillips had a checkered history. He was addicted to heroin for most of the '70s, and was arrested and convicted of conspiring to distribute narcotics in 1980. He spent a month in the big house in 1981. Phillips was accused of incest rape by his daughter Mackenzie, who alleged she had a sexual relationship with him for 10 years, which only ended when she got pregnant and didn't know whether he was the father...


    Red Hot Chili Peppers...
    It's easy to forget how out of control the Red Hot Chili Peppers were in the '80s and '90s, given the band's post-Californicationshift to warm, cuddly cultural touchstones. From rampant drug use to insane sexual exploits, the band faced a ton of strife, much of which detailed in Anthony Kiedis's batsh*t insane autobiography Scar Tissue.

    Guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose, which led to then-drummer Jack Irons having a nervous breakdown. Replacement guitarist John Frusciante, developed a raging heroin addiction upon leaving the band in the early '90s. Lead vocalist Anthony Kiedis battled heroin addition for decades. In his book he writes of shooting up in his mid-40s in seedy motels with models half his age while the band was playing stadiums.

    Drugs and mental breakdowns, yet the band forges on in the 21st century...

  3. Gorelady73

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    Aug 8, 2018
    As usual a fantastic post by the one and only @airbournmama :rock:
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    Airbornemama Mama Loves You All Out There!

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    Why Thank you hun! ;)
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    Aug 25, 2017
    This was really interesting. Woo Hoo, Mama! You've outdone yourself once again! :thumbsup:
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    Apr 13, 2018
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    Cool read, mahalo.
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    Excellent post! Very good stuff. Thanks :)
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    Airbornemama Mama Loves You All Out There!

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    Thank you BOTH so very much! ;)
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    Great post Mama!!! You always give us the best, Thanks again!
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