Music is reliant on much more than just sound. If an artist connects with their audience through a listening experience, it can be transcendent. But as pop music came to fruition, many fans were focusing on these stars for everything other than what they could hear.
Since they're in the spotlight, the personal lives of musicians tend to become common knowledge. And that's when people pick up on the fact that a lot of musicians are much weirder than you think.
Over the years, there have been plenty of rock star shenanigans and awful moments that have made people do more than a few double takes. These range from heartbreaking deaths to extravagant drug habits, to simply over-inflated egos.
It's almost as if there are more bizarre music tales in the pop intelligentsia than there are actual musicians.
These events have shown that the music industry is not the fantasy land that everyone thinks of. Sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes things go right. And sometimes things go downright weird.
That's the nature of the music industry, really: Anything goes.
10. Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Being Pronounced Dead For 2 Minutes
Motley Crue helped ignite the hair metal scene on the Sunset Strip in the late 80's. With their decadent songs about sex, drugs, and rock and roll, the Crue earned the reputation as one of the most dangerous bands of the time. But the real danger they caused was to themselves.
Around Christmas in 1987, Nikki Sixx was rushed to the hospital, having overdosed on heroin. The doctors were unable to save him at first, and Sixx was pronounced dead for two minutes. In a last attempt to revive him, Sixx was given two adrenaline shots through the heart Pulp Fiction style, which brought him back into consciousness.
Sixx's overdose later became the primary influence for the Crue's single "Kickstart My Heart." Though he had a legitimate brush with death, it took a few more years before Sixx and the rest of the band finally got clean. Nowadays, Nikki is luckily on the road to recovery and transparent about his past struggles.
This type of incident would be one of the most intense moments in anybody's life. But for the Motley Crue in their prime, it was just another day at the office.