Every great rock and roll band prides themselves on being able to kill it every time they hit the stage. While the studio can be a playground for everyone to create something magical, the real damage comes when you take that magic on the road and deliver it to people one night after another. Sometimes it just doesn’t go together, and these guys unfortunately have to deal with their failures on a grand scale.
Because those are the shows that have gone down in history as how bad they ended up being. Although most of these bands could have saved the day by playing mind-blowing sets for most of the night, most of them ended in disaster, either by having to cancel the show early or by just not bothering to give fans their money.
One thing we will exclude from a list like this: deaths. While something like the murder of Dimebag Darrell might qualify for a list like this, it’s all about judging the music and how the bands were able to interact with (or in this case sabotage) their own performances and each other. are embarrassed on stage. Rock and roll isn’t supposed to be perfect, but it should be at least a little better than what we have here.
None of the Sunset Strip hair metal bands were necessarily known for being backstage choirboys or anything. Who are we kidding here? From the amount of poodle hair circulating and the miles and miles of relentless energy when someone takes to the stage, the bands were almost expected to be drug-mad half the time. Things change when it comes to live TV, and Poison certainly wasn’t 100% for the MTV Awards.
Amid rumors that guitarist CC Deville had gone off the rails in the weeks leading up to the live stream, the band seemed to be doing well in rehearsals before CC showed up that night. Sporting a new hot pink haircut, the band were set to play Unskinny Bop in their timeslot, only to have them drop the song halfway through after CC just stopped playing. Flying by the seat of his pants, CC figured he’d buy time by playing the opening riff to Talk Dirty To Me, only to drop that too once the verses started.
After a few moments of awkward silence and Bret Michaels desperately trying to keep things together, an all-out fight broke out backstage resulting in Bret getting his nose broken and CC sending packing, with Richie Kotzen ending up occupying his position behind the handle. CC may have had to clean up his act, but his absence marked the beginning of one of the darkest periods in the band’s career.