Ozzy Osbourne doesn’t just sing about being on the crazy train — he’s proved it.
Exactly 34 years ago, the Black Sabbath lead singer bit the head off a live bat while performing with the band in Iowa.
Osborne admitted in the liner notes of the band’s reissue of “Diary of a Madman” that he thought it was a rubber bat at first, but quickly found out it wasn’t when the animal bit him back during the stunt.
But Ozzy is just one member of the crazy train — here are 10 others.
Once upon a time, Pearl Jam wasn’t selling out football stadiums and arenas.
So to make the smaller gigs more electric, lead singer Eddie Vedder made a habit of going over the top to please to crowd.
That included scaling the scaffolding on stages during the Seattle band’s sets.
One of the more memorable climbs came at an outdoor hometown gig in 1992, just a year after the band’s seminal debut album “Ten” was released.
Pete Townshend is credited as the first rock star to destroy his guitar on stage, but his bandmates liked to put on shows of their own too, especially demented drummer Keith Moon.
The hard-partier took the opportunity to show Townshend’s crazy ways up on live television in 1967.
Moon frequently put explosives into his bass drum, but to make “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” performance more memorable he used more than usual. At the end of the “My Generation” performance, the explosion was so loud that it knocked the broadcast off the air.
When you’re strange…
The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was as mysterious as they come, but his intentions were pretty blunt at a Florida show in 1969.
The Lizard King allegedly — his bandmates still say Morrison is innocent — masturbated on stage in front of a crowd of 12,000.
A Miami Herald article from the show said Morrison “screamed obscenities, and exposed himself. He also got violent, slugged several [concert promoters], and threw one of them off the stage before he himself was hurled into the crowd.”
Kurt Cobain at the 1992 Reading Festival in England.
At least he had a sense of humor.
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s struggles with drugs were very known, thanks to the band’s worldwide fame.
After rumors spread that he was too sick to perform at England’s Reading Festival in 1992, Cobain pranked the crowd by coming out on stage sitting in a wheelchair while donning a hospital gown and wig.
He then collapsed to the floor before starting the show, which turned out to be Nirvana’s last one in the United Kingdom.
Dillinger Escape Plan
Metal band Dillinger Escape Plan gave Reading Festival attendees yet another reason to cringe, though this incident occurred a decade after the Nirvana and L7 ones.
To set themselves apart from the primarily mainstream rock bands they shared the bill with in 2002, lead singer Greg Puciato hurled feces into the crowd.
The act nearly got the band permanently kicked out of the United Kingdom.
Hendrix’s burning desire to stand near fire came to fruition at a gig in Astoria, London in 1967.
The legendary guitarist was known to light up his guitar at the end of sets, but this time the stunt turned serious as he scorched his wrist and arms with the flames.
Hendrix was sent to the hospital after the show and treated for burns.
Donita Sparks performing with L7 at Chicago’s Riot Fest in 2015.
This is one way to handle criticism.
At the same Reading Festival where Cobain pulled off his wheelchair antics, fellow grunge band L7 chose a different way to mess with the crowd.
After the rockers began have sound trouble, the crowd became
How did lead singer Donita Sparks respond? She screamed “Eat my used tampon, f——!” at the crowd and then delivered on the sentence, throwing it towards the front row.
Yes, there was rain at this concert.
Blind Melon became stars after their 1992 hit single “No Rain,” and its popularity gave them a spot opening on a Lenny Kravitz arena tour the following year.
But lead singer Shannon Hoon hurt the band’s opportunity to send them to the next level when he urinated on the first few crowds of a Halloween show at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver.
The Butthole Surfers
Always known for their love of drugs and crude live shows, The Butthole Surfers took things way overboard in 1986.
While performing at the famed New York City nightclub Danceteria, frontman Gibby Haynes, the band’s lead singer, had sex on stage with a fellow band member.
He described the lude incident in detail to Option Magazine in 1993.
“Ten minutes into the show, I’d put on ten dresses – you see, I used to put dresses on and then tear ‘em all off. But I’d gotten so trippin’ and so drunk. I forgot to put on my underwear. So I got down to my last dress and… I was naked. I looked over at (band members) Cabbage and Kathleen: Cabbage had come out from behind the drums and she had this Fred Flintstone plastic baseball bat filled with urine and was sprinkling it on the crowd.
“Kathleen was totally naked and bald. And all of a sudden it became like this sexual thing, and there I was with a semi-erect penis onstage, in between this girl’s legs, and about to do this thing. Then it kinda suddenly dawned on me what was going on and I was like, Whoa!”
Sinead O’ Connor
Sinead O’Connor’s infamous SNL moment.
Nothing compares to this stunt that Sinead O’ Connor pulled on SNL.
The singer took advantage of the national spotlight she was given on Saturday Night Live in 1992 to make a statement about child abuse in the Catholic Church.
In the middle of performing a cover of Bob Marley’s “War,” the Irish singer held up a picture of Pope John Paul II to the camera and ripped it to pieces.