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-Metallica's Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett drew cards to decide who would get to choose a bunk on their tour bus in 1986. Burton drew the Ace of Spades, chose the bunk Hammett had been occupying, and was thrown out of the window when the bus crashed. He died at the scene. 


-John Lennon's eyesight was so poor that he was legally blind without his glasses.


-George Lucas allowed the band members of 'N Sync to make a cameo appearance in Attack of the Clones in order to appease his daughters. The footage was later cut out of the final version of the film.


-Noel Gallagher, Gary Moore and Mark Knopfler write left-handed but play guitar as if right-handers. Coldplay's Chris Martin plays guitar and draws right-handed, but he writes left-handed. And the world's most-famous 'left-handed' player, Jimi Hendrix, wrote with his right hand.


-The band D12 planned to find the 12 best rappers of Detroit, but found only 6, so they created alter-egos in order to have 12. That was when Eminem came up with Slim Shady.


-Kiss's Gene Simmons can speak Hungarian.


-There is a metal band called Hatebeak whose lead singer is an African grey parrot. 


-Queen's multi-millionaire drummer Roger Taylor was once spotted in Guildford's Sainsbury's supermarket filling out a National Lottery ticket.


-Dave Grohl has been the drummer on every Tenacious D album and is considered a member of the band.


-The surname of the late Robert Moog, inventor of the legendary Moog Synthesiser, is actually pronounced 'Mogue' (rhyming with 'rogue'). But everyone has said 'Moog' for so long, no-one bothers to correct it anymore.


-American Rock Band 'The Postal Service' was sent a cease and desist letter by the United States Postal Service for trademark infringement of their name. After negotiations, the USPS allowed the band to use their name in exchange for playing a free show at their national conference. 


-Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is a keen modern art collector. In 2008 he auctioned his "last Basquiat" for $13.5 million.


-When the girl featured on the front cover of Vampire Weekend's 'Contra' album artwork found out about the illegal use of her 26-year-old photo, she sued the band. She found out when her daughter brought home a copy of the album one day. 


-Slash was born in Hampstead, London. Not Stoke, England, as is usually reported.


-There is a Swedish Speed Metal band called "Sabaton" that teaches history through its music, including an album devoted to teaching about World War 2. 


-The 'Reverend Run', of Run-DMC, is a real ordained minister, with New York Pentecostal church Zoe Ministries. Leonard Cohen, writer of Hallelujah, is an ordained Rinzai Buddhist monk.


-There was a female Rock Band name 'Rockbitch' which was famous for throwing 'Golden Condoms' at their audience and whoever got it, male or female, was taken backstage to have sex with band members.


-U2 aren't really all Irish. Adam Clayton was born in Oxfordshire, England, to English parents. The Edge (David Evans) was born in Barking, east London, to Welsh parents.


-In 2002, the band Creed put on such a bad show at the Allstate Arena in Illinois that a $2,000,000 class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of all of the fans in attendance. 


-The world's official fastest rapper is Ricky Brown. He holds the Guinness World Record by rapping 723 syllables in 41.27 seconds on his track No Clue.


-Jónsi, the lead singer in Sigur Rós, once forgot the lyrics while performing with the band in France. He improvised and kept on singing in Icelandic "Oh shit, I forgot the lyrics, but that's okay because I'm in France where no one understands me".


-Public Image Limited bassist Jah Wobble (John Wardle) worked for a while, post-PiL, for the London Underground. He allegedly once made an announcement over the PA system at London's Tower Hill underground station: "I used to be somebody. I repeat, I used to be somebody".


-Sebastian Bach was fired from Skid Row because he wanted to open for KISS and the band refused. After he was canned he left the band a voicemail saying that nobody is ever too big to open for KISS.


-The 15 May 1997 was declared official 'ZZ Top Day' in the band's home-state of Texas.


-Paramore broke "The Nashville Curse" by being the first band from the Tennessee city to have an album go platinum in 20 years. 


-Veteran gangsta rapper Ice-T's birth name is Tracy Lauren Marrow. How is he not a girl?


-Before Guns N'Roses, Slash once auditioned for the band Poison, he decided not to join when he was asked about wearing makeup. 


-Brian Eno partly-produced Dido's new album, Safe Trip Home. Which makes for a full-name collaboration between Brian Peter George St John Le Baptiste de la Salle Eno and Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong.


-Beatles wrote into their contracts for American concerts that they would not play in front of segregated audiences. 


-When Billy Crystal was a child, his babysitter was the legendary Billie Holiday.


-Crooner Engelbert Humperdinck was born Arnold George Dorsey. He borrowed his stage name from a German composer who died in 1921.


-When John Lennon was asked if Ringo Starr was the best drummer in the world he replied "In the world? He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles!"


-Rolling Stones drummer, Charlie Watts, was sleeping one day, when Mick Jagger phoned drunk to Watts' hotel room asking where was his drummer. Watts got up, suited-up, went to Jagger's room, punched him, and then replied: "Don't ever call me your drummer again. You're my fucking singer!".


-The original Village People line-up was recruited via an advert that read "Macho types wanted: must have moustache".


-Metallica wrote the song "The God That Failed" because Hetfield's mother died due to Christian beliefs influencing her decision to reject cancer treatment. 


-Blur's Graham Coxon models for Cordings, an upmarket London gentleman's tailor, part-owned by Eric Clapton.


-The US military would play Enter Sandman for hours on end to aid in the interrogation and torture of prisoners. When asked about this, Metallica's James Hetfield responded "We've been punishing our parents, our wives, our loved ones with this music forever. Why should the Iraqi's be any different?"


-Before Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder was the singer in Bad Radio, a progressive funk rock band heavily influenced by early Red Hot Chili Peppers.


-Until 2006, U2 paid no tax in Ireland due to an exemption for artists. When the exemption was capped at $315,000, the band moved its accounts to the Netherlands, rather than face a multi-million dollar tax bill for album sales and royalties. 


-Over the years, Pete Best, Stuart Sutcliffe, Brian Epstein, George Martin, George Best and Billy Preston have all been referred to as The Fifth Beatle.


-Kirk Hammett encouraged Les Claypool to audition for Metallica after Cliff Burton died. After not getting the job, James Hetfield said it was because Claypool was "too good" and "should do his own thing".


-Meat Loaf supports English football team Hartlepool United.


-House of the rising sun by The Animals was recorded with only 15 minutes because the band was on a tight budget. In spite of that the song went all the way to number one in 1964.


-Disney originally wanted ABBA to do the music for The Lion King, but ABBA wasn't available, so they went with Elton John.


-Neptunes producer Pharrell Williams is huge fan of the science fiction series Star Trek. Hence his consistent use of the Vulcan salute to signify his label name, Star Trak.


-In 2000, ABBA turned down $1 billion to do a 100 concert reunion tour. 


-Elvis Presley weighed 170 lbs following his discharge from the US Army in 1960. When he died, in 1977, he weighed 260 lbs.


-Marilyn Monroe got a white poodle named Mafia from Frank Sinatra.


-Before ABBA made it big, they promised to hold a concert for their municipality in exchange for being allowed to rehearse in the cafeteria of a local school. They are still yet to fulfil their promise.


-Andy White, the drummer who played on the definitive version of The Beatles' Love Me Do, never earned more than his original session fee of £7 from the track.


-ABBA's costumes originally were colourful and elaborate specifically to get around Swedish tax law. If the costumes couldn't be worn outside a performance, they could be considered tax deductible. 


-Legendary guitarist Steve Vai is an expert beekeeper and occasionally lectures schoolchildren on the joys of apiary.


-Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd members helped to fund the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.


-Since their inception, Guns N' Roses have had 21 full-time band members.


-Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin had an improvised jam session which was recorded but never released. 


-In his youth, Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis's babysitters included Cher and Sonny Bono.


-Led Zeppelin let Ben Affleck use "When the Levee Breaks" in Argo with the condition that they digitally alter the player's needle drop to correct spot on the record. 


-Acclaimed UK cook and author Delia Smith baked the cake on the cover of The Rolling Stones' 1969 masterpiece Let It Bleed.


-The airplane that Buddy Holly died in was called American Pie. Don McLean wrote a song with the same name about the accident.


-Elvis favourite collectibles were official badges. He collected police badges in almost every city he performed in.


-Flowers In The Rain by The Move was the first record ever played on BBC Radio 1 in the UK.


-Elvis was an avid gun collector. His collection of 40 weapons included M-16s and a Thompson submachine gun.


-The built-in MIDI ports on the Atari ST were only included because they were suggested by Atari

boss Jack Tramiel's son when the computer was being designed.


-Duran Duran took their name from a mad scientists in the movie Barbarella.


-Jay-Z hasn't written any of his lyrics down for more than a decade.


-Themes from movies Unforgiven, A Perfect World, The Bridges of Madison County, and Absolute Power were all written by Clint Eastwood


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