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(Ultimate Classic Rock)   Thirteen musicians and bands that have had some of the worst luck ever seen. Yes, Badfinger is represented   (ultimateclassicrock.com ) divider line
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2014-06-15 01:43:08 AM  
"You can't really dust for vomit."
 
2014-06-15 02:54:03 AM  
They forgot  Damageplan (Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell's band) where some asshole got up on stage and shot Dimebag to death as well as 3 others, and injuring 2 more, in the middle of a performance.

He did it to protest the breakup of Pantera.
 
2014-06-15 06:22:52 AM  

TommyymmoT: They forgot  Damageplan (Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell's band) where some asshole got up on stage and shot Dimebag to death as well as 3 others, and injuring 2 more, in the middle of a performance.

He did it to protest the breakup of Pantera.


Because if you shoot Dimebag Darrell to death, a Pantera reunion will surely happen.

People are really dumb, and crazy.
 
2014-06-15 06:32:27 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: TommyymmoT: They forgot  Damageplan (Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell's band) where some asshole got up on stage and shot Dimebag to death as well as 3 others, and injuring 2 more, in the middle of a performance.

He did it to protest the breakup of Pantera.

Because if you shoot Dimebag Darrell to death, a Pantera reunion will surely happen.

People are really dumb, and crazy.


Actually you have to shoot all the other guys as well for the reunion to happen....
 
2014-06-15 06:50:22 AM  
Sounds like there was a lot of drugs and booze freely available to musicians in the 70's.  I don't see how that really adds up to bad luck.  I feel for the guys who got out / booted out right before the big time though.  That's just something you never get over.
 
2014-06-15 07:03:31 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: TommyymmoT: They forgot  Damageplan (Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell's band) where some asshole got up on stage and shot Dimebag to death as well as 3 others, and injuring 2 more, in the middle of a performance.

He did it to protest the breakup of Pantera.

Because if you shoot Dimebag Darrell to death, a Pantera reunion will surely happen.

People are really dumb, and crazy.


I would like to take this opportunity to lament the judgement of those who would shoot musicians. Take, for example, Mark David Chapman. Hey, Mark... Yoko was RIGHT THERE, for pete's sake.
 
2014-06-15 07:04:14 AM  
I see subby doesn't include rappers as "musicians".
 
2014-06-15 07:11:05 AM  

fusillade762: I see subby doesn't include rappers as "musicians".


Well, to be fair......
 
2014-06-15 07:21:15 AM  
Other bands I would give honorable mention to:

Joy Division

The Verve (had only one big hit, and had to give all the proceeds to The Rolling Stones)

Alice in Chains
 
2014-06-15 07:30:56 AM  

Gunderson: Other bands I would give honorable mention to:

Joy Division

The Verve (had only one big hit, and had to give all the proceeds to The Rolling Stones)

Alice in Chains


Just having one hit, and not making any money from it. That's really bittersweet.
 
2014-06-15 07:58:34 AM  
Badfinger?  I remember finding out about them.
 
2014-06-15 08:07:13 AM  
Milli Vanilli
 
2014-06-15 08:21:49 AM  
Left off: The Big Bopper taking Waylon Jennings' place on Buddy Holly's plane.

Otis Redding dying in a plane crash 3 weeks before "Sittin' By The Dock of the Bay" was released.
 
2014-06-15 08:27:47 AM  
Anyone well known enough to be on that list has millions willing to trade places with them and experience their "bad luck". You might die, but hey, you'll get to live your dream for a little while, anyway.
 
2014-06-15 08:27:53 AM  
I didn't see anything about Yes there.
 
2014-06-15 08:28:34 AM  
Alan Cross did an Ongoing History of New Musicabout bad-luck bands and this one band really stuck out.  There was this band in the early 90's called Cause and Effect.  They were kind of a Depeche Mode clone, but they were starting to get some traction in the charts.  Then they went on the worst tour ever--their bus broke down, equipment stopped working or got stolen, and other weird stuff happened.  But that rather paled in comparison to their last tour show soundcheck, when their founding member suddenly dropped dead after suffering an asthma-related heart attack.

It almost seems heartless to say it, but that concert was in the opening act's (Information Society) hometown of Minneapolis, which would have meant there would have been a big crowd and it could have been Cause and Effect's big break.
 
2014-06-15 08:41:05 AM  
Jason Everman not included once again.
 
2014-06-15 09:01:48 AM  

gadian: Sounds like there was a lot of drugs and booze freely available to musicians in the 70's.  I don't see how that really adds up to bad luck.  I feel for the guys who got out / booted out right before the big time though.  That's just something you never get over.


To be fair, drugs and booze have always (and still are) an occupational hazard in the world of music.
 
2014-06-15 09:08:55 AM  

Another Government Employee: Left off: The Big Bopper taking Waylon Jennings' place on Buddy Holly's plane.

Otis Redding dying in a plane crash 3 weeks before "Sittin' By The Dock of the Bay" was released.


Roy Buchanan being found hung in a jail cell after being arrested for public intoxication. A very suspicious event.
 
2014-06-15 09:11:54 AM  
Umm... Great White?
 
2014-06-15 09:19:43 AM  

FeedTheCollapse: Jason Everman not included once again.


How so? He may not be the most interesting man in the world, but he'd have to be in the top 5.
 
2014-06-15 09:23:02 AM  

Gunderson: The Verve (had only one big hit, and had to give all the proceeds to The Rolling Stones)


Not to the Stones, but to Allen B Klein, the Stones' former manager, who'd stolen their right to everything they did before 1968. He was George Harrison's manager during the "He's So Fine/My Sweet Lord" trial.  Without telling Harrison, he went out and bought the rights to "He's So Fine", so he was the one who ended up getting paid when Harrison lost.

I can see Syd Barrett as being a thing, but what he did, he did to himself, and by firing him, Pink Floyd went from an underground band with some success in London to international fame and fortune.
 
2014-06-15 09:23:33 AM  
"floating at the bottom of his pool"

WTF?

And how could they mention Cliff Burton without mentioning Dave Mustaine.
 
2014-06-15 09:24:50 AM  

fusillade762: I see subby doesn't include rappers as "musicians".


First off, I'm pretty sure that subby didn't write the article. But hey, I could be wrong. And second, it's on a site called "ultimateclassicrock.com"... gee, who would've thought?
 
2014-06-15 09:26:03 AM  

stanhapsburg: Umm... Great White?


Downer of the day (SFW, but graphic content otherwise)
 
2014-06-15 09:29:08 AM  
John Lennon anyone? Or Stuart Sutcliffe (to continue the Beatles motif)?

Harry Chapin?

Jim Croce?

The drummer for !!! fell down an elevator shaft a few years ago.

/Choking to death on someone else's vomit is still probably the worst.
 
2014-06-15 09:43:58 AM  

Soulcatcher: John Lennon anyone? Or Stuart Sutcliffe (to continue the Beatles motif)?

Harry Chapin?

Jim Croce?

The drummer for !!! fell down an elevator shaft a few years ago.

/Choking to death on someone else's vomit is still probably the worst.


A couple years ago a group of sea shanty singers (called Fisherman's Friend) got crushed by a roller door just before a show.  Killed two, injured the rest, one guy lost a lag.
 
2014-06-15 09:46:25 AM  
Another heartbreak, Trish Keenan of Broadcast died of swine flu in Vietnam.  IN 2011.


/whole albums available on Youtube; check HaHa Sound first (60's garage psych done right!), then swerve back to their first with Work and NonWork, then hit up Tender Buttons (almost no drumming! From a band with usually awesome drum parts (a la Man Is Not a Bird from HaHa Sound) I respect their super-minimal drum machine as an artistic choice)
 
2014-06-15 09:51:09 AM  
The Exploding Hearts
 
2014-06-15 09:56:43 AM  
Nico.  Who died after she fell off her bicycle and hit her head.  That's sad.  The rock n roll part was that she was living in Paris and high on heroin when the accident happened.  That's less sad.
 
2014-06-15 09:59:29 AM  
Shouldn't overlook Mia Zapata of The Gits, murdered in July 1993.

side note: I knew her in high school... I dated a friend of hers from Presentation Academy, and used to see her at The Vogue Theater on Saturday nights.
 
2014-06-15 10:34:35 AM  

Gunderson: Other bands I would give honorable mention to:

Joy Division

The Verve (had only one big hit, and had to give all the proceeds to The Rolling Stones)

Alice in Chains


You read my mind about all of these bands, especially AIC. Reading about their history is just sad. Mike and Layne both had a long road of hell before they died. Yes, they were addicts, but so many other non famous people are too and it's just as sad. It's like being on a long winding road to hell where the only way out is death or getting clean, but never really being the same(endorphins and all that). Jerry and Sean aren't without their horror stories as well. Jerry was a long time crackhead and Sean was/is a huge alcoholic.

/rant off
 
2014-06-15 10:39:00 AM  
Neil Peart lost his daughter and wife back in 1997.
 
2014-06-15 10:57:05 AM  
No Mother Love Bone?

/has a sad
 
2014-06-15 10:57:41 AM  
I have nothing but love for Badfinger. One of my most favorite bands. But they were idiots. Seriously. Even though Stan Polley farked them over repeatedly, the farked themselves over more than anybody.
 
2014-06-15 10:59:37 AM  
Anvil laughs at your list.
 
2014-06-15 11:06:35 AM  

jankyboy: No Mother Love Bone?

/has a sad


I forgot about that. Poor guy died right before Apple was to be released.

RIP Andy
 
2014-06-15 11:11:08 AM  
Nick Drake
Sublime
Blind Melon
Material Issue
 
2014-06-15 11:12:23 AM  
Marvin Gaye.
 
2014-06-15 11:18:04 AM  
No Randy Rhodes?!?!?!? For fark's sake, the idiot pilot buzzed the band's tour bus twice, thought it would be nice to do it a third time, killed everyone aboard the plane when he farked up.
 
2014-06-15 11:21:34 AM  

Mister Peejay: "floating at the bottom of his pool"

WTF?

And how could they mention Cliff Burton without mentioning Dave Mustaine.


Came here to say this. How exactly does one float at the bottom of the pool? Was it nearly empty?
 
2014-06-15 11:22:51 AM  
NIRVANA
 
2014-06-15 11:24:58 AM  
imageshack.com
 
2014-06-15 11:46:01 AM  
Not to be callous, but some of the "Died and/or overdosed" entries in this thread don't really seem like a case of bad luck. It's unfortunate, but it's not, you know, most of a band dying in a plane crash at the height of their career bad luck
 
2014-06-15 11:55:45 AM  

TommyymmoT: They forgot  Damageplan (Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell's band) where some asshole got up on stage and shot Dimebag to death as well as 3 others, and injuring 2 more, in the middle of a performance.

He did it to protest the breakup of Pantera.


Actually no, he was schizophrenic and beveled that Pantera had stolen songs from him.
 
2014-06-15 12:15:19 PM  

zappaisfrank: Nick Drake
Sublime
Blind Melon
Material Issue


The real shame about Material Issue is that Mike and Ted were a damn fine rhythm section and didn't just start another band "out of respect for Jim". I saw them do a tuneup gig for their one-off "Material Reissue" (joined by Phil Angotti) a few years ago, and they still kicked ass.
 
2014-06-15 12:20:12 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Gunderson: The Verve (had only one big hit, and had to give all the proceeds to The Rolling Stones)

Not to the Stones, but to Allen B Klein, the Stones' former manager, who'd stolen their right to everything they did before 1968. He was George Harrison's manager during the "He's So Fine/My Sweet Lord" trial.  Without telling Harrison, he went out and bought the rights to "He's So Fine", so he was the one who ended up getting paid when Harrison lost.

I can see Syd Barrett as being a thing, but what he did, he did to himself, and by firing him, Pink Floyd went from an underground band with some success in London to international fame and fortune.




That case was not settled until 1998...it's safe to say that the on,y ones who made any money on that case were the lawyers.
 
2014-06-15 01:51:43 PM  
Hey guys, what's goin' on in this thread?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-06-15 02:13:16 PM  
Not as tragic as the ones in TFA, but Swervedriver:

* Bassist an drummer both leave near simultaneously during a US tour with Soundgarden.

* Dropped from their American label before third album was released and dropped by UK label a week after it was released.

* Dropped from DGC for album number 4 and took another year to get it released on an indie label.
 
2014-06-15 02:42:09 PM  
C'mon,   how many member of Social Distortion have died?
 
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