The world of rock music is notorious for its legends and stories that convince us that we all definitely made the wrong career choice. Come on. We all wanted to be rockstars. But it slipped between our fingers after that first guitar lesson or that last jam session in our parents’ garage. We had big plans, but life caught up with us and only a lucky few got to make it big. Some of the stories of the stars that made it are pretty hard core. Others are a little more down to earth. Here are thirty facts about some of the biggest groups in history that might just knock you off your chair.
Axl Rose from Guns N’Roses was born William Bailey. AXL was the name of one his first bands and he legally changed his name to W. Axl Rose in 1986 just before Guns N’Roses signed their recording contract.
Before he was a rock star, he was paid 8 dollars an hour to smoke cigarettes by a research team at UCLA.
The song “Rock the Casbah” by the Clash was written after a law was passed in Iran banning rock music.
Bono took his nickname from a store that sold hearing-aids.
John Lennon was on the cover of the first issue of Rolling Stone magazine. The Beatles hold the record for the most number of covers – they were on the front of 30 issues.
Jimmy Page dated a 14-year-old while on tour with Led Zeppelin
Bill Wyman, the former lead guitarist in the Rolling Stones, also dated a 14-year-old.
The Rolling Stones’ famous tongue logo was said to have been designed by Andy Warhol.
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The hit song “Wild Thing” was written by Chip Taylor, who also happens to be Angelina Jolie’s uncle.
Brian Jones, one of the founders of the Rolling Stones, knew how to play more than 60 instruments.
The song “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin was inspired by a black lab that walked into the studio while they were recording.
Eric Clapton’s song “Layla” was written about George Harrison’s wife.
The Doors was the first band to advertise an album on a billboard.- Advertisement -
John Bonham from Led Zeppelin drank 40 shots of vodka on the night he died.
All of the members of Nirvana were kicked out of the launch party for their album Nevermind after they started a food fight.
Jimi Hendrix wrote “Little Wing” in 145 seconds.
Elton John’s real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight.
Due to a recording error in the song “Hey Jude”, Paul McCartney curses in the middle of the song. You can hear it at 2:58.
The song “Killing an Arab” by The Cure is about the novel L’Étranger (The Stranger) by Albert Camus.
Before Neil Young joined, Crosby, Stills and Nash talked to George Harrison and Eric Clapton.
Queen has a the longest standing fan club in history according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Paul McCartney performed during the opening ceremony of the Olympic games in London for a fee of just 1 British Pound (approximately $1.50).
Before he used the name Bob Dylan, Robert Zimmerman used the name Elston Gunn.
Elvis recorded more than 600 songs but didn’t write a single one of them.
The song “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel was written about his efforts to convince a Catholic girl to lose her virginity to him.
The first draft of “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan was six pages long.
The Beatles’ White Album was original called A Doll’s House.
Chuck Berry wanted to be a professional photographer and only started playing music to finance the purchase of his photography equipment.