Tales of Rock – Wild Stories Of Rock Stars Taking Their Fame Way Too Far – Part 2

11. Van Morrison Recorded 30 Songs In One Day
If the rumors are true, that would have meant that Van Morrison recorded a more than one song every hour. Given that your average track is only 3-4 minutes long, it’s certainly not unfeasible. Especially not for Van Morrison who has always been somewhat of a prolific and brilliant singer and songwriter.
In 1967, we’re pretty sure he broke the record for the most songs recorded (to any discernable quality) in one sitting. The reason why he did it is even better! Morrison was tied into a pretty miserable record contract that wanted 36 tracks out of him before he could escape. In a genius move he smashed out 30 in a day, although not all of them were all that great, it’s still ridiculously impressive. Hell yeah!
12. Michael Jackson Wrote Music For Sonic The Hedgehog 3
Did the greatest Popstar of all time write the music for one of the most successful video game franchises of all time? It turns out that he did! Michael Jackson was the magnificent mind behind the music for the iconic 1993 console game Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Now that you consider Michael Jacksons’ quirky nature, it doesn’t seem all that out there to consider the fact he created one of the most infectiously catchy theme tunes of all time!
The rumor started when one MJ superfan found a strange similarity in sound between the game’s music and MJ’s famous style. The rumor floated around the internet for years before being confirmed in January 2016 by the composers of the soundtrack of the Sega game.
13. David Bowie Can’t Remember Recording One Of His Albums
At the point in time when David Bowie recorded Station to Station, it’s easy to see he was in a pretty dark place. The recording happened during all-night sessions in the studio when Bowie was living a somewhat vampiric existence and eating a ridiculously small amount of food daily.
Somehow, he made it through the hazy experience in 1976 in a Los Angeles studio with a rather blank recollection of the entire process. Looking back, it is easy to see that Bowie was suffering from pretty severe cocaine psychosis, making Station to Station potentially one of the darkest albums ever recorded. Bowie may not be able to remember, but we’ll never forget the iconic masterpiece that stemmed from his delirium. (God, we already miss him.)
14. Keith Richards Doesn’t Sleep
Surely this one can’t be true, can it? No, not quite, he is human after all – just about. Keith Richard’s sleeping patterns do almost defy human physiology, though. In an interview, Keith Richards told an interviewer that he basically runs off the fumes of adrenaline.
The longest that Keith Richards has gone without sleep is nine days, which we suppose is almost as impressive as not sleeping at all, considering the amount of awesome music he created in the times he was at his most sleep-deprived. If his 1978 track, Before they Make Me Run, from the album Some Girls sounds a little otherworldly, now you know why. He was also prone to collapsing at a moment’s notice against speakers. That’s not quite as Rock n Roll is it?
15. Gram Parsons’ Body Was Stolen
First things, first. Yes, it’s absolutely true. After the sad death of Graham Parson, his corpse was exhumed. After receiving high acclaim as the man that brought the Byrds into a brand-new arena of sound, he tragically died aged 26 on September 19th, 1973. What happened to him after death was almost as exciting as the raucous adventures he got up to when he was alive.
Gram had previously expressed his wishes to be cremated instead of buried, however, his father decided on funeral arrangements that weren’t in keeping with his son’s. Therefore, fellow road manager Phil Kaufman and his assistant took it upon themselves to steal the body and set alight to it in the desert. More surprisingly, there were no criminal charges and only a $300 fine.
16. Prince Went Door To Door As a Jehovah’s Witness In Minnesota
This one won’t be much of a surprise to hardcore Prince fans who knew at a time that his religion meant everything to him. Imagine opening your door and seeing Prince standing there, ready and willing to teach his faith.
Before his untimely death, Prince once went under the guise of ‘Brother Nelson’ and not so coincidentally ended up getting spotted by a fan. His church elder James Lundstrom recalled that Prince, we mean, “Brother Nelson” was a very shy man, but a member in good standing. Considering most of the reasons why rock stars are on this list, we’d say Prince’s are the most respectable, even if they are somewhat conflicting with his overtly sexual on-stage persona. He also cared a lot for ‘God’s Kingdom’.
17. Axl Rose Recorded Himself Having Sex For Rocket Queen
Yes, that’s right, the sex moans on his track Rocket Queen weren’t fake. Axl Rose enlisted the help of keen groupie Adriana Smith, who agreed to enter the studio with Axl and the other legendary musicians to create the track. She was certainly very brave!
Alongside Axl Rose’s steamy moans you will also be able to hear Adriana having quite a bit of fun with the vocalist. She has recently come out and admitted her role in the track after keeping pretty quiet about her involvement in the production. It sounds like Slash didn’t want to get left out after Adriana told the Mirror that a threesome also happened that evening. Axl and Adriana romantically met whilst she was working as a stripper in the LA club, Seventh Veil.
18. Rick James Was High As Hell On American Bandstand
Considering the X-rated nature of Rick James’s memoirs, this should really come as no surprise, and we’re not actually sure it’s the most ludicrous rumor in circulation about the legendary artist. The artist, who died in 2004 of a heart attack, posthumously released the accounts of his life, and it’s not for the faint-hearted.
James made his national TV debut on American Bandstand where he performed his most acclaimed singles, You and I and Mary Jane, along with an hour-long interview with Dick Clark, who he later referred to as “one of the nicest cats he’d ever met”. We suppose everyone seems pretty nice when you’re high, though, don’t they? James’s cocaine high didn’t go unnoticed by Dick Clark or the millions of viewers watching.
19. Rapper Danny Brown Received Oral Sex While Performing
Following on from the Wyman scandal, this one almost seems tame – well at least it’s almost legal. We’re guessing rapper Danny Brown didn’t get prosecuted for indecent exposure after his X-rated performance, which pushed the idea of embracing sexuality on stage just a little bit further.
Elvis may have once shocked the nation in the 50s with his gyrating hips, yet Danny Brown showed how far sexuality in musical culture has evolved when he allowed a female fan to give him a blowjob on stage back in 2013 when he was performing live in Minnesota. We’re just amazed that he could carry on hitting the notes during his performance. If there was ever a sign of a true rock star, we think this is it.
20. Ozzy Osborne Snorts Ants
Ozzy Osborne has gained his third entry on the ridiculous rumors list, making him the most prolifically anarchistic rock star in our minds. Sadly, it’s yet another incident that meant the death of innocent life. We can’t imagine any of these acts won him any favors with animal rights groups.
Whilst it’s not uncommon for rock stars to put things up their noses, this is an extreme by anyone’s standards. The incident happened when Ozzy found himself in the company of Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue on tour. When Ozzy heard they were all out of cocaine, he snorted what he believed to be the next best thing, making Motley Crue look rather tame in comparison to his little escapades. We can only imagine how much it stung the next day.

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Tales of Rock – Wild Stories Of Rock Stars Taking Their Fame Way Too Far – Part 1

We can’t count the number of times we’ve heard the most outrageous rumors about rock stars, particularly those from the wild 60s and 70s. It’s probably how they wrote so many hits. Get ready to be shocked at what these ridiculous rockers really got up to when they weren’t on stage.
You’ve probably got plenty of images in your head: beautiful groupies, out-of-control backstage parties, crazy road trips, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was a unique time in history and we’re happy to tell you that these rumors contain all of the above and so much more.
There’s absolutely no doubt about it – some of the craziest rumors definitely aren’t true and some stories have clearly just been fabricated. But a whole bunch of them have been confirmed as fact, and we’re about to reveal every single one! We honestly couldn’t believe how wild number 45 is.
1. Nikki Sixx And Tommy Lee Went Months Without Showering
Given that Motley Crue are a glam rock band, the fact that they went months without showering is slightly ridiculous and not to mention very gross. In fact, it may well be our biggest beef with rock stars and punk musicians. Although, the story behind this rumor is a little funny at least.
The two bandmates decided to wager a bet in 1980 whilst sitting in a hot tub to see who could go the longest without showering or bathing. After months had gone by, neither of them had cracked. That was until Nikki Sixx was receiving oral sex from a female fan who got so nauseated she ended up throwing up her spaghetti dinner in his crotch. We’re assuming he washed after that.
2. Sid Vicious Shot Up Drugs With Random Bodily Fluids
Sid Vicious did a lot of truly despicable things in his relatively short yet raucous life span. We’re not sure which should feature more highly on the list, the fact that he almost definitely killed his girlfriend Nancy or the fact that he shot up heroin from a toilet.
Yes, you heard that right, a toilet. It’s one thing doing heroin, but it’s quite another thing to use toilet water laced with urine and vomit in the syringe, which he later used to shoot up with. Is it any wonder the Sex Pistols bassist didn’t quite make it to old age? Probably not. Witness to the event was none other than Ramones bassist Dee See, who we can imagine was a little bit mortified by Vicious’s abhorrent behavior.
3. Tupac Shakur’s Friends Smoked His Ashes
While Tupac is sadly no longer with us to confirm if this rumor is true or false, we’re going to have to say it’s looking pretty likely that this one will turn out to be true. We can’t say for sure, but we think he would have approved of this rather macabre grieving process. His ashes were smoked by the members of his notorious rap group ‘The Outlawz’ who have willingly confirmed that the rumors are indeed true.
Perhaps they could be cashing in on the notoriety the myth has brought them, however, they were all too happy to confirm that their track “Black Jesus” was inspired by their practice of smoking their fallen friend’s ashes mixed with cannabis. Or perhaps that was how the myth was born and they went along for the ride?
4. Rolling Stones Bassist Bill Wyman Fell for a 13-Year-Old
It wasn’t all too uncommon for rock stars of the 70s to fall in love with teens who hadn’t quite hit the age of consent. The bassist for the rolling stones, Bill Wyman, raised a few eyebrows at the peak of his fame with his courtship of a 13-year old girl.
Wyman was a fixture of the Rolling Stones for over 30 years, so there’s no surprise that he’s had a string of questionable relationships, but this one really makes your stomach churn considering the fact he was 48 years old at the time. How do the Rolling Stones even sell records anymore? Even more absurdly, Wyman married the once 13-year old Mandy Smith on her 18th birthday. It must have been love. Just really creepy, morally wrong, illegal love.
5. Marilyn Manson Rubbed His Genitals On a Security Guard’s Head
Marilyn Manson has been an absolute magnet for ridiculous rumors, however, we can confirm that this one is true, unlike the rib removal rumor which bounced around in the 2000s. He has always been a man of fairly poor taste (e.g. cheating on ex-girlfriend, Dita) but this bold move was a little grotesque, which was a sentiment shared by Marilyn Manson’s attorney.
The incident involved a security guard in Michigan who was unwillingly floored by Manson before he rubbed his crotch on his head and made improper contact with him. Manson got off lightly with the charge of disorderly behavior, assault, and battery. Considering he could have been dubbed a sex offender we’d say he was lucky. He claimed it to be a victory for art’.
6. Charles Manson Wrote a Song for The Beach Boys
In most cases rumors as ridiculous as this isn’t true. but this one has been bouncing around for a while and astonishingly it’s sort of true. Some of the details are a little hazy, but what can be confirmed is that after Charles Manson was released from prison in 1967, he started sharing some of his songs around in LA.
None other than Dennis Wilson from the Beach boys got his hands on one of his songs “Never Learn Not to Love” and eventually got around to releasing it in 1969. Rumor has it that the song was left almost completely intact. After the lyrical exchange, Manson started hanging out at Dennis’s mansion before the ex-convict’s infamous behavior terminated their friendship and got him kicked out.
7. Ozzy Osbourne Bit The Head Off a Bat
Okay, so this one is pretty popular, and it turns out that it’s absolutely true without any question of doubt. There were plenty of witnesses who saw the dazed Rock star making a rather idiotic or desperate move to wow his fans whilst he was on stage.
During a rather raucous performance, one of his fans threw an unconscious bat on stage (where you would find an unconscious bat is another thing entirely). Whilst Ozzy was channeling his Satanic stage presence, he mistook the live rodent for a stage prop – and the rest is history. We’ll spare you the gory details, but he did go to get a rabies shot after his performance. The video is even available on YouTube if you’re brave enough to watch it.
8. Ozzy Osbourne Will Apparently Bite The Head Off Anything With Wings
The heavy metal performer has quite the appetite, doesn’t he? If decapitating a bat wasn’t bad enough, it turns out that’s not the only time that Ozzy Osborne sunk his teeth into an innocent creature.
Even before the bat incident, Ozzy thought he’d take it upon himself to bite the head off a dove to impress a record label. The dove’s demise happened during Ozzy’s first meeting with Columbia Records. He put on quite a show when he released two doves in the office in front of the executives. Instead of releasing one of them, he chose to bite the head off one of them. However, can Ozzy be fully to blame when it was his wife Sharon’s idea in the first place?
9. Jerry Lee Lewis Married His 13-Year-Old Cousin
Jerry Lee Lewis may have once been a much-desired Rock n Roll musical pioneer, but that wasn’t enough to prevent his once-loyal following from ditching him once they found out that he had indeed married his first cousin when she was just 13 years old.
With a blindingly successful music career ahead of him after his competition (Elvis) had been drafted into the army, he was set to become America’s most treasured rock star until in 1958 he married his cousin before going on a European tour. Surprisingly Jerry Lee Lewis did claw back a small fraction of his infamy thanks to his fans that could excuse pedophilia and incest. We would say to this day he is still deserving of the stigma that surrounds him.
10. Van Halen Didn’t Want Any Brown M&Ms In Their Dressing Room
At this point we are breathing a sigh of relief that not all our favorite musicians of all time are sexually perverted or like to sadistically injure innocent animals, so we are thrilled to announce that yes, the Rock band Van Halen were really pedantic enough to request that no brown M&Ms ended up in their dressing room.
Whilst it’s not too uncommon for rock stars to have ridiculous requests, this one is one of the most prolific examples of the ultimate diva rock star behavior. The reason behind it? In 2012 Van Halen explained their strange behavior. The band just wanted to see if the promoters actually read their contracts, if there were brown M&Ms in the dressing room there was trouble.

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This July 4th, Americans will spend more on beer, wine than fireworks

Americans will spend $1.6 billion on Fourth of July beer and wine, surpassing the amount they are expected to spend on fireworks, according to a new report from WalletHub.

And AAA found that a record 48.9 million Americans plan to travel over the holiday, a 4.1 percent increase from last year.

“This holiday builds on the strong travel demand seen for Memorial Day, and with schools now out of session across the country, families coast to coast are eager to travel,” Paula Twidale, vice president of AAA Travel, said in a news release.

For those living in Philadelphia or spending their holiday in the city, Visit Philadelphia compiled an Independence Day guide describing the annual Wawa Welcome America festival, which includes the Party on the Parkway, free or pay-as-you-wish entrance to 22 museums and attractions, and a birthday party at the Independence Visitor Center with Betsy Ross.

AAA warned travelers of delays near major cities, and the mix of commuters and holiday travelers on Wednesday was expected to make it the worst day for traffic. Delays nationwide are expected to increase about 9 percent, but around major cities, commutes could take up to four times as long.

“With record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays around our major metros,” said Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX Inc., a Washington-based transportation analytics company.

The Fourth of July celebrations include an expected $1 billion being spent on fireworks, $6.8 billion on food, and $5.4 million worth of imported American flags, according to the WalletHub report. And 150 million hot dogs are eaten each year.

Although more Americans (61 percent) plan to have a cookout than celebrate with fireworks (40 percent), Philadelphia city leaders still encourage residents to leave the fireworks to those trained to set them off.
Last year, five people died from fireworks-related injuries nationwide, according to a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
“While it can be tempting to get in on the action on July Fourth and other holidays, we always encourage Philadelphians to leave fireworks to the experts,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement.

Most Americans do celebrate the nation’s Independence Day, but the National Retail Federation found in a separate report that total spending on food items is down about 5.5 percent from a high of $7.15 billion in 2017.
Still, Americans seem to be getting into the patriotic spirit. Two-thirds of Northeast Americans own an American flag and say they have themed apparel, according to the report from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Americans seem to be spending more on Independence Day in the Northeast, too. The retailers’ group found that this region will spend an average of $78.40 on food, anywhere from about $7 to $12 more per person than the Midwest, West, and South.

 

The 6 Biggest Mistakes Women Make When Going on a First Date

And how you can avoid them!

First dates can be pretty scary. What should you wear? Where should the date be? What should you talk about?

Wardrobe woes and awkward silences aside, a first date can also quite literally be a scary experience. Especially in today’s modern dating world, it’s so important that a woman take the necessary measures to protect herself and be alert and aware of any possible dating red flags.

And this is even more crucial when it comes to online dating or meeting a man from a dating app like Tinder, which is a common way for snagging a date these days.

So what are some of the biggest mistakes women tend to make when going on a first date?

While a first date will, of course, never be perfect, here are some of the biggest mistakes that a woman can make, and some dating tips for avoiding them.

1. Leaving yourself defenseless

In this day and age, it’s safety above all else, ladies. This is especially true when you’re meeting a guy from a dating app or online.

We cannot stress this enough – you must always, always be prepared to protect yourself.

Taking a self-defense class is one great thing you can do so that you’re able to rely on and defend yourself in case a situation arises when you’re alone with your date. And besides the incredible safety factor, self-defense classes are also extremely empowering and can give you a great sense of strength.

An easier option is to carry something with you at all times that you can use to protect yourself, such as a personal alarm, like this one from SafeSound (get 50% off.) You won’t need any training to use it, it’ll fit in your purse, and best of all, it will give you peace of mind when you’re meeting up with that random dude from Tinder.

2. Not having anything to talk about

The whole reason you’re even going on a date is to find out more information about this person and decide if you’d like to see them again, right?

So if you’re going to go on a date and sit in silence the whole time, then you may as well have just stayed home and continued your Netflix binge.

Now, we’re not saying that you should sit down and divulge your entire life story, but you must come prepared with conversation topics or there’s really no use going at all.

And while it’s good to know the standard things, such as what he does for a living and what the name of his cat is, it’s also important to dig just a little bit deeper so that you can find out more about the kind of man he is.

3. Talking way too much

Have you ever been to a restaurant and overheard an awkward date? You know the one — the girl (or the guy) won’t stop rambling on, and the other person never gets in a word. They sit there twirling their straw, staring off into space, leaving you to wonder why they don’t just excuse themselves to the bathroom and never come back.

Trust us, you do not want to be this person – especially on a first date.

He doesn’t need to know everything about you, your childhood pet, and about your dear Aunt Judy on the first date. You’ve got to leave a little bit of mystery, you know!

Besides, it’s very important that he does the talking, too. That’s where those conversation topics come into play.

4. Forgetting to share your date details with friends or family

So, you met someone and you’ve arranged a date with them. Exciting, right?

However, this is where so many women make a huge mistake.

Before you even start celebrating, find your contacts. Now pick someone you absolutely trust and tell them where you’re going, when you’re going, and who you’re going on the date with.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your mom, your dad, your best friend, or better yet, all of them. It’s critical that you let someone know that you’re going to be on this date. This is especially true if the person you’re meeting is from the internet.

And hey, do you have friends who are active on the dating scene? Maybe you can be that trustworthy friend for them. Better yet, you can ask them to share their location with you via their phone, or buy them a personal alarm to keep in their purse.

5. Using a cell phone

We don’t know about you, but one of the most uncomfortable, depressing things is seeing two people who are out on a date and they’re both sitting there looking down at their phones.

These days, it’s hard for people to become disconnected from the online world. We feel like we need to be physically attached to our phones 24/7 as if our very lives depend on it.

You know how you’re always complaining to your friends about how you wish you could go back to the good old days and have an old-school type of romance? Well, guess what they didn’t have in those good old days? That’s right! A phone. Yes, you actually had to make eye contact and speak with another person.

Think about it like this: what if it was the other way around and the person you were on a date with took out his phone and started ignoring you? Would you consider going out with him again? We didn’t think so.

Put down the phone. Your followers can wait.

6. Not meeting in a public place

A first date should always, always be in a public place.

Don’t ever meet someone in a setting where you are alone with them.

Always pick somewhere that you know will be a place with a lot of people.

However, you should still always be prepared and look out for yourself by taking all of the other necessary safety precautions as mentioned, carrying something with you for protection, and informing your friends and family where you are.

Dating can cause a lot of mixed emotions. And it’s completely normal to feel all of these things at the prospect of a first date!

It’s important to have fun with dating, but it’s even more important to look out for yourself and protect yourself when venturing out into the modern dating world.

 

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15 Underrated Pickup Lines That’ll Definitely Impress

Pickup lines might not always be the best way to start a flirty conversation because they might not be everyone’s jam. But when used appropriately, there are plenty of underrated pickup lines that can serve as useful tools in the dating sphere. Whether you’re on your favorite dating app or you’re trying to make conversation with your crush, zero in on pickup lines that feel authentic to who you are.

According to Jeremy Nicholson, M.S.W., Ph.D., and social psychologist, studies show that pickup lines can successfully showcase your humor and communication style to a potential match. “Pickup lines serve as an advertisement, filter, and screening device,” wrote Nicholson on Psychology Today. “The type of line a [person] chooses says something about [their] personality and attributes. Similarly, whether [the other person] finds a particular type of line appealing says something about [their] personality and attributes as well.”

If any of these one-liners make you chuckle, chances are, a compatible match will also find them funny. Or, at the very least, they’ll be happy that you worked up the courage to say something.

1. “Can I ask your opinion on something?”

2. “I think I dropped my phone. Can you call it?”

3. “Are you French? Because ma-damn, you’re fine.”

4. “Hi, I’m [Name]. Someone said you were looking for me.”

5. “Besides being gorgeous, what do you do for a living?”

6. [Point to your friend] “‘Hey, see my friend down there? [He/She] wants to know if you think I’m cute.”

7. “You’re so beautiful you made me forget my pickup line.”

8. “Do you have any raisins? How about a date?”

9. “Hey, are you stairs? Because you take my breath away.”

10. “Good thing I brought my library card, cause I’m checking you out!”

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11. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? You are hot.”

12. “Do you know what my shirt is made of? [Boyfriend/Girlfriend] material.”

13. “Are you a parking ticket? ‘Cause, you’ve got ‘fine’ written all over you.”

14. “Can I follow you home? My parents always told me to follow my dreams.”

15. “Didn’t I see you on the cover of ‘Vogue’?”

Even though the stakes can feel impossibly high when approaching someone who’s caught your eye, it’s important to stay true to who you are. There are plenty of compatible matches out there who will appreciate getting a sneak peek into your personality, so don’t be afraid to make a move.

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