Earlier this month, Grammy-nominated singer Michelle Shocked went off on a bizarre diatribe near the end of a San Francisco performance. While her behavior may have, uh, shocked, fans, it’s not a first. Here are some other examples of rock star meltdowns.
Johnny Cash. During a show at the Grand Ole Opry in 1965, the Man in Black got upset about a faulty microphone stand. Reaction: Cash flipped out and used the faulty stand to smash all the footlights on the stage. The Grand Ole Opry banned him from performing there for decades.
Axl Rose. The Guns N’ Roses singer is a little unpredictable in concert. He’s been known to show up several hours late, for example, but the worst event happened at a St. Louis show in 1991 when he caught a fan filming the show. Rose’s response: He threw himself into the crowd, wrestled the camera away from the fan, and then stormed off stage. End of show. The audience responded by rioting. More than 60 people were hospitalized.
Fiona Apple. During a 2012 show in Houston, the singer ranted about getting busted for marijuana possession in Texas’ Hudspeth County a week before. In a strange turn of events, a representative from the county’s sheriff department responded by writing her a public letter in which he advised Apple to “just shut up and sing.”