After losing a drunken bet with his bandmates, Sabaton singer Joakim Broden had to walk to the band’s next gig. Broden walked from Falun, Sweden to Trondheim, Norway, over ~700km, staying at fans’ houses and accepting food/beer donations along the way to complete the journey.
In July 2017, the Chinese government banned Justin Bieber from performing in China. They released a statement later on saying “In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.”
The Soviet tenor Victor Ivanovich Nikitin was so good, that when he sang to the Soviet troops at the Eastern front in WWII, German troops on the other side stopped shooting to listen to him.
After gaining a job as a singing waiter in 1938, Frank Sinatra boasted that he would “become so big that no one could ever touch him”.
The singer of Peanut Butter Jelly Time died in an 11 hour police standoff during which time his brother-in-law Snoop Dogg attempted to calm him down and surrender.
Katy Perry originally started out as a Christian rock/gospel singer, with her first album entitled Katy Hudson (her real name) being a Christian record. Seven years later, she revamped herself as Katy Perry and with edgier songs like “I Kissed a Girl”.
Fats Waller was kidnapped to be the surprise guest at Al Capone’s birthday party at gunpoint. He left 3 days later intoxicated with thousands of dollars in tips.
“Baby Huey” was a 400lbs Chicago soul singer who died at age 26 after releasing a single unsuccessful album. The album later became hugely influential on early hiphop artists, eventually being sampled on hundreds of hiphop tracks over the past 35 years.
A woman driving to a Dave Matthews concert stopped to help a bicyclist with a flat tire, who turned out to be Dave Matthews. She and her boyfriend got front row seats, backstage passes, and Matthews took them to dinner afterwords.
Jerry Lee Lewis courted so much controversy by marrying his 13 year old cousin at the age of 22 that he went from playing $10,000 concert halls to $250 dollar a night dive bars.
Here’s a brief interview with Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra shortly after their marriage.