Insane Rockstar Rumors That Turned Out To Be Untrue
10th May 1967: Rolling Stones songwriters, guitarist Keith Richards, left, and singer Mick Jagger share a joke in the back of a car as they leave Chichester Magistrates Court where they appeared on drug summonses. (Photo by Ted West/Central Press/Getty Images)
In the modern age, it’s fairly easy to debunk wild stories. From digital footprints to actual evidence (think fan-shot clips), it would be hard for myths to persist especially if they’re almost unbelievable (like Ozzy Osbourne snorting a line of ants). But back in the day when there were no social media networks, forums, or any means of fans to get together and share stories, rumors tended to be difficult to disprove. Besides, most rockstars didn’t address them for the most obvious reason – it keeps people talking and even bad publicity is still publicity.
But unfortunately, the following rumors were far from the truth. Let’s check them out.
5. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon-Wizard of Oz mashup.
Rumors went on that Pink Floyd intentionally synced their album to The Wizard of Oz but audio engineer Alan Parsons set the record straight by saying:
“There simply wasn’t mechanics to do it. We had no means of playing videotapes in the room at all. I don’t think VHS had come along by ’72, had it?”
Nick Mason also added:
“It’s absolute nonsense. It has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz. It was all based on The Sound of Music.”
4. Mick Jagger was caught by the police enjoying Mars bar on then-girlfriend Marian Faithfull’s private parts.
Not only did Keith Richards debunk it as he was there during the raid, Faithfull also wrote in her autobiography:
“The Mars Bar was a very effective piece of demonizing. Way out there. It was so overdone, with such malicious twisting of the facts. Mick retrieving a Mars Bar from my vagina, indeed! It was far too jaded for any of us even to have conceived of. It’s a dirty old man’s fantasy — some old fart who goes to a dominatrix every Thursday afternoon to get spanked. A cop’s idea of what people do on acid!”
3. Mama Cass died by choking on a ham sandwich.
Her official cause of death was heart attack or more specifically, “fatty myocardial degeneration due to obesity.”
2. Keith Moon drove his Rolls-Royce into a swimming pool.
That story went around for years until The Who’s Pete Townshend spilled the truth:
“Keith Moon driving a Rolls-Royce into a swimming pool is an erroneous conflation of two incidents. In one, he left the handbrake off, and the car rolled into a pool, which was under construction and waterless. In the other, he charged a new car to the band, who refused to foot the bill, so Moon drove into a muddy pond in his garden and called the dealer to pick it up.”
Even Roger Daltrey chimed in:
“Moon did not drive a Rolls-Royce into a swimming pool, but he did drive a Chrysler Wimbledon into an ornamental pond.”
1. Keith Richards snorted his father’s ashes after the cremation.
Richards himself explained:
“The truth of the matter is that I planted a sturdy English Oak. I took the … ashes [and sprinkled them beneath the tree], and he is now growing oak trees and he would love me for it!”