Damian Abraham (Fucked Up)
Fucked Up’s lead singer doesn’t drink, so he’s developed a creative (destructive?) way of dealing with fans that hand him pints at shows. He smashes them over his head (the glasses, not the fans). Known for memorable stage performances, Abraham has said he believes artists have a blood debt with their fans.
Iggy Pop (The Stooges)
On-stage flagellation, using his body to butt cigarettes out and ripping up his chest with knives and broken bottles, Iggy Pop’s self-mutilating offences really ran the gamut in his early years. He once even ended a show by having some friends shove him in a gunnysack and drag him through a club and out into the gutters of Sunset Boulevard.
Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols)
Suffering heroin withdrawals as a result of some roadies preventing his drug use when touring America with the Sex Pistols, in a moment of self-desperation, Vicious infamously carved “GIMME A FIX” into his chest while on stage in hopes a generous fan would bring him relief.
Henry Rollins (Black Flag)
Known for rolling in and cutting up his chest with glass, Rollins would also egg on his own beatings at shows, playing entire sets from the pit and picking fights with everyone around him. He’d typically leave a show with bruises, pin stabs, and cigar burns.
Wrought with self-loathing, cutting his face and body with broken glass onstage was a routine for GG Allin. He is also recognized for having sodomized himself with a chair leg periodically at shows.
Darby Crash (The Germs)
Beginning a show in San Francisco, after he was informed that Sid Vicious was in attendance, Germs singer Darby Crash downed a bottle of liquor, carved a circle in his chest, and dove into his set. He also pioneered the “Germs burn,” a tradition the band had of branding friends and fans with cigarettes, an honour that would allow the wearer the right to pass on the brand.
Frank Carter (Gallows)
Known for rejecting his prolonged role at the front of Gallows, Frank Carter would often start fights with fans. Carter’s brother Steph has suggested that Frank hated being in the band so much that he tried to get himself killed at shows before he finally quit.
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