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Led Zeppelin’s Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Seattle Hotel Debauchery

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Getting banned for life from a Seattle hotel didn't stop Led Zeppelin from getting into trouble there.

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Judas Priest’s Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Lighting Rig Scare

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Judas Priest laugh now, but they've had a few scares straight out of 'This is Spinal Tap.'

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Ace Frehley’s Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Mexican Adventure

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Ace Frehley tells us a real-life 'Spinal Tap' story that involves three countries and a Mexican model.

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Head East’s Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Murder Mystery

Head East Spinal Tap Story

Roger Boyd of Head East shares three real-life 'Spinal Tap' stories.

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Meat Loaf with a Side of Urine – Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories

Meat Loaf Spinal Tap

Our collection of real-life 'Spinal Tap' stories contains some pretty wild moments, but for sheer distinctiveness, few can match the tale of the night Meat Loaf traded 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' for a bottle of urine to the face.

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The Doors’ Jim Morrison Gets the Setlist Wrong – Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories

The Doors Spinal Tap Story

 

One of the reasons why 'This is Spinal Tap' continues to resonate is because it's not only heavy metal groups on the downside of their career that experience real-life 'Spinal Tap' stories, but also bands that are trying to make a name for themselves on the road to classic rock immortality. Years before the brain trust behind the movie even came up with the concept, the Doors had a moment that could found its way into the script. 

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Brian May Narrowly Avoids Hydraulic Death – Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories

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Those fancy stage setups designed for your favorite big-time rock stars are pretty cool, but they can also be incredibly dangerous. Just ask Paul Rodgers.

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Heart’s ‘Two Buckets’ Tale – Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories

Heart Spinal Tap Stories

 

How can two mop buckets come in handy for a rock musician on tour? Ann Wilson of Heart recently shared a real-life 'Spinal Tap' tale that shows how handy these common household items can be when things get really bad.

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Jethro Tull Can’t Escape Rabbit Costumes – Real Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories

Spinal Tap Jethro Tull

 

One of the most famous moments in 'Spinal Tap' finds bassist Derek Smalls trapped in a pod on stage, fighting to get out as his bandmates performed 'Rock and Roll Creation' without him. For Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, that hit close to home -- very close.

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Duff McKagan Gets Stuck to the Stage – Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories

Duff McKagan Spinal Tap Stories

When we started compiling real-life 'Spinal Tap' stories, we knew we'd have to ask at least one former member of Guns N' Roses to share, and Duff McKagan did not disappoint.

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