Hair-Raising: 5 Famous Follicular Accidents Musicians Have Survived
AFI's Davey Havok has probably had more hairstyles than Nikki Minaj has wigs. There's been the Danzig Devilock, the Morrisey Quiff, the Morticia Addams, helmet hair, the emo sweep, weird Flock of Seagulls fluff-related experiments -- Havok has done it all. And in an interview with Rolling Stone this week, the singer of the Ukiah pop-punk band confessed to a previous reliance on hair straighteners that was literally panic-inducing.
"At one point we were overseas," he explained, "and both Jade [Puget, bassist] and I had plugged flattening irons into an outlet and caused them to explode... We couldn't leave our rooms to go do press like that, so our tour manager was running around France looking for a flattening iron." Not wishing to sound unreasonable, Havok was careful to note: "The natural tendencies of our hair did not allow us to leave the house without a proper flattening iron". Glad that's cleared up.
Thankfully, Davey has never had to deal with a bonafide hair emergency like the next five unfortunate musicians.
1. Gene Simmons, Kiss
Here's footage of Gene Simmons performing in New York City on New Year's Eve, 1973, with Kiss. The lesson here -- and it is one that is rooted in basic common sense principles, it must be noted -- is that copious amounts of hair spray and large open flames are not two things that go well together. If you must combine the two, however, make sure you have an awesome roadie on hand clutching a wet towel. How fast was that dude?!
As we all know, Beyonce is closer to being an actual Goddess than any other human female currently residing on Earth. This past summer though, we all finally got proof that this woman's every move isn't completely flawless when she foolishly allowed her long, flowing locks to get sucked into an onstage fan, mid-concert. However, the calm, cool way with which she handled the situation was a lesson in true professionalism. Lady didn't even miss a note.
3. Michael Jackson
When filming the now-infamous 1984 Pepsi commercial that set his entire head on fire, Michael Jackson really could've used one of Gene Simmons' roadies and a wet towel on hand. One bonus of being Michael Jackson while on fire, though, is that you can spin super fast in front of the fire extinguisher until all danger has been eradicated. After the superstar's death in 2009, a company named LifeGem claimed it had acquired the burnt hair from the Pepsi accident and was going to turn it into diamonds. Because some people are just that classy.
4. Britney Spears
You can argue that Britney Spears' hair accident was self-inflicted -- she did do it to herself after all. But the poor lamb was in the middle of a major life crisis and that's just how the damn thing manifested itself. This single incident is the reason that any time a famous woman gets a short haircut now, the tabloids begin speculating whether or not they're having a nervous breakdown. We really wanted Britters to rock her Sinead O'Connor 'do at the time, but she just seemed embarrassed by the whole thing, thereby making it all just incredibly sad.
5. James Hetfield, Metallica
Poor ol' Hetfield didn't get away with a mere hair injury when a 12-foot-tall flame tower engulfed him on stage with Metallica in 1992. Hetfield's entire left side was burned, particularly his arm, back, face and hand -- he later told VH1 that his hand was "burned right down to the bone" and that the incident was "pain I've never felt in my whole life". We're betting the pyrotechnic guy felt pretty badly afterward.