Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction, and it's even stranger when someone manages to catch it on video. From crazy concert footage to downright tragedies, the digital age has meant that people around the world have an opportunity to see some honestly messed up stuff. But not all of these creepy live performances are recent! Live video can be very unpredictable, and you'd be surprised what can happen when people least expect it.
From the fateful Bataclan performance interrupted by an act of terrorism to the Station Fire incident, distressing live performance footage is quickly and unfortunately becoming a part of our daily lives. Few people may actually want to see Ozzy Osbourne biting the head off a bat, but when the footage pops up, it's hard to look away.
Before you launch into this list, take a deep breath and prepare yourself to see some truly distressing footage, from disgusting to outright tragic. Some of it is definitely not for the weak of stomach, so readers are strongly warned to view these videos at your own risk.
Ozzy Osbourne Bit the Head Off a Live Bat
This January 20, 1982 concert incident may be one of the most infamous disturbing live performances of all time. Evidently, someone in the audience found an unconscious, injured, or perhaps dying bat and tossed it on stage. Ozzy claims he thought that the bat was a rubber prop, and promptly, messily, bit its head off. The crowd went wild. The singer claims that it wasn't until later that he realized the bat was in fact real and that he'd just killed the poor little thing in front of a huge concert audience and cameras. He also claims the bat bit him back, so at least he suffered a bit for his transgression.
Pantera's Guitarist Was Murdered on Stage
This was one tragedy that completely shocked the rock world. Pantera's guitarist, lovingly known as "Dimebag" Darryl Abbott, was performing with Damageplan on December 8, 2004, at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Things were going fine until a fan charged on stage, pulled out a gun, and shot the guitarist three times in the head, killing him almost instantly. He then shot three others before being killed by police. Apparently the man believed that Pantera had stolen his songs and could read his mind, and he had been taking medication for mental health issues.
Out of Control Pyrotechnics Killed 100 People in the Station Night Club Fire
The saddest thing about this incident is that it could have been easily avoided if safety regulations had just been followed. In 2003, the Great Whites were performing a concert at The Station night club in Rhode Island. The band manager decided to liven up the show with some pyrotechnic special effects. Unfortunately, the pyrotechnics used were too powerful (and illegal to use indoors) and the club caught fire.
In the end, more than 200 people were injured, and 100 people lost their lives within minutes. The band manager received jail time for the horrible mistake, and others involved in club safety regulations were given probation and community service. The video is somewhat distressing.
Terrorists Stormed the Bataclan Concert Hall and Killed 90 People
In 2015, on a Friday the 13th in November, there were a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris, France, and one was during a concert at the Bataclan concert hall. A black Volkswagen pulled up outside, three heavily armed men got out, and entered the club. The Eagles of Death Metal were playing, and when the shooting first started, many thought it was just part of the show. Unfortunately, it was instead a deadly terrorist attack that left 90 people dead and countless others injured. Much of the incident and aftermath were caught on video, including the reaction of the band onstage. The footage, as you can see here, is not graphic but is very disturbing.