When you think about it, it's a wonder more musicians don't get electrocuted on stage: all the electrical equipment, outdoor concerts, and rowdy fans can make for a potentially lethal combo. Musicians who got electrocuted on stage include everyone from Kesha to George Harrison — and although both walked away from their experiences unscathed, many musicians who were electrocuted on stage didn't make it off the stage, like French singer Barbara Weldens. Technically, however, each of these artists was at the receiving end of an electric shock, as "electrocution" is defined by a fatality as the result of electircal currents.
Here's the comprehensive list of musicians electrocuted during shows. Do any of the names shock you?
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, + more
Albums: Talk Is Cheap, Main Offender, Live at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988, + more
Genres (Music): Pop
Pop singer Kesha was electrocuted on stage in a sensitive area: her vagina. Part of Kesha's tour wardrobe included a "flame-shooting chastity belt," which apparently malfunctioned one night during a show. She explained the incident saying, "It just kind of freaked me out, because all of a sudden my body started shaking violently and I was like, ‘What is going on? Either I’m having a seizure, or I’m being electrocuted, or the aliens have come down and I’m being zapped into a spaceship.'" Oh, and she swears her vagina is now haunted by a ghost.
Genres (Music): Pop, Hip hop
Albums: Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK, Warrior, Animal + Cannibal, + more
Genres (Music): Electronica, Down Tempo, Ambient
Albums: Play, Everything Is Wrong, 18, I Like to Score, The End of Everything, + more