Music

Singers Who Had Meltdowns on Stage 

Jessica L. Yarbrough
3.3k votes 1.2k voters 224k views 14 items

List Rules Vote up the most intense singer freakout on stage

Singers are emotional people: can you blame them for having an on-stage meltdown every once in a while? Neither can we. Even singers who freaked out during shows provided entertainment, right? Singers who had on-stage meltdowns include everyone from Jim Morrison (the OG ranter) to Fiona Apple (the anti-establishment ranter) to John Mayer (the crying ranter)—and we've got the video evidence to prove it! Click through to watch the epic singer meltdowns that are too good not to share.


Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
In 2012, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong stopped the show at the iHeartRadio music festival mid-set saying, "Fuck this shit." He then went on to rant about how the band's set was being cut short, which he felt was disrespectful given how long Green Day has been around. He even threw in a few Justin Bieber insults before smashing his guitar! Long live rock 'n roll.
Is this intense?

More Billie Joe Armstrong 

#93 of 311 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #242 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists #82 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock

Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
At a St. Louis concert in 1991, Axl Rose took out his aggression on a fan. He stopped the song "Rocket Queen" to address a fan taking pictures in the front row, and then stage dove into the audience to get the fan's camera. When security broke up the fight between Rose and the fan, Axl left the building saying, "Thanks to lame-ass security, I'm going home."
Is this intense?

More Axl Rose 

#105 of 311 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #27 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists #156 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
Rocker Jim Morrison caused a stir in 1969 when he decided to strip down during a Miami performance. A fan apparently poured champagne on the singer, which prompted him to scream, "Let's get naked!" Which he did. And got arrested for. 
Is this intense?

More Jim Morrison 

#26 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists #518 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Timelisted on Members of The 27 Club

4
Courtney Love
Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
Courtney Love has had her fair share of meltdown moments, but her on-stage rant in Amsterdam in 1995 sticks out. After an audience member screamed, "You killed Kurt!" Courtney went OFF. Love called the fan "a fucking fat goth" and told her to go to a Nine Inch Nails concert next time. The whole rant is worth a listen at 1:36.
Is this intense?