Pop and rock stars seem to live charmed lives. But did you know that the B-side of charmed can be downright spooky? We’re talking curses and ghosts spooky. It’s the perfect time of year to wander down the darkest halls of rock history to find the weirdest, eeriest musical lore. Join us, if you dare.
Led Zeppelin and the Satanist: We got it backward.
This is a classic music myth that has been around since the 70s. Zeppelin master guitarist, Jimmy Paige and lead singer Robert Plant were said to be followers of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), renowned Satanist and once considered to be the “wickedest man on earth.” As his alleged disciples, Paige and Plant learned about the Law of Reversal—walking, talking and reading backward to invoke evil powers—that is supposedly central to the Church of Satan. It’s no wonder, then, that their classic,
Stairway to Heaven, drew fire when some enterprising folks played it backwards and swore they heard messages about evil, Satan and 666.
One more strange fact about Crowley: The character of Uncle Fester from The Munsters TV show was supposedly a parody of him. Sorry, not scared of Uncle Fester.
Source: The Conspiracy Zone
The Mars Volta got board.
board, as in Ouija board. While on the road with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2006, the members of The Mars Volta picked up an Ouija board-like game in Jerusalem to pass the time between shows. In the box, they found an old poem. They had it interpreted. It seemed to be about honor killing and was written in a combination of Hebrew, Latin and Aramaic. As the band played with the board, they got interesting pieces of information out of the “spirits” they contacted, and began using them to create what would be their next album,
Bedlam in Goliath. That’s when things got weird (as if they weren’t already). It seemed that the entity that was contacting them, “Goliath”, was not very nice. Misery and accidents plagued the band as they recorded the album—everything from equipment failure to personal injuries and finally a flood that destroyed their studio. Convinced of a curse, they buried the board and wrote some songs about saints to fill out the album—and get some peace.
Source: NPR Music
Alice Cooper got scared.
Imagine that—one of the scariest rockers of all time actually found himself spooked right out of a house. In 1983, Cooper teamed with Aerosmith ax man, Joe Perry, to write a few songs, and the two retreated to a seemingly idyllic upstate New York farmhouse to focus and work. Even as he unpacked, Cooper felt uneasy. He opened drawers and closets, left the room momentarily and returned to find everything shut neatly. Joe Perry complained that every time he put his coat down, he’d come back to find it missing. Finally, at dinner one night, the pair heard what sounded like furniture being dragged across the floor of the basement. They packed up and left. Later, Cooper discovered that the farmhouse was the place where author Jay Anson had written the ultra-creepy best-selling book
The Amityville Horror. Guess the ghost was not a fan of classic rock.
Source: Cleveland Scene
Now that you’ve read some good creepy tales, you need a playlist, too. Here are some of our favorite macabre musical selections. Oops, look at that—there are 13 of them.
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