10 On-Stage Meltdowns Caught On Camera

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Breaking down on stage is risky business. Sometimes, when emotions take over, things get real and the line between show business and real-life gets blurred. But we expect musicians to be passionate, and it can be a beautiful thing, a raw display of something bigger than entertainment. Other times, things like rage, drugs, and borderline insanity can turn things sour with the quickness. “Professionalism” in the music world is hard to define, but one thing is for sure: there are always going to be times when things don’t go as planned, and when musicians get on stage and the situation sparks a meltdown, it can make for some of the most unexpectedly entertaining and impactful moments that we could have never anticipated.

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  • Fred

    Wow. Kanye should DEFINITELY be somewhere on this list.

    all of those Runaway meltdown…all that emotion…

  • Confusion

    Hahah we considered all this, but when it happens so often it’s hard to call it a meltdown. Basically just Kanye ranting his heart out as part of the performance. He might get carried away and kinda freestyle his rants, but at the end of the day it’s kinda become part of the show, whereas these things were all unplanned, unexpected meltdowns, you know?

  • jnk

    surprised at the drive in didn’t make an appearance as well… Cedric pretty much hates his fan base

  • Fred

    ah okay. first time i’ve commented on a post btw…P&P is legit, i’m surprised you guys immediately responded.

    keep up the good posts!

  • http://mostlyjunkfood Raj

    nice list. Will never forget being front row at Bonnaroo when people were pelting kanye (during his ‘Glow in the Dark’ show, which he showed up 3 hrs late for) with water bottles and glowsticks which made him rollerblade off the set 30 mins in the show.

  • C

    hahaahah great list, you forgot the multiple times kid cudi has assaulted fans though ahha

  • a guest but not really

    i got three words to say about chris brown : laugh out loud.

  • a guest but not really

    that was hilarious hahahaha sobbing like one of those little kids trying to suck it up but everytime he goes to speak he just cries. i could watch it over and over.

  • Jorge

    GG Allen needs to be on this list

  • Confusion

    Thought about him too, but same thing… it kinda seemed like part of his act. He took it to extremes, but seeing him cut himself and shit on stage wasn’t so much a meltdown as it was just part of the show

  • Saurus

    On the Fiona Apple bit. Years later tyler (the creator) accepts his award by saying *bleep* you can be *bleep bleep bleep* I’m a *bleep* unicorn!
    Did we just got used to this?

  • leen

    I wouldn’t call Fiona having a meltdown. She was offering the viewers some clarity. When she said, “this world,” she was referring to the world she was standing in – the entertainment business!!!

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