Ten Of Music’s Nuttiest Drummers


It’s a fairly quick read, but it’s fascinating. If you like knowing a bit about the people who make your favourite music happen and how batshit insane they can be, take a few minutes to read this.

Bill Ward
Anyone who could put up with Ozzy Osbourne off and on for over four decades has to be fairly nuts, but Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has repeatedly proven that he’s possessed by a special kind of crazy. One fan-favorite story is how during a chemical-fueled recording session Sabbath guitarist Tommy Iommi mischievously asked Ward if he could set him on fire. Ward demurred, saying that he wanted to keep his mind on work. But at the end of the day, after he’d wrapped things up, Ward told Iommi (in Iommi’s words), “I’m going home now, so if you want, you can set fire to me.” The guitarist took him up on the offer, and after being doused in alcohol and set afire, Ward ended up in the hospital with third-degree burns.

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