Fleetwood Mac’s iconic Rumours was released 39 years ago today (February 4th), and it got us thinking of not only the amazing songs on that record but of classic rock’s legendary rumors and urban legends. While some have been proven false over the years, there are some that we still wish were true. Here’s just a small selection that we wish were fact, not fiction.
Gene Simmons had a cow tongue grafted onto his own tongue
Have you seen a cow’s tongue before? Yes, Gene’s tongue is larger than the average tongue, but we still wish something this absurd were true.
The Beatles got high in Buckingham Palace
The Fab Four received M.B.E. medals from Queen Elizabeth in 1965, and rumor has it they blazed up while in Buckingham Palace. John Lennon said it’s true; George Harrison denies it. To us, it doesn’t seem plausible. Plus, that seems like something those naughty Rolling Stones would’ve done. Speaking of…
Keith Richards had his blood “changed out” to get clean
While this is medically impossible, Keith did have a procedure done to help detox himself when he was quitting heroin. Of course, we wish this rumor was true, too, if only for this great NSFW bit from the late Robin Williams.
Stevie Nicks had cocaine blown up WHERE?!
A list about classic rock’s great rumors in honor of Rumours wouldn’t be complete without some crazy story from Fleetwood Mac. Stevie Nicks, of course, has lived quite the wild life, and according to legend, it involved cocaine being blown up her backside, because she was so used to its effects when snorted up her nose. Nicks has denied these claims, but when it comes to the wild history of Fleetwood Mac, even this rumor seems pretty tame.
Elvis, Jim Morrison, et al. are still alive
These rumors need little explanation on why we wish they were true. Who wouldn’t still want to have all the amazing musicians we’ve lost still around?
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.