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Classic Rock Rumors We Wish Were True

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

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04:  Gene Simmons of US rock group Kiss performs live on stage, for a one-off Independence Day show as a fundraiser for the Help for Heroes charity, at The Kentish Town Forum on July 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Gene Simmons of US rock group Kiss performs live on stage, for a one-off Independence Day show as a fundraiser for the Help for Heroes charity, at The Kentish Town Forum on July 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

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

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones performs  on the Pyramid Stage during day 3 of the 2013 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 29, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones performs on the Pyramid Stage during day 3 of the 2013 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 29, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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?!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 13:  Singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks, recipient of the BMI Icon Award speaks onstage at the 62nd annual BMI Pop Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 13: Singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks, recipient of the BMI Icon Award speaks onstage at the 62nd annual BMI Pop Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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

UNDATED PHOTO:  (FILE PHOTO)  Elvis Presley poses for a portrait circa 1955. August 16, 2002 marks the 25th anniversary of Presley's death. Elvis died August 16, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Photo by Getty Images)
UNDATED PHOTO: (FILE PHOTO) Elvis Presley poses for a portrait circa 1955. August 16, 2002 marks the 25th anniversary of Presley's death. Elvis died August 16, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Getty Images)

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.