Biting

Zombie Luis Suarez

I’m loving the World Cup.  It’s full of so much drama, upsets and surprises.  Apparently though, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been watching too much True Blood and Walking Dead as he took a bite of Italian player Giorgio Chiellini.

This is not the first time this has happened.  Last year, Suarez bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and served a 10 game suspension.

In honor of Mr. Suarez here are two biting incidents that (might) have happened in rock and roll.

On January 20, 1982, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat he thought was rubber while performing at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa. Rolling Stone magazine in 2004 ranked this incident number two on its list of “Rock’s Wildest Myths”. While the Rolling Stone article stated the bat was alive, then 17-year-old Mark Neal who threw it onto the stage said it was brought to the show dead. According to Osbourne in the booklet to the 2002 edition of Diary of a Madman, the bat was not only alive but managed to bite him, resulting in Osbourne being treated for rabies

 

Alice Cooper claims that the infamous “Chicken Incident” at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival concert in September 1969 was an accident. A chicken somehow made its way onto the stage. Not having any experience around farm animals, Cooper presumed that, because the chicken had wings, it would be able to fly. He picked it up and threw it out over the crowd, expecting it to fly away. The chicken instead plummeted into the first few rows occupied by disabled people in wheelchairs, who reportedly proceeded to tear the bird to pieces.The next day the incident made the front page of national newspapers. Frank Zappa phoned Cooper and asked if the story, which reported that he had bitten off the chicken’s head and drunk its blood on stage, was true. Cooper denied the rumor, whereupon Zappa told him, “Well, whatever you do, don’t tell anyone you didn’t do it.

 

 

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