Rock ‘N’ Roll Curses That Still Haunt Fans Today

Lauren Kirkbride | May 31, 2019 12:37 pm

Legends of curses have circulated around the rock ‘n’ roll industry since the early 1900s. Some are based on fact, while others are entirely made up. The lack of science behind someone supposedly learning guitar skills from the devil hasn’t stopped people from believing in these curses, though.

If you dream of rocking out on stage, you’ll want to be careful, because rock musicians seem to attract paranormal malice. Even if you avoid Faustian bargains and receiving song lyrics from Charles Manson, you still might get voodooed. Here are several supposed curses that terrorized rock ‘n’ roll bands.

Led Zepplin’s Faustian Bargain

Led Zeppelin's original four members, colored photo: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones
GAB Archive/Redferns
GAB Archive/Redferns

Shortly after the band formed in 1968, a rumor unfurled that three of the four founding members–Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Bonham–made a Faustian deal with the devil to bring them fame. While the band did become successful, the three members later suffered from the supposed curse.

Plant ended up in a serious car crash, which left him unable to walk for some time. Afterward, his young son Karac died from an unidentified stomach virus. Bonham passed away from addiction in 1980, ending Led Zepplin. Page struggled through a decade-long addiction to drugs. Only John Paul Jones, the one member who supposedly didn’t partake in the ritual, survived relatively unscathed.