Fan suf­fers blood clot in brain af­ter head­bang­ing at rock con­cert

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

There is now sci­en­tific ev­i­dence that Motör­head is the hard­est-rock­ing band on earth, ac­cord­ing to Ger­man doc­tors writ­ing in the Bri­tish med­i­cal jour­nal The Lancet.

Doc­tors from Ger­many’s Han­nover Med­i­cal School re­ported a case from Jan­uary 2013, when a 50-year-old man ar­rived at the neu­ro­sur­gi­cal depart­ment com­plain­ing of a con­stant and wors­en­ing headache. A CT scan re­vealed the cause was a hematoma on the right side of his brain. Surgeons used key­hole surgery to re­move the blood clot and drain any re­main­ing fluid.

That solved the prob­lem, but doc­tors still didn’t know the cause. The pa­tient re­ported no in­ci­dents of trauma and de­nied any sub­stance abuse. What he did re­port was en­thu­si­as­ti­cally head­bang­ing, or mov­ing his head in time to the mu­sic, at a Motör­head con­cert four weeks ear­lier. That was de­ter­mined to be the cause, and a Lancet news re­lease noted that Motör­head helped pioneer speed metal mu­sic, which can have an un­der­ly­ing rhythm of 200 beats per minute.

“This case serves as ev­i­dence in sup­port of Motör­head’s rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most hard-core rock and roll acts on earth, if noth­ing else be­cause of their mu­sic’s con­ta­gious speed drive and the haz­ardous po­ten­tial for head­bang­ing fans to suf­fer brain in­jury,” Dr. Ariyan Pi­rayesh Is­lamian, the re­port’s lead au­thor, said in the re­lease.

In an in­ter­view posted on the band’s web­site, Motör­head drum­mer Mikkey Dee said he was sorry that some­one got hurt at one of their shows, but he said the in­ci­dent did pro­vide pos­i­tive ev­i­dence of the band’s sta­tus as the “hard­est-rock­ing band in the world.”

“I’m not sur­prised at all,” Dee said. “We’re like Spinal Tap with no script. If there’s go­ing to be a band that ends up with these types of sto­ries, it’s ob­vi­ously go­ing to be us.”

Dee added that maybe the band will send the fan a hockey hel­met and neck brace.

Motör­head, founded in 1975 by for­mer Hawk­wind bassist and singer Lemmy Kilmis­ter, is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, al­though re­search by

Out­liers has found that the band’s an­them, “Ace of Spades,” rocks harder than any­thing pro­duced by 99% of the per­form­ers who are en­shrined in said hall.

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