Fan suffers blood clot in brain after headbanging at rock concert
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.