The 20 Strangest Music Myths Of All Time

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18. Led Zeppelin put Satanic messages on a track

And Johnson isn’t the only artist who’s been linked to Satan. In 1982, for example, Led Zeppelin were accused of worshipping the devil on “Stairway to Heaven.” According to Christian televangelist Paul Crouch, phrases such as ‘he will give those with him 666’ could be heard when playing the track backwards. However, no one else has ever deciphered the same words, and Crouch’s claims were quickly dismissed.

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17. The Beatles got stoned at Buckingham Palace

The Beatles certainly weren’t averse to mind-altering substances to spark creativity during their pioneering careers. But would they really have sparked up a doobie in a Buckingham Palace restroom? Well, John Lennon claimed they did so while accepting their MBEs in 1965. However, the iconic musician later revealed he’d fabricated that story; Paul McCartney, meanwhile, has since said that they had simply smoked cigarettes to calm their nerves instead.

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16. Keith Richards had his blood changed

It’s not hard to believe that notorious hellraiser Keith Richards resorted to a total blood transfusion in order to get clean for a tour. But the Rolling Stone later admitted he’d only made up the tale to stop the press questioning his procedure at a Swiss facility in 1973. Instead, the legendary guitarist is more likely to have undergone haemodialysis – which purifies the blood rather than replaces it.

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