Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield describe Cliff Burton’s death
Original Airdate: November 22, 1998
On tour behind Master of Puppets, Metallica was sprinting to the top of the thrash world. A brush with black ice in Sweden almost destroyed everything. Bassist Cliff Burton wanted to sleep in guitarist Kirk Hammett’s bunk on the early morning hours of September 27, 1986. Hammett wasn’t in the mood to swap spots. The dispute was settled over a card draw, and Burton won. Begrudgingly, Hammett moved to the front of the bus to get a night’s rest. It turned out to be a lifesaving move. The band was awoken when their bus crashed flipped after slipping over black ice. Hammett made it out, but Burton didn’t. Seeing the bassist’s leg sticking out from under the bus (he was thrown from the bus and it subsequently landed on top of him), the guitarist frantically summoned his bandmates and crew to lift the bus. They succeeded in getting everyone out alive … except Burton. The chaotic scene has haunted Metallica ever since.
Fantasia opens up about her suicide attempt
Original Airdate: August 24, 2010
American Idol winner Fantasia had it all. Despite the fame that came with winning the country’s biggest singing competition came the pressures of her relationship with Antwaun Cook, all of which almost killed her. She overdosed on aspirin and sleeping pills in a suicide attempt, but ultimately failed. The painstaking details of her describing the incident remains one of the more raw moments of the series.
Motley Crüe’s Vince Neil kills Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley
Original Airdate: December 13, 1998
In an episode full of juicy anecdotes and one Pamela Anderson sex tape, tragedy was the force that loomed large for singer Vince Neil. In late 1984, there were fewer bands bigger than Motley Crüe. Even by ‘80s standards, they lived fast and partied hard. On a liquor store run following a day of partying with members of Hanoi Rocks, Neil lost control of his super pricey De Tomaso Pantera and collided head-on with another car. Razzie, who was riding with Neil, died, and the occupants of the other vehicle suffered brain damage. Even though the episode aired a decade and a half after the incident, Neil’s recollection of the incident was tough to watch. Ultimately things didn’t change much for the singer, who got nailed twice more for DUI in 2007 and 2011.
Leif Garrett paralyzes a friend in a car accident
Original Airdate: June 10, 1999
At one point, Leif Garrett was the heir to the ‘70s teen idol throne. First an actor with pretty boy good looks, Garrett saw his career soar with a covers album and then a collection of disco songs. Then came the drugs. Starting when he was 14, Garrett fell into a deep drug addiction. Only 17, Garrett and friend Roland Winkler were out on the town a high Garrett crashed his car, which led to Winker’s paralysis. The incident loomed large over Garrett’s life, and was never quite able to shake that haunting moment. At the end of the episode, however, things took a positive Turn. Garrett and Winkler had a memorable reunion that seemed to put all of the demons and guilt that troubled the singer in the 20 years, to rest.
Milli Vanilli break down their epic con
Original Airdate: August 17, 1997
The first episode in the series was one of its most memorable. Prior to Milli Vanilli, there hadn’t been quite a con pulled on the music listening public. They detailed all of the indiscretions of their career in such painstakingly honest detail that it wasn’t impossible not to feel for them. Between their manager Frank Farian putting them up to the lip sync task to their infamous Grammy victory to finally getting caught when their tape messed up, Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan became sympathetic figures whose hopes were that this documentary would finally put their sins of the past to rest and restart their career clean. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Pilatus committed suicide the night before the band’s promotional tour for Back and In Attack was set to begin, and sadly was the end of the German duo.