Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Literally fallen. Like on the stage, off the stage, into the audience; these musicians and performers give new meaning to falling from the top. Whether it was the result of a complicated dance move, debris on the stage, or a result of old age, there are myriad musicians and celebrities who have tumbled on and off the stage while performing.
Which singers have fallen on stage? Here’s a list of the world’s biggest rock stars falling. These stage accidents range from Madonna falling to Bono’s stage fall, to Taylor Swift, Joaquin Phoenix, Britney Spears and even the fall from Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
In October of 2008, Katy Perry was performing her hit song “I Kissed A Girl” at MTV’s Latin America Awards in Guadalajara, Mexico. After jumping on top of a giant cake, the singer was covered in frosting, causing her to slip and fall as she tried to playfully smear the pink slime on the jacket of her guitar player.
When she tried to stand up, the frosting-coated stage led to several more falls as the guitarist tried to help her to her feet.
At the 2015 Brit Awards, Madonna fell while performing her song, “Living for Love.” Her cape, which was supposed to detach during her routine, became stuck, pulling her down the stairs to the stage below. Although she dropped her microphone in the fall, she eventually recovered and finished her performance with no further mishaps.
During a 2015 show in Toronto, singer Harry Styles lost his footing and fell to the ground when he tried to leap up onto a stage platform. He apparently suffered no injuries as he arose moments later, laughing at his own tumble.
Only a month earlier, Styles also took a spill at a One Direction concert in San Diego after his mic stand apparently got caught on something.
In July of 2010, singer P!nk was injured in a harness mishap during a performance in Nuremberg, Germany. After being hooked up improperly, P!nk fell out of her harness and was dragged into a barricade. She was rushed to a German hospital following the incident but tweeted from the ambulance that she would be fine.
To all my nurnberg fans- I am so so so sorry to end the show that way.I am embarassed and very sorry. I'm in ambulance now but I will b fine
— P!nk (@Pink) July 15, 2010
Rocker Marilyn Manson was injured at a concert in September of 2017 when a set piece crashed on top of him. The props appeared to be large metal guns suspended at the back of the stage. Manson was taken to the hospital on a stretcher and canceled his remaining tour dates as a result of his undisclosed injuries.
During a Jonas Brothers performance of their song “SOS” at the 2007 America Music Awards, Joe Jonas slipped and fell on shattered glass, cutting his hand badly. The morbid irony of the incident – as found in the song’s infamous lyric, “It’s like I’m walking on broken glass” – was not lost on the internet.
During a 2010 concert, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler playfully bumped lead guitarist Joe Perry. Perry then retaliated by bumping Tyler right back, which sent the singer face first into the crowd. Tyler also suffered serious injuries after falling in 2009 while performing the same song, “Love in an Elevator.”
Beyoncé suffered a dramatic onstage fall in 2007 during an Orlando performance of “Ring the Alarm.” The tail of her floor-length coat got caught under the heel of her shoe, causing her to tumble down the stairs of the stage.
Several years later, she fell again during a performance of “Irreplaceable” in Brazil.
Jennifer Lopez took a spill during her performance at the 2009 American Music Awards. After walking across the backs of a tower of kneeling dancers, she fell backward upon reaching the front of the stage.
Impressively, she immediately leaped to her feat afterward, playing off the slip with ease.
In 2008, singer Shakira collapsed mid-performance. The cause of the fall is ultimately unclear. She appears unharmed, however, as she almost immediately rises to her feet and continues singing.
As Rihanna began performing “Te Amo” at a 2010 concert in the UK, she lost her balance, causing her to slip and fall before she was even able to sing the first line. Ever the picture of poise, she continued the performance as if nothing had happened, suffering only minor bruises from the slip.
Legendary performer Lady Gaga slipped and fell at the beginning of her song “Teeth” during a 2009 show in Montreal. After landing on her backside in front of her dance troupe, she quickly composes herself and continues the routine.
Later in the song, she nearly falls again before catching herself.
During a March 2010 performance of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” in Columbia, Axl Rose took an unexpected tumble. While casually jogging across the stage, he slipped and landed on his back, giving him a moment of pause amid the screams of the crowd.
Seemingly unscathed, he picked himself up and continued singing as though nothing had happened. However, this type of tumble would certainly reoccur for the rock star.
During a show in Japan, megastar Britney Spears, decked out in a bikini and cowboy hat, toppled to the ground while clapping with the audience to the beat. Spears quickly recovered, though, and jumped back to her feet to finish the song.
In 2015, after slipping onstage during a performance of “Crazy” in Las Vegas, Britney Spears remained seated while her dancers performed around her. It was later revealed that she had twisted an ankle in the fall, which had prevented her from getting back into the routine.
At a 1996 concert in Leeds, England, singer Robbie Williams fell after doing a jig during his performance of a Lou Reed song. After the fall, he remained on the ground, declaring: “That’s a bit embarrassing. That’ll teach me for being cocky, won’t it? That’s not how I saw the end of the song going, to tell you the truth.”
Amid his show of good humor, fans continued to cheer him on as he finished the performance.
While performing in Los Angeles at KIIS FM’s summer pool party, singer Demi Lovato took a spill and landed directly on her face. To recover from the incident, she immediately flung herself into the pool. Never one to take herself too seriously, she later posted footage of the fall on Instagram.
The Game was performing “Compton” at the USC campus on April 21, 2007, when he tripped over one of his pant legs. After getting back to his feet, he began joking about the slip, exclaiming: “I scuffed my Jordans up!”
This garnered a fresh round of cheers from the crowd.
In October of 2018, Paula Abdul fell offstage during a concert in Biloxi, Mississippi. While singing “The Promise of a New Day,” the singer went to the front of the stage to greet fans, only to stumble and take a spill.
Fortunately, she was not injured and got back up to continue the performance.
When Drake performed on America’s Most Wanted tour in 2009 with an injured knee, he suffered a nasty fall and had to be helped offstage at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey. He had torn his ACL mere weeks before the show, which also featured artists like Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, and Soulja Boy.
Following the incident, Lil Wayne stopped the track and joked around with the crowd while Drake was receiving medical attention.
At the 2011 Grammys, Christina Aguilera sang with Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, Jennifer Hudson, and Florence Welch in a tribute to music legend Aretha Franklin. The tribute was a huge success, but at its end, Christina made news in another way when she tripped and fell onstage.
The faux pas was brief, however, and with some assistance from Florence Welch, she was able to get back on her feet to accept the crowd’s cheers of support.
During Joaquin Phoenix’s stint as a hip-hop performer, he fell offstage during an enthusiastic rendition of “Step Yo Game Up.” The incident hardly deterred him, however, as he continued to perform even as he struggled to climb back onstage.
During a 1983 performance with Michael Jackson and James Brown, Prince was nearly crushed by a street lamp prop onstage. After an impressive guitar solo, the superstar grabbed onto the light post but quickly discovered that it was not secured to the stage as he had assumed.
Fortunately, the post was caught and returned to its upright position before any injuries occurred.
In June of 2009, Dizzee Rascal was starting out a show at the University of Kent when he suddenly stumbled forward over an amplifier and launched himself face-first into the crowd. The music stopped as astonished onlookers froze.
Fortunately, he emerged unscathed, and with some help from his team was able to return to the stage to continue the performance.
Adam Lambert took an unintentional dive while performing his song “Turning Around” but managed to roll into the fall and get up as though the stunt were part of the choreography.
While performing at Takin’ It To The Streets in Chicago, rapper Lupe Fiasco overestimated his space onstage, leading him to tumble downwards into the crowd. He emerged moments later, unscathed.
Metallica’s bassist, Jason Newsted, fell while climbing a set of onstage stairs during a performance. Barely missing a beat, he continued to play even while spread out horizontally on the platform.
In the middle of performing, Method Man suddenly fell offstage, only to be caught by his fans below as though he were crowd surfing. None were injured and Method Man was returned to the stage to finish the song.
During a stunning guitar solo, rock legend Carlos Santana slipped and fell onstage. He was immediately surrounded by stagehands and his fellow performers, all of whom helped him back to his feet so he could continue the show.