Lists: Last night a rock star saved my life: Five musicians turned rescuers.
by Allison Stewart
When rapper T. I. talked a potential suicide off an Atlanta ledge Wednesday, it was just the latest example in a long tradition of music stars saving lives.
Kidding! This actually doesn't happen very much, since pop stars' lifesaving abilities are doubtlessly hampered by their fondness for sleeping in, taking drugs and limiting their exposure to actual people. Bono has probably done it a few times, though we couldn't find any examples.
What follows is Click Track's brief list of Rock Stars as Lifesavers. We understand that some of these are real stretches. And no, we are not proud of ourselves. But keep in mind: These are all actual things that happened (though we have our doubts about Number 3). Examples like "Bruce Springsteen is awesome and saved my life by being awesome" don't count. Also not counting: The time our friend was in a car accident in L.A. and Gavin Rossdale pulled her to safety. That was sweet of him, but it was really just a fender-bender.
5. Chersaves the life of bass player Alan Gorrie
According to legend, Gorrie, a member of the Average White Band, unwittingly took heroin at a party one time (this was in the '70s, when bass players everywhere took lots of drugs). Cher took him home and saved his life by ensuring he didn't fall unconscious.
We'd like to think the evening went something like this:
Gorrie: You…go…on…without me. I…can't…make it…let me die.
Cher (grimly): Not on my watch.
That may have been an episode of Baywatch we saw once, though.
4. Sting saves the life of daughter Coco Sumner.
In '09, Sting's daughter Coco (the lead singer of I Blame Coco) went to the hospital after suddenly collapsing. She refused lifesaving medical tests until convinced otherwise by her father, who told a reporter, "I had my little girl's head in my hands and I tried cajoling, begging, bullying. 'You will die. I am your daddy. I am telling you this,' I said. Eventually she agreed and she is now fine but my life flashed in front of me."
(Beyonce rescues a suicidal fan, and Kim Gordon is saved from a bad rash, after the jump.)
3. Beyonce saves the life of a suicidal fan
According to British tabloid the Daily Mirror, in 2002 Beyonce stopped a fan from killing herself by calling her up and reminding her life was worth living. "When I rang, she was just about to commit suicide because she felt so unimportant," Beyonce apparently said. "But after we spoke, she said that she felt visible again and decided that she wanted to live after all." We're not sure about this one, since Brit tabloids are notoriously unreliable. And would Beyonce really say she "rang" someone? We'd like to believe it, though.
2. Leonard Cohen saves the life of Roger Ebert
According to Ebert, while preparing to leave the hospital where he had been treated for cancer he was listening to Cohen's (very long) "I'm Your Man." As the song finished, Ebert's carotid artery burst. "Had he made it out of his hospital room and been on his way home — had his artery waited just a few more songs to burst — Ebert would have bled to death on Lake Shore Drive," wrote Chris Jones in his seriously excellent Esquire profile.
1. Rock musician rescues Kim Gordon
Singer Derek Pritzl and his girlfriend Lanore Hahn were driving through South Dakota when they spotted a baby piglet, whom they eventually named Kim Gordon after the Sonic Youth bassist, running loose in the road. She was bruised and sunburned and suffering from road rash (the porcine Kim Gordon. Not the actual one). Long story short, she now lives on a farm in upstate New York. Awww.
| October 18, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
Categories: Lists | Tags: Beyonce, Cher, Gavin Rossdale, Kim Gordon, Sting, T.I.
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