8 WTF Rock N' Roll Moments Of 2017

December 28, 2017

In the world of rock n' roll, it's no mistake that somebody does something that makes us go "WTF?" But after everything that happened in 2017, our WTF-meters got cranked to 11.

Ridiculous copyright infringement ideas, award show snaffus, concert incidents, and more. Check out some of the biggest WTF stories of this past year.

1. That time Gene Simmons tried to copyright the devil horns

Whenever we see the classic devil horns hand gesture, that typically means "rock on." But for KISS founder Gene Simmons, that meant dollar signs. Even though he later withdrew his trademark application, Simmons drew ire from fans and colleagues that were none to happy with his copyright attempt, including Wendy Dio, Sharon Osbourne and Nikki Sixx. 

2. That time Metallica's duet at the Grammys with Lady Gaga got shafted

If there was an award for Murphy's Law moments, the Metallica/Lady Gaga Grammys performance would have won hands down. A hiccup intro from actress Laverne Cox and mic troubles with James Hetfield was enough to have fans roaring with anger at the Grammys. Even comedian Jim Breuer had a lot to say about the incident!

3. That time the Jenners slapped their faces on iconic band tees without permission

After reality television stars Kylie and Kendall Jenner tried selling $125 t-shirts of themselves superimposed on top of rock icons, they learned that hell hath no fury like a scorned Sharon Osbourne. The Jenners quickly ended production of the shirts and apologized to the artists and fans, saying, "We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway."

4. That time Kid Rock ran for Senate

Even though he later confirmed that he said he wasn't running for Senate, Kid Rock was successful at running a trolling campaign that had many people fooled into thinking that he was. He even started selling "Kid Rock for US Senate" merchandise!

5. That time Steven Tyler called out Ric Flair's sex record

Legendary pro wrestler Ric Flair made headlines after claiming to have had sex with more than 10,000 women. But what does Aerosmith's Steven Tyler think about that? "He's full of s**t."

6. That time Judas Priest got snubbed from the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

Despite being one of the Top 5 winners of the fan vote, metal pioneers Judas Priest failed to get the nod from the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame for the 2018 induction ceremony. 

7. That time Megadeth accepted their first Grammy to the tune of Metallica

Megadeth winning their first Grammy award isn't really a "WTF moment." But accepting it while Metallica, the band that fired Dave Mustaine, played in the background? Quite so.

8. That time Ivan Moody said he was quitting Five Finger Death Punch mid-show

Thankfully he's still with the band, but back in June 2017 at their show in the Netherlands Moody announced in the middle of their set that he was quitting Five Finger Death Punch. This came months after he cut FFDP's set short at the Worcester DCU Center due to a "family emergency."