Slam Dance with the Devil – Are Rock-and-Roll Legends True?


Rock & roll has spawned a lot of legends. Rock stars have to be larger than life in order to fill the stage and get their music heard. We’ve all heard stories of the wild parties, wrecked hotel rooms, and bizarre contract riders (only green M&Ms allowed). But what about the other legends, the unsubstantiated rumors that surround some stars?

What if I told you some rock stars were really demons who fed on the energy of the audience? Would that change the way you thought of rocker Kent Gaol’s late night bacchanals? He’s the hero of the second Demon Rock book, Slam Dance with the Devil, and his legends go back much further than private investigator Nona Harris could imagine.

All those wild rock stars you hear about? Some of them really are demons, sustained by the energy pouring off the audience…

Wild, destructive and immortal, rocker Kent Gaol has given up the search for his Muse—a demon’s one true source of inspiration, his forever partner. After losing the one woman he thought might be his, he’s convinced she doesn’t exist.

Hard-as-nails private investigator Nona Harris has been hired by a mysterious client to track Kent. She knows nothing of his truths, until one night when Kent tricks her on stage during one of his concerts. Amazingly, she not only senses the energy around the demons, she feeds from it…and it turns her on.

Kent never expected Nona’s response to be so intense, nor that she could enter his world and so thoroughly rock it. This is beyond a tumultuous love affair—this is a sexual and emotional bond that will change them both forever. A bond strong enough that now Nona’s shady client wants them both dead…

When I was younger, we didn’t have the Internet, so rock star tall tales were spread by word of mouth. Here are some I remember, and some I’ve read about. Are they true?

  • Phil Collins secretly witnessed a man standing by and not helping as someone drowned. Then, years later, Phil got the man front row tickets to one of his concerts and played “In the Air” directly to him, indicating he knew what he’d done.
  • David Bowie’s eyes were two different colors because he dropped liquid LSD into one of them.
  • One of the male members of the Thompson Twins assaulted the female member, so she burned his house down.
  • Elvis Presley faked his death. Years later there was even a TV special hosted by Bill Bixby investigating the evidence.
  • Paul McCartney had died. Clues such as references to “the eggman” and “walrus” in songs as well as his position on album covers were seen as unmistakable clues.
  • Blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil.

To find out the answer on the last one, we might ask Kent Gaol. In one of his past incarnations he was also a blues man. A heartbreak from those days has been shaking his life for years and threatens to destroy the growing attraction between Kent and Nona as their worlds are slammed together.

So what are some of the rock and roll legends and fables you’ve heard? Give us some of the lore in the comments and one person will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon gift card (for rock and roll – of course).

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9 thoughts on “Slam Dance with the Devil – Are Rock-and-Roll Legends True?”

  1. Sonya Clark says:

    I love the story that Jimmy Page has a vial of dirt from the crossroads where Robert Johnson made his deal. Your Demon Rock series sounds perfect for a music nerd like me. :)

  2. Kinsey says:

    And Jimmy, of course, has personal relations with the Devil via Aleister Crowley. :)

    Izzy Stradlin ingested all his dope at one time because his manager told him to get rid of it before they got on a plane. He ended up in a 96 hour coma.

    Slash freaked out on drugs and raced naked across the golf course of some ritzy Hawaii hotel.

    Ozzy Osborn was scared to death of Tommy Iommi, who was a straight up thug

    Waylon Jennings was supposed to be on the plane that crashed with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper aboard.

    Also, Keith Richards.

  3. Nico Rosso says:

    I hadn’t heard that one about Jimmy Page, Sonya. Seems pretty appropriate. Thanks for checking out the series. Hope you dig it!

    And Kinsey, those are all awesome. The best myths are the ones that are so close to plausible they’re tantalizing to believe. Though we still need more evidence that Keith Richards is actually mortal.

  4. Rhianna says:

    Ugh, it squicks me out just thinking about it but the one about Marilyn Manson supposedly having ribs removed so he could be more flexible so he could… *shudder* I can’t even acknowledge it. It haunts me still after hearing that rumor forever ago.

    Rock stars man… they’re either legends or have F’d up legends told about them… or both. lol

  5. Linda says:

    I wish I had a great one to share, but my memory is like teflon, nothing sticks, =) and if I hear a great one, it´s gone within weeks. Love the ones you´ve shared, and Sonya & Kinsey´s as well.
    Happy Thursday!

  6. Justine says:

    Van Halen’s no brown M&M’s clause is the first that jumps to my mind . . . except that it’s actually true and rationalized by reasonable expectations. The latest rumor I’ve read is that Brandon Howard is Michael Jackson’s alleged biological son.

  7. Nico Rosso says:

    Whoa, Rhianna, that’s a good one. Thanks for brightening our day with it ;) We’re all haunted now.

    And thanks for coming by, Linda. I hope some of these are going to stay with you for a while, or you’ll at least think of them next time a song from the rumored comes on.

    I’d heard the M&M one, too, Justine, and even reference it in the first Demon Rock, Heavy Metal Heart. I’m out of touch on current stuff and had to look up the Brandon Howard one, so thanks for keeping me up to date!

  8. Julie says:

    My enjoyed all the fervor Angela Bowie ignited when she announced that she once caught her ex-husband, David Bowie, in bed with Mick Jagger. Tongues were a-waggin’!

  9. Nico Rosso says:

    Hi Julie!
    Yeah, it might seem scandalous, but we still want to know what goes on behind the closed doors of the rockstar lifestyle.

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