Many rockers have had the dreaded Headbangers’ Neck after a good night out at a gig or rock night. Usually the heavier the band, the faster the headbanging. I must declare an interest here – I’ve been into hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock et al since 1988 so I’ve seen a thing or two.
Slayer’s singer/bass player Tom Araya recently had an operation on his neck and has revealed that his headbanging was the cause of much of the pain he was suffering and he can no longer do his trademark helicopter headbang (Language advisory, best not to watch this at work). It’s an interesting and revealing interview because there is discussion of injury related pain and painkiller use.
Tom said that he can no longer headbang. He has a titanium plate in his neck. The message is clear: don’t overdo the headbanging.
The British Medical Journal has an interesting article on headbanging but there are a few bits I do wonder about. Is there a lack of Clue at the BMJ?