Remember when rock and roll was dangerous? Third-degree burns dangerous? Check out these 10 Rock + Metal Artists Playing With Fire.

Fire is a staple of rock and roll showmanship. Our caveman-esque fascination with controlling something so destructive as fire has undoubtedly been passed down through the generations, ending up on the concert stage. Plenty of bands have got their pyro and cannons spitting flames as a part of their live setup, but we’re talking about musicians who physically handle the element.

Jimi Hendrix blew minds and created rock history when he set his guitar on fire onstage in 1967. The guitar legend coated his axe with lighter fluid, lit a match and let the guitar burn before smashing it into pieces. Legendary.

The use of fire onstage has evolved ever since, with artists like KISSGene Simmons and The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato spitting fire during performances. Technology has also assisted in the spectacle of fire, allowing people like Nikki Sixx to actually shoot fire out of his bass 20 feet into the air. And how about Rammstein’s fire masks? Those flames may go ever higher and they emanate from the German metallers’ faces!

Check it out for yourself in these 10 Rock + Metal Artists Playing With Fire!

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