There’s a lot of amperage flowing through the gear on while a band is onstage. No one ever things about that until someone gets zapped and dies–and this happens more often that you probably realize.
The most famous story of on-stage electrocution goes back to Les Harvey of the Scottish band Stone the Crows.
While playing a gig in 1972, Les touched a microphone that was not properly grounded due to some electrical fault. It killed him. This Brazilian performer got zapped but lived. Notice the puff of smoke.
Then there’s metal singer Frankie Palmeri of the band Emmure. He got a near-fatal shock while onstage in Russia.
And now there’s been another death. Augstin Briolini, the leader of an Argentine band called The Krebs, was performing at the Theatre of the Sun inVilla Carlos Paz, Argentina. He approached the mic during the first song of the set and was electrocuted. He died at the scene.