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Fans Pulled Onstage to Rock

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Sometimes the rockingest rock moments happen when the performers need a little help. Here, based on an epic Reddit thread, I present some performances in which fans join their favorite bands onstage -- and rock.

Weezer - "Undone (The Sweater Song)"

Weezer, live in Japan, brings a fan up to play acoustic guitar.

Weezer in japan lucky fan undone the sweater... by versace58

U2 - "All I Want Is You"

Blind guitarist Adam Bevell went to a U2 show in Nashville. His brother-in-law had made Bevell a sign reading "BLIND GUITAR PLAYER. Bring me up." So Bono brought him up for an encore. They performed "All I Want Is You," Bevell's wedding song, and Bevell walked away with Bono's guitar. For more on the story, read this report (the first video in that link has an interview with Bevell and some extra footage of the performance).

Green Day - "Basket Case"

In this Manchester performance, Green Day recruits fans to play drums, bass, and guitar for a jam session. And it works. (Beware, some salty rock 'n roll language is used. After the fan-band does their thing, the main band returns to play "Basket Case.")

Metallica - "Blackened"

On Metallica's thirtieth anniversary as a band, they invited a couple of metal musicians onstage to perform. Shredding ensued. This video is rather long, as it tells the whole story, but it's pretty fun watching them onstage!

Billy Joel - "New York State of Mind"

In this phone video, audience member Michael Pollack joins Billy Joel onstage to perform a classic.

The Who - Cow Palace Show

Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, passed out during a performance at Cow Palace, reportedly due to a heavy dose of tranquilizers and brandy. Fan Scot Halpin took his place and played three songs with the band, earning him Rolling Stone's "Pick-Up Player of the Year Award."

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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