Bruce Springsteen launches his Telecaster across the stage – and accidentally hits his guitar tech in the head

Bruce Springsteen throwing an electric guitar
(Image credit: Darrin Lightner/YouTube)

To the average gig-goer, live performances – especially those hosted by prolific artists – come across as effortlessly flawless for one simple reason: they are rehearsed beyond belief. From stage movements to song transitions, the majority of shows are meticulously planned out and practiced.

Naturally, there is an element of unpredictability and improvisation during concerts, and despite the lengths those involved go through to make it as well-polished as possible, it's inevitable that some things will just go wrong.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.