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24th Nov '16 7:40:55 AM Kartoonkid95
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** In "Piano Rag", a short-tempered pianist smashes his piano, which Yakko calls "very Pete Townshend-esque".
6th Nov '16 10:27:06 AM FingerPuppet
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** In "The Loudest Yard," she does this after her performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on guitar while dressed like Music/JimiHendrix.
26th Oct '16 11:14:26 PM wyattte
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* Second only to The Who are Music/NineInchNails. In the first several years of the project's existence, [[IAmTheBand Trent Reznor]] and his early touring bands were a madhouse onstage, playing with a reckless intensity that matched the chaotic industrial metal sound. Needless to say, when there were equipment failures, Trent and company didn't take it very well: guitars, expensive keyboards and sound equipment alike have been smashed mid-song on ''countless'' occasions. Trent especially liked using the heel of his boot to strip keys off of faulty synthesizers. At one point, ''ten guitars'' were being wrecked per night. [[HairTriggerTemper Trent Reznor, ladies and gentlemen.]]

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* Second only to The Who are Music/NineInchNails. In the During their first several years tours in support of the project's existence, ''Pretty Hate Machine'' and ''Broken'', [[IAmTheBand Trent Reznor]] and his early touring bands were a madhouse onstage, playing with a reckless intensity that matched the chaotic industrial metal sound. Needless to say, when there were equipment failures, Trent and company didn't take it very well: guitars, well, and they drew attention because they would attack ''all'' their instruments, not just guitars. Trent Reznor would frequently use his footwear to smash off the keys of very expensive keyboards and sound equipment alike have been smashed mid-song on ''countless'' occasions. Trent especially liked using the heel of his boot to strip keys off of faulty Yamaha DX synthesizers. At one point, ''ten guitars'' were being wrecked per night. [[HairTriggerTemper Trent Reznor, ladies and gentlemen.]]everybody.]]
* Music/GreenDay went right to town with this trope back in their 90s heyday. Typically, sets would end with Mike Dirnt smashing his bass while Tre Cool ''burned'' his drums with gasoline. Then Billie Joe would finish by playing "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" in front of the fire.



* During their first tours in support of ''Pretty Hate Machine'' and ''Broken'', Music/NineInchNails drew attention because they would attack ''all'' their instruments, not just guitars. Trent Reznor would frequently use his footwear to smash off the keys of very expensive Yamaha DX synthesizers.
22nd Sep '16 10:30:38 PM darkknight109
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* Music/{{Rammstein}}: Perhaps surprisingly, given their penchant for explosions and destruction during their stage shows, the guitars pretty much stay intact (albeit occasionally with some charring from the pyrotechnics). That said, Flake will occasionally go to town on his keyboard and Till usually smashes a mic stand at least once a show.
14th Jul '16 11:24:48 AM AkoSiKuya23
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* ''[[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Vocaloid's]]'' Rin Kagamine begins her live performance of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9vBfHaVWLI "The Lost One's Weeping"]] by smashing her guitar and tossing it aside alongside the microphone stand. At the end of the song, she tosses the mic as well. Her theatrics carry over into the ''[[VideoGame/HatsuneMikuProjectDiva Project Diva X]]'' version of the song.
23rd Jun '16 3:25:23 AM gewunomox
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* Happens in the movie ''Film/TopSecret''. At the end of Nick Rivers' rendition of the song ''[[LittleRichard Tutti Frutti]]'', an octogenarian orchestra player smashes his electric guitar.

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* Happens in the movie ''Film/TopSecret''. At the end of Nick Rivers' rendition of the song ''[[LittleRichard ''[[Music/LittleRichard Tutti Frutti]]'', an octogenarian orchestra player smashes his electric guitar.
23rd Jun '16 1:27:05 AM gewunomox
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* The ''King of Town'' needs to be maneuvered creatively into this as part of the final puzzle of the "Baddest of the Bands" chapter of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople.'' Strong Bad's comment? "Whoa, check out the King of [[Creator/TheWho Townshend]]!"

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* The ''King of Town'' needs to be maneuvered creatively into this as part of the final puzzle of the "Baddest of the Bands" chapter of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople.'' Strong Bad's comment? "Whoa, check out the King of [[Creator/TheWho [[Music/TheWho Townshend]]!"



* Music/JimiHendrix would do this, but only after setting the guitar on fire first. Hendrix first did this in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival. Aware of Creator/TheWho's use of this trope, the organizers wanted them to close the festival, but Pete Townshend refused to play after Hendrix. Hendrix simply took Townshend's signature trope UpToEleven and burned the guitar before smashing it.

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* Music/JimiHendrix would do this, but only after setting the guitar on fire first. Hendrix first did this in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival. Aware of Creator/TheWho's Music/TheWho's use of this trope, the organizers wanted them to close the festival, but Pete Townshend refused to play after Hendrix. Hendrix simply took Townshend's signature trope UpToEleven and burned the guitar before smashing it.
8th Jun '16 6:50:18 AM jormis29
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* Mocked by Tripod in one of their songs where they retell their big rock moment and ruin the effect by mentioning how they had it insured and told the audience to stand back.

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* Mocked by Tripod Music/{{Tripod}} in one of their songs where they retell their big rock moment and ruin the effect by mentioning how they had it insured and told the audience to stand back.
17th May '16 8:13:43 PM WillBGood
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* ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Discworld/SoulMusic'':

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* ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Discworld/SoulMusic'':
16th May '16 8:59:17 AM GeniusInTheLamp
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* The Music/ZacBrownBand psych up Houston Texans star J.J. Watt in a Bose commercial. The spot climaxes with Brown smashing a guitar against Watt's locker.


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* At the end of Carolina Crown's 2011 "[[Music/SergeiRachmaninoff Rach]] [[PunnyName Star]]" show, a guard member smashes a (fake) guitar.
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