For Those About To Rock We Caution You

Ozzie boffins brand headbanging unsafe – Francis Rossi disagrees.

Health and Safety experts apparently want to banish headbanging due to the supposed health risks.

The Sun reports that members of the fun police at Australia’s University of South Wales reckon the wild head-shaking, indulged in by music fans since caveman first put bone to gourd, could lead to hearing loss, brain damage and even strokes.

The high-vis jacket-wearing kill-joys have suggested several ways that we can avoid serious injury, including wearing a neck brace or becoming a fan of easy listening.

Commenting on the bizarre advice, Status Quo’s Francis Rossi told The Sun: “When I heard that experts are advising headbangers to wear neck braces, I thought it must be a joke.

“Can you imagine turning up to a gig looking like you’ve just come out of the casualty ward? In fact, why not wear some industrial ear plugs as well?”

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