Backstage Secrets Hidden And Not Meant For The Audience

February 16, 2024

Jewel's Biggest Hit Was Written On A Drug Bust

Our favorite musicians give us great performances in the studio and on stage, but backstage glimpses and behind-the-scenes facts tell us even more. They are human beings who sometimes keep it real and other times behave like divas. Some of their behavior is relatable and other things they do will blow your mind. In the end, it's a loop that tells you more about the music you already love -- take a look at these scenes of performers living everyday lives and enjoy these tales of what happened backstage and stories behind the moments that made them pop stars and rock gods.

Jewel. Source: Firefighter Close Calls

Jewel's music career had an unconventional start -- after leaving Alaska for San Diego, she lived out of her van and played five-hour shows in coffee shops that were standing-room-only. Jewel was clearly about to be a big star, and was accumulating original songs for what would become her debut album Pieces Of You. As people in San Diego often do, she and her boyfriend Steve Poltz took a trip down to Mexico. "Jewel said she wanted to go out on a boat and go whale-watching, but we didn't have a boat," Poltz recalled for Entertainment Weekly. "We met these cops, and as if on cue, they asked if we wanted to go whale-watching."

"We were way out on the water," Poltz continued, "and [the Mexican cops] got a call and said, 'We don't have time to drop you off. We're trying to catch these drug smugglers, and there might be a shoot-out.' They asked us if we wanted AK-47s, so we had guns, and they caught the guys. We helped them load the pot back onto the boat and they took us back to shore."

"We got this picture of Steve holding a kilo of marijuana and me holding an AR-15 with the federales," Jewel added. At some point, during the course of this surreal getaway, Jewel wrote "You Were Meant For Me," the platinum-selling #2 single off her debut album.

If You Want to Meet Robert De Niro, Write A Song About Him

Bananarama. Source: Reddit

The girl group Bananarama had a string of hits in the '80s (moreso in their native UK than the States), and one of them was the curiously titled "Robert De Niro's Waiting." They have explained that the song is about fantasizing about an unattainable celebrity as a mechanism to avoid a real-world relationship. There's also a subtext of date rape that the band sometimes touted, but at other times denied.

Keren Woodward, Siobhan Fahey and Sara Dallin really were big De Niro fans, and the song did earn them a meeting with the star himself. "When the song came out, he was in the UK filming Brazil, and he invited us for a drink at Kettners in Soho," they recalled for The Guardian. "We were all sitting there when this guy knocked on the window. It was a freezing winter’s night and he had a bobble hat and glasses on, and we just thought: 'Who is that person trying to catch our attention?' We’d no idea it was him. He had his producer with him, who did most of the talking. I think De Niro was quite shy. But of course the whole place was filled with our friends and boyfriends – all sitting at different tables trying to sneak a look at him."