It is the dream of millions of people around the world to be a famous musician who performs in front of thousands of people at shows and festivals. However, this is not the dream of many famous musicians. Many musicians hate performing for a live audience and would rather remain in the studio, but as a key (and profitable) part of the job, they understand the need and put on a brave face. Whilst many musicians are ego maniacs, there are also many musicians who are introverted types and therefore it is understandable that they suffer from stage fright.
10. Cat Power
Cat Power creates some stunning and beautiful music, but she is also known for her erratic and unpolished live performances. This includes songs starting and finishing abruptly or blending into one another with no transition, and she has also been known to walk off stage and end shows with no explanation. She has attributed this to severe stage fright, and also alcohol (which she uses to cope with her anxiety). Cat Power has admitted that her stage fright comes from issues regarding depression, alcoholism and substance abuse. She has suffered mental health issues and has previously had a breakdown, but has also stated that her stage fright subsided somewhat when she quit drinking as she feels more clear-headed. This sobriety has also improved her performance style, but sadly she has suffered from physical health issues in recent years which have kept her from performing.