We can't count the number of times we've heard the most outrageous rumors about rock stars, particularly those from the wild 60s and 70s. It's probably how they wrote so many hits. Get ready to be shocked at what these ridiculous rockers really got up to when they weren't on stage.
You've probably got plenty of images in your head: beautiful groupies, out of control backstage parties, crazy road trips, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was a unique time in history and we're happy to tell you that these rumors contain all of the above and so much more.
There's absolutely no doubt about it - some of the craziest rumors definitely aren't true and some stories have clearly just been fabricated. But a whole bunch of them have been confirmed as fact, and we're about to reveal every single one! We honestly couldn't believe how wild number 45 is.
Given that Motley Crue are a glam rock band, the fact that they went months without showering is slightly ridiculous and not to mention very gross. In fact, it may well be our biggest beef with rock stars and punk musicians. Although, the story behind this rumor is a little funny at least.
The two band mates decided to wager a bet in 1980 whilst sitting in a hot tub to see who could go the longest without showering or bathing. After months had gone by, neither of them had cracked. That was until Nikki Sixx was receiving oral sex from a female fan who got so nauseated she ended up throwing up her spaghetti dinner in his crotch. We're assuming he washed after that.
Sid Vicious did a lot of truly despicable things in his relatively short yet raucous life span. We're not sure which should feature more highly on the list, the fact that he almost definitely killed his girlfriend Nancy or the fact that he shot up heroin from a toilet.
Yes, you heard that right, a toilet. It's one thing doing heroin, but it's quite another thing to use toilet water laced with urine and vomit in the syringe, which he later used to shoot up with. Is it any wonder the Sex Pistols bassist didn't quite make it to old age? Probably not. Witness to the event was none other than Ramones bassist Dee See, who we can imagine was a little bit mortified by Vicious's abhorrent behavior.
Whilst Tupac is sadly no longer with us to confirm if this rumor is true or false, we're going to have to say it's looking pretty likely that this one will turn out to be true. We can't say for sure, but we think he would have approved of this rather macabre grieving process. His ashes were smoked by the members of his notorious rap group 'The Outlawz' who have willingly confirmed that the rumors are indeed true.
Perhaps they could be cashing in on the notoriety the myth has brought them, however they were all too happy to confirm that their track "Black Jesus" was inspired by their practice of smoking their fallen friend's ashes mixed with cannabis. Or perhaps that was how the myth was born and they went along for the ride?
It wasn't all too uncommon for rock stars of the 70s to fall in love with teens who hadn't quite hit the age of the consent. The bassist for the rolling stones, Bill Wyman, raised a few eyebrows at the peak of his fame with his courtship of a 13-year old girl.
Wyman was a fixture of the Rolling Stones for over 30 years, so there's no surprise that he's had a string of questionable relationships, but this one really makes your stomach churn considering the fact he was 48 years old at the time. How do the Rolling Stones even sell records anymore? Even more absurdly, Wyman married the once 13-year old Mandy Smith on her 18th birthday. It must have been love. Just really creepy, morally wrong, illegal love.
Marilyn Manson has been an absolute magnet for ridiculous rumors, however we can confirm that this one is true, unlike the rib removal rumor which bounced around in the 2000s. He has always been a man of fairly poor taste (e.g. cheating on ex-girlfriend, Dita) but this bold move was a little grotesque, which was a sentiment shared by Marilyn Manson's attorney.
The incident involved a security guard in Michigan who was unwillingly floored by Manson, before he rubbed his crotch on his head and made improper contact with him. Manson got off lightly with the charge of disorderly behavior, assault, and battery. Considering he could have been dubbed a sex offender we'd say he was lucky. He claimed it to be 'a victory for art'.
In most cases rumors as ridiculous as this aren't true. but this one has been bouncing around for a while and astonishingly it's sort of true. Some of the details are a little hazy, but what can be confirmed is that after Charles Manson was released from prison in 1967, he started sharing some of his songs around in LA.
None other than Dennis Wilson from the Beach boys got his hands on one of his songs "Never Learn Not to Love" and eventually got around to releasing it in 1969. Rumor has it that the song was left almost completely intact. After the lyrical exchange, Manson started hanging out at Dennis's mansion before the ex-convict's infamous behavior terminated their friendship and got him kicked out.
Okay, so this one is pretty popular, and it turns out that it's absolutely true without any question of doubt. There were plenty of witnesses who saw the dazed Rock star making a rather idiotic or desperate move to wow his fans whilst he was on stage.
During a rather raucous performance, one of his fans threw an unconscious bat on stage (where you would find an unconscious bat is another thing entirely). Whilst Ozzy was channeling his Satanic stage presence, he mistook the live rodent for a stage prop - and the rest is history. We'll spare you the gory details, but he did go to get a rabies shot after his performance. The video is even available on YouTube if you're brave enough to watch.
The heavy metal performer has quite the appetite, doesn't he? If decapitating a bat wasn't bad enough, it turns out that's not the only time that Ozzy Osborne sunk his teeth into an innocent creature.
Even before the bat incident, Ozzy thought he'd take it upon himself to bite the head off a dove to impress a record label. The dove's demise happened during Ozzy's first meeting with Columbia Records. He put on quite a show when he released two doves in the office in front of the executives. Instead of releasing one of them, he chose to bite the head off one of them. However, can Ozzy be fully to blame when it was his wife Sharon's idea in the first place?
Jerry Lee Lewis may have once been a much-desired Rock n Roll musical pioneer, but that wasn't enough to prevent his once loyal following from ditching him once they found out that he had indeed married his first cousin when she was just 13 years old.
With a blindingly successful music career ahead of him after his competition (Elvis) had been drafted into the army, he was set to become America's most treasured rock star, until in 1958 he married his cousin before going on a European tour. Surprisingly Jerry Lee Lewis did claw back a small fraction of his infamy thanks to his fans that could excuse pedophilia and incest. We would say to this day he is still deserving of the stigma that surrounds him.
At this point we are breathing a sigh of relief that not all our favorite musicians of all time are sexually perverted or like to sadistically injure innocent animals, so we are thrilled to announce that yes, the Rock band Van Halen were really pedantic enough to request that no brown M&Ms ended up in their dressing room.
Whilst it's not too uncommon for rock stars to have ridiculous requests, this one is one of the most prolific examples of the ultimate diva rock star behavior. The reason behind it? In 2012 Van Halen explained their strange behavior. The band just wanted to see if the promoters actually read their contracts, if there were brown M&Ms in the dressing room there was trouble.
If the rumors are true, that would have meant that Van Morrison recorded a more than one song every hour. Given that your average track is only 3-4 minutes long, it's certainly not unfeasible. Especially not for Van Morrison who has always been somewhat of a prolific and brilliant singer and songwriter.
In 1967, we're pretty sure he broke the record for the most songs recorded (to any discernable quality) in one sitting. The reason why he did it is even better! Morrison was tied into a pretty miserable record contract that wanted 36 tracks out of him before he could escape. In a genius move he smashed out 30 in a day, although not all of them were all that great, it's still ridiculously impressive. Hell yeah!
Did the greatest Pop star of all time write the music for one of the most successful video game franchises of all time? It turns out that he did! Michael Jackson was the magnificent mind behind the music for the iconic 1993 console game Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Now that you consider Michael Jacksons quirky nature, it doesn't seem all that out there to consider the fact he created one of the most infectiously catchy theme tunes of all time!
The rumor started when one MJ superfan found a strange similarity in sound between the game's music and MJ's famous style. The rumor floated around the internet for years before being confirmed in January 2016 by the composers of the soundtrack of the Sega game.
At the point in time when David Bowie recorded Station to Station it's easy to see he was in a pretty dark place. The recording happened during all night sessions in the studio when Bowie was living a somewhat vampiric existence and eating a ridiculously small amount of food daily.
Somehow, he made it through the hazy experience in 1976 in a Los Angeles studio with a rather blank recollection of the entire process. Looking back, it is easy to see that Bowie was suffering from pretty severe cocaine psychosis, making Station to Station potentially one of the darkest albums ever recorded. Bowie may not be able to remember, but we'll never forget the iconic masterpiece that stemmed from his delirium. (God, we already miss him.)
Surely this one can't be true, can it? No, not quite, he is human after all - just about. Keith Richard's sleeping patterns do almost defy human physiology, though. In an interview, Keith Richards told an interviewer that he basically runs off the fumes of adrenaline.
The longest that Keith Richards has gone without sleep is nine days, which we suppose is almost as impressive as not sleeping at all, considering the amount of awesome music he created in the times he was at his most sleep deprived. If his 1978 track, Before they Make Me Run, from the album Some Girls sounds a little otherworldly, now you know why. He was also prone to collapsing at a moment notice against speakers. That's not quite as Rock n Roll is it?
First things, first. Yes, it's absolutely true. After the sad death of Graham Parson, his corpse was exhumed. After receiving high acclaim as the man that brought the Byrds into a brand-new arena of sound, he tragically died aged 26 on September 19th, 1973. What happened to him after death was almost as exciting as the raucous adventures he got up to when he was alive.
Gram had previously expressed his wishes to be cremated instead of buried, however his father decided on funeral arrangements which weren't in keeping with his son's. Therefore, fellow road manager Phil Kaufman and his assistant took it upon themselves to steal the body and set alight to it in the desert. More surprisingly, there were no criminal charges and only a $300 fine.
This one won't be much of a surprise to hardcore Prince fans who knew at a time that his religion meant everything to him. Imagine opening your door and seeing Prince standing there, ready and willing to teach his faith.
Before his untimely death, Prince once went under the guise of 'Brother Nelson' and not so coincidentally ended up getting spotted by a fan. His church elder James Lundstrom recalled that Prince, we mean, "Brother Nelson" was a very shy man, but a member in good standing. Considering most of the reasons why rock stars are on this list, we'd say Prince's are the most respectable, even if they are somewhat conflicting with his overtly sexual on-stage persona. He also cared a lot for 'God's Kingdom'.
Yes, that's right, the sex moans on his track Rocket Queen weren't fake. Axl Rose enlisted the help of keen groupie Adriana Smith, who agreed to enter the studio with Axl and the other legendary musicians to create the track. She was certainly very brave!
Alongside Axl Rose's steamy moans you will also be able to hear Adriana having quite a bit of fun with the vocalist. She has recently come out and admitted her role in the track after keeping pretty quiet about her involvement in the production. It sounds like Slash didn't want to get left out, after Adriana told the Mirror that a threesome also happened that evening. Axl and Adriana romantically met whilst she was working as a stripper in LA club, Seventh Veil.
Considering the X-rated nature of Rick James's memoirs, this should really come as no surprise, and we're not actually sure it's the most ludicrous rumor in circulation about the legendary artist. The artist, who died in 2004 of a heart attack, posthumously released the accounts of his life, and it's not for the faint hearted.
James made his national TV debut on American Bandstand where he preformed his most acclaimed singles, You and I and Mary Jane, along with an hour-long interview with Dick Clark, who he later referred to as "one of the nicest cats he'd ever met". We suppose everyone seems pretty nice when you're high, though, don't they? James's cocaine high didn't go unnoticed by Dick Clark or the millions of viewers watching.
Following on from the Wyman scandal, this one almost seems tame - well at least it's almost legal. We're guessing rapper Danny Brown didn't get prosecuted for indecent exposure after his X-rated performance, which pushed the idea of embracing sexuality on stage just a little bit further.
Elvis may have once shocked the nation in the 50s with his gyrating hips, yet Danny Brown showed how far sexuality in musical culture has evolved when he allowed a female fan to give him a blowjob on stage back in 2013 when he was performing live in Minnesota. We're just amazed that he could carry on hitting the notes during his performance. If there was ever a sign of a true rock star, we think this is it.
Ozzy Osborne has gained his third entry on the ridiculous rumors list, making him the most prolifically anarchistic rock star in our minds. Sadly, it's yet another incident that meant the death of innocent life. We can't imagine any of these acts won him any favors with animal rights groups.
Whilst it's not uncommon for rock stars to put things up their noses, this is an extreme by anyone's standards. The incident happened when Ozzy found himself in the company of Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue on tour. When Ozzy heard they were all out of cocaine, he snorted what he believed to be the next best thing, making Motley Crue look rather tame in comparison to his little escapades. We can only imagine how much it stung the next day.
We know that rock stars have a bit of a devil may care attitude to their mortality, but rumors such as these really bring the gritty reality of the rock star lifestyle home to those still thinking it's all glamour and frivolity. Sadly, this rumor is indeed true and "Kickstart My Heart" was written after Nikki Sixx enjoyed too many hits of heroin.
After the fatal overdose incident, Nikki Sixx had to be revived in the hospital after being declared legally dead for two minutes until the medical staff were able to revive him. The event didn't put much of a kink in his party plans after Nikki ripped out the tubes attached to him and returned to the party.
Whilst the rumor of The Outlawz smoking their fallen brother, Tupac's ashes in a joint is fairly well known, the rumor that Keith Richards snorted his father's ashes isn't all that widely circulated. As one of the most iconic Rock Stars of recent history, it's not all that surprising that it's true. Even more baffling, he felt no shame after the event.
The Rolling Stones's legendary guitarist openly admitted the fact that he snorted his father's ashes mixed with cocaine after his father died in 2002. He unashamedly told an English rock magazine journalist writing for NME the full details of the event. I don't think there's anything else left for Keith Richards to snort that would surprise us. In fact, that's probably one of the safest things he's snorted.
Considering the earlier stories about Led Zeppelin on this rumor list, mainly involving the mudfish incident, we can't say we share much sympathy for the fact that the night John Bonham died he ingested 40 shots of vodka. Whilst death by vodka may not be the most extreme collision a rock star has had with their mortality, it's really not surprising that 40 shots of vodka is enough to finish someone off.
After he passed away on September 25th, 1980 the coroner found 40 shots worth of vodka the day he died, which he had consumed following a rehearsal earlier that day. The official cause of death was determined as inhalation of vomit. Nice. At least the sex charges won't stand.
As massive Frank Zappa fans, it's hard to imagine that anyone would feign such hostility towards one of the most ingeniously experimental minds to have ever graced the rock scene. He wasn't your typical average aggrandized rock stool. We could have understood someone wanting to punch Axl Rose in the face. But not our precious Zappa.
Turns out, the myth is true, and he was verbally attacked quite frequently for his 'strange' and experimental musical tastes. But he was also physically attacked on stage during a live performance and ended up being hospitalized after he was thrown off the stage. We don't think you could call that person Frank Zappa's biggest fan! We hope after that he increased his stage security. God rest his fabulous soul.
Whilst this isn't all that extreme or insane, it's a little bit fascinating. Plus, everyone likes a fun fact every now and again, don't they? Well, here you have it. It was through a sardonic offhand joke from Keith Moon, the drummer for The Who, that gave the iconic band their name that probably won't be forgotten for as long as music exists.
If the stories are true, the name came about when Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and John Paul Jones were discussing forming a band. The conversation happened in earshot of Keith Moon who said their music would go over like a lead balloon. When the collective decided to commit to the project they later recalled Keith Moon's witty offering and so Led Zeppelin was born!
Now, the details around this one are more than a little hazy (pun intended), but given the photographic evidence, we're going to say that it's pretty likely that the rumors are true, at least in part. The rumor was denied by George Harrison years later, but why would John Lennon Lie? (John Lennon was always our favorite.)
Whilst it can't be proven that they blazed up within the walls of Buckingham palace or just enjoyed a sneaky one on the way down to meet the queen, they definitely look as high as kites in the photos that have been in circulation since they met her majesty, the queen of England. More power to them we say, plus, surely, they're not the first high people the queen has encountered?
There's nothing we love to see more than rock stars hanging out together. We don't know why, it just makes us a little warm and fuzzy, like we're all part of one big happy family. If there was one smoke session we would have loved to have witnessed, it would have been one involving Bob Dylan and the legendary pop artists, The Beatles!
The happy communion happened when the Beatles set about their first official US tour and Bob Dylan kindly offered to share his illicit substances with the doe eyed, innocent appearing pop stars. What's the best bit you ask? Ringo smoked the entire joint completely oblivious to the fact that he was smoking anything other than tobacco. Didn't we tell you that they were innocent?
Iggy Pop was known for his extremely short temper, so this story isn't exactly shocking. Whilst it's not the most 'crazy' addition to the list, it's 100 percent true and the evidence stacks against Iggy for his slightly reprehensible behavior. But we suppose we can forgive him. The Passenger was an absolute tune.
We'll cut a long story short and tell you that the fight broke out after the biker heckled Iggy and refused to stop. Unfortunately for Iggy, he didn't come out on the winning side. The entire fight was caught on tape by another fan and all we have to say is that maybe Iggy better pick on someone his own size next time. Respect to Iggy for the attempted take down attempt.
Whilst the quote isn't the most reprehensible to have come out of a rock star's mouth in the last few decades, it's still a little impressive that he threw so much caution to the wind when verbally confronting an officer.
Jim Morrison proved that he doesn't much care for authority after a police officer walked back stage and caught him getting a little too involved with a female fan. The officer told the couple to put an end to their debauchery, but it seems by his response Morrison wasn't all too impressed. Who can blame him? And, what the hell was a policeman doing back stage anyway? Everyone knows anything goes down back stage. Surprisingly, the incident didn't result in Jim Morrison's arrest. Stick it to 'em Jim.
You know how you always have that one friend who is an absolute liability? It turns out that Keith Moon was 'that guy' to all of his fellow band mates in The Who. He even managed to snag himself the nickname 'Moon the Loon'. Whilst it's not quite as edgy as modern names for Rock Stars, the cap definitely fit.
Alongside filling his drums with water and occasionally dressing like a cat, Moon also had a bit of a penchant for explosives. Which would have been all fine and well if he went off out into a field or desert, but no, Keith Moon's primary targets were hotel rooms. Sometimes he blew up hotel room furniture and sometimes he threw explosives at windows. What a fabulous liability.
If this list has taught us anything it's that rock stars really don't have all that much respect for women. Especially not when cocaine is involved, but can narcotics ever be an excuse for kidnapping?
In 1991, funk pioneer Rick James was arrested for torture and kidnapping charges after he took a woman, Frances Alley, prisoner in his home for two days whilst forcing her to have sex with him and burning her with a hot crack pipe. As if that wasn't bad enough, he was busted for doing pretty much exactly the same thing to music executive Mary Sauger. We don't care how good his music was or how prodigal he was, he should have been locked away the first time around.
Whilst the crazy rumors floating around indicating that Mama Cass of The Mamas and the Papas died after choking on a ham sandwich aren't true, the rumor that Mama Cass and Keith Moon died in the same apartment are 100 percent confirmed. And that's a little terrifying, don't you think?
Both artists died in singer songwriter Harry Nilsson's apartment. Cass passed away in July 1974 whilst doing a run of concerts in London. It was confirmed that she died of heart failure, whilst the iconic drummer Keith Moon died from a fatal overdose in 1978 after taking a substantial amount of sedative. If that apartment was on some kind of tour, we don't think we'd risk stepping inside of it. At least it's still a more romantic story than Sid and Nancy.
It doesn't seem in character with Prince's flair to get in a fist fight with a woman. Then again, it didn't seem likely that he would go door to door as a Jehovah's Witness, but we've already seen that that's true. It turns out that the incident in question occurred as Sinead O'Connor didn't approve of Prince's language after a discussion on who would use the lyrics to hit song, 'Nothing Compares to You'.
The fall out between the two iconic stars happened in the 90's and was reported by Sinead O'Connor herself, who didn't seem all too sorry for the fact that she spat all over him during the fight. Stay classy Sinead. Stay classy. We suppose if any song is worth fighting for, it's that one.
We told ourselves that if this one is true we will love Santana even more than we already do (if that's even possible). Turns out it is true! We've always seen Carlos Santana as quite an ethereal spirit, but now we just want to know how many drugs were taken before he come up with this ungodly concept for inspiration.
Whilst it's not all that uncommon for music artists to give credit to God for all of their musical notoriety, Santana took things to a new extreme and admitted in 1999 to Rolling Stone magazine that he took the inspiration for his comeback album 'Supernatural' from a metaphysical mystical spirit named Metatron. We're all up for a bit of meditation, but this is just too much.
We have always been a firm believer in the fact that lyrics are very much open to interpretation, therefore as much as we don't want to believe that the Serge Gainsbourg rumor is true, we're probably going to have to accept the fact that it is.
The legendary French Pop singer was always a little 'strange' for lack of a better word, but to create a track called 'lemon incest' was a bit extreme. His young daughter even helped him out with backing vocals. The lyrics went a little bit like this: "The love that we will never have together is the most beautiful... Exquisite outline, delicious child, my flesh and my blood, oh my baby my soul, incest lemon, lemon incest." It's a little bit sick, don't you think, Serge?
Whitney Houston has never been one to stay out of the limelight for her crazy escapades - we suppose she felt compelled to upstage Bobby Brown and his rampantly questionable activities. But, of all of her questionable life choices, the one to join a cult has to be the most interesting.
Houston travelled to Israel back in 2003 to spend a significant amount of time with a pretty extremist cult labelled the 'Black Hebrews'. If that wasn't strange enough, the reason she made her pilgrimage wasn't quite a journey of self-exploration. She just wanted to find inspiration for her next Christmas album. We don't know if she missed out on the irony of spending time with Jewish people to get inspired about Christmas. At least she made it back in one piece.
It only takes a quick glance at Phil Spector to know that under that insane exterior is an equally tormented interior. Whilst he may be a legendary producer and song writer, we're going to be rather bold and say he isn't quite all there. Which he proved when he kidnapped The Ramones. It turns out the rumors are in fact true!
The kidnap wasn't Phil Spector's first misdemeanor after he pointed a loaded gun at Leonard Cohen's head (that's not okay, Phil). He also waved a pistol around in front of The Ramones before locking them in the studio and making them play "Baby, I Love You" repeatedly until 4:30 in the morning, when he was kind enough to let them leave. We would have been terrified and exhausted.
Was it just an accident? Or did Izzy Stradlin just have absolutely zero respect for his fellow passengers? It turns out that it may have been both. During a flight from Indianapolis to Los Angeles the Guns N' Roses guitarist lost a little bit of patience waiting for the bathroom to become vacant.
Can you really blame him? When you've got to go, you've got to go. The FBI agent's report indicated that Izzy got quite aggressive and aggravated during the incident before declaring that he wasn't going to wait any longer before relieving himself in front of other passengers in the gallery. Their angel of a PR rep tried to excuse his behavior by saying it was a form of expression.
Whilst Boy George has never been depicted as one of the most friendly creatures in Pop culture it's almost a little hard to believe that this rumor is true. Sadly, it is. In 2009, the 29-year-old Norwegian male escort Audun Carlsen went to Boy George's home with the intention of modelling for a naked photo shoot.
However, what he didn't anticipate was Boy George's intention to tie him to a wall fixture and then beat him repeatedly with a chain. It's not surprising to hear that Boy George was under the influence of cocaine during his despicable performance that stripped him of any credibility he once had. He told the courts as he sat trial that he believed the escort to have hacked into his computer.
We've all been there, right? When pub owners annoy us so much we're driven to bite them? No? Just Sebastian Bach it is. On a trip to the pub in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario in 2010, the former Skid Row singer got enraged by the fact that the musicians on stage and the owner of the pub weren't too keen to share the show with him.
Rather than accepting the rejection of their impromptu proposal, Bach and Co. decided to sit and heckle the performers before proceeding to throw ice cubes at them. After the group were requested to leave for their arrogant behavior, things got a little hairy as the pub owner waited for the police to arrive. Bach bit the owner in the meantime.
Slim Shady has never been notorious for being a stand up character. In fact, he's almost exactly the opposite. Considering that guns being pulled in America isn't all that much of a rare occurrence, we can absolutely confirm this rumor to be true.
In 2000, Eminem was arrested for two separate gun-related incidents which happened within two hours of each other. But were they justified? The jury is still out on that one, although the targets for his pistol include the Insane Clown Posse road manager Douglas Dail and the bouncer he spotted out with his ex-partner later on in the evening. He was put on probation for both incidents, but did he learn his lesson? Probably not. The lovable rogue he is.
Yes, dear reader, it's true the two notoriously sexy rock stars were found in bed together. But sadly, it's not as sexy as you'd quite want to imagine. David Bowie's first wife Angie claims to have caught them between the sheets together, however, it was nothing but platonic. We suppose what you'd call a 'bromance' in modern times. After all, what's wrong with a little nudity between two friends? Boys will be boys!
Angie Bowie later reported that it wasn't quite as enticing as their legendary collaboration, Dancing in the Street, however, it was nothing that she was all too surprised about, given her husband's veracious devil may care attitude to his sexuality, which he later expressed was all just a massive PR stunt.
We've all had them haven't we, those crazy fan girl/boy moments when you're really not yourself? When you're faced with the prospect of encountering one of your idols? Turns out the prospect of meeting Elvis sent Jerry Lee Lewis more than a little bit crazy. Thankfully the police and Elvis's security guard were there to intercept.
Whilst Jerry Lee Lewis was no stranger to the firm hand of the law, he certainly liked to drunkenly resist it. When he unexpectedly turned up to Graceland wielding a loaded weapon, he was arrested. The police had to deal with him twice in one day during one of his days of dabbling in extreme intoxication back in 1976. He didn't get the nickname 'the killer' from nowhere.
When you think of partying with rock stars, what comes to mind? Sex, drugs, and Rock n Roll? We can imagine after a few tours it all gets a little monotonous and rock stars like to mix it up every now and again. This is exactly what the Rolling Stones did on tour back in 1971.
Or so the rumors say - jury is still out on this one considering no photographic or film evidence transpired after the event. However, Keith Richards distinctly remembers the amount of hard work which was put into filling up the paddling pool with Cap'n Crunch and KY Jelly before enticing their groupies to have a good roll around in it. Richards missed out and went to sleep.
Okay, we get that Rock Stars will always have their groupies and young admirers, and yes, as you've probably figured out by now, they're not always of legal age. But this one might really make your stomach turn.
We've lived in a Weinstein era since day dot, however, Aerosmith's infamous front man Steven Tyler may have broken the record for the craziest groupie story. He convinced the parents of 14-year-old Julia Holcomb to sign over custody of their daughter to enable them to date. We wonder what he offered to sweeten the deal considering the fact that in 1975 they agreed! She must have left quite the impression on the rock star, although we're not sure how his music still stands as credible after that stunt.
When you're a rock star you can pretty much do what you like, right? Well how wouldn't that eventually lead you down the path where you take on a mountain lion as a pet and take it on tour with you and your band?
Whilst PETA and other animal rights activist groups may have something to say about the entrapment of a wild creature for the entertainment of a less than responsible rock star, we can't help but thinking it's a little bit cool. With more than 100 pet snakes in his living room, Slash has rather exotic tastes in pets. But wasn't it kind of inevitable that the mountain lion Curtis would mess up hotel rooms? He had a cool name though, right?
Given that Keith Moon, prior to his tragic and untimely death, had a bit of a penchant for explosives, we didn't even have to fact check before we were sold on this one. It turns out it's absolutely true.
But it's not all that bad - they only destroyed a Holiday Inn. At least it wasn't the Hilton, right? Surprisingly, it didn't take long for hotels to refuse to accept The Who at their lodgings after they heard of Moon's reputation. Sadly, the Holiday in in Michigan found out the hard way when they hosted The Who in 1967 on Moon's 21st birthday. Moon lost a substantial amount of his tooth, so whilst he took a trip to the emergency room, the band went about clocking up a $24,000 bill.
Of all of the mental myths that have made it onto this list, we'd have to say it's this one that turns our stomach just a little. The thought of the delicately glorious and fabulously iconic Debbie Harry in the grips of one of the most detestable monsters to have ever stolen oxygen is almost too horrifying to believe it's true.
But it is. Or at least the rumors still point toward the significant likelihood of Debbie Harry being picked up by Ted Bundy. Naysayers of the rumor have trouble believing the one-woman account of the events. But we're definitely inclined to believe that Harry hopped in with the creep that went on to slaughter a significant number of innocent young girls in America.
Ever heard the expression 'if it seems too good to be true then it probably is'? In this case, the saying has never been so irrelevant. In fact, it's a miracle. The Black Label Society Guitarist actually did save his own life by his excessive alcohol consumption. Before you go getting any 'Wylde' ideas, let us explain what actually happened.
It's not something that we would recommend trying at home, however Wylde's party antics helped him to unknowingly pass not one but THREE blood clots through his heart and survive. Whilst this would kill any ordinary man, the fact that Zakk Wylde's blood was kept so thin from alcohol consumption without doubt allowed him to survive through the experience in 2009. Cheers Zakk, have one on us.
Defiling a groupie is never okay, but Led Zeppelin certainly increased their rock star status with this wild rumor that turned out to be true. This one is simply mind blowing. We're not even sure we can call ourselves huge Led Zeppelin fans after this bizarre incident.
The story has it that on July 27th, 1969 the famous group of musicians were staying at the Edgewater Inn after performing at the Seattle Pop festival. This is where they disrobed a young groupie, tied her to the bed, and inserted pieces of a mudshark into her. It was a pretty despicable scene, which the road manager later walked in to witness. The woman in question probably isn't going to come forward any time soon, neither are the culprits of the rather grotesque acts. The band Vanilla Fudge have also claimed responsibility for the incident!