When you are a musician, you can get away with shit. When you're a rockstar, you can get away with a lot of shit. So, 10 examples of cray cray rockstar antics.
Axl Rose and his roast dinner
Rockstar dick behavior 101 - Axl Rose arrives to GN'R gig in Newcastle by a helicopter 10 minutes before he's due on stage. Instead of hitting the stage, Axl insists that he cannot perform before he eats a full roast dinner with all the trimmings. Then he says he was late due to having to wait for Yorkshire Puddings to rise. What a guy!
Slayer and Exodus nail pizza slices to hotel room ceiling
Way back in the day, members of Exodus and Slayer had this thing for nailing slices of pizza to the ceiling of a hotel they stayed in. The legend says that the boys have even thanked each other for messing up the hotel on the liner notes of their debut albums.
Satan rules your holes!
Scotland, 1992, Clash of the Titans tour - as told by Testament vocalist Chuck Billy:
"There was a lot of drinking involved, it was Jack Daniels that night. Me and Tom [Araya, Slayer singer/bassist] got wasted. I remember getting into the elevator and it had this menu with glass. I don't know why, but it looked like it needed to be broken, so I punched it and I cut my wrist open right here, still got the big scar.
"I was bleeding all over the place and I went, 'You know what? Let's go downstairs to the bar!' And I was bleeding - I remember just walking up to Jeff Hanneman and rubbing my blood over his blonde hair!
"So me and Tom ended up going to the hospital; Tom's barefooted, we're both wasted and in a hospital, there's a bunch of people, we're trying to get in, of course we're drunk so we're like, 'Where's the fucking doctor?! Get over here!'
"They were scared to get us in there and they got us into the room, the doctor's shaking to get me stitched up and Tom's like, 'Come here! Gimme that, I'll stitch him up! Fuck, gimme that thing, I used to be an ambulance driver! I'll just stitch him up, come on!'
Ultimately, Billy ended up with three stitches from the doctor. "It looked horrible, I got a terrible scar 'cause he did such a bad job."
Sharing an awesome detail, Chuck added, "Tom just watered out there while the doctor was doing it, I could just hear him yelling out in the hallway, 'Satan rules your asshole!' That one goes in the books as a pretty fucked up night."
Tom Morello's Battle for Special Treatment in a Restaurant
Following a successful benefit show for 15 Now, the grassroots organization that successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello got into an online fight with a local restaurant, bashing the place for alleged bad service, and ultimately receiving a steaming response.
After the show, which saw the guitarist sharing the stage with former Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell for the first time in seven years, Morello reportedly went to The 5 Point Cafe, demanding "a special room."
Since the place was "at capacity" and there even was "a line" of people waiting to get in, Tom and his entourage got denied, after which the guitarist issued the following tweet:
"Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude and anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word."
Owner David Meinert was quick to reply, sharing the following response via Facebook:
"For the record, Tom Morello, The 5 Point is totally pro worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share.
"Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it's usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.
"I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I've been a fan for years, both of your work in Rage and your work for workers rights since.
"P.S.: Rock stars don't get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn't give less of a shit. Sorry.
"And P.S.S.: I'm the owner of The 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a city-sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road...
"P.S.S.S.: Turns out he and his crew didn't get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman, who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys: 'I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I've told bigger rock stars than him no.'"
In several follow-up tweets, Morello called the full-capacity reply "complete BS," saying that it was "just a rude prick at the door." He further added, "Willing to forgive the Seattle Evil (Egg) Empire 5 Points Cafe doorman powertrip if good guy owner D Meinert fully embraces #15Now min wage."
Ultimately, Tom posted an apology. Read about it here.
Keef snorts his dad's ashes
Now this one's a classic. Asked to name the strangest thing he ever snorted, Keith Richards once said: "My father. I snorted my father. He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared. It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive."
Ozzy snorts ants
Speaking of snorting, one of Ozzy's many escapades saw him snorting some ant. People say he snorted fire ants of all things, but no such claims have been confirmed.
Anyhow, during Ozzy's tour with Motley Crue, Mr. Osbourne and Nikki Sixx wanted to compete who could be the most extreme. Sixx set himself on fire, and Oz responded with some ant-snorting action. Good times.
Other Ozzy antics include biting off a dove's head, biting of a bat's head, and urinating on Alamo dressed in his wife Sharon's dress, very drunk.
Dave Navarro shoots up with heroin in Playboy mansion, uses syringe to write on the wall with his blood
Yeah, that's gross. Jane's Addiction guitarist wrote in his book: "The mansion has always been somehow holy to me, and I began to feel weird. All my life I'd wondered what it was like and here I was at 30 squirting blood on the walls with three naked girls at my feet.
"So I cleaned it off. But it was too late. They had the whole thing on video. When we left the room, several security guards escorted me out if the mansion and asked me never to return. I wonder what they did with the video."
Slash's bathroom gets invaded by tiny aliens from 'Predator,' Slash runs naked down the streets of Arizona
Slash once thought that his shower was under attack by a gang of alien beings from the 'Predator' movie, except they were "a fraction of the size and translucent blue-gray; they were wiry and muscular, with the same pointed heads and rubbery dreadlocks."
So, he fought his way out of the shower and proceeded to run naked down the streets of Arizona.
He was on drugs.
The Mudshark Incident
The legendary Mudshark Incident involves member of Led Zeppelin and it even has its own Wikipedia page.
Basically, the had some kind of a dead shark in their room, and used it for a variety of vile acts.
Rock journalist Stephen Davis once noted: "One girl, a pretty young groupie with red hair, was disrobed and tied to the bed. According to the legend of the shark episode, Led Zeppelin then proceeded to stuff pieces of shark into her vagina and rectum."
Keith Moon, the legend
Smashing drum kits during shows, smashing hotel rooms after shows and blowing up toilets whenever an opportunity would present itself.
One time, Mr. Moon was on his way to the airport. He suddenly told the driver that he "forgot something," insisting they immediately drive back to the hotel he was staying in. He rushed back into his room, grabbed a TV and savagely threw it out the window and into the pool. Keith then jumped back into the limo, sighing "I nearly forgot."
Thus, in a nutshell...
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