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Top 10 True Rock Music Stories

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Rock music is littered with hundreds of myths about musicians. Some of the most famous examples include stories that have been exaggerated and made popular by the media. These include false tales such as the suggestion that Cass Elliot choked to death on a ham sandwich, that Keith Richards underwent a blood transfusion to rid himself of a heroin addiction, that Marilyn Manson is Paul Pfeiffer from The Wonder Years, that Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, and a Mars bar were caught in a compromising position, and that Michael Jackson purchased the bones of Joseph Merrick (Elephant Man).

It can be difficult to sort out fact from fiction when dealing with the turbulent history of famous rock stars as the stories are often falsified. This article will discuss ten of the most famous true rock stories. All of the entries are based around events that actually occurred. However, some have still been embellished by certain people.


Dylan, The Beatles, and a Joint


In late August of 1964, The Beatles started their first official U.S. tour. The group began at Cow Palace in San Francisco and finished at the Paramount Theatre in New York. On August 28-29 The Beatles played at Forest Hills Stadium in New York and were befriended by Bob Dylan. The two parties were introduced by the writer Al Aronowitz at New York’s Delmonico Hotel.

After a brief chat with The Beatles, Bob Dylan asked John, Paul, Ringo, George, and Brian Epstein if they wanted to smoke a joint. Epstein looked apprehensive and said that the band hadn’t tried marijuana for years. Dylan was immediately surprised because he had been under the impression that they smoked weed because of the song I Want to Hold Your Hand. He mistook the lyrics “I can’t hide” with “I get high.”

The Beatles were never one to back down from a new experience and agreed. Lennon took the joint and passed it to Ringo whom he called his “royal taster.” Ringo smoked the entire thing, not knowing the tradition of sharing the joint between people. In response, Dylan rolled a joint for each of The Beatles and they smoked. During the event it was reported that Epstein said “I’m so high I’m on the ceiling. I’m up on the ceiling.” McCartney got more philosophical and asked Mal Evans to write down everything he was saying.


Ozzy Osbourne Snorts Ants


Ozzy Osbourne is one of the most controversial figures in the history of music. He has sold over 100 million albums and helped popularize the genre of heavy metal. Ozzy has been addicted to drugs for most of his life and experimented with a wide variety of substances. During his career, Osbourne has been involved with two separate incidents in which he bit the head of an animal. In 1981, after signing his first solo record deal, Osbourne bit the head off a dove. In 1982, he bit the head off a bat that he thought was plastic while performing in Des Moines, Iowa. After decapitating the bat Ozzy had to be treated for rabies.

In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne got drunk and urinated on a cenotaph erected in honor of those who died at the Alamo in Texas. He was arrested for the act and banned from the city of San Antonio for a decade. In 1984, Ozzy joined Mötley Crüe on the road and the tour has been called one of the “craziest drug- and alcohol-fueled tours in the history of rock and roll.” During their time in hotel rooms, Ozzy and Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe underwent a competition to see who could be the most extreme. After Sixx set himself on fire, Osbourne responded by snorting a line of ants off the pavement. After he snorted them up, some of the ants came out his mouth. The event was highlighted in a book written by Sharon Osbourne. Many accounts say that the ants were fire ants, but this is not confirmed.


Bowie and Jagger in Bed

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David Bowie is an innovative English musician that has sold over 140 million albums. He is an extremely popular singer and has done a lot of work to help fight important world issues. In 1972, Bowie became one of the first popular singers to reveal to the public that he was bisexual. Bowie gave an interview that was broadcast around the world. Since that time he has bounced back and forth on the issue and remains married to Somali-American model Iman.

In 1970, David Bowie was married to a woman named Angela and the couple divorced in 1980. In 1990, after a ten-year gag order ended, Angela Bowie appeared on The Joan Rivers Show and gave some controversial details about her time with David. She is quoted: “I caught him in bed with men several times. In fact the best time I caught him in bed was with Mick Jagger.” At this point, Howard Stern, who was involved with the interview, asked Angela if Jagger and Bowie had their clothes off. She said: “They certainly did.” The accusation became international news and Jagger released a statement that dismissed the claim.

A week after the interview, Angela Bowie went on television and said that although she had seen Mick Jagger and Bowie naked, it didn’t necessarily mean they weren’t sleeping. She clarified: “I certainly didn’t catch anyone in the act.” Some people have linked the event to the 1973 Rolling Stones hit song Angie. However, David Bowie said it best: “About 15 or 16 years ago, I really got pretty tired of fending off questions about what I used to do with my penis in the early ’70s. My suggestion for people with a prurient interest is to go through the 30 or 40 bios on me and pick out the rumor of their choice.”


Keith Richards Snorts His Dad

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Keith Richards is one of the most talented guitarists in history. In 1962, he helped form The Rolling Stones and since that time the band has sold over 200 million records. Interestingly, Keith Richards regards the acoustic guitar as the basis for his playing, once saying that he felt the electric guitar would cause him to “lose that touch.” Richards is also a talented lyricist. The songwriting partnership of Jagger/Richards has been responsible for the majority of the catalog of The Rolling Stones.

In the 1970s, music journalist Nick Kent described the personality of Keith Richards as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” In 1994, Keith said that his image was “like a long shadow,” implying that people don’t know much about the real man, but instead focus on the things written in articles. Richards has a long history of drug abuse and has been tried for drug-related charges five times.

In April of 2006, Keith Richards made headlines when he fell out of a tree in Fiji and suffered a bad head injury. The event caused a delay in The Rolling Stones tour, but Richards made a full recovery. The following year Keith made international headlines after he was asked by a journalist what the strangest thing he ever snorted was. Keith responded: “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.”

The comment shocked the journalist and the story instantly became a media sensation. Keith’s manager responded with the statement that the anecdote had been a joke, but many feel the story is true. In the same interview Keith was asked about his most life-threatening drug experience and mentioned an event in which “Someone put strychnine (pesticide) in my dope. It was in Switzerland. I was totally comatose, but I was totally awake. I could listen to everyone, and they were like, he’s dead, he’s dead, waving their fingers and pushing me about. I was thinking I’m not dead.” Richards remembers: “I was number one on the Who’s list of people who were likely to die for 10 years. I mean, I was really disappointed when I fell off the list.”


Kickstart My Heart

One of the most notorious party animals of the 1980s was Mötley Crüe’s bassist Nikki Sixx. In 1981, Sixx founded Mötley Crüe with drummer Tommy Lee. To date Mötley Crüe has sold over 80 million records. In the 1980s, the band gained a reputation for drugs, loud music, sex, and wild parties. The group was known for backstage antics, groupies, outrageous clothing, extreme high-heeled boots, and heavily applied make-up. All the members of Mötley Crüe suffered from alcoholism and long addictions to drugs, but Sixx was the only one that abused heroin. Nikki Sixx has estimated that he overdosed on heroin “about half a dozen times.”

In 1986, Nikki Sixx overdosed on heroin at a drug dealer’s house in London. The dealer reportedly tried to beat the life back into Sixx with a bat, but was unsuccessful so he dumped the body in a nearby dumpster. Sixx eventually woke up in the trash. The event was the inspiration behind the lyric “Valentine’s in London, found me in the trash” from the Mötley Crüe song Dancing on Glass.
In 1987, Mötley Crüe was part of the Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction Tour. During the tour, Guns N’ Roses was the opening act for a number of poplar bands including Mötley Crüe. On the night of December 23, 1987, Nikki Sixx was doing heroin in guitarist Slash’s hotel room when he suffered a drug overdose. Slash was not in the room at the time, but his girlfriend called the authorities. When the paramedics arrived Sixx was hardly breathing.

During the ride to the hospital Sixx stopped breathing and was declared dead for two minutes. The paramedics continued to apply care to Sixx until he was eventually revived. Nikki claims to have had an out of body experience during the event. When he woke up in the hospital, Sixx ripped the tubes out of his nose and escaped into the parking lot. He hitched a ride to his house wearing just a pair of leather pants. He then continued to shoot up heroin and was found sleeping with the syringe still in his arm. Soon after the story made international news Mötley Crüe entered rehab. In 1989, the band released the hit single Kickstart My Heart, which was inspired by the infamous overdose.


Frank Zappa Attacked

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Frank Zappa was an American musician that had a large impact on musical freedom. His father was Francesco Vincente Zappa who was an extremely intelligent chemist and mathematician who worked with the United States defense program. Zappa grew up near the Aberdeen Proving Ground and was regularly sick as child. He suffered from extreme asthma, earaches, and sinus problems caused by mustard gas exposure. Zappa’s upbringing gave him a negative stance on the use of chemical weapons. He often wrote references of germs, germ warfare, and the U.S. defense industry in his lyrics.

Frank Zappa was a great performer and his musical message was important, but deemed bizarre and strange by the media. His band’s debut album featured a song that asked Who Are the Brain Police? and in 1968 Zappa satirized the hippie culture as a motivation for money and profit. He was a charismatic personality and Zappa’s music was extremely popular in some European countries. He was also highly monitored by the U.S. government.

On December 4, 1971, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention were performing a concert at the Montreux Casino when a member of the audience decided to fire a flare gun into the rattan covered ceiling. The casino quickly caught fire and burned to the ground. All of Zappa’s equipment was lost, but he survived the fire. The event was the inspiration for the song Smoke on the Water by English rock band Deep Purple.

A week after the casino fire, Frank Zappa and The Mothers played at the Rainbow Theatre, London, with rented gear. During the encore of the show, an audience member rushed the stage and pushed Zappa into the concrete-floored orchestra pit. It was a long fall and Zappa was nearly killed. He suffered serious fractures, head trauma, and injuries to his back, legs, and neck. He crushed his larynx, which caused his voice to drop a third after healing. Zappa was lucky to survive the event and was forced to use a wheelchair for an extended period. The assailant was a man named Trevor Howell who told reporters that he believed Zappa was eying his girlfriend.

The two events had an emotional impact on Frank Zappa and he was concerned that someone was trying to murder him. After making a recovery, Zappa went on to have a successful career, but was regularly bashed by the U.S. media for his edgy lyrics. Frank Zappa is quoted: “What do you make of a society that is so primitive that it clings to the belief that certain words in its language are so powerful that they could corrupt you the moment you hear them?”

In 1990, Frank Zappa was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and the disease killed him in 1993. For some reason he was buried in an unmarked grave in Los Angeles. Many people have wondered why Zappa was not given a gravestone for identification. Some theories suggest a family request or evidence of mustard gas exposure Zappa experienced as a child.


Metallic K.O.


Iggy Pop is one of the most flamboyant performers in the history of music. He has an incredible stage presence and has given credit to Jim Morrison for introducing him to a free attitude and wild stage antics. Iggy Pop is credited with being the first performer to do a stage-dive. Some of his more descriptive exploits include rolling around in broken glass, exposing himself to the crowd, and vomiting on stage. He has been known to spark riots and has the ability to whip the crowd into frenzy.

On February 9, 1974 The Stooges performed at Detroit’s Michigan Palace. It was the band’s last show together before they broke up for three decades. Before the 1974 concert, Pop gave a radio interview in which he challenged a Detroit motorbike gang (the Scorpions) to a fight. He called them all a bunch of cats. In response, the gang attended the show and pelted the band with broken glass, beer jugs, urine, eggs, ice, jelly beans, and shovels. Despite the hostility, Iggy continued to taunt the crowd and said: “You pricks can throw everything in the world… your girlfriend will still love me.”

The Stooges fed off the crowd’s anger and continued to perform. During the show Iggy finally told the bikers: “All right you assholes, want to hear Louie, Louie, we’ll give it to you.” The Stooges continued to play a forty-five-minute version of Louie Louie, which included improvised lyrics by Pop. During the song he continued to yell and verbally assault the gang.

The concert finally ended after Iggy Pop focused his attention on one particular heckler and said: “Listen, asshole, you heckle me one more time and I’m gonna come down there and kick your ass.” The biker told Pop to come over, so Iggy jumped off the stage and confronted him. The biker continued to beat the crap out of Iggy, which ended the event. Luckily, the concert was captured on a reel-to-reel tape machine and recorded live. In 1976, The Stooges released the recording in an album titled Metallic K.O. It is the only rock album where you can hear beer bottles breaking against guitar strings. The album remains a favorite among Iggy Pop fans.


Jim Morrison in Concert


Jim Morrison was one of the most charismatic singers in the history of rock music. He was a smart man and had a genius-level I.Q. of 149. Morrison was a great poet and was known for using spoken word poetry passages during his live performances. Jim would sing and then talk with the crowd. He was a social rebel that suffered from severe drug and alcohol abuse. Morrison had the ability to spark riots and shifted the behavior of a crowd with his intense emotional sound. For this reason, Jim became a target for music censorship and was closely monitored by the U.S. government. He was accompanied by police on stage during many venues.

Jim Morrison was known for making wild and outrageous remarks during shows. One of the most infamous cases occurred on December 9, 1967, while The Doors performed at the New Haven Arena in Connecticut. During the concert Morrison was arrested by local police and became the first rock star to be taken off stage during a live performance. On the day in question, Morrison was discovered kissing a fan in the shower before the concert. A police officer found the couple and told them to separate, so Morrison responded “Eat it.” The policeman warned Morrison with mace saying “Last chance” to which he replied, “Last chance to eat it.” In response, the officer sprayed Jim Morrison in the face with the mace.

The New Haven concert was delayed for an hour so Jim could recover, but the event made him extremely angry. During The Doors first set Morrison suddenly broke into an obscenity-laced tirade to the audience and explained what had happened backstage. He verbally abused the New Haven police, so they arrested him. After Morrison was taken off stage the crowd began to riot. The violence spilled from the gates of the New Haven Arena into the streets.

Over the next couple years the behavior of Jim Morrison became more erratic and unpredictable. On March 1, 1969, The Doors gave their most controversial performance at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami. During the show Morrison began to preach messages of peace and hate. He taunted the crowd by screaming “You’re all a bunch of idiots. What are you gonna do about it?” Then he said: “Let’s see a little skin, let’s get naked.” In response, people began to take off their clothing, including Morrison. Jim was later convicted of indecent exposure. He turned down a plea bargain from the Miami police who agreed to drop the charges if The Doors performed a free concert.

The Doors gave there last public performance with Jim Morrison at The Warehouse in New Orleans on December 12, 1970. During the show, Morrison experienced a breakdown on stage and slammed the microphone numerous times into the floor until the platform beneath was destroyed. He then sat down on the ground and refused to perform for the remainder of the show. The event caused The Doors to end their live acts, citing their mutual agreement that Morrison was ready to retire from performing.


Keith Moon Blew Stuff Up


When Keith Moon was 17 years-old he joined The Who and replaced drummer Doug Sandom. He immediately impacted the band’s sound and became known for his innovative drumming style. Along with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, and John Entwistle, Moon would help The Who become one of the most popular bands of the 1960s and 1970s. The group was known for explosive concerts and destructive behavior. The first such performance occurred in 1964 at the Railway Tavern in Harrow and Wealdstone, London, when Townshend accidentally broke the head of his guitar through the ceiling, so he continued to smash it on stage and the crowd loved it. More people came back the next night wanting the band to smash and break something.

Keith Moon had no problem fitting in with the lifestyle of a rock star. He had an erratic personality and gained the nickname “Moon the Loon.” In one famous performance Moon filled his clear acrylic drums with water and goldfish, and dressed like a cat. He was a jokester and Moon’s ability to make his bandmates laugh around the vocal microphone led to him being banished from the studio when albums were being recorded. In response, Moon would sneak into the studio and join in the singing. He can be heard on several tracks, including Bell Boy, Bucket T, and Barbara Ann. He is the high backing vocals on Pictures of Lily.

Keith Moon was known to demolish hotel rooms and was incredibly destructive. He would often throw furniture from high buildings and set objects on fire. However, his favorite hobby was blowing up toilets with explosives. The blasts would destroy the toilet and often times disrupt plumbing to the hotel. It has been estimated that Moon’s destruction of toilets and plumbing ran as high as UK£300,000 (US$500,000). Moon was banned from several hotel chains including all Holiday Inn, all Sheraton, all Hilton Hotels, and the Waldorf Astoria.

According to Tony Fletcher’s biography, Moon was quoted: “All that porcelain flying through the air was quite unforgettable.” Fletcher wrote: “no toilet in a hotel or changing room was safe,” until Moon had detonated his supply of explosives. In one case, hotel management asked Moon to turn down his cassette player. In response, he asked the manager up to his room and blew up the toilet right in front of him. Moon then turned the cassette player back up and said: “This is The Who.”

In 1967, Keith Moon allegedly drove a Cadillac or Lincoln Continental into a Holiday Inn pool. In 1973, The Who was performing at the Cow Palace in San Francisco and Moon passed out during the show. Townshend noticed that he was sleeping and asked the audience, “Can anyone play the drums? I mean somebody good.” An audience member named Scot Halpin stepped up and finished the concert for Moon.

Ringo Starr once told Keith Moon that his lifestyle would eventually kill him. Moon simply replied “Yeah, I know.” Keith Moon died on September 7, 1978 (age 32) after he ingested 32 tablets of clomethiazole (Heminevrin). The digestion of six pills was sufficient to cause his death. The other 26 were found undissolved in his stomach. This caused some to speculate that Moon’s death might have been on purpose. Officially it was ruled a drug overdose.


Mudshark Incident


The Edgewater is a hotel in Seattle, Washington that is located on a pier over Elliott Bay. It is currently the only hotel in Seattle that sits over-water. In the 1960s the Edgewater became a popular destination for famous rock stars. Some of the bands to visit the hotel include the Beatles in 1964, the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, and Led Zeppelin. The Edgewater is unique because in the past it allowed customers to fish from their rooms on the north elevation.

On July 27, 1969, Led Zeppelin performed at the Seattle Pop Festival and stayed at the Edgewater. The band was known to have wild parties and was often joined by groupies. According to Zeppelin’s road manager Richard Cole, during one incident, things between a fish and a sexy red head got a bit intimate. On the day in question, Cole was in his room fishing with drummer John Bonham when they were joined by some women. Cole and Bonham had caught a large collection of sharks, at least two dozen, stuck coat hangers through the gills and then left them in the closet. The hotel room was also scattered with various types of smaller fish.

As parties go, one thing led to another and people began to lose their clothing. One particular woman in the crowd with red hair found herself with Cole. She made a unique request, so he decided to reach for a fish and the shark episode was born. Cole was later quoted: “Let’s see how your red snapper likes this red snapper. It was the nose of the fish and the girl liked it. There was nothing malicious or harmful and Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge filmed the whole thing. After the story was published by the media a large collection of rumors began to circulate, but many were exaggerated. The band received bad press so they stopped talking about the event.

In 1973, Led Zeppelin returned to the Edgewater and the band was officially banned from the hotel after it was discovered that they had caught some 30 mudsharks and left them under beds, in closets, elevators, hallways, bathtubs, and all over their rooms. They threw stuff out the windows into Elliott Bay, including beds, TVs, mattresses, lamps, drapes, and glassware. Since that time Robert Plant has been welcomed back to the Edgewater. The mudshark incident remains one of the most popular rock stories from the 1960s.


Courtney Love is Crazy

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I have a difficult time including Courtney Love in the presence of these rock stars, but I don’t have a problem calling her crazy. Courtney Love is a musician that gained notoriety in the late 1980s with her band Hole. She was married to Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain until he passed away in 1994. Love is known for extreme and erratic behavior. She has been implemented by a private investigator named Tom Grant in the possible murder of Cobain.

In the weeks prior to Kurt Cobain’s suicide Love hired Tom Grant to find her husband. After Kurt was discovered dead, Green said that he found strange activity on Cobain’s credit card. He believed that Kurt’s suicide note was actually a note written that was announcing his desire to end his marriage to Courtney Love. Green also cited Cobain’s unusual bloodstream heroin levels and the fact that no fingerprints were found on the trigger of the shotgun he used to kill himself as clues of foul play.

In 2009, the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain was granted a restraining order against her mother who was harassing her. Frances claimed that Courtney was a violent drug addict and compulsive hoarder. She was freighted for her safety and hoped to have her mother removed from her life.

In April of 2012, Courtney Love took to Twitter and provided a rant of crazy remarks. She attacked her daughter and Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana bandmate. Love implied that Grohl had intended to have a sexual relationship with Frances and called him “sexually obsessed” with Kurt Cobain. She even voiced her opinion about the upcoming U.S. presidential election and attacked Mitt Romney with some unprovoked and strange accusations.

Courtney threatened to shoot and kill Grohl on two separate occasions. The rant was unprovoked and completely false. Frances is currently engaged to a man named Isaiah Silva. After the comments, Frances responded and said that the social networking website should ban her mother. Grohl said: “Unfortunately Courtney is on another hateful Twitter rant. These new accusations are upsetting, offensive, and absolutely untrue.”

  • Nick

    Spell check please.

    • what

      lol at “She has been implemented by a private investigator named Tom Grant in the possible murder of Cobain. ” i think they mean implicated?

      • brian

        welcome to listverse

        • Canadianguy

          “Courtney threatened to shoot and kill Grohl on two separate occasions. The rant was unprovoked and completely false.”

          So, she was just bluffing?

          For what it’s worth, I enjoyed reading the part about Frank Zappa. I knew the story behind Smoke on the Water, but I didn’t know the venue had caught on fire during one of his shows, nor did I know he was attacked while on stage…and I listen to his music quite regularly.

  • Jamie

    Didnt really enjoy it.

    Probs appeal to some other people who tho have more culture than me.

    • David

      Shut up.

      • Jamie

        David is a shit name, and these bands all suck so why would i care about there stories?

        • Bob

          These bands suck,really? The Beatles, rolling stones, led zeppelin, the who, if you think those bands suck I really don’t want to know your musical preferences.

          • Eye

            He’s a Belieber dude.

        • Will

          Because Jamie is such a great name isn’t it…

  • Karin

    Weird people.

  • knew all , but still nice to read this list .

    • actually didnt know the Swaziland one….. been there for the same reason myself, never experienced anything like that, its their chief export only thing keeping that country going as the king has run it into the ground .

  • Zappa

    Great list!!! us brits are bad assess who know how to party

    • ASBO

      Hell yeah! Unprovoked stabbings all around! Going to Ibiza bringing shame to humanity as a whole.

  • Nick

    David Bowie is the closest thing I have to a God. The man is legend. Every boyfriend I have ever had, I told them that if I ever got the chance to sleep with Bowie I would do it in a heartbeat! Sadly, the situation has never presented itself……yet!

    • fendabenda

      I kinda agree, except the sleeping with him part of your post. I wouldn’t sleep with David Bowie if he paid me! I might sleep with his wife, though. :D

  • Will Trame

    Actually, I have heard of all these stories (except #7…leave it to Keef to surprise me). I find it interesting that such a list be presented so soon after the serial killer quotes list in which the Debbie Harry meets Ted Bundy story was debunked.

    There were a number of intriguing stories about Frank Zappa; too many to go into detail here. Yet, his band the Mothers releasing a two record set (“Freak Out!”) as debut product back in 1966 was an unprecedented move for a new, unknown band.

    An interesting read would be “Rock and Roll’s Strangest Stories” by Mike Evans. It details a number of odd tales, some whose credence is indeed stretched.

    Being a music aficionado, this was a good list.

    • Will Trame

      I should have said, “being a music aficionado, I have to say that this was a good list. I normally don’t have such atrocious grammar, but I had too much to dream last night (apologies to the Electric Prunes).

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  • Arsnl

    I didnt know of any of these and i dont feel I’ve improved in any way after reading the list (the Zappa item was cool though).
    I fail to see why some people like these tabloid things.

  • roboroo

    Wait what is the connection between Zappa being exposed to chemicals in his childhood and not having a gravestone? This is not clear.

    • chrissywissy

      I didn’t understand that bit either

    • BryanJ

      The conspiracy theory being that Zappa’s exposure to mustard gas and other chemical weapons caused him to get cancer so young. If this is true, there may be evidence in his body of the exposure, so he was buried in an unmarked grave. One study on the subject of mustard gas and long term problems is a paper titled Pulmonary complications of mustard gas exposure: a study on cadavers.

      • Will Trame

        The mustard gas theory is indeed a strong one, Bryan, given Frank Zappa;s father’s occupation. Also it should be noted that Zappa smoked like a chimney and was a prodigious coffee drinker. Those two contributed to his cancer as well. He left a profound legacy, though.

  • Ni99a

    Why do rock stars tend to have destructive tendencies? Why do they always associate themselves with drugs?

    • Will Trame

      Perhaps they find the fame aspect hard to handle.

      • Maggot

        I think it’s more like – we all have a propensity for partying somewhat (ok maybe not all of us, but you know what I mean) and having fun, and the so-called rock n roll lifestyle is just so overly enabling for the decadence to intensify, what with all the groupies and hangers-on being around to encourage it on a near nightly basis, you can hardly blame them. It’s good to be the king, you know? No one says “no” to you, and when you drive a Caddie into the hotel swimming pool, you just have “your people” take care of it. There is absolutely no culpability. Unless of course you die, a la Moon or Bonzo. And then you are immortalized.

        • ParusMajor

          But if it’s so much fun, why doesn’t everyone become a rock star? Why do some people become just something boring like a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer? Or an amateur gynecologist, like me?

          • Ni99a

            Being a peeping tom does not qualify you as an amateur gynecologist.

          • fendabenda

            I think ParusMajor actually IS an amateur gynecologist. I once caught him with his head deep in my girlfriend’s p*ussy and he said he was checking her temperature down there because she had said she might have caught a flu. Parus never lies, I believe in him. Honestly.

  • Will Trame

    An interesting side note is that Frank Zappa was a classical musician who fell into rock accidentally. After all, even his early works featured orchestral arrangements. Zappa’s first few albums were ugly satire, poking fun at everything from the ’50s beat generation to Sgt Pepper. When the ugly shock tactics failed to garner commercial success (We’re Only In It for The Money was the sole 1960s Mothers LP to crack the Top 40) Zappa resorted to the smutty scatalogical material that permeated his ’70s/’80s work. Only by performing such could he acquire the necessary finance to have the music he was composing performed by an

    orchestra. He was a unique talent, progressing from a “hippie novelty act” to a serious composer/musician with a knack for writing increasingly complex music with tricky time signatures.

    Re: Jim Morrison: of course, the Miami incident was more a political scandal than a s.e.xual one; the subsequent trial a farce as the authorities wanted to make an example out of him, painting him as the prime instigator of moral decay. I’m surprised the writer omitted other notorious Doors concerts, such as the Singer Bowl riot of August 3, 1968 and the calamitous gig in Phoenix that November in which Jim again (naturally) used raw language and even (possibly) made some threatening statements toward incoming President Nixon.

    • Ni99a

      You are really into these kind of thing huh?

  • ParusMajor

    Great list, great stories! I knew about most of these, but not all (Iggy Pop and Zappa, didn’t know about those.) There are other crazy stories, like Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath guitar player) setting Bill Ward (Black Sabbath drummer) on fire and the punk rocker G.G.Allin (Murder Junkies) doing all kinds of mental sh*it:

  • Antica

    Very interesting list. I saw an interview that mentioned Jagger being involved with Eric Clapton a few months ago. The things that go behind the scenes…

  • Freddie

    As a normal everyman, I always wonder how come celebs get away with doing drugs so openly. It is often openly discussed and sometimes stars will publicly admit to it. They talk about blow, weed, heroine etc. etc. Why doesn’t the DEA jump on the celebs, why are they always only busting the poor homeless dude on a sidewalk looking for an alley to smoke up his dime bag.

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    • Maggot

      I always wonder how come celebs get away with doing drugs so openly.

      Not always. Keith Richards for example, has been busted numerous times (which come to think of it, maybe actually demonstrates how they DO get away with it). The most famous being the 1967 raid at his mansion (which is when the “Mars Bar” embellishment mentioned in the intro took place), and also his 1977 Toronto heroin bust where he was initially charged with “intent to distribute” which could’ve meant life in prison. The charges were reduced to possession, but the scare actually motivated him to get off the junk for good.

      Macca has had several run-ins too, probably the most well-known being his 1980 bust at the Tokyo Int’l Airport at the start of a Wings tour, which resulted in a 10 days prison stay prior to deportation.

  • Grammar Maniac

    Number 3, last paragraph reads “The Doors gave there last public performance with Jim Morrison at…”

    Please substitute ‘there’ with ‘their’. Thank you.

    • Jamie

      whyd they Do that? thats the Correct there to use. Should get good at Grammer first before you preech

      • Alphonso

        No, Maniac is right. “Their” is correct one. You should get good at your own spelling before you critique anyone elses.

  • BeasySoSLEAZY

    Good work. Fun list.

  • Pippa

    Hard to believe Bowie could resist Jagger’s lips…

    • BrendaWee

      LOL! Come to think of it, who would you rather receive a bj from, Mick Jagger or Steven Tyler?

      • Pippa

        Lol! But it’s a no toss, pun intended!

        • Pippa

          Brenda, it’s really you!
          Thanx BM:-)

      • Sister Morphine

        i’d go with liv tyler…you know, if i had a penis

        • HandsomeMan(SaidMother)

          Do you want to borrow my penis? Because it seems that I’ve got no use for it myself. No woman wants my penis. :(

          • AnneMarie

            WHAT? That is the most pathetic comment I have ever heard. Go back to your cellar and grow a pair. Then come back and someone might actually want your penis. Not me, though, unless you grow something really surprising.

          • GinitelWertGuy

            Actually, there IS something really surprising growing in my netherlands. Would you like to see, Anne Marie?

        • Maggot

          All due respect to Liv, but Mick’s got a couple of smokin’ hot daughters too, you know. :-)

  • oouchan

    Love hearing the controversy behind some of the rumors. Nice choices too…my favorite being Jagger and Bowie. :)

    Good list.

  • Vincent

    Zappa’s grave is apparently unmarked, but can be located.

  • Sbtier

    Nothing I haven’t read five other places.

  • Sister Morphine

    “mad, mad and dangerous to know” was first said about lord byron by caro lamb, a married lover of his.
    i just can’t have people thing it originated with keith richards.

  • Killeragogo

    Why would mustard gas affect whether you have a marked grave or not?

  • Sekretnoi

    “I have a difficult time including Courtney Love in the presence of these rock stars,”

    You didn’t have problem forgetting that Ozzy Osbourne tried to strangle his wife

    • Revenge of the Toast!

      Ozzy Osbourne is still a renowned musician…. Courtney Love, not so much.

      • sekretnoi

        In other
        “I like his music so he can attempt to kill as many people as he wants or be room trashing sociopat as long as he wants” Ahhh, the beauty of being stan

  • Reblogged this on Rage In Reverie.

  • I’moutofJam

    This is the best list I’ve read on here in a while.

  • SirSteven

    # 9 about Ozzy needs a little clarification. He couldn’t have signed a solo contract in 1981, when his first solo album came out in 1980.

    • Will Trame

      The timing is a bit questionable here. True, Ozzy’s first solo set came out in 1980 but it really didn’t take off in America until mid 1981. Ozzy’s best work was with guitarist Randy Rhoads in his band.

      Recording contracts often do take time to finalize. From what I have read, the Doors didn’t sign their final contract with Elektra until November 1966, after the majority of their debut album had already been recorded.

  • EPIC! Didnt know Grohl was in Nirvana. #BlondeMoment

  • Maggot

    Heh some pretty “interesting” stories, but being a big time rock fan and trivia geek, nothing really new here for me. Not meant as a criticism though; it was fun reading none the less.

    I’d actually remove the Doors and Stooges entries though, since they’re basically just “stage antics” (wild though they may be). Nothing wrong with that in relation to the list per se, but personally I find the off-stage behind-the-scenes things to be more amusing. Ah the life of a rock star. So if it were me, I’d replace those two with…how about the infamous Gene Simmons photo album, and the “homage” to Jimi Hendrix lovingly created by Cynthia Albritton aka Cynthia Plaster Caster.

    • fendabenda

      You should read about GG Allin (born with the name Jesus Christ Allin, no joke.) He was a true lunatic. Some of his life philosophies were “Live Fast, Die Fast” and “Drink, fight and f*ck”. He was arrested more than 50 times in his life and he was proud of it. He said if he hadn’t found punk rock, he would have been a serial killer.

      • Maggot

        Yeah I know about GG Allin. Just a ho-hum shock monger IMO, trying to one-up the competition, but having no real talent. There was a list some time ago about “Most shocking rock concerts” or something like that, and people were clamoring for his inclusion there too. My take on that was that he’s not very shocking because he was just doing what his fans expected of him.

    • rawrrawrr

      get rid of the doors? no way. there was so much left out of the doors story, and also quite a bit of inaccurate info. if you know anything about the doors, or morrison for that matter, more than just what this article entails, then you would know a beautiful person, with a beautiful soul that moved many. there are multiple movies and books you could get accurate info from

  • LeE

    You omitted the best thing about the Beatles getting high with Dylan. The next day, after McCartney had asked the band’s roadie to write down what Paul was saying, they found a piece of paper next to Paul’s bed with one sentence written on it: “There are seven levels.” That’s it. That was Paul’s big epiphany.

    Other than that they all just giggled like hell.

    • ParusMajor

      So… you mean there actually aren’t seven levels? Damn! :(

  • My fave is the Bowie ‘pick the rumor of their choice’ line. Great article.

  • Jazz

    Fantastic list.

  • cats

    “I have a difficult time including Courtney Love in the presence of these rock stars, but I don’t have a problem calling her crazy. ”

    fuck that. say what you want about her antics, but the woman is a brilliant song writer and an amazing musician. she will never get the recognition she deserves because of a world full of perpetual 12 year olds who think she killed her husband. look at this list full of men who have done worse than her, and she’s the only one being called crazy. led zeppelin can rape girls with fish, morrison can expose himself, and richards can snort a corpse but they’re not crazy. sexism at it’s finest. another listverse sausage fest where men are heralded as gods and women are dismissed as a liner note.

    • ZedroZ


      Hole as a band were pretty awful to be fair and she is not brilliant in any sense of the word. She is a drug addled train wreck who has be on the junk for way too long, her own daughter wants nothing to do with her!

      Now that I have re-read your post I have realised that your just a grumpy feminist so I’m going to end it here…

      Courtney love is not disliked because she is a woman, she is disliked because she is a drug addled lunatic who needs locking up

      (for the record I think Cobain shot himself)

      • Sister Morphine

        did you see the documentary about her? the angle they went from was the only reason she was with kurt was for his fame. she had this life goal list.
        1. get a rock star boyfriend
        2. become famous
        not that i believe everything in a documentary, but it was an interesting angle that explained a lot.

    • megamel99

      AFAIK, the girl with the fish not only consented but requested the fish.

  • kellbell

    Implemented? Implicated??!
    Freighted? Frightened??!
    ESOL maybe?

  • d

    mixing truth and fandom fiction
    C love was un-needed “bonus”
    with the keef story, it might have been a footnote antidote to him having a full blood transfusion or was that also made-up?

  • Canis Major

    if at ain’t rap then you know its crap

    • fendabenda

      Oh please… rap IS crap, it’s the definition of crap… jeez… :(

  • honkster7

    i love the story of James Brown running from the cops in a high speed chase

    across state lines until his tires bust , think he was up for a domestic battery

    charge . this coming from a man who sang ‘a car is meant for driving ‘

    also how Sammy Davis Jr had his nose broken by a racist drill sgt

    • Will Trame

      There is also the story that Jesse Belvin….a talented individual who wrote “Earth Angel”…..was murdered by the KKK. Of course, this story has been radically altered; it appears in the book I mentioned in my above post. Either way, a talented artist’s life was tragically cut short in 1960.

      • fendabenda

        “Earth Angel” by the Penguins, great song. Thanks for reminding me. Watching it now on Youtube.

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  • Chris

    The Sex Pistols show June 1976 in Manchester, I feel, is a story that shouldn’t be over looked. It is nothing crazy or outlandish, just the amount of influence it had on certain members of audience that evening, and what they later did with music. From what’s been said, about 35-40 people were in attendance: some being Morrissey, Mark E Smith and all members of Joy Division and the Buzzcocks.

    • fendabenda

      The S e x Pistols were supposed to play a gig in Finland in 1978, but they were denied entrance to Finland. I was only 10 years old at the time, but I have never been so ashamed of my nationality. And I didn’t even like S e x pistols at the time… I liked Abba and Elvis… but to deny entrance to Finland… so embarrassing. :(

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  • claire

    Great list! One of my favourites!

  • megamel99

    Good list but some problems. For one, in the part about Courtney Love, who is Green? Did you mean Grant? Which name is right?

  • megamel99

    How did the cop find Jim Morrison and the fan in the shower? And why did he make them separate?

    • rawrrawrr

      it was him and a reporter named Patricia, that he had been having an affair with for quite some time, the cop was very assertive and jim pushed back in return of being pushed, then was maced.

    • rawrrawrr

      they were also in a back stage bathroom, just 20 mins or so from stage time. the cop had found them there, asked them to leave, then it escalated.

      • megamel99

        Wow. Seems like if she was legally an adult the cop had no business interfering.