We’re always looking for the strange and weird in the wonderful world of rock. John Lydon, AKA Johnny Rotten has a list as long as you can get but his latest entry into rocks weirdest category is actually poignant as opposed to outrageous.
Lydon was on stage with his band PIL when he explained that he had been asked to spread the ashes of a recently deceased fan named Stuart. Lydon said: “His sister has asked me to spread [his ashes] on the stage tonight, and I think that’s one of the nicest, most humblest things,” adding: “This is for Stuart, a fan whose request is his ashes be spread on the PiL stage. Stuart, we love you! In memory! Stuart!”
So, with that in mind, we thought we’d add a few more crazy incidents from the world of rock. Some are nuts and as you can imagine, some are just plain stupid. So, with that in mind, let’s investigate some of the stranger stories from the whacky world of rock n roll.
First up, Ozzy Osbourne. He reportedly snorting a line of live ants after being unable to find any cocaine. Motley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx apparently witnessed the insanity but Osbourne has since gone on record to state that he has zero recollection of the incident.
The Who drummer Keith Moon was banned from every single Holiday Inn in the world. Partially because on his 21st birthday in 1967, Moon was said to have driven a Rolls Royce into the swimming pool of a Michigan Holiday Inn.
Billy Idol is said to have spent three weeks hosting what has been called rather raucous parties in his Oriental Hotel penthouse in 1989. He was charged $149,000 by the Thailand establishment for the apparent damages and room fees. Idol was having none of it and refused to vacate the room. Management decided to take evasive action and had Idol forcibly removed by the military, being carried out on a stretcher by Thai soldiers after being shot with a tranquilizer dart. Now that’s a party.
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx was declared dead for two minutes after a near-fatal injection of heroin. Sixx recalled in his autobiography, that a girlfriend of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash gave him mouth-to-mouth until paramedics arrived. Obviously, Sixx didn’t take this too seriously, he was released the next day and admitted to shooting up again “almost immediately.”
Going back to the ashes theme from earlier, Keith Richards claimed that he once snorted the ashes of his deceased father. His manager at the time brushed it off as a joke, but Richards has repeated the claim that it happened in recent years.
Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley allegedly chugged on a bottle of perfume in a drunken stupor. Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley said that Frehley was already hammered during a limo ride and purposely drank the entire bottle of perfume after learning that it contained alcohol.
How about the tale of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi confessing to throwing a bucket’s worth of alcohol onto drummer Bill Ward. It all went horribly wrong when Ward immediately burst into flames — for reasons that are still unclear. “It soaked third-degree burns into his legs,” Iommi wrote in his 2011 autobiography.
You can’t have crazy stories of rock n roll excess with including at least one member of Guns N’ Roses. The band’s guitarist Slash was apparently once so high that he thought the alien from Predator was trying to kill him. In a panic the guitarist punched through a glass door at an Arizona golf course, completely naked and in fear for his life, and to make matters worse, he even grabbed a hotel maid to use as a “human shield” against the monster.
We could go on forever with these tales of excess but we’ll leave you with this classic tale. Another Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin was apparently arrested in 1989 for urinating in the aisle of a plane whilst en route to visit some of his family in Indianapolis. A rather drunk, Stradlin claims that he just grew tired of waiting for the toilets to open up so he unzipped and just let loose.
So there you have it, grown men acting like kids and for the most part, getting away with it. Hopefully with age, some of the above will fall into line, or maybe not?