15 Rock Stars Behaving Badly
15 Rock Stars Behaving Badly
When security cameras captured Kid Rock throwing haymakers at an Atlanta Waffle House in 2007, viewers could hardly resist rolling their eyes. Not only was it a knucklehead move, but it was the third time in two years that he'd gotten in legal trouble for slugging someone in public. Granted, famous musicians live wild and crazy lifestyles. But when they get arrested for dumb things, it compromises the fantasy for the rest of us. Here are some other musician arrests that made us shake our heads.
During a 1989 flight from Indianapolis to Los Angeles, the Guns N' Roses guitarist could have used – ahem – just a little patience. Annoyed that the bathroom was occupied, Stradlin declared, "I'm not waiting any longer." Then, according to an FBI agent's report, he unzipped his pants and took a leak into the galley area, shocking passengers and a flight attendant. After Stradlin's arrest, Geffen Records publicist Bryn Bridenthal appealed to the First Amendment, saying, "Relieving himself in the galley was just his way of expressing himself." As part of his misdemeanor guilty plea, Stradlin had to write an apology letter to the USAir crew.
After a 1991 concert in Denver, the Black Crowes frontman squawked when a 7-Eleven clerk refused to sell him alcohol after midnight. As he was fuming, a fellow customer looked to her friend, Elizabeth Juergens, and said, "There's the lead singer for the Black Crowes!" When Juergens replied, "Who are the Black Crowes?" Robinson whirled around and told her she'd know who the Black Crowes were if she didn't eat so many Twinkies. Things got ugly from there, with Robinson spitting on Juergens before walking out with two cases of beer. The "Hard to Handle" singer later pled guilty to disturbing the peace.
Kid Rock got a little slaphappy in 2007. A month before throwing down at a Georgia Waffle House, he'd slugged Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee during the MTV Video Music Awards. But those incidents lacked punch compared to his 2005 arrest for clocking a strip club DJ. Rock was in Nashville for the funeral of artist-manager Merle Kilgore when he and friends decided to check out the views at Christie's Cabaret. When DJ Jeremy Campos announced that the club was closing, one of Rock's entourage shouted, "The DJ sucks!" Campos responded, "Shut up. This is my job. I don't bother you when you're digging in trash cans." Kid Rock demanded an apology, and when he didn't get one, he drilled the DJ. The fight resulted in a no contest plea and a lawsuit.
The heavy metal legend won't have any problem remembering the Alamo. After word came out that Osbourne – who once proclaimed he had a preoccupation with defiling public shrines – had whizzed on the famous landmark before a show in 1982, some Texans were so angry, they reportedly launched into a mini-riot at the concert. Turns out Osbourne didn't technically pee on the Alamo, scene of the state's battle for independence in 1836: he relieved himself on a 60-foot cenotaph across the street. Still, a decade after his arrest for public intoxication, the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness made nice, donating $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who care for Alamo.