When Rock Stars Go Nuts
Bjork Attacks A Photographer Never particularly socially well adjusted figures, the rock star freak out is always an entertaining detour in life. Often fuelled by booze, drugs, sleeplessness and being a little more highly strung than us mere mortals; nothing makes for headlines more than rock stars going nuts. A tired Bjork who was travelling with her son, lost the plot with the media at a Bangkok airport in 1996, where she was arrested for attacking a reporter who was awaiting her arrival.
Liam Gallagher Banned From Cathay Pacific Liam Gallagher - along with the rest of Oasis, were on their way to Australia for their first tour which went down in history for all the wrong reasons. Making headlines before they even arrived in the country for a tour marred by brawling and boozing, Liam Gallagher copped a life ban from airline Cathay Pacific after his onboard attack on a pilot sent out to calm him down, infamously saying later “I’d rather walk (to Australia)”.
Snoop Dogg Arrested at Heathrow The Doggfather was arrested and banned from the UK until recently after a 2006 incident in which he and his entourage ended up in a brawl at Heathrow Airport.
The Sex Pistols on the Bill Grundy Show After Queen pulled out at the last minute, the Sex Pistols were invited to appear on the Bill Grundy show, an early evening chat show hosted by a frequently drunk and lecherous Grundy. Grundy took an instant dislike to the Pistols and their hangers on, prompting the infamous exchange in which Steve Jones called him ‘a dirty fucker’. The subsequent tabloid outrage made the band the most infamous in the UK.
Ian Brown Threatens A Stewardess After not taking too kindly by the way a British Airways stewardess addressed him on a 1998 flight, the former Stone Roses front man was arrested and jailed for four months after he threatened to "chop off her hand."
John Lennon Thinks He’s Bigger Than Jesus Oops. The problem with being the biggest and greatest band in the world is that even though what you might say is possibly true, you’ve gotta remember that there are a lot of redneck god botherers in America, who all took unkindly to John Lennon saying in an interview in 1966 that “We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity.”
Vince Neil Kills His Mate The Motley Crue front man was blind drunk and out of his skull on drugs when he decided to take a high powered sports car he had recently acquired for a spin along with Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle. Just around the corner from his palatial Hollywood pile, Neil lost control of the car at high speed, killing Razzle. Neil miraculously avoided jail on the charges subsequently laid on him.
Rick James Discovers Cocaine Is a Hell of A Drug Most rock stars just get garden variety paranoia, lose their septums and learn from their cocaine addictions. Not so Superfreak Rick James. In 1991, a coked-up James kidnapped and beat a record company woman over a 20-hour period; before then in 1993 while out on bail for that earlier incident, he and his wife were accused of holding another young woman hostage; tying her up, and then burning her legs and stomach with the hot end of a crack pipe during a cocaine binge.
Izzy Stradlin Arrested At Phoenix Airport After arriving on a flight at Phoenix airport in 1989, Izzy Stradlin, rhythm guitarist for Guns n’ Roses was thrown in the clink for verbally abusing a hostess on the flight and then making his annoyance clear by pissing on the floor of the plane.
Pete Doherty Burgles His Bandmate’s Flat Seemingly always in trouble with the law, Pete Doherty of The Libertines and Babyshambles has escaped jail on numerous occasions. Many things band mates do to each other, such as stealing girlfriends off them, are apparently quite forgivable; but in 2003 Doherty was arrested and jailed for burgling band mate Carl Barat’s flat. He ended up serving two months of a six month sentence.
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