These guys must have helped inspire Russell Brand's latest performance in Get Him to the Greek.
- Shari Goldhagen, BettyConfidential.com
This past weekend, audiences shelled out more than $17 million to see Jonah Hill try to wrangle Russell Brand's hard partying rock star to a performance in Nicolas Stoller's Get Him to the Greek. All the Jeffrey-smoking, furry-wall-petting, hotel wrecking and groupie banging got us thinking about other great debauched rock stars who assuredly put their handlers through the ringer.
Get ready for some seriously self-indulgent and deeply depraved behavior!
The Who's drummer boy really had it in for hotels-driving Cadillacs into their pools, blowing up their toilets with cherry bombs and later dynamite. One tale claims after leaving a hotel, "Moon the Loon" (as he is called) made the driver turn around. "I forgot something!" he said. "We have to go back." Keith then ran back to his room, threw the television out the window.
Sadly, Keith also had it in for himself, once taking so many tranquilizers he passed out on stage, leaving Pete Townsend to recruit a drummer from the audience for the rest of the gig. In 1978 the age of 32, Keith died after taking 32 Clomethiazole tablets. . . true excess; it only took six to kill him.
Lots of questions surround Jim Morrison's 1971 death at the age of 27. But we do know it involved a bathtub, a girlfriend with a fluctuating account of events, and a massive amount of heroine (which may or may not have been mistaken for cocaine and snorted). Oh yea, and at the time of his death, there were reportedly 20 pending paternity actions against him. Jim gives new meaning to the term, "Who's your Daddy?"
Though he's now known as the not-quite-normal family man, in the early days Ozzy, now 61, was no friend to small animals.
During a 1981 meeting with record execs, a drunken Ozzy bit the head off a dove he'd meant to release as a sign of peace. A year later he bit the head of a live bat during a Black Sabbath stage show; the bat did manage to get in one good bite, requiring Ozzy to get emergency shots.
We're still not sure if it's a rock n' roll myth or fact that he snorted ants with the bad boys of Motley Crue.
In the 16 years since the death of husband Kurt Cobain, the Hole singer has come into her own as a headline generator, earning the title, "The most controversial woman in the history of rock" from Rolling Stone Magazine.
Whether it's flashing her boobs to David Letterman on The Late Show or accidentally striking a fan with a mic stand during a New York performance, Court, now 45, always makes a great cautionary tale. The real question about her is: did she or did she not hook up with Kate Moss?
Mick Jagger definitely lost some debauchery points when he was knighted for "services to music" in 2003, but in the Rolling Stones' 48 year history, the shirtless front man had already logged enough flings with models, trashed hotel rooms and public brawls with band mate Keith Richards for legendary status.
And sort of surprisingly, Mick, now 66, claims to remember it all.
"There were loads of drugs, but everyone had their own drug habits which they weren't necessarily sharing with everyone else," he said in a recent interview. "It's pretty vivid. I wasn't that out-of-it that I don't remember. I can recall most of it pretty well considering some of the stuff."
Often cited as the greatest electric guitarist of all time, Jimmy Hendrix was also the quintessential wild rock star. Crazy talent: check. Fan of the hallucinogens: check. Arrested for trashing a European hotel room: check. Friendships ended after intoxicated brawls: check,
Mysterious drug related death: check. At age 27-bonus points!
Unique among 70s rock stars, Gene Simmons claims he's never been high, drunk, or smoked in his life. The ladies, though, now that's another story.
In a 2002 NPR video, the Kiss front man, now, 60, claimed to have slept with 4,600 women! "If you want to welcome me with open arms, I'm afraid you're also going to have to welcome me with open legs," he said.
Shari Goldhagen is the author of the novel Family and Other Accidents; she's never trashed a hotel room.
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