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Rock Stars Freak Out. It’s Kinda Their Thing.

September 25, 2012

If you are a junkie for odd news like I am, you already know that Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day just went totally ape shit crazy on stage at a music festival. Apparently his set was cut short after the band went on stage, like, a billion hours late (and by a billion hours, I mean about half an hour according to the article I read).  Almost immediately following his (temporary?) departure from sanity, the band announced that Armstrong had entered a rehab facility to combat substance abuse.

I’m not passing judgement on Armstrong. First of all I’ve never mixed the pressures of stage with the euphoria/utter despair of drug abuse so who am I to judge? Second, sure he displayed a fury that could rival King Kong’s on stage. He’s a rock star, though, so it’s totally forgivable, I say. Yeah, there are a lot of rock star antics that I have excused. What can I say, I have a forgiving soul. And by forgiving I mean apathetic. Anyway, because you are probably burning with curiosity, here are just a few of said antics, in no particular order:

  • Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon whipping it out and pissing on audience members.
  • Jim Morrison of The Doors getting drunk on stage, screaming obscenities, and pretending to give his band member oral sex before whipping his cock out and showing it off to the audience. Holy shit, what I would’ve done to be there for that.
  • 21 year old Jerry Lee Lewis marrying his 13 year old cousin. Okay, that’s pretty gross but people did stuff like that back then, right? Right?
  • According to Anthony Kiedis’ memoir, Scar Tissue, Courtney Love beat up a male fan over a guitar that was tossed into the crowd. She got the guitar, though, so everything was cool.
  • James Brown was not only arrested for assaults and weapons charges, he also led police on a chase over two states. Eventually the police shot out his tires so the chase had to end, I guess.
  • Boy George was arrested for holding a male escort/Norwegian model captive by handcuffing him to a wall. Boy-O whipped, beat, sexually assaulted and took photos of the dude. Or so they say. Has that case been settled out of court yet?
  • Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols allegedly killed his girlfriend Nancy by stabbing her to death. Unless you believe the movie, The Filth and The Fury, in which case she just ran into his knife. Just like one of the jailhouse chicks in Chicago said, “He ran into my knife. He ran into my knife ten times.” Yes, I’m sure that’s what happened.

By the way, Billie Joe Armstrong is not the first person to lose his marbles after his set was cut short. Kid Cudi kicked the crap out of inanimate objects on stage after his performance was cut off half way through a ill-planned and more ill-executed festival in Australia. Fans were totally pissed, too but the only thing they had to throw was their water bottles, since the organizers failed to obtain a proper liquor license.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2012 6:08 pm

    Rock stars- they’re different to us mere mortals.

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