On the US tour in support of ‘Black Holes And Revelations’, Muse took advantage of some time off by buying $150 of magic mushrooms and throwing a “soft-core pornographic” fancy-dress party in the Mojave dessert. The centrepiece? A giant bouncy castle. “It’s like space in there,” reasoned drummer Dom Howard afterwards, while still under the influence. “There’s no… concept of gravity.”
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx took rock and roll debauchery to genuinely disgusting depths. A favourite on-tour wheeze was seeing how long he could go without washing while still attracting groupies – his record was over two months. In 1984, the bassist accepted a dare from Ozzy Osbourne to lap up his own piss from a pavement. You don’t get that with Michael Buble.
Ozzy Osbourne tells a funny story about doing cocaine by the pool at an LA hotel in the ’80s. He offered some to a sunbathing man next to him, who politely declined, saying, “No thanks – I work for the government, the drug squad.” Ozzy duly flipped out: “I said, ‘You’re fucking joking’. He says, ‘Oh you’re all right. I’m the guy that got you the coke’.”
Everyone knows Keith Moon loved to trash TVs, but few realise quite how often he did it. Once, on the way to an airport, Moon insisted they return to their hotel, saying , “I forgot something.” When the limo returned, Moon ran to his room, grabbed the TV while it was plugged in, threw it out the window and into the pool. He then jumped back into the limousine, sighing “I nearly forgot.”‘
In 1969-70, at the height of Iggy Pop’s drug use, he and the rest of The Stooges (bar guitarist Ron Asheton) all shared a house. They amused themselves by injecting themselves with heroin and spraying blood from the syringes over the walls, Jackson Pollock-style. “I wish I was smart enough to take pictures of it,” says Asheton. “Because it would have been a masterpiece.”
In the mid-70s, Elton John had just broken America and had good reason to celebrate – so he did. At one mammoth party in LA, he allegedly took 60 Valiums, jumped into a hotel pool, and shouted, “I’m going to die.” His grandmother was heard to comment: “I suppose we’re going to have to go home now.”
The inspiration behind Carlos Santana’s huge-selling ‘Supernatural’ album? Er, a mystical spirit called Metatron, apparently. “Metatron is the architect of physical life,” explained Santana at the time. This divine being supposedly told the guitarist to make an album featuring “the best artists of the day”. What, like Rob Thomas and Everlast?
Our favourite Brett Anderson story relates to the time the Suede singer lived in an extremely posh part of London. A neighbour recalls how, at 3am one Tuesday morning, Brett flung open his French doors and stepped out into the crisp morning air of his balcony bellowing, “I HAVE GOT THE BEST DRUGS IN LONDON!” repeatedly.
Axl Rose was never much of a feminist. In 1986, when every major label was trying to sign Guns’N’Roses, he promised promised a female A&R scout from Chrysalis Records that he would sign with her on one condition – she had to walk naked down Sunset Boulevard. Unsurprisingly, Chrysalis decided not to bother.
Anthony Kiedis got an early introduction to sex. When he was just 12, his Dad took him to hang out at the famous Sunset Strip bar The Rainbow Room – before offering up his own 18-year-old girlfriend for sex. And so it came to pass that the future Red Hot Chili Pepper lost his virginity to… his father’s girlfriend. Eew.