Music’s biggest egos


1SHOWBIZ Festival

Richard Ashcroft on stage at the Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park in Newport.
"I could probably fly. If I wanted to." (Richard Ashcroft, The Verve, 1996). Pic: PA Photos

2Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair Party - New York

Kanye West arrives to the Vanity Fair kick off party for the 8th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, held at the State Supreme Courthouse, in New York.
"I'm the number one artist album in the world right now. I'm the number one human being in music." (Kanye West, September 2008). Pic: PA Photos

3Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party Inside

Rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs performs at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
“Being an international rap superstar, sex is one of the easiest things to get, so there is a point where you get tired of it.” (P Diddy, 2000). Pic: PA Photos


"I am the God of fuck." (Marilyn Manson, 'Cake And Sodomy'). Pic: Danny North

5Glastonbury Festival 2008 - Day Two

Jay-Z performs on the Pyramid Stage during day two of the Glastonbury Festival, Somerset.
"I'm Jay-Z and I'm pretty fucking awesome." (Jay-Z, Glastonbury 2008). Pic: PA Photos

6Oasis Photocall - London

Oasis band member Noel Gallagher is pictured during a photocall at Wembley Stadium, where the band announced their biggest ever tour of open air venues in the UK and Ireland next summer. Pa Photos
"We're not arrogant, we just believe we're the best band in the world." (Noel Gallagher, Oasis, 1996). Pic: PA Photos


Bono of the Irish rock band U2 during their first ever concert in Italy. The happening was attended by an estimated 120,000 gathering at Rome's Urbe airport.
''I don't mean to be arrogant, but ...I do feel that we are meant to be one of the great groups.'' (Bono, U2, 1981). Pic: PA Photos

8Costume Institute Gala 2009

Singer Madonna arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in New York, on Monday, May 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
"I won't be happy until I'm as famous as God." (Madonna, 2008). Pic: PA Photos

9Music - David Bowie

Pop star David Bowie, circa 1974
"I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir." (David Bowie, 1976). Pic: PA Photos

10People Elton John

Elton John takes a final bow after performing at his show "The Red Piano" in Las Vegas, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. The Rocket Man is saying farewell to the Las Vegas Strip after five years and 241 shows. Elton John's last show was slated for Wednesday at Caesars Palace. He's scheduled to embark May 2 on a tour of the United States, Canada and Europe. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
“I am the most well-known homosexual in the world.” (Elton John). Pic: PA Photos


12Carling Reading Festival 2007

EDITORIAL USE / NO MERCHANDISING: Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing on the Main Stage performing on the Main Stage at the 2007 Carling Reading Festival in Reading, Berkshire.
"It's easy to become a junkie, but it's not easy to become one of the greatest songwriters of all time." (Anthony Kiedis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2005). Pic: PA Photos

13LIVE8 Concert - Hyde Park - Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams performing live.
“I am the only man who can say he's been in Take That and at least two members of the Spice Girls.” (Robbie Williams, 2004). Pic: PA Photos

14Live Aid Concert - Wembley Stadium

Freddie Mercury of Queen performs on stage
"I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend." (Freddie Mercury, Queen, 1985). Pic: PA Photos

15John Lennon

Undated file photo of former Beatle John Lennon. The tune of John Lennon's "anti-religious" song Imagine will be played on the bells of Liverpool Cathedral as part of an art project later this year.
"We're more popular than Jesus now. I don't know which will go first - rock'n'roll or Christianity." (John Lennon, The Beatles, 1966). Pic: PA Photos

16simmons gene

Gene Simmons at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California.
"Every other band should be wiping my ass. The line forms over there to the left." (Gene Simmons, Kiss, July 2002). Pic: PA Photos

17The Verve Promo

Studio shot photograph of The Verve.
"I feel like Jesus Christ. There's only Richard Ashcroft and Liam Gallagher who know what it feels like. We're the only ones who know how many people we've touched and how powerful that is." (Richard Ashcroft, 2003). Pic: PA Photos


"We've only got half a dozen good bands in England. There's Oasis and there's five Oasis tribute bands." (Noel Gallagher, Oasis, November 2002). Pic: Dean Chalkley

19Rock Legends - Jim Morrison

Rock legend Jim Morrison of The Doors.
"I am the lizard king. I can do anything." (Jim Morrison). Pic: PA Photos


"'Sam's Town' is one of the best albums of the last 20 years." (Brandon Flowers, The Killers, 2006). Pic: Dean Chalkley


"You can't arrest me – I'm a rock star." (Sid Vicious, The Sex Pistols, December 1978, after being arrested for assault). Pic: PA Photos

22Australia Sound Relief Concerrt

Chris Martin, left, lead singer of Coldplay, performs during the Sound relief concert in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, March 14, 2009, in aid of the Victorian bushfire appeal.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
"What do I have in common with Coldplay fans? Well, I'm terrifically handsome and incredibly intelligent." (Chris Martin, 2005). Pic: PA Photos

23Simply Red & Martha Wainwright Perform At Radio City Music Hall - New York City

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, USA.
"Tony Blair's a friend. I've told him, 'You should have waited on Iraq.' He listens." (Mick Hucknall, Simply Red, 2006). Pic: PA Photos

24Music - Babylon Zoo Feature

Jas Mann of British industrial/pop rock band Babylon Zoo at the San Remo Music Festival, 1996
"The music I make is five-dimensional. Am I a genius? I believe I will become a genius." (Jas Mann, Babylon Zoo, 1996). Pic: PA Photos

25U2 Frontman Bono Attends Meetings On Capitol Hill-DC

U2 frontman Bono attends a meeting with Sen. Joseph Biden and other Senators on Capitol Hill in Washington.
"Line'em up, the hardest rock'n'roll bands in the world, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Oasis, Nirvana - and U2." (Bono, 2008). Pic: PA Photos

26Michael Jacks on ticket rush

File photo dated 05/03/09 of Michael Jackson. Tickets for Michael Jackson's much-hyped shows in Britain will go on sale today.
“My goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.” (Michael Jackson, 1992). Pic: PA Photos

27Music - Velvet Underground

Lou Reed with his guitar in the recording studio
"I'm an artist and that means I can be as egotistical as I want to be." (Lou Reed, 1984). Pic: PA Photos


Musician Marilyn Manson poses for photographers at the film premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, June 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
"I'm tired of people calling me a devil-worshipper. Because if the Devil did exist, he would be worshipping me." (Marilyn Manson, January 2007). Pic: PA Photos

29Music - Terence Trent D'Arby

American musician Terence Trent D'Arby performing on stage
“This is the most important album since ‘Sgt. Pepper’.” (Terence Trent D'Arby on his debut, ‘The Hardline According To...’, 1987). Pic: PA Photos

30Lil' Wayne Concert

Rapper Lil' Wayne appears on stage as he continues his north American tour at The Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
“Now stand back and catch my amazing greatness.” (Lil Wayne, guest rap on Cam’ron’s ‘Suck It Or Not’). Pic: PA Photos

31V Festival 2008 - Essex

Richard Ashcroft of The Verve performs on the second day of the V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
"I truly believe that I have been given a gift. This music, these songs, these lyrics, this power is something that's unbelievable." (Richard Ashcroft, 2003). Pic: PA Photos

32V Festival

Embargoed to 2000 Monday March 2 File photo dated 16/10/2008 of Oasis band members Noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher as the band will headline this year's V Festival along with The Killers, it was announced today. Pa Photos
"Lennon was right. We are bigger than Jesus. We will be as big as the Beatles, if not bigger." (Liam Gallagher, Oasis, 1994). Pic: PA Photos

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