Rock and roll is filled with stories of disgusting depravity, debauchery, and decadence…that that’s part of the reason why we love it! Sure it’s not very P.C., but it is very D.G.A.F., and we respect that. Tales of rock rebels have been passed down for as myths for generations. They may seem like urban legends, but the unbelievable part is that most of them are true! Read on to see our picks for the most notorious bad-boy party animals in modern music history -and the antics that earned them their title. Whatever you do, DON’T try any of this at home…
15. Dave Navarro
We imagine it has to be pretty hard to get kicked out of an iconic party-place like the Playboy Mansion, but the Jane’s Addiction front-man managed to get himself banned! According to his book Don’t Try This At Home, Dave was paid a visit to the “orgy room” with three female companions. He decided to kick it up a notch by shooting up in the middle of the proceedings, and then began attempting to use to syringe to write on the wall with his own blood (ewwwwwwwww).
“The mansion has always been somehow holy to me, and I began to feel weird,” he wrote, “All my life I’d wondered what it was like and here I was at 30 squirting blood on the walls with 3 naked girls at my feet. So I cleaned it off. But it was too late. They had the whole thing on video. When we left the room, several security guards escorted me out if the mansion and asked me never to return. I wonder what they did with the video.”
Thankfully, by now Dave has kicked the junk and moved on to hanging out in much more subdued ways; like literally suspending his body from meat hooks lodged in his flesh. To each his own, brother. Getting the boot from Hef’s House is definitely enough to qualify for the lower regions of our list, but we’re just getting started…
14. and 13. David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar of Van Halen
Sometimes it’s hard to separate work from pleasure, but the guys of Van Halen took it to another level by putting “sex tents” up on the stage while they performed. Sammy Hagar admitted to their existence, but claims that he wasn’t the one who thought of it! “Honestly, I think it was the production team that built our stages. I think they just thought it was part of the deal. They were like, ‘Well, this is Van Halen. The guys must want sex tents, right?’ Here’s to not even waiting for the show’s over to start the after-party!
And of course, let’s not forget Diamond Dave’s “Bonus Program.” During the band’s 1979 tour, Lee Roth gave a stack of backstage passes to his roadies. According to Spin Magazine’s “100 Sleaziest Moments Of Rock, “the roadie who gives out the pass pinned to the tube top on the floor of Diamond Dave’s hotel-room floor is given $100 and a commendation at the next pre-show dinner.”
The ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist took the term “party animal” literally when he showed up at a luxury hotel with a mountain lion! Slash bought the creature, whom he named “Curtis,” and took him along for a world tour. But things took a turn for the worse when Curtis escaped from his cage and ran rampant around the bathroom of his suite!
Speaking of bathrooms, he once became convinced that his shower was being invaded by malicious alien beings from the movie Predator, “but a fraction of the size and translucent blue-gray; they were wiry and muscular, with the same pointed heads and rubbery dreadlocks.” Terrified, he punched his way out of the glass shower stall and ran naked down the streets of Arizona. Oof.
So many women threw themselves at Slash that he had to rent out several hotel rooms to keep everybody happy while they waited for him to cycle through. This sounds pretty considerate, but there was also apparently a time when he wandered around his house armed with multiple guns, shooting holes in the ceiling while a lady friend (probably didn’t) sleep upstairs!
The top-hatted one also rolled with a young Charlie Sheen, and Motley Crue‘s Nikki Sixx suffered a near-fatal heroin OD in his hotel room. Slash himself had a close call by the early 2000s, when years of drink and drugs took such a toll that he was apparently given between six days and six weeks to live. Thankfully, the insertion of a pacemaker has kept him rockin’.