We can’t count the number of times we’ve heard the most outrageous rumors about rock stars, particularly those from the wild 60s and 70s. It’s probably how they wrote so many hits. Get ready to be shocked at what these ridiculous rockers really got up to when they weren’t on stage.
You’ve probably got plenty of images in your head: beautiful groupies, out-of-control backstage parties, crazy road trips, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was a unique time in history and we’re happy to tell you that these rumors contain all of the above and so much more.
There’s absolutely no doubt about it – some of the craziest rumors definitely aren’t true and some stories have clearly just been fabricated. But a whole bunch of them have been confirmed as fact, and we’re about to reveal every single one! We honestly couldn’t believe how wild number 45 is.
1. Nikki Sixx And Tommy Lee Went Months Without Showering
Given that Motley Crue are a glam rock band, the fact that they went months without showering is slightly ridiculous and not to mention very gross. In fact, it may well be our biggest beef with rock stars and punk musicians. Although, the story behind this rumor is a little funny at least.
The two bandmates decided to wager a bet in 1980 whilst sitting in a hot tub to see who could go the longest without showering or bathing. After months had gone by, neither of them had cracked. That was until Nikki Sixx was receiving oral sex from a female fan who got so nauseated she ended up throwing up her spaghetti dinner in his crotch. We’re assuming he washed after that.
2. Sid Vicious Shot Up Drugs With Random Bodily Fluids
Sid Vicious did a lot of truly despicable things in his relatively short yet raucous life span. We’re not sure which should feature more highly on the list, the fact that he almost definitely killed his girlfriend Nancy or the fact that he shot up heroin from a toilet.
Yes, you heard that right, a toilet. It’s one thing doing heroin, but it’s quite another thing to use toilet water laced with urine and vomit in the syringe, which he later used to shoot up with. Is it any wonder the Sex Pistols bassist didn’t quite make it to old age? Probably not. Witness to the event was none other than Ramones bassist Dee See, who we can imagine was a little bit mortified by Vicious’s abhorrent behavior.
3. Tupac Shakur’s Friends Smoked His Ashes
While Tupac is sadly no longer with us to confirm if this rumor is true or false, we’re going to have to say it’s looking pretty likely that this one will turn out to be true. We can’t say for sure, but we think he would have approved of this rather macabre grieving process. His ashes were smoked by the members of his notorious rap group ‘The Outlawz’ who have willingly confirmed that the rumors are indeed true.
Perhaps they could be cashing in on the notoriety the myth has brought them, however, they were all too happy to confirm that their track “Black Jesus” was inspired by their practice of smoking their fallen friend’s ashes mixed with cannabis. Or perhaps that was how the myth was born and they went along for the ride?
4. Rolling Stones Bassist Bill Wyman Fell for a 13-Year-Old
It wasn’t all too uncommon for rock stars of the 70s to fall in love with teens who hadn’t quite hit the age of consent. The bassist for the rolling stones, Bill Wyman, raised a few eyebrows at the peak of his fame with his courtship of a 13-year old girl.
Wyman was a fixture of the Rolling Stones for over 30 years, so there’s no surprise that he’s had a string of questionable relationships, but this one really makes your stomach churn considering the fact he was 48 years old at the time. How do the Rolling Stones even sell records anymore? Even more absurdly, Wyman married the once 13-year old Mandy Smith on her 18th birthday. It must have been love. Just really creepy, morally wrong, illegal love.
5. Marilyn Manson Rubbed His Genitals On a Security Guard’s Head
Marilyn Manson has been an absolute magnet for ridiculous rumors, however, we can confirm that this one is true, unlike the rib removal rumor which bounced around in the 2000s. He has always been a man of fairly poor taste (e.g. cheating on ex-girlfriend, Dita) but this bold move was a little grotesque, which was a sentiment shared by Marilyn Manson’s attorney.
The incident involved a security guard in Michigan who was unwillingly floored by Manson before he rubbed his crotch on his head and made improper contact with him. Manson got off lightly with the charge of disorderly behavior, assault, and battery. Considering he could have been dubbed a sex offender we’d say he was lucky. He claimed it to be a victory for art’.
6. Charles Manson Wrote a Song for The Beach Boys
In most cases rumors as ridiculous as this isn’t true. but this one has been bouncing around for a while and astonishingly it’s sort of true. Some of the details are a little hazy, but what can be confirmed is that after Charles Manson was released from prison in 1967, he started sharing some of his songs around in LA.
None other than Dennis Wilson from the Beach boys got his hands on one of his songs “Never Learn Not to Love” and eventually got around to releasing it in 1969. Rumor has it that the song was left almost completely intact. After the lyrical exchange, Manson started hanging out at Dennis’s mansion before the ex-convict’s infamous behavior terminated their friendship and got him kicked out.
7. Ozzy Osbourne Bit The Head Off a Bat
Okay, so this one is pretty popular, and it turns out that it’s absolutely true without any question of doubt. There were plenty of witnesses who saw the dazed Rock star making a rather idiotic or desperate move to wow his fans whilst he was on stage.
During a rather raucous performance, one of his fans threw an unconscious bat on stage (where you would find an unconscious bat is another thing entirely). Whilst Ozzy was channeling his Satanic stage presence, he mistook the live rodent for a stage prop – and the rest is history. We’ll spare you the gory details, but he did go to get a rabies shot after his performance. The video is even available on YouTube if you’re brave enough to watch it.
8. Ozzy Osbourne Will Apparently Bite The Head Off Anything With Wings
The heavy metal performer has quite the appetite, doesn’t he? If decapitating a bat wasn’t bad enough, it turns out that’s not the only time that Ozzy Osborne sunk his teeth into an innocent creature.
Even before the bat incident, Ozzy thought he’d take it upon himself to bite the head off a dove to impress a record label. The dove’s demise happened during Ozzy’s first meeting with Columbia Records. He put on quite a show when he released two doves in the office in front of the executives. Instead of releasing one of them, he chose to bite the head off one of them. However, can Ozzy be fully to blame when it was his wife Sharon’s idea in the first place?
9. Jerry Lee Lewis Married His 13-Year-Old Cousin
Jerry Lee Lewis may have once been a much-desired Rock n Roll musical pioneer, but that wasn’t enough to prevent his once-loyal following from ditching him once they found out that he had indeed married his first cousin when she was just 13 years old.
With a blindingly successful music career ahead of him after his competition (Elvis) had been drafted into the army, he was set to become America’s most treasured rock star until in 1958 he married his cousin before going on a European tour. Surprisingly Jerry Lee Lewis did claw back a small fraction of his infamy thanks to his fans that could excuse pedophilia and incest. We would say to this day he is still deserving of the stigma that surrounds him.
10. Van Halen Didn’t Want Any Brown M&Ms In Their Dressing Room
At this point we are breathing a sigh of relief that not all our favorite musicians of all time are sexually perverted or like to sadistically injure innocent animals, so we are thrilled to announce that yes, the Rock band Van Halen were really pedantic enough to request that no brown M&Ms ended up in their dressing room.
Whilst it’s not too uncommon for rock stars to have ridiculous requests, this one is one of the most prolific examples of the ultimate diva rock star behavior. The reason behind it? In 2012 Van Halen explained their strange behavior. The band just wanted to see if the promoters actually read their contracts, if there were brown M&Ms in the dressing room there was trouble.