Originally posted on Jack Seattle FM:
Why make this list of incidents that may make us sad and lose faith in our rock heros? Because like a mountain or a train wreck, they’re there and we cannot look away.
1991, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is onstage in St Louis, sees a fan with recording equipment in the audience, starts yelling for security to grab him and his gear, but then dives into the audience to do it himself. This starts a riot, 60 people are injured, Guns N’ Roses leaves the stage, and is forever banned from performing in that town again. Here’s the crazy proof:
2002 Scott Stapp of Creed gets drunk onstage in Chicago and the fans decide to sue him. Fans say he stumbled around and at times couldn’t stand up or sing his Creed songs. They won the lawsuit and were all refunded. Creed broke up a year later. We don’t have that exact video, dammit, but here’s one of him defending himself poorly on TV.