The lifestyle of a working musician, more specifically a rock star, can be full of ridiculous antics, from reckless adventures to borderline suicidal.
There have been plenty of stories of famous rock musicians behaving like wild savages or in a downward spiral of self-destruction.
Among the most frequently discussed tales include Led Zeppelin throwing TVs out of a hotel window and Ozzie Osbourne munching the head of a live bat during a performance.
Some defiant episodes are drug-fueled, but it doesn’t change the fact that the blatant disregard for personal safety – and others’ too – is hard to justify unless the perpetrator is a rock god whose carefree conducts demand little consequences.
The seemingly TV-friendly rock star Billy Idol has displayed plenty of unapologetic practices in the past. At the peak of his long career, one could say he lived a dangerous life as if every day was his last.
When he was not in Los Angeles nightclubs drowning in drugs or crashing his expensive Harley-Davidson, it wouldn’t be farfetched to believe he must have engaged in other questionable deeds elsewhere.
10 /10 Penthouse Riot
During the early 1990s, Billy Idol famously ruined the penthouse suite of a Bangkok hotel, resulting in property damages worth at least $140,000.
He did that much damage while high on sex and drugs binge for three weeks. The hotel management called the soldiers to remove the rock star from the premises; he was strapped and escorted out.
In an interview for Behind the Music, he claimed to have been very lucky that the authorities didn’t put him in prison after the incident.
9 /10 Provocative Videos
When MTV came up with an offer to create videos, he took the opportunity with arms wide open. He felt right at home as the demand required him to craft provocative content for the TV audience.
That said, Idol sometimes thought the project felt like a nightmare. In addition to the tight schedules and overall low budget, the marathon shooting session was almost unbearable.
Idol mentioned that the “Eyes Without a Face” video was shot in a single 30-hour session.