25 Wild Tales Of Rock Star Excess Gone Way Too Far

Published July 19, 2018
Updated December 10, 2020

Tales of drinking, death, and debauchery that go way beyond sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

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25 Wild Tales Of Rock Star Excess Gone Way Too Far
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As Keith Richards once said, "I've never had a problem with drugs. I've had problems with the police."

These immortal words sum up the view that so many rock stars have held: The only problem with living hard is getting caught. For stars like Richards, drugs, booze, and an endless parade of lovers were just part of the lifestyle. In fact, the rock gods of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in particular seemed to be in a contest to see who could take things the farthest.

If The Rolling Stones got kinky with a groupie and a candy bar, then Led Zeppelin was going to raise the stakes and incorporate a shark. If the bad boys of Mötley Crüe were rumored to be snorting multiple lines of cocaine, then Ozzy Osbourne felt the pressure to inhale a line of ants. 

From guns and groupies to trashing hotels and defiling American landmarks, these crazy stories from rock music history are prime examples of how wild things could get once the amplifiers were turned off for the night. And while these tales of rock star excess may seem too bombastic and barbarian to be true, they most certainly did happen and multiple first-person recollections — as well as more than a few police reports — can prove it.

Check out the gallery above and buckle up for the craziest stories in rock history.

After reading these larger-than-life rock tales, have a look at rock's most popular songs with not-so-innocent lyrics or dive into tales of the legendary groupies who changed music history. Then read up on GG Allin, the wildest man in rock history.

Joel Stice
Joel Stice is a writer who enjoys digging into all things pop culture, history, science, and anything weird.