Oh, to be young, rich and famous. Especially in the 1970’s or 80's. Those were the days when the band Aerosmith would bring their own chainsaws in order to better chop up hotel furniture; when throwing TVs off rooftops was de rigueur; when damages were as easy to fix with the stroke of a pen on a check. Today, things are different. Concert tours are about the bottom line – saving money rather than wasting it. As rockworldmagazine.com said, “Now there are backstage riders. Lawyers, tour managers, and TMZ…and going apesh*t in your room is usually seen as a cry for help rather than a milestone of fame.” Are these following 12 stories of destruction merely a “boys will be boys” attitude, or is it pathetic and disrespectful?
1. Scott Weiland
As reported by tmz.com in 2007, rocker Scott Weiland and his then-wife Mary trashed a hotel room in Burbank (really, suburban Burbank?) during a fight. They ripped out alarm clocks and phones from their sockets, made dents and gauges in the walls and there was even blood on the linens. The couple divorced later that year. Mary then wrote “Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Mental Illness.” Kind of sums up their volatile relationship.
2. Britney Spears’ Children
It’s not just rock or pop stars who can throw tantrums. According to posh24.com, in 2009 while staying at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Connecticut, Sean Preston and Jayden James (then age 3 and 2) “destroyed the curtains, drew with crayons and even did their business in the hotel pool.” The damages came to a reported $20,000. Where was their babysitter?
3. Lindsay Lohan
In 2007, Lindsay Lohan, no stranger to trouble, was banned from Shutters on the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, California after she spent three days there with her (now ex-) boyfriend, Riley Giles. According to Star Magazine, “Staffers went into clean and were shocked. It was a pigpen. There was filth everywhere. There was also a bloody syringe that someone left lying on the bedside table.” More recently, she was banned from Chateau Marmont Hotel in West Hollywood after a $46,000 unpaid bill.
4. Charlie Sheen
In 2010, according to the New York Post, the Warlock himself allegedly trashed his room at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Tables and chairs were in disarray and a chandelier was damaged at a reported cost of $7,000. The police were called and Sheen told them he had been drinking and snorted cocaine before flipping out. His reps later said the actor was taken to the hospital after an allergic reaction. Anger management, indeed.
5. Courtney Love
In 2009, during her stay in New York, the then-44-year-old Love trashed The Inn on Irving Place. She allegedly littered her room with dirty needles, feminine hygiene products and even flooded it. A source told Page Six, “She caused so much damage in eight hours and wreaked so much havoc. It was actually kind of funny…minus the $5,000 in repairs.”
6. Amy Winehouse
In 2007, then age 23, Winehouse tallied up $18,000 in damages at London’s Sanderson Hotel after a fight with her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil. Guests called security in the early hours after hearing screaming and the sounds of clattering furniture. The hotel even had to hire a cleaning service to clean blood off the walls.
7. Johnny Depp
In 1994, in the days when he dated Kate Moss, he trashed the Mark Hotel in New York. He was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief, but the charges were dismissed after he paid nearly $10,000 in damages and fees. At the time, he blamed the destruction on an armadillo, but no armadillo was ever found. As reported in deppimpact.com, he later said, “It was a bad day. It was just feeling on display, feeling like a novelty, really…and it seemed like the right thing to do, smash a couple of things. And it was.” Ironically, Roger Daltry of The Who was trying to sleep next door. “On a scale of 1 to 10, I give him a 1. It took him so bloody long. The Who could’ve done the job in one minute flat” (people.com).
8. The Rolling Stones
While staying at West Hollywood’s Andaz (then Continental Hyatt House) Keith Richards and saxophonist Bobby Keyes tossed the TV off their balcony onto the parking lot. You can see it here, though it seems crazier in my imagination than this.
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9. Marilyn Manson
In 1998, Marilyn Manson trashed his band’s Sheraton hotel rooms in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. According to people.com, there was a telephone stuck in a wall, burns marred the carpets and sinks and bathtubs were stained from the group’s hair dye. The band paid for the damage with no complaint.
10. Led Zeppelin
There are so many stories of debauchery from this legendary band, it’s hard to zero in on just one. (Consider, Hyatt House, a hotel they stayed, was nicknamed Riot House, and drummer John Bonham once rode a motorcycle down the hallway.) But there is a tale of a shark that is most memorable. In 1969, at the Edgewater Inn in Seattle, during an orgy, a groupie stripped naked and a party guest tipped a bag of fish entrails over her. Drummer John Bonham grabbed a shark from the wardrobe and used it to perform a sex act on her. The shark came from Bonham and their road manager Richard Cole’s fishing expeditions, which they hung in their bedrooms.
11. Keith Moon
Like Led Zeppelin, the band The Who were masters of destruction, and famous for more than just one event. They would need an entire paper written about their decadence. For example, Moon would spend all night with friends nailing and strapping furniture to the ceiling. But he is most known for starting a food fight in his hotel room after throwing a five-tier cake. When police arrived, he stripped to his underwear, jumped into a car, drove it through a fence, and left it at the bottom of the Flint Holiday Inn pool. He then slipped on a piece of marzipan and knocked out his front teeth. Damages totaled nearly $24,000. The Who were banned for life from all Holiday Inns.
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12. Billy Idol
The 1980’s idol spent three weeks in Thailand at Bangkok’s Oriental Hotel causing mayhem. According to monstersandcritics.com, Idol left his suites at three deluxe hotels in shambles with damages totaling more than $20,000. But it’s not just the damages that are astounding, but also his 3-week drug-and-sex binge bill of $250,000! There are unconfirmed reports that he didn’t relinquish his room quietly, but had to be tranquilized and taken out on a stretcher.
Ian “Mac” McLagan, keyboardist for The Faces, wrote about hotel rooms in “All the Rage: A Riotous Romp Through Rock & Roll History.” Apparently, Holiday Inns were the most popular. McLagan wrote, “It was not possible to walk into the identical room in 20 different cities without wanting to hurt it, just a little.”