There is nothing more lame than a rockstar who calls him or her self, ‘dangerous.’ In fact, no truly undomesticated musicians would even concern themselves with rankings like these. Rather than being a sign of modesty, this is most likely a symptom of the fact that real artists-turned-petrified rockers have seen and participated in some harrowing but life affirming, do-not-try-this-at-home antics. The following is a list of bands and/or musicians whose lifestyles pushed the boundary of what the touring human psyche and body can withstand.
Of course, being a party animal is not all that goes into being considered a dangerous (band of) musician(s), and this list includes bands whose live performances were notoriously unsafe for concertgoers or who tended or still tend to attract a wide range of fans including some seedier, predatory elements. There are also those musical acts whose concerts have erupted into riots or induced countywide protests; usually musicians whose music has a political and controversial slant to it. Here are 10 of the most "dangerous" rock & roll acts (outside of the Stones, Zeppelin, Sabbath and Aerosmith) to ever take the stage.
10 Guns & Roses
9 Sex Pistols
This band remains many aged-out punkers' favorite group despite Sex Pistols being a boy band, put together and clothed by entrepreneur/designer Malcolm McLaren. Differences between Sex Pistols and groups like N'Sync include a junky bassist, Sid Vicious, who often played unamplified and high (and who overdosed at 21), songs insulting the Queen of England, and a frontman, Johnny Rotten, who hated everybody including fans.
7 Dillinger Escape Plan
6 GG Allin
4 Marilyn Manson
When the Antichrist Superstar first crept onto the heavy metal scene under cover of a Eurythmics cover, he inspired some insane rumors, and intense fundamentalist backlash in response to these rumors. Throw in known drug abuse, sexual indecency and assault charges, and footage of the frontman abusing bandmates and Marilyn earns his place on the list.
2 Iggy Pop
Mayhem are another black metal group from Norway whose love of all things Satanic and evil went a bit too far. A problem occurs in music subcultures that revolve around worshiping evil where a number of musicians will be troubled. Mayhem's second vocalist called himself 'Dead' and killed himself in 1991; his bandmates made necklaces from bits of his shotgun-blasted skull. In '94, bass guitarist Varg Vikernes was sentenced to 21 years in prison for setting fire to multiple churches and stabbing the lead guitarist to death; he was released in 2009 and records music under the name, Burzum.
Sources: laist.com, mtv.com, nme.com
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