Rock star arrests happen so often, it’s as if music celebrities are competing for the most absurd story. Check out PPcorn’s top five most absolutely absurd rock star arrests below. If you like this article, check out our first installment of celebrity musician arrests with 5 Most Awesomely Hilarious Rock Star Arrests.
Number Five: Bob Dylan. The cops were called on the rainy afternoon of July 23rd, 2009, after some residents of Long Branch, New Jersey, saw an “eccentric-looking old man” wandering around their neighborhood. When questioned, the strolling individual told police that he was Bob Dylan, in town on a tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. Unfortunately, he wasn’t carrying an ID, and he was wearing two hooded raincoats with black sweatpants tucked into rain boots, so naturally the police thought he had escaped from a local mental hospital. Lucky for Dylan, he convinced them to go with him to his tour bus, where his passport saved the day.
Number Four: Ozzy Osbourne. On February 19th, 1982, Osbourne finished up a show at San Antonio’s Convention Center, then apparently whipped it out and proceeded to whizz on a wall of the Alamo. To be completely accurate, however, Osbourne was actually across the road from the Alamo, next to a 60-foot cenotaph commemorating the Battle of the Alamo, but he did urinate on the sidewalk. He also happened to be wearing one of his girlfriend-at-the-time (now wife) Sharon’s dresses, probably because he was absolutely schnockered. Arrested and charged with public intoxication, the worst punishment for Osbourne was a ban from performing in San Antonio for ten years.
Number Three: Marilyn Manson. Manson is well known for his absurd and shocking antics, especially during show performances. At one particular show at Michigan’s DTE Energy Music Theater, on the night of July 30th, 2001, Manson grabbed a 25-year-old security guard named Joshua Keasler from behind and proceeded to use the gentleman as a human stripper pole. This entailed Manson wrapping his legs around Keasler’s neck, spitting on him, and rubbing his g-string-only covered crotch on Keasler’s head. The result was Manson’s arrest for criminal sexual conduct, and misdemeanor assault and battery. After receiving a multi-year sentence, a judge reduced the sexual conduct charge from fourth-degree felony to a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct, deeming that Manson hadn’t gained any sexual gratification from the act.
Number Two: Jim Morrison. This story is a legend among The Doors lore. The alluring frontman had a history of peevish behavior that rubbed law enforcement officials the wrong way. His crowning act, however, was drunkenly asking, “Do you want to see my c*#k?” to 10,000 fans at Miami’s Dinner Key Auditorium on March 2nd, 1969. Whether or not Morrison actually flashed a crowd of 10,000 has yet to be proved, but the Florida State Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest for indecent exposure and open profanity. Morrison surrendered himself almost a year later, stood trial, and was sentenced to six months in jail. Sadly, while his appeal was pending, Morrison died in Paris, and was posthumously pardoned by Florida Governor Charlie Crist and the state clemency board.
Number One: Flea & Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At an MTV beach gig, in an attempt to elicit audience participation, Flea and Kiedis were running amuck in the crowd, and Flea fell. His initial reaction was to grab whoever was nearest, which happened to be a 20-year-old female student from Virginia. Flea tossed her over his shoulder, Chad Smith joined his bandmate, tugged down the bottom half of her bikini and slapped her rear. The woman yelled at them, so Flea, Smith and she all tumbled into the sand. Flea then climbed on top of her while yelling obscenities and both started dry humping her. Although Flea apologized later, saying “I didn’t know that Chad had spanked her, which was faux pas number one. I did verbally abuse her and it was wrong. It was a really stupid thing to do. I was out of control. But I did not assault anybody, and it was not sexual. It had nothing to do with sex,” Florida police were not convinced. Flea was arrested for battery, disorderly conduct and solicitation to commit an unnatural and lascivious act, Smith just for battery, and both were released on bail.