The ten biggest assholes in rock
Feuds, tantrums, threatening to kill the president: If you've been following rock music for the past few decades, you know that dickish behavior comes with the territory when your job involves a stage and adoring fans. Here we've assembled the reprehensible cream that has risen to the top, highlighting the assault of fans, the heckling of your own band and the drunken insults hurled at Elton John that have delighted and horrified us all. Continue on for a rundown of the ten biggest assholes in rock.
10. Liam Gallagher
While rock is full of asshole subtlety, throughout the '90s, Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher was proudly proclaiming his band to be the "best band in the world.... Better than The Beatles." There's really a whole grab-bag of assholishness to choose from with this cat. Take his ditching out on a U.S. tour to go house shopping ("I come first, before any fucker," he told paparazzi). Or when he was MIA for his band's MTV unplugged performance, only to materialize halfway through the set in the balcony, heckling big brother Noel, who was taking over vocal duties. "We're all big boys -- I was only joking," he half-apologized on Behind The Music.
9. Ryan Adams
While marriage and sobriety have somewhat calmed his nerves today, ten years ago, Ryan Adams reportedly kicked a fan out of his own show after the ticketholder childishly requested "Summer of '69!" from the audience. Adams reportedly asked for the houselights to be turned on and refused to play a note until the fan was escorted from the venue.
8. Lily Allen
British performers often live for a kind of egomaniacal infamy in their public persona. Charmingly bitchy, like a cartoonish version of the high-school snob, Lily Allen often took aim at ex-boyfriends in her songs, while saving the vitriol she held for other celebrities for face-to-face encounters. In her early years as a MySpace-born, post-Brit-pop sensation, Allen conducted feuds with Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue and Bob Geldof, though her most infamous moment of assholery came when she drunkenly berated Elton John while the two co-hosted the GQ awards in 2008, blurting, "I'm forty years younger than you, Elton. I've got my whole life ahead of me."