The Most Rock n’ Roll Things That Happened In The ’80s
Ozzy Osbourne ant-snorting depiction in the film The Dirt - Matt·Dylan / Youtube
The rock scene in the 80’s carried over the past decade’s influence, with an exorbitant amount of revelry donned by the era’s rock stars. Hair metal was one of the most famous genres to proliferate in the 80’s, with glammed-up rockstars in colorful tights and frizzy mountains of hair that sold out venues left and right. Drugs and sex were more present than ever, with groupie culture spreading like wildfire. Here are some of the craziest events that epitomized rock in the 80’s.
AC/DC hits hard with a comeback
After suffering from a massive blow from Bon Scott’s passing, AC/DC returned with a bang, with a new lead vocalist on board in the form of Brian Johnson. Back In Black was released in 1980 as a tribute to their late friend, and proved to the world they were indeed back. The tried and tested AC/DC formula was maintained, but with a touch of Johnson’s offering this time, for a comeback album that packed quite the punch with tracks such as “You Shook Me All Night Long” and the title track itself.
Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue
Ozzy was a nightmare in himself with his track record of doing freaky stuff such as biting heads off of live animals like bats and doves, but what happened between him and the Crue was one for the books. Joining Motley Crue in a tour, afterhour sessions of “relaxation” became a contest of who could do better. After Sixx’s attempt at setting himself on fire, he challenged Osbourne to one-up him good. Osbourne proceeded to snort a line of ants crawling on the pavement, and proceeded to piss on the pavement, which he then lapped up like a thirsty dog. Sixx wanted to follow suit, urinating his own pool, but before he could drink it up, Osbourne was already on all fours and drank Sixx’s pool.
Nikki Sixx Almost dies
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and Guns N’ Roses’ Slash were good buddies, even when doing blow and other drugs. There was a time when Slash and Sixx did so much dope that the two passed out, with Slash being awoken in the bathroom with a running shower, and found Sixx OD’ed on the floor, and was declared dead for 2 minutes. An emergency team responded and shot Sixx with adrenaline way beyond recommended doses, and was miraculously brought back to life. After sometime recuperating in the hospital, Sixx stripped off the tubes on him and escaped back to the house, where he shot some more even after the terrifying incident. In a jab of humor, the event became the inspiration for Motley Crue’s 1989 hit “Kickstart My Heart”.
Guns N’ Roses almost died
Newly-formed band Guns N’ Roses were on the way home to Los Angeles from their first 1985 tour, when the band almost met a terrible end. The members were stuffed in Duff McKagan’s car for the duration of the trip, when another vehicle suddenly broadsided them. Slash recalled on his autobiography on how McKagan’s car was totaled, and the terror and shock the band was in just moments after the collision. It was sheer luck that the members only suffered minimal injuries, with the worst being Steven Adler’s broken ankle.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ thrift fashion
Red Hot Chili Peppers were a band of kids stuck in the body of grown ups. This was evident in their groove-laden music, as well as their onstage antics. Back in their 1983 KitKat club concert, the band decided to ditch clothing for their “socks on cocks” ensemble, which the band adapted for years and had occasional look-backs in future performances. This brought on an unexpectedly positive response from the audience, cheering the band on with nothing but long white socks strapped onto their privates.