You might have already heard of Michael Todd’s, Coheed and Cambria’s bassist charges when he allegedly robbed a Walgreens pharmacy before a performance. He left empty bottles of oxycodone and hailed a taxi to Massachusetts for their band’s performance. This may sound already sound hilarious but believe me; this doesn’t even make it to the top ten when it comes baffling crimes musicians have committed.
We have compiled some of the weirdest and WTF crimes committed by rappers, rock stars, and other musicians that will make you ask “Why did they do that?”
Top 10 Barry White
Barry White was seventeen years old when he stole $40,000 in Cadillac tires. He was in prison for four months for the crime. Allegedly, he was inspired by Elvis’ “It’s Now or Never” to lead a better life and focus on the music while he was in jail.
Top 9 Johnny Cash
In 1965, the “Ring of Fire” singer started a forest fire when his truck was set on fire at Los Padres National Forest in California. Although he never meant to start the fire, the damage was undeniable. It destroyed more than 500 acres of land and killed 49 condors. The U.S government filed a suit against him but he didn’t seem to care about the “damned yellow buzzards.” He was never arrested for it, but Cash paid $82,000 to settle the case.
Top 8 Bob Dylan
The rock icon Bob Dylan was put under custody on July 23 in Long Branch, New Jersey, following a call from a resident reporting to the police about an “eccentric-looking old man.” The resident told police that the man entered their yard that has a “for sale” sign.
The police officers found him, but he had no identification that is why they drove him back to his hotel. Lucky enough, Bob Dylan was able to prove his identity when the police saw oversized tour buses in the parking lot and recovered his passport.
Top 7 Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne, the metal legend, is known for the many weird things he has done in his prime. He has done some crazy stuff including biting off the head of a poor bat while performing on stage, which left many baffled. In 1982, he got drunk after a performance in San Antonio Texas, and allegedly worn one of his wife’s dresses and peed on a cenotaph that was deemed sacred because it is dedicated for the dead at the Alamo. Apparently, he was arrested and charged with public intoxication after the incident. For ten years, he was not allowed to set foot at San Antonio, Texas because of the scandal.
Top 6 Sex Pistols
Even their name suggests trouble. It would be surprising (also disappointing) of this English punk rockers didn’t get charged for harassment. We aren’t even surprised to find out they did the crime to none other than the Queen of England. On a beautiful day of June 7, 1977, the Queen’s Jubilee holiday, the band sailed down the Thames River on a boat named Queen Elizabeth. The group tried to play “God Save the Queen” outside the Palace of Westminster.
The police were able to reach their boat, while Paul Cook began to shout “No fun! No fun!” All of them were arrested. Eleven of the band members slept in jail that night.
Top 5 Max Collins
The list will not be complete without the frontman of Eve 6, Max Collins. He was charged with indecent exposure after he performed at a music festival naked, in May 2003. He was seen playing the lounge piano and getting in the elevator. He was escorted back to his room and was arrested by police. Following that night, he was released after settling bail.
Top 4 Jim Morrison
Who would forget about the Lizard King? Jim Morrison tried to incite a riot at a performance in Miami, Florida, on March 1969. However, he failed and exposed his penis onstage. He was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, drunkenness, and profanity by the Dade County Sheriff’s Office. Allegedly, he was also charged with “simulated oral copulation on Robbie Krieger, their band guitarist, on the same day. He was convicted for the crime and faced a six-month prison service. He also paid a $500 fine. Unfortunately, he died before serving his sentence.
Top 3 Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry is one exciting guy who fits the list. Aside from having stolen cars and being charged with armed robbery and transporting a girl across the state border for illegal purposes, his name was also dragged in a scandal where several women sued him for taking a video of them in the bathroom of the restaurant he owned in St. Louis. Reports say that he paid $1.2 million and legal fees to settle the charge. His lawyers claimed that he was a victim of someone who wants to take advantage of his money. Police found footage of women using the bathroom and a large amount of marijuana in the house during a raid. He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.
Top 2 Boy George
Of course, Boy George. The Culture Club frontman was charged with false imprisonment of Auden Carlsen. The Norwegian escort claimed that Boy George invited him to his home to pose for photographs. He escaped from the brandishing of whips and other sex objects after wrenching a hook out of the wall.
Top 1 DMX
Earl Simmons in real life, this rapper is not new to jail time and has a diverse criminal record, but one incident stands out from the rest. The rapper crashed his sports car through a parking lot at Kennedy Airport after telling the attendant to let him go because he was a government employee. Police found cocaine in his car, and he was charged with criminal impersonation, menacing and driving under the influence of drugs, and criminal mischief. On December 8, 2004, the rapper pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to a conditional discharge. However, he violated it later.