Nicest Men and Biggest Jerks in Rock

Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
edited May 2013 in History of Rock
Who in music is nice/cool, and who's a complete Jerk?
And please say why, 'cause I don't want this thread to be just a list thread. Of course, this will be a list up here, but read through the thread to find reasons behind some (but not all) of these.

Based on things I've heard/read in this thread:

Nice/Cool
Dave Ghrol
John Mellencamp
Chrissie Hynde
Billy Gibbons
Mick Box
Lonnie Jordan
Billy Joel
Joe Satriani
Trent Reznor
The B-52s
Bret Michaels
Pearl Jam
Brian Bell
Shinedown
The Clash
Cheap Trick
Ronnie Van Zant
Steve van Zandt
Meat Loaf
Frank Zappa
Dweezil Zappa
Dee Snider
King Diamond
Slash
Coheed and Cambria
Brad Delp
Tyson Ritter
Toni Kakko
Pursuing Paradise
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Iron Maiden
Ted Nugent
Alice Cooper
Bon Jovi (The band, not just Jon)
Little Feat
Bob Marley
Eric Burdon
Dan Lilker
Ashwin Sood
Paul Gilberet
Brad Arnold
Scott Ian
Molly Hatchet (Band)
Paul Gilbert
Russell Allen
Red Chord
Protest The Hero
HORSE the Band
Slash
Michael Anthony
Fozzy
Eric Singer
Green Day
Steve Vai
Pete Townshend
Phil Collins
Rick Astley
Atomic Punks
Kitte
Carl Weathersby
Jason Rigenberg
Marty Stuart
Johnny Cash
Waylon Jennings
Everytime I Die
Arjen Lucassen
Kim Gordon
Thurston Moore
Weird Al
Linkin Park
KRS-One
Jesse "The Devil" Hughes
Dennis Lyxzen
Tom Petty
Lori Linstruth
Neal Morse
Pete Trewavas
Devin Townsend
Queen
Steve Flynn
Evile
Andrew W.K.
Rush
The Shins
Jack Black
Chuck Billy
Tom Morello
Michael Jackson
Les Claypool
David Draiman
Jason Landrian
Tony Iommi
John Kay
Fredrik Akesson
Peter Lindgren
Martin Mendez
Tommy Victor
Ted Parsons
Jon Bechdel
J
Sean Yseult
Nergal
Chris Lykins
Machines of Loving Grace
Course of Empire
Cam Stone
Poe
Ronnie James Dio
E
Tommy Walter
Brian Chippendale
Brian Gibson
Rob Zombie
Bill Steer
Jeff Walker
Serj Tankian
Sascha Konietzko
Paul Raven
Trivium
America
Gogol Bordello
Phideaux Xavier
Donovan
David Bowie
Sylosis
Mastodon
Cage The Elephant (Espically while High)
Aliotta-Haynes-Jeremiah
Kerry King
Valient Thor
Rise Against
John Darinelle
Paul Masvidal
Sum41
Joe Trohman
Andy Hurley
John Beck
Robert Smith
KoRn
Deftones
Ike Reilly
Wishbone Ash
Hiroshi Higashi
Makoto Kawabata
Christopher Cross
Daryl Struermer
Kip Winger
Shawn Crahan
Jukebox the Ghost
Chuck Schuldiner
Synyster Gates
Randy Rhodes
"Dimebag" Darrel Abbot
Silversun Pickups
Sammy Hagar
Butch Walker
Henry Rollins
Sunny Day Real Estate

Jerks
Chris Squire
Roger Waters
Robert Fripp
Metallica
John Densmore
Liam and Noel Gallagher
Jim Morrison
Noel Redding
Gaahl
Timo Luttinen
Demonos Sova
G.G. Allen
Manchester Orchestra (Except the Singer)
Courtney Love
Dino Cazares
Prince
Morrisey
Varg Vikernes
1349
DMX
Maria Taylor
Sex Pistols
The Human Abstract
Sebastian Bach
Every Band from the 1st wave of Screamo
Hall & Oates (Hall moreso)
Amanda Marshall
Roger Daltry
Jonny Craig
Mark Lanegan
Katy Perry
Rick Wakeman
Eric Johnson
Tommy Lee
Kid Rock
Iggy Pop
Carlos Denenger
Yngwie Malmsteen
Tom Sholtz
Scott Stapp
John Hartford
Jimmy Page
Buddy Rich
Mariah Carey
John Stamos
Mike Hickey
Peter Cetera
Debbie Harray
David Byrne
Sting
Dave Matthews
Phil Anselmo
Glenn Danzig
Pink Spiders
Frank Turner
Brandon Flowers
Vinnie Vincent
Harry Nillson
Unicorns and Islands
Ritchie Blackmore
John Lennon
Fred Durst
Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
and did we mention Gene Simmons?

Mixed
Dave Mustaine
David Lee Roth
Bono
Ted Nuget
Josh Homme
Lisa Loeb
Marilyn Manson
Kurt Cobain
Jon Davis
Corey Taylor
James LaBrie
Mike Patton
Maynard James Keenan
Madonna
Billy Corgan
Bad Brains
Beck
Rivers Cumuo
Wayne Coyne
Radiohead
Bruce Springsteen
Mike Portnoy
Panic at the Disco
Lou Reed
Ozzy Osbourne
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr

Comments

  • HungryfreakHungryfreak Headliner
    edited August 2008
    Jerks:

    Gene Simmons
    Gene Simmons
    Gene Simmons
    Gene Simmons
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited August 2008
    Jerks: Chris Squire
    Roger Waters
    Robert Fripp
    David Byrne
    Debbie Harray

    Nice: John Mellencamp
    Chrissie Hynde
    Billy Gibbons
    Mick Box
    Lonnie Jordan
  • back_blowsback_blows Washed Up
    edited August 2008
    Does Sharon Osbourne count? She's a total b.....
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited August 2008
    Hit & Miss:
    Bono

    Jerk:
    John Densmore

    Nice:
    Billy Joel
    Joe Satriani
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited August 2008
    a21schizoidman;1044412 said:
    Jerks: Chris Squire
    Roger Waters
    Robert Fripp
    David Byrne
    Debbie Harray


    Nice: John Mellencamp
    Chrissie Hynde
    Billy Gibbons
    Mick Box
    Lonnie Jordan
    This depresses me quite a bit. What bad things have you heard about Dave and Debbie? Also, I agree with the placement of John Mellencamp and Billy Gibbons.

    Nice:
    Trent Reznor
    Fred Schneider and the rest of The B-52s
    Bret Michaels
    Pearl Jam (They earn major points for fighting Ticketmaster.)
    The Clash (They helped their fans sneak into their shows for free.)
    Dio

    Jerks:
    Noel Gallagher (Although he has toned his obnoxiousness down since the 90s ended...)
    Lars Ulrich (This is redudant.)
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited August 2008
    Runesmith;1044459 said:
    This depresses me quite a bit. What bad things have you heard about Dave and Debbie? Also, I agree with the placement of John Mellencamp and Billy Gibbons.

    Nice:
    Trent Reznor
    Fred Schneider and the rest of The B-52s
    Bret Michaels
    Pearl Jam (They earn major points for fighting Ticketmaster.)
    The Clash (They helped their fans sneak into their shows for free.)
    Dio

    Jerks:
    Noel Gallagher (Although he has toned his obnoxiousness down since the 90s ended...)
    Lars Ulrich (This is redudant.)
    with debbie and david its the way they disbanded their bands
    debbie wont even talk with the rest of Blondie and snubbed them at the HoF
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited August 2008
    Nice:
    Rick Nielsen (hell the whole band Cheap Trick)
    Ronnie Van Zant
    Marvin Lee Aday (aka Meat Loaf)
  • HungryfreakHungryfreak Headliner
    edited August 2008
    Nice:

    Frank Zappa
    Dweezil Zappa
    Dee Snider
    King Diamond

    Jerks:

    Jim Morrison (I love The Doors, but you have to admit that he was an ass)
  • QuinarvyQuinarvy Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Nice: Slash, Claudio Sanchez
    ***: Rivers Cumuo
  • LimelightLimelight Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Hungryfreak;1044507 said:

    Jerks:

    Jim Morrison (I love The Doors, but you have to admit that he was an ass)
    I think that Morrison's lack of personability had more to do with the fact that he was ****ing insane than just being an ass.

    Reading his biography, it's pretty clear that the man was completely loco and would have ended up in a mental institution if it wasn't for the fact that he got famous.
  • synthesizedpianosynthesizedpiano Opening Act
    edited August 2008
    What did Rivers Cuomo do?
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited August 2008
    synthesizedpiano;1044658 said:
    What did Rivers Cuomo do?
    If you see Rivers Cumuo and say "OMG I'TS RIVERS CUMUO!" He'll just stare at you like a deer in the headlights and probably say something DBish.
  • synthesizedpianosynthesizedpiano Opening Act
    edited August 2008
    Rockbandfan23467;1044677 said:
    If you see Rivers Cumuo and say "OMG I'TS RIVERS CUMUO!" He'll just stare at you like a deer in the headlights and probably say something DBish.
    Ohhh I could see him doing that, after all his music is called nerd rock, he's probably afraid of ppl.
  • QuinarvyQuinarvy Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    synthesizedpiano;1044680 said:
    Ohhh I could see him doing that, after all his music is called nerd rock, he's probably afraid of ppl.
    Yea, but then he whines and gets pissed about being famous.
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited August 2008
    Nice:
    Ted Nugent
    Alice Cooper
    Bob Marley
    Eric Burdon

    Jerks:
    Noel Redding
  • InB4LockInB4Lock Opening Act
    edited August 2008
    Nice/Cool
    Everyone in RHCP
    Everyone in Bon Jovi
    Scott Ian of Anthrax

    Jerk
    Fred Durst
  • Tender-SurrenderTender-Surrender Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Nice: Brad Delp rest his soul
  • InB4LockInB4Lock Opening Act
    edited August 2008
    Tender-Surrender;1044710 said:
    Nice: Brad Delp rest his soul
    Agreed completely.
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited August 2008
    It would be nice if everyone explained why you chose that person for that catagory.

    Anymore Hit-And-Miss ones?
  • DarkSide247DarkSide247 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Cool/Nice:
    Thom Yorke (Human Rights, Anti-War, Environmentalism, Fair trade, etc.)

    Jerk/Possibly Hit and Miss:
    Marilyn Manson (Riots, Assault, Etc.)
  • WhiffleBallTonyWhiffleBallTony Headliner
    edited August 2008
    back_blows;1044435 said:
    Does Sharon Osbourne count? She's a total b.....
    If I ever meet her, I will punch her in the face for what she did to Maiden at Ozzfest. Shame on her for ruining so many experiences at once.

    Anyway, I would have to say that the whole of Iron Maiden should go in the "Nice/Cool" category. Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson are really my two musical heroes since they have the "complete package" along with other artists like Frank Zappa.

    Also, put Gaahl in the jerk category. I don't think I really need to explain if you guys know anything about him.
  • HungryfreakHungryfreak Headliner
    edited August 2008
    Rockbandfan23467;1044794 said:
    It would be nice if everyone explained why you chose that person for that catagory.

    Anymore Hit-And-Miss ones?
    You don't need much explanation for Gene Simmons.

    Jim Morrison often came out to his shows drunk and would do things like pull his pants down on stage

    Frank Zappa always seemed like a cool guy. I can say that after reading the Bible (aka The Real Frank Zappa Book)

    Dweezil stayed afterwards at the Zappa Plays Zappa concert. He signed things and spoke to people a bit. He was cool.

    Dee Snider's speech at the PMRC hearings is enough to solidify a place among the cool men in rock.

    King Diamond always seemed like a nice enough person. From interviews, he's always come off to me as a pretty respectable guy in general.
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited August 2008
    Hungryfreak;1044843 said:

    Frank Zappa always seemed like a cool guy. I can say that after reading the Bible (aka The Real Frank Zappa Book)

    dont forget his exploits against the PMRC
  • HungryfreakHungryfreak Headliner
    edited August 2008
    a21schizoidman;1044849 said:
    dont forget his exploits against the PMRC
    All contained within said Bible, haha. His speech was awesome. That gave me a hell of a lot of respect for him.
  • schmeankmanschmeankman Headliner
    edited August 2008
    Nice:

    Brad Arnold (Met him)
    Little Feat (Met then at a concert here, very, very nice folks)

    Meanypants:

    Axl
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited August 2008
  • DarkSide247DarkSide247 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited August 2008
    DarkSide247;1044827 said:
    Cool/Nice:
    Thom Yorke (Human Rights, Anti-War, Environmentalism, Fair trade, etc.)

    Jerk/Possibly Hit and Miss:
    Marilyn Manson (Riots, Assault, Etc.)
    Definately agree with these. Marilyn leans more towards nice or hit-and-miss than jerk, though, in my opinion. I enjoyed reading the article he wrote about the Columbine shooting. He's far more intelligent than people give him credit for.
    a21schizoidman;1044468 said:
    with debbie and david its the way they disbanded their bands
    debbie wont even talk with the rest of Blondie and snubbed them at the HoF
    Ah, that's true. I'd probably place them under hit-or-miss, though, since none of us are really sure about what when on behind the scenes when Blondie and the Talking Heads broke up. I do know that David Byrne is adamantly against reuniting the original Heads line-up, according to Jerry Harrison.
  • DarkSide247DarkSide247 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Runesmith;1044882 said:
    Definately agree with these. Marilyn leans more towards nice or hit-and-miss than jerk, though, in my opinion. I enjoyed reading the article he wrote about the Columbine shooting. He's far more intelligent than people give him credit for.
    Hm, got a point.

    Nice:
    Paul Gilbert (Funny, and seems like an overly nice guy to hang out with)

    Hit and Miss:
    Kurt Cobain (Seems like he'd be a cool guy to be around, but he has his moments)
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited August 2008
    Nice: all of Molly Hatchet (met them, great guys)
    Russell Allen (from Symphony X) he was just really in with the crowd, very upbeat and just seemed like a very nice guy
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