Nicest Men and Biggest Jerks in Rock

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  • back_blowsback_blows Washed Up
    edited August 2008
    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.

    Recently, the Gaahl-fronted Gorgoroth won a case against Regain Records for releasing a live album while the band was split up. That guy seriously needs to get his act together and forget about Gorgoroth.

    On the topic of ***wholes, I'm pretty sure Varg Vikernes takes the cake. You know for murder, church burnings, etc.
  • Rev0lverRev0lver Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    awesome, but i've never met him: marilyn manson(i hate his music though)
    hit and miss: maynard james keenan
    ****: katy perry
  • back_blowsback_blows Washed Up
    edited August 2008
    Jerks:
    G.G. Allen

    To be fair, he was insane.
  • WhiffleBallTonyWhiffleBallTony Headliner
    edited August 2008
    back_blows wrote: »
    Recently, the Gaahl-fronted Gorgoroth won a case against Regain Records for releasing a live album while the band was split up. That guy seriously needs to get his act together and forget about Gorgoroth.

    Yes, he really does. He really gives a bad name to metal musicians and fans and the media uses people like him to make us all seem like asses. **** them all.
  • Chief StubbsChief Stubbs Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Nice:
    The guys in Red Chord(who?). My friend was buying some Red Chord stuff at Mayhem Festival and they were there signing **** and gave him an extra free t-shirt and talked **** with him and he walked out with a whole bunch of signed crap.
  • Rev0lverRev0lver Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    oh yeah, almost forgot, the guys in Protest The Hero are some of the nicest i've met, and The Human Abstract are mostly jerks. HORSE The Band is cool as well.
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited August 2008
    i'd say that the sex pistols could be in the jerk category
    now i actually like the pistols as a band, but i've heard that they could be some of the most stuck-up and nasty people ever when they went to their live shows
    i think pete townshend should be classified as one of the nice guys of rock, because he is active in many charities
  • AxlVanHagarAxlVanHagar Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Speaking from personal experience

    Nice

    Slash - Met him three times. First time during the early days pre- Appetite Relase or shortly thereafter. In any case they were still nobodies as the album stiffing for the most part sales wise. Met him at briefly at a club show. He was very cool. Crossed paths with him again years later on the first leg of the Illusion tour. Again he was very approachable and down to Earth. Last time I met him was during the Snakepit tour. Hung out with him in his dressing room for a coule of hours before a gig in Toronto. In every case I've found him to be a very humble, polite, soft spoken individual who genuinely appreciates his fans.

    Alice Cooper - In my experiences a classy guy who always takes time for fans and appreciates them.

    Michael Anthony (Van Halen)- Very polite though it was obvious he wished he hadn't been recognized as he had his family with him. This was during the 5150 tour and he had taken some time to see Niagara Falls. I was working for the Parks Commission at the time and spotted him and quietly said hello and chatted with briefly. After it was obvious the fans that began mobbibg him were not going to leave him alone I arranged for our Parks Police to escort him out of the area which he greatly appreciated.

    Madonna - Met her at the Falls as well while I worked down there. She was on the Blonds Ambition Tour at the time and was there very early one morning and approached me to ask the standard tourist questions as well as if I knew anything about the Marilyn Monroe movie Niagara that was filmed there. I did and took her to one of the old film locations. She was very cool and much prettier in person. She offered to put me on the guest list for her show that night but sadly I was unable to make it.

    Everyone in the band Fozzy - I cant say enough about just how great the whole band was to my nephew who was 11 at the time.It was his first concert and we were first row. Rich Ward the guitarist played up to him all night as did the whole band from time to time. Rich even let me sing his parts to Eat The Rich(Motorhead cover not the Aerosmith song of the same name). End of the show during the encore Rich pulled Carter up on stage and let him wear his guitar, then put him on his shoulders and ran around the stage allowing the little guy to strum maniacally away on the Les Paul. It was great! The capper was Chris Jericho taking Carter by the hand to center stage in the spotlight and headbanging with him for the finale. Class act those guys, can't say enough about them. Killer band too IMO.

    Bon Jovi - The band was a little burned out from another long tour but still took the time to shake some hands, pose for pics and sign autographs despite being in a hurry.

    Eric Singer (KISS/Alice Cooper) - Eric was very nice and quite funny. Met him in the Falls a couple years ago when Cooper played the local Casino. Cool dude.

    Dweezil Zappa/Steve Vai - Both hung around for quite some after a Zappa Plays Zappa show just sitting on the edge of the stage and talking with fans, taking pics etc.

    Billie Joe Armstong/Tres Cool (Greenday) - Met both of them early on the Dookie tour outside the club they were playing that night. As it happens the club is attached to a coffee shop so my buddy, Billie and Tres all went for a coffee and shot the breeze for about an hour.

    Axl Rose - Was surprisingly nice when i very briefly encountered him on the ill fated 2002 tour. Not overly chatty and didn't really stop moving but slowed his pace down shook hands and talked as he walked. No complaints form me.

    Douchbags

    Sebastian Bach - For a while I was a working studio musician and was hired to do some stuff with Bach. Without going into great detail Baz is a dick. He's stil convinced it's 1986 and he's God's gift to metal. Still a fan and I think he's one of the best singers bar none and his new album is killer!But it was a painful experience that I wound up quitting. Only time I ever quit on a contract.

    Hall & Oates - They played a show at one of our local summer concert series and were both dicks. Refused to interact with any of the fans that came out and hid n their trailer abusing the staff running the show.

    Amanda Marshall - see above for Hall & Oates excpet she eventually came out of her trailer after the stage manager and myself wiped the ground with rags before she walked on it. True story!:mad:

    Hit and miss from talking to friends who met them

    Dave Mustaine and David Lee Roth - I've had friends that have met both. Mustaine was very rude and bitchy to one friend but very appreciative of another. Both met him at different times. Roth was an arrogant ass that hadf no time for one buddy as he was too busy with groupies but the following year another buddy met him and Roth was super cool and invited my friend to a party he was going to. To this day he cites that as one of the best nights of his life.
  • InB4LockInB4Lock Opening Act
    edited August 2008
    Nice:
    Pete Townshend
    Rick Astley *hehe*
    Phil Collins

    Mean/Grumpy old men
    Roger Daltry
  • HungryfreakHungryfreak Headliner
    edited August 2008
    Dweezil Zappa/Steve Vai - Both hung around for quite some after a Zappa Plays Zappa show just sitting on the edge of the stage and talking with fans, taking pics etc.

    I wish I was at the tour with Steve Vai. Made it to the second one. Still great. I unfortunately lost the ticket I got signed by him; guess this just gives me an excuse to see him again, though, haha.

    Amazing how many people you've met. The only famous person in general I've seen in a scenario outside of a concert was Roberto Benigni (star of Life is Beautiful). He was eating dinner two tables away from us in Italy, but we didn't want to disturb him.
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited August 2008
    Nice: Carl Weathersby (from stories my dad told bout when he saw them, and plus he worked with his bassist)

    Jerk: Rick Wakeman (kinda assholish with some stuff he's done)
  • JukeBoxHeroJukeBoxHero Headliner
    edited August 2008

    Madonna - Met her at the Falls as well while I worked down there. She was on the Blonds Ambition Tour at the time and was there very early one morning and approached me to ask the standard tourist questions as well as if I knew anything about the Marilyn Monroe movie Niagara that was filmed there. I did and took her to one of the old film locations. She was very cool and much prettier in person. She offered to put me on the guest list for her show that night but sadly I was unable to make it.

    Everyone in the band Fozzy - I cant say enough about just how great the whole band was to my nephew who was 11 at the time.It was his first concert and we were first row. Rich Ward the guitarist played up to him all night as did the whole band from time to time. Rich even let me sing his parts to Eat The Rich(Motorhead cover not the Aerosmith song of the same name). End of the show during the encore Rich pulled Carter up on stage and let him wear his guitar, then put him on his shoulders and ran around the stage allowing the little guy to strum maniacally away on the Les Paul. It was great! The capper was Chris Jericho taking Carter by the hand to center stage in the spotlight and headbanging with him for the finale. Class act those guys, can't say enough about them. Killer band too IMO.

    Those are some awesome experiences Axl.

    Now for my list of nice people.

    Alex Lifeson: Judging from the interviews and seeing Rush live, he seem like a pretty cool guy.

    Atomic Punks: These guys were cool for being a cover band and all. Let people take group shots after the show and stayed for a good half hour.
  • AxlVanHagarAxlVanHagar Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Those are some awesome experiences Axl.

    Now for my list of nice people.

    Alex Lifeson: Judging from the interviews and seeing Rush live, he seem like a pretty cool guy.

    Atomic Punks: These guys were cool for being a cover band and all. Let people take group shots after the show and stayed for a good half hour.

    Thanks bro, I've just been lucky with right place right time sometimes.

    Agreed on the Atomic Punks, those guys rock! And really great guys to boot, Ralph was a bit of a buddy for awhile. Those same guys also do a really good Rush tribute band as well as Metal Skool/Steel Panther.
  • JukeBoxHeroJukeBoxHero Headliner
    edited August 2008
    Thanks bro, I've just been lucky with right place right time sometimes.

    Agreed on the Atomic Punks, those guys rock! And really great guys to boot, Ralph was a bit of a buddy for awhile. Those same guys also do a really good Rush tribute band as well as Metal Skool/Steel Panther.

    Cool I didn't know they do a Rush tribute band, I'll have to check it out.
  • AxlVanHagarAxlVanHagar Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Cool I didn't know they do a Rush tribute band, I'll have to check it out.

    Yup, Moving Pictures. Just click the link for SideProjects

    http://www.theatomicpunks.com/
  • defenestraterdefenestrater Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    I used to work in an airport bookstore and occasionally celebrities would come into the store looking for something to do in between flights. Most of them were pretty decent people and were more than willing to shoot the **** with anyone who recognized them (Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Weird Al, KRS-1, one of the guys from Phish, plus lots of others, it was a pretty fun job in that regard).

    Tommy Lee came in once and he was a jerk though. I stood directly in front of him and while making eye contact asked him if he needed help with anything three times. I asked him three times because he completely ignored me. DMX came in once right around the time his autobiography was released and proceeded to chew out my 60 year old coworker for not recognizing him on sight. Nothing but a couple of douchebags, as far as I'm concerned. :p
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited August 2008
    i've never seen or read an interview with tom petty where i didn't feel like we were best buds by the end of it.

    most musicians i've met have acted very friendly in my experience... the only exceptions i can think of are ravn and archaon from 1349 and maria taylor from bright eyes and azure ray.

    also, towards the end of the 1st wave of screamo (8 years ago or so) it seemed like every band i came in contact were full of snobbish jerks (love lost but not forgotten, usurp synapse, etc.).
  • WerttyWertty Rising Star
    edited August 2008
    All of the guys in Everytime I die and four year strong are super nice, and I don't see WHERE someone got the idea that Manson was a douchebag.
    He's one of the nicest people I've seen from interviews.
    And I figured Katy Perry would be pretty nice too.
  • DestromasDestromas Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Epic Jerk: Sebastian Bach
    Jerk: Eric Johnson
    Nice: Geddy Lee
    Epic Nice: Arjen Lucassen
    Stupid: Kid Rock
  • synthesizedpianosynthesizedpiano Opening Act
    edited August 2008
    Destromas wrote: »
    Epic Jerk: Sebastian Bach
    Jerk: Eric Johnson
    Nice: Geddy Lee
    Epic Nice: Arjen Lucassen
    Stupid: Kid Rock

    Hahaha that's hilarious.
  • NX013NX013 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    How is Eric Johnson a jerk, Im not really familiar with him

    heres some more:

    Nice:
    Cliff Burton
    Kirk Hammet
    Queen
    Rush
    Tony Iommi
    Kerry King

    Hits/Miss
    Billy Corgan
    Ozzy Osbourne
    Ritchie Blackmore
  • BigMonkEBigMonkE Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Roger Daltrey isn't nice? Huh. He seemed like a nice guy to me.

    But for the nicest person in Rock, I'd have to go with Brad Delp.
  • HungryfreakHungryfreak Headliner
    edited August 2008
    Nice:

    Chuck Schuldiner:

    He acted respectfully to people and seemed like a nice guy in general. Even though I like the old logo better, Chuck changed Death's logo for nobel reasons. He centered the inverted cross so that people wouldn't draw misconceptions about his music or death metal in general. I would have loved to have met him.
  • NX013NX013 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    another couple of meany pants:

    Tom Scholtz - took full control of boston, wasted a lot of time in the studios, helped bring up the band and destroy it

    Buddy Rich - was a very strict man

    Jimmy Page - stole from past musicians without permission and refuses to share his music
  • WhiffleBallTonyWhiffleBallTony Headliner
    edited August 2008
    Nice:

    Chuck Schuldiner:

    He acted respectfully to people and seemed like a nice guy in general. Even though I like the old logo better, Chuck changed Death's logo for nobel reasons. He centered the inverted cross so that people wouldn't draw misconceptions about his music or death metal in general. I would have loved to have met him.

    Yeah. R.I.P. Chuck. He gave extreme metal musicians a good name.
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited August 2008
    Great job folks, making this a 6 page topic in less than a day.
  • Shredder87Shredder87 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    I don't think anybody has mentioned Dimebag Darrell.

    He would stay after shows until EVERYBODY got a signature, buy then beers, or jam with some of them.
  • OomingmakOomingmak Opening Act
    edited August 2008
    Weird about Josh Homme, he was really nice when I met him.

    Jesse "The Devil" Hughes from Eagles of Death Metal is really cool.
    Dennis Lyxzen (Refused, Lost Patrol, The (International) Noise Conspiracy) was cool too.

    Mark Lanegan hates everybody.
  • Insane3Insane3 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Frank Zappa always seemed like a cool guy. I can say that after reading the Bible (aka The Real Frank Zappa Book)

    Except when you're one of his musicians. I was told he was extremely strict... like too strict.
  • Insane3Insane3 Road Warrior
    edited August 2008
    Runesmith wrote: »
    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.

    I agree with that. I don't like his music but I have to say he is more intelligent than he looks like.
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