It’s true — there are rumors that Guns n’ Roses may summon their classic lineup from 1985 to play together once again. Will there be as much carnage, sex, heroin, absurd brawls with David Bowie, public urination and drug-related arrests as there were spanning from 1985 to 1990? Who knows.
But Rolling Stone was courteous enough to dig through arguably one of the craziest rock bands of all time’s history and curate their 50 wildest moments in response to the rumors. Here are five of those Guns n’ Roses moments we found particularly insane.
SLASH HAS DRUG-INFLICTED HALLUCINATION, RUNS THROUGH GOLF RESORT NAKED
Heroin became a huge problem for former lead guitarist Slash right after their 1989 world tour. The drug often left Slash dealing with strange hallucinations, including one where he recalls being chased by predators with dreadlocks and machine guns. This led to Slash punching through a glass door, using a maid as a human shield, running through the hotel lobby naked and then hiding behind a lawnmower. He was still so high when he was arrested, that he told police a very detailed account of the attack and still believed it was happening.
THAT TIME THEY WERE VERY WASTED ON PUBLIC ACCESS TVThe band invited journalists and a news crew to film them behind-the-scenes before one of their sets, and they weren’t exactly sober. Between the absurd “foam dome” hat and the final words before they play being, “Where’s my vodka,” the video kind of says it all.
IZZY ARRESTED AFTER URINATION MISHAP ON PLANEA flight from L.A. to Indianapolis turned into a shit show for rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin after he didn’t want to obey the smoking and bathroom rules of the flight. After being very drunk around a bunch of senior citizens, he verbally assaulted a stewardess for asking him to not smoke and then peed in the nearest trashcan because someone else was in the bathroom. He was arrested once they landed.
AXL ROSE PUNCHES DAVID BOWIEI can’t think of a more rock n’ roll moment than Axl Rose clobbering David Bowie for scamming on his girlfriend. It’s no secret he had an extremely short fuse, so punching Bowie for paying too much attention to his girlfriend Erin Everly in 1989 sounds about right. Except, the two became friends over it and ended up getting hammered together soon after the fight.
SLASH SOMEHOW SNEAKS A MOUNTAIN LION INTO THE FOUR SEASONSHonestly, this has to be one of the greatest stories from Slash. He decided to fill his new L.A. home with an amateur zoo, complete with venomous snakes, lizards, cats and a mountain lion cub named Curtis. But after an earthquake hit, his home was damaged and he retreated to the Marina Del Rey Four Seasons. With him to the hotel he brought Curtis, you know, the mountain lion.
To read the rest of the band’s insane stories, check out the rest of the list at Rolling Stone.