Once upon a time, rock stars did horrible things when left to their own devices. Trashing hotel rooms. Driving cars into swimming pools. Throwing TVs from windows at the upper reaches of buildings. Riding motorcycles down hallways. Inventive uses of fish. (Led Zeppelin fans know what I’m talking about.)
The Who, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Depeche Mode, Guns ‘N Roses–they all had their various appetites for destruction. But we don’t really hear much of that sort behaviour anymore, do we? Why?
First and foremost, rock has become very corporatized and tours are run with military precision. Second, fewer hotels are willing to indulge such antics. Third, record labels used to write cheques to make these problems go away. That doesn’t happen anymore. Bands wised up to the fact that any hush money was later recouped from their future royalties.
And finally, there are just better and more profitable ways to spend your rock star currency. Like opening restaurants.
The Independent takes a look at the situation.