Urine Big Trouble! 5 Public Pissers and the Messes They've Made
Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon
Y'know, it's a real shame that Blind Melon will forever be remembered as that-band-that-had-that-tap-dancing-bee-girl-in-the-video-for-that-annoying-song because they actually had a few moments of grace and great promise. But Halloween 1993, playing an opening slot for Lenny Kravitz at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum was not one of the band's finest moments, unfortunately. Vocalist Shannon Hoon, visibly intoxicated, performed a chunk of the set stark-bollock-naked, dry-humped a dude dressed as a bee, and then peed on the front row to a chorus of protests. Inevitably, he was arrested. Because it was a LENNY KRAVITZ ARENA CONCERT. Not that smart, Mr. Hoon.
It was the inappropriate piss that would trickle down through the ages! That time Ozzy Osbourne -- drunken, English, heavy metal icon -- went for a late night wander in San Antonio, Texas, while wearing a dress (naturally) and decided to relieve himself on what he later described as an old wall. It was, of course, the Alamo. Or, more specifically, Alamo Plaza's memorial cenotaph. Locals were so enraged that Ozzy was banned from performing there for a full decade. The bitterness only subsided after Monsieur Osbourne gave $10,000 to the organization that maintains the site. Now, that was an expensive wizz.
The only thing anyone remembers about 2010's SXSW in Austin was the fact that Fat Mike from NOFX played one of the most disturbing shows in the history of the conference. Dressed as his alter ego, Cokie the Clown, the usually hilarious punker told what he later referred to as "the most horrific stories of my life," gave out shots to the crowd from a bottle of Patron tequila, and then finished up an all-round upsetting performance by showing a video of himself peeing into a bottle of Patron before striding onstage with it. When the Austin Health Department got involved, Mike claimed it was all a hoax and that he hadn't really tricked those nice people in the audience into drinking his piss. We can't help but doubt the validity of that statement.
The members of Black Lips have taken a slash on stage so many times that these days it's almost more of a surprise when they don't. The band was banned from a number of New York venues after peeing on stage, fellow tour-mates have claimed they all regularly practice pissing into their own mouths, and rumors continue to circulate that vocalist Cole Alexander has spat his own urine on fans on a number of occasions. SF fans who attended an Almighty Defenders show in Bimbo's in 2010 bore witness to Alexander peeing into the mouth of bandmate King Khan, who combined that with some Jameson before spitting it out at the audience. Their mothers must be so proud.