Now that Peter Murphy of ‘80s goth heroes Bauhaus has been arrested on charges of alleged DUI, hit and run as well as narcotics possession (charges to which he’s pleaded not guilty), the singer has joined the fraternity of rock stars who boast mug shots among their press shots.
Rock stars have been getting arrested for as long as there have been rock stars, going back to Elvis Presley getting busted for assault in 1956 after an impromptu autograph session at a Memphis gas station got physical when the mob blocked other customers from filling up. Over the years, rock legends ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to Axl Rose and Richie Sambora have all had to sit for mug shots after committing criminal offenses of varying degrees.
Combing arrest reports, we’ve collected ten of the most famous, notorious and just plain bizarre rock star mug shots of the modern era.
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong
The Bay Area pop-punk band leader ran afoul of the law when he was arrested for drunk driving in Berkeley, CA, back in 2003. Cops pulled him over for speeding, whereupon the arresting officers smelled alcohol on Armstrong’s breath. At .18 percent, he tested more than double the legal limit for intoxication behind the wheel. The incident was a precursor to his now infamous 2012 onstage rant during a Las Vegas concert resulting in a voluntary stay in rehab.
It was the punch heard around the world, when Jack White was arrested for assault after pummeling Jason Stollsteimer, lead singer of band the Von Bondies at a Detroit nightspot in 2003. White was eventually charged with aggravated assault, in part due to the extreme nature of the beating (as seen in the horrific pictures of Stollsteimer’s face after the fight). White pleaded guilty and was fined $500 and sentenced to take anger management courses.
The “American Bad Ass” was popped in an Atlanta Waffle House back in 2007 for a drunken late-night brawl between his entourage and a male patron in the restaurant over a woman that moved to the parking lot. Rock and his crew ultimately had to pay out $40,000 in damages as a result of the scuffle.
On September 19, 2010, Mars was arrested in Las Vegas for possession of cocaine. When talking to a police officer, Mars reportedly stated that what he did was “foolish” and that “he has never used drugs before”. Mars pled guilty to felony drug possession, and in return for his plea, he was told that the charges would be erased from his criminal record as long as he stayed out of trouble for a year, paid a $2,000 fine, did 200 hours of community service and completed a drug counseling course.