Most Difficult Rock and Metal Musicians to Work With

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The Top Ten

1 Euronymous Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (1968-1993), who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. Euronymous was stabbed to death by band member Varg Vikernes in August 1993. ...read more.

Not dissing you, but how exactly is Dave Mustaine more difficult to work with than THIS guy?

It's easier to work with someone who hasn't been murdered than someone who's dead. - Skullkid755

Pretty hard to work with a corpse - Firepower

2 Varg Vikernes Varg Vikernes Louis Cachet (born Kristian Vikernes) more popularly known as Varg Vikernes, is a Norwegian musician, writer, and a convicted murderer and arsonist. He is known as the frontman of the one-man band Burzum (named after a word in the Black Speech, which is a fictional language in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord ...read more.

a tiny bit - EliHbk

3 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.

Aka MegaDave (for his big ego). Drug abuse.
Insiders also say he's very authoritarian and somewhat stingy. - Metal_Treasure

4 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

Unreliable due to excessive use of drugs and alcohol. He attacked Geezer with a knife.
He does what his wife Sharon says. - Metal_Treasure

5 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.
6 GG Allin GG Allin Kevin Michael "GG" Allin (born Jesus Christ Allin; 1956-1993) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. He was best known for his graphic live performances which included self-mutilation, parading around the stage naked, fighting ...read more.

AllMusic and G4TV's That's Tough have called him "the most spectacular degenerate in rock & roll history" and the "toughest rock star in the world", respectively. - Metal_Treasure

7 Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.

He was unable to function due to frequent use of LSD - it was unacceptable esp. during live performances. Therefore Pink Floyd had to find a replacement. - Metal_Treasure

8 Keith Moon Keith Moon
9 Billy Corgan Billy Corgan William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.
10 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.

@Firepower - yes, LOL. I've read such stories, too. He is/was a practical joker and took some jokes too far, sometimes literally far, like in this story - to Iceland. LOL, poor manager - Metal_Treasure

One time, when his tour manager pissed him off, he drugged him and when the tour manager woke up naked on a ferry to Iceland - Firepower

His sins as a bandmate are much smaller than those of the other people on this list but nevertheless it isn't easy to work with him: he is a very tough guy; a perfectionist who expects the same from the others (well, this isn't a bad thing but working with him is more stressful).
Also notoriously moody, sarcastic and cynical. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Jan Axel Blomberg Jan Axel Blomberg Jan Axel Blomberg (also known as Hellhammer) is a Norwegian drummer who is best known as the drummer for the black metal band Mayhem. He is notorious for his racist and homophobic views, even going as far as to honoring Faust (former drummer of Emperor) for stabbing a gay man to death.

This racist jerk is known for advocating violence against homosexuals. If there is a hell then hopefully that's where he's going.

12 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
13 Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.
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