Some musicians may be nice, cool, loving, sweet and overall wonderful towards their fans and towards others. Others could be really rude, narcissistic or just flat-out douchy (Looking at you Gene Simmons). But what about those who are more mixed and complex than you'd think. Here are some artists with personalities that have their shares of nice and genuine moments and traces of some bad ones.
The Top Ten
1Axl RoseWilliam 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.
Axl Rose can be quite outrageous when it comes to his anger issues, but one must notice that he didn't have the best childhood, considering his parents separated and he was the subject of molestation by his adopted father and never knew his biological father, so I guess the emotional trauma Axl had to go through was huge.
In addition, some people have admitted to say Axl is actually a nice guy these days and has even reconciled with Slash, which makes me smile :). - CrimsonShark
2Kurt CobainKurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his ...read more.
I respect Kurt (As overrated as he is personally). I think he was genuinely nice and was someone who would prefer being at a quiet place for peace (Like me at times). Unfortunately, his drug addiction rendered him emotionally unstable and sometimes he became a complete a*h ole. In spite of this, I actually feel sorry for him :(. Hope he's rocking out in Heaven. - CrimsonShark
3Dave MustaineDavid 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.
As controversial as he could get, Mustaine can be quite cool with his fans at times. He even shed tears while performing a tribute to Nick Menza and he has warmed up with Metallica. Yet some people still say he's a d*c k to his fans. - CrimsonShark
4John LennonJohn Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.
A lot of people say Lennon was a jerk at times constantly wrestling Paul McCartney over leadership of The Beatles, but I'm pretty sure he was a loving father and that he was someone who would often spread quotes regarding peace and equality. - CrimsonShark
He used to be a woman beater.
5Mike PortnoyMichael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.
6Corey TaylorCorey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.
I love Corey Taylor, but even then, he's had his fair share of hits and misses. - CrimsonShark
He can be somewhat aggresive at times! - EliHbk
7Kerry KingKerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.
King is mixed when it comes to personality. Some appreciate him for being genuine and nice to his fans whereas some view him as a complete jerk due to his "rambling" when it comes to being in a microphone in an interview. - CrimsonShark
8Noel GallagherNoel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.
He's warmed up quite recently, but some people still view him as a jerk of sorts unfortunately. - CrimsonShark
9Ted NugentTheodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and far right activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock.
10Justin BieberJustin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. ...read more.
11James HetfieldJames Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.
12Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.
13Brian WilsonBrian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.
15PrincePrince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .
16Gene SimmonsChaim Witz, known professionally by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor and television personality.
17Paul StanleyStanley Bert Eisen, known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss.
18Paul McCartneySir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .
19Don HenleyDonald Hugh "Don" Henley is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful solo career.
20Glenn FreyGlenn Lewis Frey was an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of the rock band Eagles.
21Richard WagnerWilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas.
The classical music genius has always left a legacy to the genre and was one of the most influential composers to ever live. However, influential does not always mean debatable. While he may have iconic pieces such as "Ride of the Valkyries" as a person, he was still debatable. Even gone down in history as an Anti-Semitist, that is harsh for a composer because that means they hated Jews with a burning passion like Adolf Hitler for example. - jack2244