Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Today's Blind Items - Blitzed

I debated writing this blind, not because it isn't worthy of the spot, but because I'm not sure how many people will actually be able to guess who it is. He is foreign born. In his home country he fronted a band which was definitely A list there. In the US, they never really rose above B- list maybe. They could fill venues with 2,000 seats or so in the US while they were filling arenas back home.

The subject of our blind has never shied away from the fact he spent a lot of his early earnings on coke to the point where the only reason he works today is trying to recoup the nearly $1M he spent on coke over his career. Back at the height of their fame, the band was touring here in the US and made a stop in LA. This must have been well over a decade ago now. Our singer was blitzed on coke. There was a woman at the show who maybe was about 18 or so and flashed her breasts at the singer. He immediately sent someone to bring her backstage for after the show. Also at the concert was a female who was probably in the 14-16 year old range. She had some backstage passes she won from a radio show contest. She attended the show with her parents, but she was the only one who went backstage. So, after the show the singer is doing lines and meets the 14-16 year old and thinks she is the one who flashed her breasts. The person who did flash her breasts was hooking up with the road manager. The singer starts telling the young teen to show him her breasts again and when she refuses, he starts hitting her and calling her a tease for flashing him earlier and not following through now. She tried to explain and he kept getting more aggressive and then forced her to her knees and proceeded to orally rape her. Someone walked in at that point and pushed the singer off the girl who ran out of the room crying. This was not a dressing room or anything. It was a fairly open backstage area. Our singer was so wasted he still had no idea what had happened and who was who. A member of the radio station was there and he got into a fight with the road manager who had finished having sex with the 18 year old and explained what happened. Then the police were called. The parents showed up backstage and it looked like the singer was going to be arrested but the parents didn't want anyone to know what happened to their daughter and thought she might have to testify so they decided not to press any charges.

102 comments:

Tricia13 said...

Bloc Party?

MDAnderson said...

This sounds like Pete Doherty and the libertines but a lot of people know of him.

Troy Dyer said...

First bought was Justin Hawkins from the Darkness

Troy Dyer said...

*thought

kfitz said...

FUCK I WAS GONNA GUESS PETE DOHERTY lolol

sandybrook said...

The Chemical Brothers? Maybe their height was before this time frame.

kfitz said...

oh oli sykes

kfitz said...

or*

Alf Landon said...

Oasis
Noel Gallagher

sandybrook said...

My original guess would have been way too past this: Simply RedπŸ‘Œ

MDAnderson said...

Alex Turner/ Arctic Monkeys??

Rosie riveter said...

Pffft.
Enty underestimates his sleuths

J said...

I think Gogol Bordello were American guys.

sunnydaze1109 said...

Die Antwoord

Caz said...

Robbie Williams?

Guesser said...

This could be a lot of people,especially given the Enty ratings.

Brayson87 said...

Dude there are a lot of foreign born singers like that. Everyone's a big fish in a little pond.

Sd Auntie said...

Oasis is A+.

gauloise said...

Franz Ferdinand? They were huge in europe not sure if also in USA

or

Pete D's other band Babyshambles?

Tricia13 said...
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Tricia13 said...

Hope this isn’t meant to be Stereophonics/Kelly Jones..
Cuz I’d be sad...

gauloise said...

The Kills / Jamie Hince?

Unknown said...

Tokyo Hotel?

Unknown said...

Is Blitz a hint at German?

Queen of Pith said...

Shane MacGowan/Pogues?

Flashy Vic said...

I thought Noel Gallagher, but they were well beyond their peak a decade ago, if not already split. They were a bit shit, so I don't know.

Doherty is a good guess but she could have smacked him back, he could pull the scab off a blister, the weak wristed fucking bellend, she would have sent him through a wall.

Alf Landon said...

True, but "Don't Believe the Truth" was a huge album in 2005 with an extensive tour.

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Jooles said...

The Script (Irish)?

JT0130 said...

Can't be Bloc Party. Lead singer is gay, not bi.

RedVelvetBoots said...

I also thought Simply Red but that would've been close to 30 years ago lol. They were huge when I was living in France but barely heard a peep out of them in the US.

Vita said...

They won a grammy in 2010, so might be too big, but i thought of Phoenix (French)...big song "Lisztomania"? Thomas Mars is singer, i know nothing about him

Vita said...

That was a very ugly mix-up! Guy got very lucky with press-shy parents. Poor contest winner is probably still traumatized

JT0130 said...

Never done hard drugs. Can coke cause a mindfuck like that?? I thought crack was the one that causes rage and confusion.

pricksongs said...

gonna guess Primal Scream. They were very big in the UK (maybe they still are?) and frontman Bobby Gillespie is apparently a hot mess of a human being (there's an interview with Stevie Van Zandt somewhere where he talks about wanting to bring Primal Scream on a tour to get them a bigger US audience but he said they were too fucked up).

Lostgirl said...

Keane?

VikingSong said...

My guess would be Oasis, but not Noel. I think it was Liam. And the OP who described Oasis as a "bit shit" is clearly clueless about music. They were the most successful band, globally, of the nineties.

Lostgirl said...

Gorillaz? Damon doesn't sound the rapey type though..

AngelenoHi said...

Jarvis Cocker from Pulp? I believe he dated Chloe Sevigny for a while?

JoEhm said...

I am going to guess Gavin Rossdale/Bush. Foreign born, pretty popular in the UK but not as big here (though the few tracks that hit the radio were bangers).... really bad into everything back in the day, so I would not be surprised if this was him. (forever long lurker here, hello folks!!)

pkelly491 said...

Definitely think this is Justin Hawkins/The Darkness. They were pretty hughe in the UK from 2003-2005/06 ish. Only had one minor hit in the US, never were well known here. He had a known coke problem.

pkelly491 said...

Per wikipedia "Hawkins revealed spending 150k euros in three years on cocaine after entering the charts in 2003."

gauloise said...
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gauloise said...

@Vita Thomas Mars has been with Sophia Coppola since the mid 2000s, he's pretty mellow and don't think it would be him

Donna said...

I like that The Darkness guess up there, pkelly491.

Gonna toss out German rock band UFO, lead singer Michael Schenker.

MDAnderson said...

Oasis were definitely above B list in the US in the 90s. Liking pkelly491 guess.

Gator said...

Doherty is a complete waste of oxygen.

Jon said...

They also had two huge #1s in America plus a few minor hits. They were very well known here.

LondonGirl said...

Oasis played in LA 2008. I'm going to go with Liam, he's a massive prick. I can see it being him and its why he still churns out the shite he does now and puts his name to that Pretty Green clothing co. Although that's gone bust now.

Unknown said...

This is yet another "Tale That Never Happened", because one of the ents had a hard on for musicians. There is no way a 14 year old got backstage, everyone checks IDs, has for over 20 years. Stopped buying any of the story right there.

Sus said...

Pete Doherty is more a heroin man, right?

I say Blur singer Damon Albarn.

Jon said...

Good thing her parents were there to stop their 14 yo from getting sexually assaulted at a rock concert.

Thy Unveiling said...

Can't speak from using-experience, but I've been around some guys who get enraged about their drug-induced ED, blaming it on everything but the coke. Never done blow myself.

Rick James said its a helluva drug, though. Helluva drug.

VRWC said...

Ninja does likenl them young.

Sd Auntie said...

They are A+. No way. He nay be a jerk ..but hitting a kid and assault is just evil.

Jon said...

Cocaine ia a helluva drug.

Unknown said...

This was 10 years ago, not 20. The late 90's were the era of Bush and Oasis and Chemical Brothers (all of which were huge in the US - no idea how folks think otherwise? Get Busy Child is still one of my favorite Chem Bros songs and they headlined many parties in the early 00's). Phoenix, the Darkness, Franz Ferdinand, etc would be better guesses.

Pete D. was infamous for dating Kate Moss and then linked to Amy Winehouse, so folks would have known who he was for sure.

The Darkness broke up in 2006 and the last time they played in the US was 2004. Gonna have to dig for this one a bit.

Jon said...

I would never consider the Staples Center a 2,000 seat venue.

Astra Worthington said...

I thought of Savage Garden but the main guy is gay. Although he wasn’t out at the time and at some point, had a wife.

MDAnderson said...

Sorry Troy I didn’t see this at first. I’m liking this guess.

notthisagain said...

FUCK THOSE PARENTS

notthisagain said...

enty says at one point, 'this must have been 10 years ago'

so 2009...the guesses above a lot of them are older bands than that, so cant be them

Troy Dyer said...

Did some quick googling for bands not super popular here and also thought “Troy, what bands would have fans that are 14-18”?

I’m throwing in ‘5 seconds of summer’ into the hat

Bleu said...

It almost has to be him and either the Libertines or Babyshambles. I say this only because he or the band were at least big enough for a US rock station to hold a backstage passes contest.

B626 said...

Low level U.S. success for U.K. Artists and massive coke use go hand in hand, don’t they mate?

Nachobuttmug said...

I hope it is not the band Supergrass. I like that song "Caught by the Fuzz."

Sekrit said...

Got some possibilities:

Devin Townsend
Kelly Jones/ Stereophonics
Tom Chaplin/Keane

and these two I really hope not

Daniel Johns/Silverchair
Brian Molko (yes, foreign born)/Placebo



Gavin/Bush were the reverse; popular in the US but always struggled commericially back home in the UK

Jeweled Skye said...

What about Snow Patrol? I know they had a hollywood following, but they never could seem to rise to arena status here in the states...

Depeche Mode? I loved them, but they weren't considered headliners in the states...

The Smiths? Morrissey has alwasy been kinda a douche....

What about Muse? One would never expect that from Kate Hudson's Matt Bellamy..... they were actually formed in the early - mid 90s


Jeweled Skye said...

adding one more... Radiohead

TC said...

Ginger/The Wildhearts. Popular in the UK never broke very big in the US. Ginger is and has been a hot mess for years.

The Disaffected Cynic said...

All that co-caine, I feel dirty...

Jennifer said...

Depeche Mode were HUGE what are you talking about!!!Radiohead too!

Jeff said...

Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs. Song at the time was Ruby.

Michelle said...
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Michelle said...


Barenaked ladies: Steven Page

https://people.com/crime/barenaked-ladies-singer-arrested-on-drug-charges/

Song: "If I had a million dollars".

syanide said...

linkin park

RereLove said...

+1 sounds exactly like him

Vita said...

Gauloise-- thanks for info!

Jeff-- I think you may have it with Kaiser Chiefs... Band was around before ten years ago, but that song was out then...they won British music awards, but aren't known that well here. And, don't know if it's an intentional clue or not, but blind is called the "Blitzed"...blitz and Kaiser both german based words?πŸ˜•

Jeff said...

Vita - Their song ‘I predict a riot’ was in Rock Band: Blitz. Kind of reachy, so I like the German angle you picked up on.

hoohoo said...

Mike Peters/The Alarm?

Fotw said...

That’s 100% likely to be the Darkness singer. He had a terrible coke problem and went on record saying he blew 1m on coke. The band originally broke up because of it. All the other people that people are naming do not fit.

cap'ngeech said...

Lol is this Liam guessing here?

Urban Rosebud said...

Depeche Mode, The Smiths / Morrissey. Big time in Amerikkka. We blacks lub 'dem.

LOLOL...

Em and 'im said...

I hope it isn’t Ricky Martin of Kaiser Chiefs, but I fear it may be, That poor teenage girl. So excited to see her idols and then that happens.

TruRes said...

Been around him in a festival setting in a city, where everyone from Metallica to the Strokes & KOL and John McEnroe were. He was very sweet and flirtatious with my sister, and gave off nothing of a violent vibe. Not even particularly egotistical.

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HushHush said...

Canadian band Hedley. The lead singer is on trial for assaulting young women.

VirgilHilts said...

@Tricia13 the lead singer for Bloc Party is gay.

roger said...

brett anderson from Suede

Nonya Bidness said...

You are clueless if you think that Radiohead (who won grammies), Depeche Mode (who sold out the Rose Bowl in the late 80's) and the Smiths and Morrissey never made it above B list in the US.

Also, Morrissey is gay and quite out.

At least make educated guesses!

Jeff said...

Lol @suede

They had one song played on 120 minutes 25 years ago and that was it. Plus, pretty sure the frontman is gay.

Ava said...

Lol exactly cap'n... No way this was

Scandi Sanskrit said...

@Jeff are you kissing me?!

I'm assuming that "one song" you're talking about is "Beautiful Ones".

But MTV (at least MTV Asia) used to play a lot:

"Filmstar"
"Lazy"
"She"
"Saturday Night"
"She's in Fashion"

If anyone's just got one song, it's the band that did "Bittersweet Symphony" (the song in the funeral scene of "Cruel Intentions").

I can't even remember the name of the band, just the song "Bittersweet Symphony".

Had to look it up: THE VERVE.

Scandi Sanskrit said...

*kiDDing me (not kissing wtf)

NoMoreBullshit said...

I'm with troy, justin from the darkness. By the way i'm reading some really bad options..

HouellebecqGurl said...

Me, too. I thought this had Dirty Pete D, written all over it.

thecatwhisper said...

My 1st though when I read this was richard ashcroft lead singer of the verve. huge druggy and judging by his appearance on tv last year he is still is. I met him once and if looks could kill I'd be dead. He was with his mum watching Status Quo and so was I with mine! he lived locally to me at the time.

thecatwhisper said...

As for kelly of the stereophonics an old work colleague of mine had a bit of a fling with him over a decade ago. She is the same age group as him so nothing dodgy there. What was funny is that he's about 5ft nothing and she is 6ft. She would go bright red when their songs came on the radio and didn't want to talk about it.

Melissa Lyn said...

Martin Kemp

Melissa Lyn said...
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Melissa Lyn said...

Person- Martin Kemp
Band - Spandau Ballet
Song referenced in title: Blitz Club

Samantha Willow said...

No way is it Justin Hawkins. He is not rapey and the Darkness have been back together for a while.

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