December 31, 2014

Rocky Relations

They’re superstars! They’re adored! They’re very rich! And oftentimes, they’re lonely common folk like you and me. Rock stars yearn for love in their life just as much as your whiny best friend moans about the lack of good catches to be had at the local T.G.I. Fridays. Except, when rockers do finally hook-up with someone just as high-profile as they are, the outcome is a bit more noteworthy than your friend’s romantic pairing with a suburban divorcee. The world learns about every nuance of a rock star’s seemingly glamorous love life through tell-all books, weekly magazines, and salacious tabloid TV shows. I’m sure you know all about those rockers who once were, or still are, linked up with a news-catching partner. Here’s a few below – just link the guy on the left column with his paramour in the right column. (Hint, there may be more than one “love” match per person) The answers are elaborated on after the quiz (of course, if you’re really impatient, just scroll to the end of this article).

1. Mick Jagger A. Kate Moss
2. Bruce Springsteen B. Barbara Bach
3. Sid Vicious C. Valerie Bertinelli
4. Greg Allman Patti Hansen
5. Elvis E. Helena Christensen
6. Tommy Lee F. Liv Tyler
7. Rod Stewart G. Patsy Kensit
8. James Taylor H. Britt Ekland
9. Jim Kerr (of Simple Minds) I. Heather Locklear
10. Marilyn Manson J. Madonna
11. Kurt Cobain K. Cher
12. Eddie Van Halen L. Priscilla
13. Axl Rose M. Christie Brinkley
14. Ringo Starr N. Julianne Phillips
15. Liam Gallagher (of Oasis) O. Pamela Anderson
16. Evan Dando (of the Lemonheads) P. Paulina Porizkova
17. Michael Hutchence (of INXS) Q. Courtney Love
18. Keith Richards R. Rachel Hunter
19. Antony Langdon (of Spacehog) S. Rose McGowan
20. Royston Langdon (of Spacehog) T. Kelly Emberg
21. Billy Joel U. Jerry Hall
22. Vanilla Ice V. Chrissie Hynde
23. Ric Ocasek W. Nancy Spungen
X. Stephanie Seymour
Y. Carly Simon

The most tempestuous pairing in this bunch has to be that of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Their relationship became noteworthy in the press and immortalized on the big screen in the film “Sid and Nancy” after their deaths in the late ‘70s. From July 1977, to their squalid end 21 months later, the bassist for the British punk outfit The Sex Pistols and his most ardent fan from New York turned in a performance of narcotic excess and vitriolic stupidity the rock world has rarely glimpsed since. Nancy beat up on Sid about as much as he pummeled her, and their penchant for starting scenes wherever they went was seen only as endearing later in the film version of their life. On October 12, 1978, police were called to Room 100 at New York’s Chelsea Hotel and found Nancy lying close to death on the bathroom floor. Sid initially told police that he didn’t know what had happened, that he wasn’t there at the time of the accident. But he later gave several scenarios to detectives: that he went to sleep after an argument and woke up to find Nancy bloody; that he might’ve stabbed her during the argument; or that she might’ve fallen on the knife. No matter what the excuse, Nancy soon expired, and Sid, after being released on bail associated with his murder charges, succumbed to complications from a heroin overdose four months later and joined Nancy in, hopefully, a better life than the living hell they’d managed to mold for themselves here on earth.

The romantic life of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love wasn’t far removed from that of the Vicious Ones. From the moment Cobain revealed his love for Courtney on a British television program by saying “Courtney Love is the best f*** in the world,” this couple was seen as not being skittish about presenting the softer side of themselves to the public. On February 24, 1992, they married on the island of Waikiki in Hawaii, and in August of that year they had a baby girl named Frances Bean. Upon seeing his darling daughter’s head revealed during her birth, Kurt reacted in the way every proud father does at that moment — he regurgitated and passed out. Life, of course, turned more ominous for the eternally-depressed Cobain as he and Courtney argued over the stash of firearms kept in their house, as they continued to abuse narcotics, and when he slipped into a coma after ingesting drugs and champagne in Rome. After the end finally did arrive for Kurt, by suicide, on April 5, 1994, the world mourned with Courtney over the senseless loss, and the couple was seen as rock’s most tragic romantic duo of the ‘90s.

Naturally, not all rock liaisons result in senseless death, but many sure end in bitter abuse. Courtney Love, herself, got into a fight backstage at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards with one of rock’s heated abusers, Axl Rose. The Guns N’ Roses frontman told Kurt Cobain, “Shut your bitch up or I’m taking you down to the pavement.” Quick as a fuse with his temper, Rose had already gone through a tumultuous relationship with Erin Everly, daughter of Don Everly of the popular singing group The Everly Brothers, by the time the MTV incident occurred. From 1986 to 1990, the two apparently got into some heated situations resulting in Erin receiving the angry end of his fist. In March 1994, she filed an emotional and physical battery suit against him saying, “I was afraid when he came in, when he left, when he wasn’t there.” Erin launched her suit after already being subpoenaed as a witness for another lawsuit that the supermodel Stephanie Seymour was filing against Axl. After spotting her in a Cosmopolitan magazine in 1990, Rose contacted Seymour and got her to appear in the video for the Guns N’ Roses song “November Rain.” For two years, 1991 through 1992, the two were seen around town, holding hands and posing in lovable hugs for Interview magazine. But after Stephanie claims she took a beating from Axl during a 1992 Christmas party, the final straw of alleged abuse was snapped, and she had taken all she could from the moody rocker. Axl went on to virtual obscurity through much of the mid-late ‘90s, but has since entered back into the music spotlight with a song he wrote for the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “End Of Days.” Stephanie is still a highly-paid, frequently-exposed model on fashion pages at a newsstand near you.

Another rocker who definitely needs a stringent dose of anger management is Motley Crue’s drummer Tommy Lee. Having been linked with some of the world’s most beautiful women, one would think Tommy would be grateful for his station in life and be a gentleman with the ladies. Ah, but, that temper keeps getting in his way. Marrying the “Melrose Place” actress Heather Locklear on May 10, 1986, the couple managed to stay out of the glare of video camera lights for most of their rocky marriage. When Heather filed for divorce around 1993, she kept the reasons for the dissolution of their union fairly secret, but when asked of hints of his volatile temper, she did not dissuade those assumptions as being speculative. Ultimately, she found happiness in the gentle embrace of her next husband, Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora. Lee’s next girl, Bobbie Brown, was not so fortunate. In 1994, Tommy was arrested for investigation of spousal abuse of this live-in girlfriend after she flagged down cops outside their home and told them Lee was beating her. In 1995, Tommy Lee and the “Baywatch” bombshell Pamela Anderson linked arms, and who knows what else, in a sexually-athletic relationship that subsequently made its way to home VCRs across the world. Purportedly filched from their bedroom dresser drawer, the triple-X, shaky-cam feature showed the famous couple coupling in a car and on a rented yacht. After delivering two children to inherit their daddy’s legacy, Pamela purportedly received several kicks from Tommy Lee one day in early January 1998. He was arrested and pleaded no contest. Placed on a 3-year probation for spousal abuse, the rocker was told he could be in a store where alcohol is sold and play in concert venues where the liquid is offered, but he could not ingest either drugs or alcohol. A short reconciliation with Pamela led to her busting Tommy again, this time for imbibing alcohol during a millennial New Years Eve party. The angry rocker is facing stiff penalties, and this time, he may be forced to accept the serious repercussions of his bad-boy antics.

Bad boy antics can be lovable, though, when aped by the right personality. The Australian lead singer Michael Hutchence of the band INXS had the right blend of charm and mischievousness to capture the hearts of many gorgeous women, as well as the amiable envy of many male fans. By most accounts, Hutchence was a friendly sort whose stage presence propelled the band to pop-rock success in the mid-to-late ‘80s. After a fleeting romance with Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, Michael set his sights on the Danish supermodel Helena Christensen, having been hooked on her the moment the two first met. Christensen, whose mysterious beauty was highlighted to great effect in the Chris Isaak video “Wicked Game,” fell for Hutchence hard and the two were a dedicated couple for a few years. Asked by an interviewer for Q Magazine in 1993 whether he loved Helena, Michael answered the question with a neutral-sounding “Mmmm.” Seconds later the phone rang, and it was Christensen calling from a film shoot in Rome. “I was just talking about you!,” Michael cooed. He waved off the journalist with the intimate remark, “Hey, I’m about to talk very dirty.” Clearly, he seemed enamored of his partner. In early 1995, however, Michael was seen around London with Paula Yates, wife of rocker Bob Geldof, and soon, Helena was out of the picture. Tragically, Hutchence was found in an Australian hotel room, hanged by his own belt, two years later on November 22, 1997. The world lost a truly charming performer.

Models also figured briefly in the lives of two other performers who hit the peak of their fame in the ‘80s as well. Julianne Phillips was a model and aspiring actress from Oregon who appeared in music videos when she moved to Los Angeles. Watching a video by the band .38 Special, Bruce Springsteen noticed the young ingenue. He contacted her representatives, and soon, the two were dating, being spotted out in public. The Boss was finally settling down. On May 14, 1985, shortly after midnight, Bruce married Julianne at a church in Oregon. At the time, Springsteen was in the midst of a massive international tour to support his “Born In The U.S.A.” album. During their first year of married life, the Boss was on the road a lot. With his band. With his backup singers. With one in particular named Patti Scialfa. When he returned home in 1986, to begin work on what would become the introspective “Tunnel of Love” album, his marriage was beginning to suffer. By 1988, Julianne filed for divorce, and Springsteen married Scialfa in 1991. The Boss went on to record several critically-acclaimed albums in the ‘90s and is still married to Patti, while Julianne’s acting career shifted into a higher gear when she landed a lead role on NBC’s “Sister, Sister.”

When he parted ways with his first wife Elizabeth in mid-1982, Billy Joel had just released his album “The Nylon Curtain” containing the hits “Allentown” and “Pressure.” Taking a break in November, Billy flew to the Caribbean for a vacation. While sitting at a piano in a hotel, playing some songs for guests on the island of St. Barthlemy, he met Christie Brinkley. The California model, notorious for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue work, had just broken up a relationship with race car driver Olivier Chandon. The New York native Joel became enamored of the supermodel, so, he wrote a new song, “Uptown Girl,” and featured Christie in the music video for the song. The couple married on board a yacht in New York harbor on March 23, 1985. Nine months later, their daughter Alexa Ray was born. Joel named her after his favorite musician Ray Charles and incorporated her name into the song “The Downeaster ‘Alexa” on his next album “Storm Front.” His picture-perfect life with his photogenic wife came to an end in 1994, after she survived a potentially fatal helicopter crash. On board with her was real estate developer Rick Taubman. April 1994 brought reports that the Piano Man and his Uptown Girl were on the outs. Christie went on to marry Taubman, and Billy was stung by her departure. Joel performed on a world tour with Elton John shortly thereafter and has since “retired” from composing rock songs (we’ll see how long that lasts).

One of the all-time famous rock couples in history was covered extensively by the media everywhere they went throughout the 1960s. Not that the rocker wasn’t used to this kind of exposure in his bachelor days. Elvis Presley was serving God and country in Wiesbaden, West Germany in 1959, when, in September of that year, his army pal Currie Grant, introduced the King to his future Queen. 14-year old Priscilla Beaulieu was living at the base with her parents (her stepfather was a captain), and their meeting must’ve sparked something desiring in the King’s heart. The next year, Priscilla was on a plane to Graceland to spend Christmas with Elvis and his family. By May 1962, Priscilla moved into the King’s mansion and attended her senior year at the nearby Immaculate Conception High School, under the blessing of her parents, of course (because everyone should let their 16-year old daughter stay with a rock ‘n’ roll God at some point in their lives). Elvis finally proposed to Priscilla on Christmas Eve in 1965, and the press began to take notice of the woman who was always by her man’s side. Marrying at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967, the pair honeymooned in Palm Springs. Elvis would hit some of his peak years during this time, with his famous 1968 NBC special and series of hit concerts throughout 1969 and 1970. Priscilla would give birth to their only child Lisa Marie. But eventually, the drugs and the womanizing took its toll on their marriage. Separating in early 1973, Priscilla and her man officially cut the cord in October of that year, but remained friends until the King flushed his life down the drain in 1977. Priscilla went on to garner more notoriety with her starring role in all 3 “Naked Gun” films, as well as hawking a line of perfume. She was awarded $75,000 in 1998 after successfully suing Elvis’ old army pal, Currie Grant, for insinuating that he and Priscilla had had an affair before the King deflowered her. Lisa Marie, of course, grew up to marry her own king, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson on May 26, 1994.

Conversely, one of the most infamous couples of rock history was Cher and Gregg Allman. The successful southern boogie sound of The Allman Brothers Band had brought the group scads of notice and wealth, but also drug abuse and discontent. In mid-1975, Gregg was hanging out at the famous Troubadour club in West Hollywood, California when he was introduced to Cher. She was in the company of record mogul David Geffen and was on the outs with her husband, Sonny Bono. Having forged a standout career, both musically and on television, with her singing spouse, whom she’d married in 1969, Cher was starting to feel the call of independence after having spent over a decade attached to the fatherly Sonny. When her divorce became finalized, she and Gregg impulsively married four days later in Los Angeles on June 30, 1975. Fans of both superstars couldn’t fathom the romantic connection between the duo, and within ten days, Cher couldn’t either. They filed for divorce. But after reconciling, the couple tried, unsuccessfully, to make the pairing work over the next 3½ years. They recorded an album together named “Two The Hard Way,” and had a son, Elijah Blue, born on July 10, 1977. Gregg’s continued drug abuse left him in a dazed haze, and Cher soon saw there was no way to salvage the marriage. One of the final straws for her was when Allman passed out face first into a plate full of spaghetti at an Italian restaurant. Check, please. She was outta’ there.

One rocker whose very identity is synonymous with wooing and winning some of the world’s most stunning women is Rod Stewart. His entire catalog of songs seems calculated to tantalize beating hearts of the female species, with everything from “Tonight’s The Night,” to “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy,” to “Infatuation.” When Rod set his sights on America as a place to settle down, he also met a Swedish actress named Britt Ekland at a Los Angeles party in March 1975. She was noted for having starred in a couple Peter Sellers romps (as well as having been Sellers’ wife), and as a Bond girl in the 1974 film, “The Man With The Golden Gun.” When the soccer-loving Scotsman and she became an item, celebrity magazines cemented their embraces and smooching in a multitude of photos as the idyllic couple. Alas, the storybook affair did not last and after they parted ways, Britt hit Rod with a $15 million palimony suit, which was ultimately settled out of court. Not deterred, the blond moptop seduced his next lady-in-waiting, the ex-wife of tanning mutation George Hamilton, Alana Hamilton. This time he married the new object of his affection, on April 6, 1979 in Beverly Hills, and the two settled into a domestic life filled with two newborn children, Kimberly and Sean. Again, true love eluded Rod the Mod, and he and Alana separated in 1984. Not to worry, though, because after a brief fling with “Weird Science’s” Kelly LeBrock, he moved on to his next prey, the supermodel wonder gracing Sports Illustrated pages, Kelly Emberg. Forgoing the whole messy marriage thing, Stewart once again found family life bliss for six years, fathering another child, Ruby, who starred alongside Rod in his ode-to-children video “Forever Young.” Eventually, the relationship fizzled for Kelly and her beau, and taking a cue from Ms. Ekland, Emberg upped the ante and hit Rod with a $25 million palimony suit. It should have been enough, heck, financially-speaking, to swear off women for awhile, but, oh no, not so for this master of sweet seduction. Next up to the batting cage was New Zealand supermodel Rachel Hunter, who married Rod in Beverly Hills in 1990, and as Stewart eloquently put it, he promised not to stick his banana in any other fruit bowls. Two more kids, Renee and Liam, entered the world with the rocker’s surname attached, before Rod felt the need to return to the fruit bowl. In January 1999, he and Rachel formerly split. He took up with Hugh Hefner’s ex-wife, Kimberly Conrad, and as it stands presently, another chapter may soon be written in this Don Juan’s exhaustive list of conquests past.

With so many love connections and liaisons swapping regularly within the tiny community of rock, paths are sure to cross on the numerous celebrity romance highways. One woman who shared a conjugal visit with Mr. Stewart in his early ‘70s bachelor days, also spent time with the likes of Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, and Steven Tyler to name just a few. Her name was Bebe Buell, a true-blue, unapologetic groupie of the rock gods. And speaking of Tyler, the frontman for Aerosmith had a baby girl named Liv with Ms. Buell. Liv, in turn, grew up to be a fresh-faced, renowned actress of the teen set in the ‘90s, starring in the high-concept action flick “Armageddon.” Fostering a long relationship with the actor Joaquin Phoenix (“Gladiator”), Liv was also pals with Antony Langdon of the band Spacehog. Antony, in turn, introduced Liv to his brother Royston, also in the band, and she subsequently dropped Joaquin and fell for Royston. Royston wound up presenting Liv with a $15,000 engagement ring. Antony, meanwhile, fell head over heels in love with the supermodel Kate Moss, who had been seeing Evan Dando of the Lemonheads. (Evan’s latest rock album features, coincidentally, contributions from Royston Langdon). Antony also presented a ring, an emerald one priced at $10,000, to his new love, Kate. She accepted the jewelry but deigned it a “friendship” ring, not an engagement ring. The ring, in turn, had been designed by Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger. And, returning to the starting point, Mick Jagger, as fate would have it, had also been one of the many notches on Bebe Buell’s intimate belt long ago in the free-love, groupie-worship ‘70s. Like I said, things tend to get a little insular in the rock world.

Here’s another case of love’s stepping stones being just a few degrees of separation from one another. In 1978, a band, that would eventually be named The Pretenders, recorded their first single, “Stop Your Sobbing,” a song written by The Kinks’ Ray Davies. The Pretenders’ leading lady, Chrissie Hynde, was a big fan of Davies, and in 1980, she got to meet him at a New York club. They subsequently began a relationship that lasted over three years, and Chrissie had a daughter, Natalie, by him. Meanwhile, The Pretenders’s bass player, Pete Farndon, was fired from the band in 1982 and was trying to get a group of his own together in April 1983, with an ex-Clash drummer, when he suddenly died of a drug overdose. Mick Jones of The Clash, along with a little producing help from his bandmate Joe Strummer, had started a group called Big Audio Dynamite that had a keyboardist by the name of Dan Donovan. Meanwhile, Chrissie Hynde left Ray Davies in 1984, and after a quickie courting period, she married Jim Kerr, lead singer for Simple Minds on May 5, 1984. In 1985, Ray Davies took time out to act in a big budget British musical film called “Absolute Beginners.” He played the part of a concerned father who keeps a watchful eye on his daughter, played by actress Patsy Kensit. Kensit went on to make a name for herself as the love interest in “Lethal Weapon 2,” and subsequently caught the eye of Big Audio Dynamite’s Dan Donovan. In 1989, she and Donovan married, but the sparks fizzled quickly, and their marriage ended after 3 months. In August of 1991, a Manchester band by the name of Oasis, led by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, played their first gig. The brothers often spoke of the Beatles as being their favorite band of all time. Shortly thereafter, in late 1991, Chrissie Hynde and Jim Kerr divorced. On the rebound, Kerr found another woman to capture his heart, none other than, yes, you guessed it, Patsy Kensit. The two married at a Chelsea register office on January 3, 1992. In September 1995, Noel Gallagher had a dream come true when he was asked by Paul McCartney to record a charity record to benefit children of war at the famed Abbey Road studios. A year later, in October 1996, Patsy Kensit and Jim Kerr divorced. Their marriage had been on the rocks for some time, and Kensit already had her eye on a man who had toppled a hotel bar table in front of her back in December 1995. His name was Liam Gallagher of Oasis. The British press hounded the couple as they planned to get married. Submitting a request to get hitched at 6 different venues, in order to throw off the paparazzi, Liam and Patsy wound up nixing all of the selected locations and tied the knot at a government registry on April 7, 1997. It was the Marylebone Register Office in London, the same exact location Paul and Linda McCartney were married at on March 12, 1969. Many paths crossed, yes?

If one were to try to pinpoint the most famous of all rock stars who has spent time with the most partners, Mick Jagger would certainly land somewhere near the top of the list. Needless to say, Mick has been linked with just about every name in and around the show-biz world. Some examples:

He allegedly spent some intimate time with David Bowie throughout the early days of glam rock excess.

When a young singer from Michigan arrived in New York in the late ‘70s, she was spotted hanging out at the Plaza hotel from time to time whenever Mick was staying there alone. The aspiring artist was none other than Madonna, and the seasoned rocker apparently escorted her up to his suite on more than one occasion. (Madonna, in turn, the seasoned rocker in the early ‘90s, apparently escorted one up ‘n’ coming rapper named Vanilla Ice into her room on more than one occasion).

In 1968, when singer James Taylor went to London to try to overcome his heroin addiction, he met with Peter Asher, who was the Artists & Repertoire agent for Apple Records. Asher signed Taylor to the label, and the folk singer’s debut album was released later that year. Jagger, who was a friend of Asher’s, got to know Taylor and kept in touch with him over the next few years. Taylor, meanwhile, was ending an affair with Joni Mitchell in 1971 when he met a young singer at LA’s Troubadour club named Carly Simon. Simon at the time was seeing the actor Warren Beatty. But she fell for the gentle singer, and the two began dating almost immediately. Taylor introduced Jagger to her, which was like introducing the wolf to the sheep. Although not formally disclosed, it is widely assumed, based on how angry Mick’s wife Bianca got about Carly, that the two broad-lipped musicians held their own brief tete-a-tete. Jagger wound up singing backing vocals on Simon’s song, “You’re So Vain,” which fans speculated was aimed at either Mick, Warren Beatty, or James Taylor. Nevertheless, Carly settled down and married Taylor on November 3, 1972.

Mick crossed paths with Warren Beatty in 1978 while attending a dinner party in Manhattan. Seated at the table between them was a tall blonde model from Texas by the name of Jerry Hall. She was engaged to the former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry, who was on a tour of Japan at the time. After stealing her away to Studio 54, Jagger and Hall became well acquainted. She subsequently left Ferry, and Mick soon departed from his wife Bianca. Despite continued press reports and whispers of numerous trysts over the years, Jerry Hall stayed with Mick and bore him four children. She sought counsel once from Princess Diana’s attorneys after she learned of Mick’s liaisons with actress Uma Thurman and a Czechoslovakian model named Jana Rajich in the tabloids. They advised her to stay with the money. But in 1999, Jerry had had enough when DNA tests confirmed that Mick had fathered a son with a Brazilian model named Luciana Morad while on tour in that country. Hall cited that she and Mick had been married while on the island of Bali on November 21, 1990, but British courts ruled that the Hindu ceremony was null and void on the Queen’s own turf. For putting up with one of rock’s richest and most notorious playboys, Jerry wound up settling for a mere $16 million dollars, a pittance considering the vast wealth he has to his name.

Not all rock couples split apart bitterly or conduct the briefest of affairs. Paul and Linda McCartney, until her death on April 17, 1998, were the picture-perfect model of marital bliss and harmony. Paul claimed they never spent more than three nights apart from each other over the course of their 29-year mariage. In the late ‘70s, Keith Richards started dating one of the first-to-be-coined “supermodels,” Patti Hansen. Together, they’ve weathered the hard-drinking, tour-laden life of Keith with the Stones, but throughout it all, Richards and “his old lady,” as he affectionately refers to her, have kept on course as partners in life. When Ringo Starr met his future wife, former James Bond actress, Barbara Bach, on the Mexican set of the film “Caveman” in February 1980, the two instantly fell for each other. Together, they kicked a crippling alcohol problem in 1988 and have been sober ever since. “I’m Yours,” a tribute to Barbara on Ringo’s “Vertical Man” album, is one of the most beautiful and openly honest love songs ever sung to a spouse. When they married on April 11, 1981, guitarist Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli were considered one of rock’s cutest couples of the ‘80s. They’ve been steady ever since, and Valerie recently helped Eddie through his treatment for cancer. On August 23, 1989, slim-guy Ric Ocasek of The Cars married top fashion supermodel Paulina Porizkova on the island of St. Bart’s in the Caribbean. The two had met earlier on in the midst of both of their career pinnacles and have since settled into a comfortable marriage, reaping the fruits of their labors. And even the high-profile union of Marilyn Manson and actress Rose McGowan has been perceived as a relatively quiet and serene relationship since they got together in 1998.

There are, of course, literally hundreds of instances where famous rockers have connected with the glamorous women (or men) of their day, but this article has to end sometime! We’ve just highlighted some of those celebrity relationships that have lasted slightly longer than a blink of an eye. Documenting, say, all of Mick Jagger’s one-night stands would take up a few volumes. And don’t think they call Eric Clapton “Mr. Slowhand” solely for his ingenious musical stylings. One would have to virtually fill up a few computer servers to cover the conquests of Don Henley, David Bowie, Madonna, Billy Idol, David Lee Roth, and Elvis The King. Suffice to say, the rock world is like any other microcosm of social interaction…except that we are usually eager to sit up and take notice of it.

Answers to the quiz:

  1. J, U, Y 13. X
  2. N 14. B
  3. W 15. G
  4. K 16. A
  5. L 17. E
  6. I, O 18, D
  7. H, R, T 19. A
  8. Y 20. F
  9. G, V 21. M
  10. S 22. J
  11. Q 23. P
  12. C


© 2000 Ned Truslow


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