7 Biggest Jerks in Heavy Metal

Posted by Mike Schumacher

Fame truly brings out the worst in people. Many well-known names in the rock music industry are living examples of this statement. Regardless of how amazing rock musicians are on stage, they are not so amazing in their real life.  In fact, they are infamous for their awful and torturous actions.

Do you want to know who these jerks are? Well, don’t you worry; we have got you covered. Here are the 7 biggest jerks in rock music.

Ian Watkins

Ian Watkins was the lead vocalist and the founder of a famous rock band called Lostprophets. His band fell apart badly in 2013 when he was sentenced to 29 years of imprisonment for his multiple sexual offenses. And the worst part is, he was found guilty of all the 13 charges that were laid against him.

The singer was also found guilty for the distribution and possession of child pornography. The authorities also found animal pornography on his computer. His actions show how mentally sick and horrifying Watkins is.

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons, the frontman of an iconic rock band KISS, is infamous for his notorious actions. Besides his famous music, he is known as a misogynist, sex predator, and a racist. Once he harassed his ex-girlfriend Jill Nicoletti so severely that people had to get involved to diffuse the horrifying situation.

He has also been accused of many other sexual offenses in the past due to his open sexual desires. On many interviews and on-screen appearances, Simmons even claimed that he had sex with about 5,000 women. He only views women as sexual objects. Simmons also wrote songs about his sexual desires for minors, which proves that he is one of the biggest jerks in rock music.

Ted Nugent

Rock artists are known to be crazy and rebellious—but no one compares to Ted Nugent. In 2007, Ted Nugent brought a rifle on stage and declared, “Obama is a piece of shit.” He even cursed and said terrible things about Hilary during this irresponsible act.

Just a few weeks after this craziness, Nugent again passed remarks about a politician on television. Besides this, Ted Nugent also spoke against gay rights and animal rights.

John Lennon

John Lennon, the most famous member of The Beatles, is also one of the biggest jerks of rock music. He abandoned his first son Julian, when the child was only five years old. However, this was probably for the best since he physically tortured his child’s mother Cynthia during their relationship. While he was living with his son, he would hurl verbal abuse at the boy and irresponsibly leave drugs lying all over the house.

Lennon also had a series of extra-marital affairs— a bad habit which he retained even during his second marriage. Once in an interview, Lennon revealed that he used to hit the women in his life. This goes to show that he is also of the biggest jerks in rock music.

Johnny Cash

The famous pop and rock musician did a lot of awful things in his lifetime, but the most repeated offense was his treatment of the women in his life. First, he cheated on his first wife, Vivian, with his renowned second spouse, June Carter. Then after marrying June, he started cheating on her as well.

June and Johnny appeared to have the fairy-tale romance in public, but it was an entirely different story behind the cameras. Cash repeatedly cheated on her, even when she was pregnant with their son. Later on, he left his child and June for Anita, who was June’s sister. For Johnny, cheating was a common practice.

Axl Rose

Axl Rose, the founder and lead singer of Guns N ‘Roses, is one of the most talented jerks of all time. During his band concerts, Axl Rose was often found beating his fans or the people around him. He is still notorious for storming off the stage during a set and fighting with random people like Tommy Hilfiger.


John Lydon

John Lydon, the famous lead singer of a rock band called Sex Pistols, is also a part of this list. He is someone who wrote anti-abortion songs and started a youth-rebellion movement through his awful music. Taking advantage of fame, John would misbehave with the media. On many occasions, he would assault interviewers like Kurt Loder and Tom Snyder, who genuinely supported him as a musician.


It is heartbreaking to know that the people we celebrate in rock music are capable of committing such tormenting acts. No doubt, these artists are the biggest jerks in rock music. Therefore, it is time that we stop treating such famous jerks as Gods and only give them respect for their contribution to the music industry.

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