I come from a music background - I can't sing and I don't play an instrument but my past is the world of the business side of entertainment. I am jaded by what I've seen but I am accustomed to prima donna men that need their eye liner sharpened just so, must have 4 perfectly quartered strawberries in their cereal, order up limosuines at 3:00am just so the liquor can be raided and on and on.
All of these whims are a small price to pay when you live on the road for months at a time. I think it gives them a sense of normalcy in a chaotic environment. And when they go on stage and the band is tight, all the lighting and sound is flawless and they hit that "golden moment" of the perfect groove and the audience goes mad, it makes it all worthwhile.
Sometimes the boys act up in front of a camera or cause a "disturbance" at a hotel that is sure to be picked up by the news wires -- but like the old saying goes, "the only bad publicity is no publicity", it's all in a days work.
And then you have a complete and total schmuck like Pete Doherty.
Alot of Americans don't know who Doherty is -- hell, most Americans don't even know who Robbie Williams is and he's the biggest recording star everywhere else in the world.
Doherty is from a good family, excellent education, very talented songwriter and is going down in a blaze of glory before the international press. I can't even think of how many times he's been arrested. Last month he was pictured injecting a passed out girl with some unknown substance. He's also bartered his cell phone -- with private text messages from his sometime girlfriend Supermodel Kate Moss - for a quick fix.
But his stunt in Berlin 2 days ago is far and above the worst I have heard -- EVER. And if it weren't for all the confidentiality agreements in my life, I could tell you some doosies. But this one takes the cake.
Doherty's band, Babyshambles had completed a gig and they were backstage being interviewed by MTV Europe. Doherty couldn't be bothered with it -- he was in the next room, door wide open, shooting up in front of everyone. He then proceeds to walk into the interview room with a white towel and sits down on the sofa as the interview is going on.
Then it happens -- out of no where he takes his syringe out that he just gave himself a fix with and shot the entire vial full of his blood at the camera. It was all caught on tape. Doherty's blood all over the gear and the crew. He thought it was hilarious -- the crew was in shock.
The crew sanitzed the equipment and themselves and proceeded on with the interview -- true professionals that went above and beyond the call of duty in my opinion.
Since Doherty is hell bent on self-destructing, I have a bad feeling he's going to be one of those that takes down someone else before he succumbs. His own family is at a loss as to why the British courts haven't locked him up yet -- what a strange and twisted way to live ones life.
Anyway, on a more positive note, as I mentioned Robbie Williams earlier, here is a link to one my favourtie video's of his. The UNCENSORED version of "Come Undone." And definitely check out his album Escapeology -- it's one of the best albums to have come out this century.