When the Whip Comes Down
Sure, they're smiling here, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have been intermittently at each other's throats forever—and it didn't help when Keith made that crack about Mick's "tiny todger." Of course, rock stars aren't shy, and they seldom hold back when it comes to putting down their peers. Click through for 25 of their most brutal insults.
Elton John on Madonna
"Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay £75 to see them should be shot."
Elton John on Keith Richards
"It's like a monkey with arthritis trying to go onstage and look young."
Freddie Mercury on Billy Idol
"Is he just doing a bad Elvis pout or was he born that way?"
John Lennon on Ringo Starr
"He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles."
Elvis Costello on Morrissey
"Morrissey writes wonderful song titles, but sadly he often forgets to write the song."
David Lee Roth on Elvis Costello
"Music journalists like Elvis Costello because music journalists look like Elvis Costello."
Joni Mitchell on Bob Dylan
"He's a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception."
Art Garfunkel on Paul Simon
"How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What's going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?"
Courtney Love on Trent Reznor
"Don't call your band Nine Inch Nails if you've got a three-inch one."
Trent Reznor on Marilyn Manson
"A malicious guy [who] will step on anybody's face to succeed, and cross any line of decency."
Alice Cooper on Marilyn Manson
"Yeah, really original. Stick some makeup on and give yourself a girl's name. That's never been done."
James Hetfiled on Motley Crue
"One time we saw some hookers, but when we got closer we realized it was Motley Crue."
Gene Simmons on Carlos Santana
"I'm sick and tired of these bands like Carlos Santana looking at his shoes and thinking that's a rock concert. Get off the stage."
Dave Davies on Ray Davies
"Ray's an a--hole. You've heard of vampires? Well, Ray sucks me dry of ideas, emotions and creativity."
Axl Rose on Slash
"There's zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash other than by ambush, and that wouldn't be pretty ... personally, I consider him a cancer and better removed, avoided."
Slash on Axl Rose
"I once asked Axl why he left the 'E' off his name. He started crying and said he thought he'd spelled it right."
Kurt Cobain on Guns N’ Roses
"They're really talentless people, and they write crap music, and they're the most popular rock band on the earth right now. I can't believe it."
Rick James on Prince
"A little short ego-ed [expletive] who I had a feeling didn't like people of his own race and wanted to be white and taller."
Ian Brown on Bono
"He's such a fake, isn't he? When he did Live Aid, which made them a worldwide group … he looked out and [saw] that black girl in the middle of all them people, and she's from Hackney or something, and he was like, 'Here's a great shot for me around the world to show I'm Mr Africa.' It's like colonialist times with a big white hat."
Courtney Love on Dave Grohl
"As for that drummer, well, he's hit on me so many times. He's just a very very conflicted guy about me, which is why he continually writes songs about me to hear he 'hates' me more than 'anyone else.' Kurt loathed HIM more than anyone else (except a journalist) … He's just [a] sub-mediocre kind of [guy] who does this 'nice guy' nonsense."
Kathleen Hanna on Courtney Love
"Where's the baby? In the closet with an IV?"
Dave Grohl on Courtney Love
"She's an ugly ... bitch."
Anton Newcombe on Eric Clapton
"People talk about Eric Clapton. What has he ever done except throw his baby off a ledge and write a song about it?"
Mark “E” Everett on the Beatles
"John Lennon sings about peace because he's a woman beater. Hippies are so full of crap."
Boy George on Madonna
"A vile, hideous human being with no redeeming qualities."
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