My favorite "dumb rock star" extravagances are:|
14. BRYAN ADAMS
Item: Peace and quiet
After releasing Waking Up the Neighbors, adoptive Londoner Adams then lived it; the pub next to his Chelsea mansion hosted boisterous louts whose noise kept him from sleeping. In 1994, Adams did the only feasible thing: he bought the bar - and shut it down.
My Personal Verdict: Would any of you ever attempt to buy out a pub next to your mansion just to shut it down for peace and quiet?
1. ELVIS PRESLEY
Item: Snack attack
On the night of February 1, 1976, Elvis Presley pulled off a stunt that combined three of his favorite activities - profligate spending, showing off to cops and eating repellent things. While entertaining two Colorado policemen at Graceland, he mentioned a sandwich that he had eaten at the Colorado Mine Company restaurant in Denver: a hollowed, buttered loaf, filled with peanut butter, jelly and a pound of fried bacon. The sandwich was meant to feed eight, but Presley finished one unaided. Remarkably, one of the cops expressed an interest. Even more remarkably, Presley insisted that they should head to Denver to try it, a distance of 1,000 miles. His stretch Mercedes took them to the Memphis airport, where his private jet, the Lisa Marie - upholstered in aquamarine plush in further testament to the King's understated elegance - awaited. Two hours later, they arrived in Denver, where 22 of the $49.95 "Fool's Gold" sandwiches on silver platters, plus a bucket of Perrier water and a case of champagne, were brought to a private hangar by the restaurateur, his wife and a waiter.
My Personal Verdict: How many of you would ever manage to down one expensive and huge sandwich fit for a whole family? To me this would seem like an experiment when I get the chance to try one out for myself.
"I am such a purist for old information on anything '70s and '80s."
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