The incredible coincidences of destiny that sees May 16 as a fatal date for rock stars
16 may 1947 Billie Holiday was arrested for the possession of narcotics in her New York apartment.
16 May 1969
Jefferson Airplane bass player Jack Casady is arrested for possession of marijuana at the Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans. At his trial he gets a two and a half year suspended sentence.
16 May 1969
Pete Townshend spent the night in a US jail for assaulting a man during a Who gig at The Fillmore East. What Townshend didn’t know was the man who jumped onto the stage was a plainclothes policeman trying to warn the audience that a fire had broken out. The Who guitarist was later fined $30 for the offence.
16 May 1997
Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin is arrested for possession of marijuana and for contributing to the delinquency of minors in Bloomington, Minnesota. Balin’s hotel room was raided by police at 5:30am. They found Balin and friends with several girls aged between 12 to 17 years old. He is sentenced to one year’s hard labor and a $100 fine. He appeals and ends up paying only the fine.
16 May 1977 The London Evening Standard reported that Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant had been arrested at Atlanta Airport for being drunk and pulling a knife. Since Plant was at his home in Wales at the time of the incident, the person arrested was a man impersonating Plant and the British paper ran an apology the following night.
16 May 1984
Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee for ‘staggering drunk’ down Beale Street. Osbourne was released from the Memphis jail five hours later, after drying out, and was not required to return for a court appearance. He continued on with a tour in support of 1983’s Bark at the Moon.
16 May 2013
It was reported that George Michael had been injured after the car in which he was travelling in crashed on the M1 during the evening rush-hour and arrested days later.
Doherty has been repeatedly arrested for drug offences and those arising from drug use, such as driving under the influence, car theft, and driving with a suspended licence. Most recently the Libertines/Babyshambles frontman received a 6 month sentace relating to possession of cocaine.
16 may 2014 As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has been sentenced to six years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife.