And those would be the actors and musicians that end up in situations like Lindsay Lohan, or worse. MJ had a crew of enablers around him, allowing him to keep using Propofol as a sleep aid (for those who've forgotten, that's a surgical anesthetic).
Nods, sometimes, but you know, rock stars on tour can get away with stuff that makes Lindsay Lohan's antics look almost like child's play, without more than local media attention. If they're at a long distance from big gossip magazines that their fans would be able to read, and just bumping in and out of a country in two days, it's not as if it's going to stick to them.
Axl Rose did a gig in Stockholm with his line-up of Guns'n'Roses around the time when Chinese Democracy
finally came out. True to form he was really intoxicated on stage, but as long as it's during the show it really isn't much to bother about, with him it's sort of part of the deal. What landed in the papers was how he had called his tour manager from the hotel late after the show, and asked him to arrange some groupies and entertainment. The guy procrastinated a bit but most likely said he would get something. Anyway, at almost 3 a.m. Axl descends into the expensively furnished hotel lounge, gets irritated by the lack of seductive people, smashes some valuable wall mirrors, behaves threateningly and calls out at a couple of other guests there: "Are you supposed to be the entertainment?!" (good line...)
For the record, buying sexual services outright for money is illegal around here, and if the tour manager had done what he was asked for both he and his boss would have been in really hot water. But let's see, it was still serious destruction of hotel property to the tune of many thousands of dollars, unprovoked threats, attempted instigation of hiring girls...Axl spent the rest of the night asleep in a cell at the police HQ, but when he woke up he was "not in a state that seemed conducive to any interrogation" according to the cops, so he and the band were just driven out to the airport and seen off.
Someone pointed out later that the police had made a slip by not forcing him to sign an admission that he had been charged with some of this, but I guess they were just eager to see the back of him. The chances of having Axl Rose extradited from the U.S. for a trial in Stockholm are zero of course.
(on the other hand, he may have some trouble gigging there in the future, if this happens again - but that's only local: I don't think any of this made much of a noise in the international music press)
And as Kythia is on to, I don't think his fans minded any of it.
(I guess there was some kind of private deal afterwards between Axl and the distinguished hotel whose mirrors he had smashed, though)