Glam-Metal Meltdowns and Drug Disasters

Even though Osbourne launched his career in the 1970s with Black Sabbath, his influence -- as a rocker and a druggie -- was felt in the 80s.

"He was sort of like the godfather of the scene -- and doing more drugs than anybody," Greene said.

Osbourne is famous for biting the heads off doves and bats, urinating on the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, and, after checking into the Betty Ford Clinic, asking for directions to the bar.

The rocker who saw his career revived through the MTV reality show "The Osbournes" has admitted he suffered permanent brain damage, including developing a tremor, from years of drugs abuse.

"Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most," he once said.

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Van Halen:

Members of the 80s rock group Van Halen survived the 80s pretty much intact, though lead singer David Lee Roth made no secret of his fondness for booze and women.

Roth was famously busted in New York City in 1993 for trying to buy pot from a cop. But it was bandmate and guitar god Eddie Van Halen who struggled with a drinking problem in the late 90s and 2000s, said Greene.

"He became a huge alcoholic and it cost him his marriage," he said.

In 2007, Van Halen checked into rehab just days before the band was supposed to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Guns and Roses:

Guns and Roses was another band plagued with drug problems, which affected four out of the 5 members, including lead guitarist Slash, Greene said.

In his 2007 memoir, Slash detailed a revolving cycle of rehab and heroin and cocaine abuse, including how, at his worst, he needed a drink just to get out of bed. By 35, his alcohol-swollen heart nearly stopped, requiring the implantation of a cardioverter-defibrillator to shock his heart into a regular rhythm.

Slash's childhood friend Steven Adler, Guns and Roses drummer, was also a big-time user, suffering two strokes from heroin and cocaine use and getting bounced from the band.

"For Steven Adler to get fired from Guns and Roses for being a junkie is pretty hard," Greene said.

Frontman Axl Rose was not nearly as bad as the others, but he had many brushes with the law and seemed to court controversy wherever he went.

Steve Clark from Def Leppard

Steve Clark, one of the original guitarists of the English rock band Def Leppard, struggled with alcohol and drug abuse even as the group was enjoying its greatest success in the 1980s.

Finally his bandmates convinced Clark to enter rehab. He was on a six-month leave from Def Leppard when he died at the age of 30 from an accidental overdose in January 1991.

An autopsy revealed that Clark had died from an overdose of codeine. He also had Valium and morphine in his system and a blood alcohol level of .30, three times the British legal driving limit.

Robbin Crosby from Ratt

In June 2002, just shy of his 43rd birthday, former Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby died after a long battle with AIDS.

Several years before that, Crosby began speaking out about his heavy drug use and how it led, obstensibly through dirty needle use, to contracting the AIDS virus.

In a 1999 interview for a VH1's "Behind the Music" that never aired, Crosby spoke about how drugs had affected his life.

"What has drug addiction done for me?" he asked. "It's cost me my career, my fortune, basically my sex life when I found out I was HIV positive."

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