You know what comes next, right? Probably not. Because it wasn't Mick, Keith or the boys who were allegedly misbehaving. For a change of pace, it was another guy in another band who got busted.
Arrested Monday night in Canada: Bob Sheehan, the 29-year-old bass player for Blues Traveler. Authorities say they found two grams of cocaine in Sheehan's wallet during a customs search of the Rolling Stones' plane at Winnipeg International Airport.
Blues Traveler--they of the catchy 1994 radio hit "Run-Around" and the pioneering force behind the H.O.R.D.E. tour--is one of the Stones' opening acts on the current Bridges to Babylon tour. (Pearl Jam, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Foo Fighters, the Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, the Wallflowers and Jamiroquai will also be doing their part to lower the average age on the concert stage as future opening acts.)
Sheehan was released on $5,000 bail and, like the party-hardy rockers of yore, was able to play at the Stones-Blues Traveler gig Tuesday night in Winnipeg.
John Popper, the burly lead singer and harmonica guru of the jam-happy outfit, called the drug bust a "wake-up call" on Howard Stern's radio show Wednesday morning. He said the band is cooperating fully with authorities. Sheehan is due in a Canadian court on October 22.
For tips on how to deal with a vice arrest, the young men of Blues Traveler need look no further than their tour elders. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested on drug charges in Britain in 1967. The boys dealt with that scandal by jetting off to spend the summer with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (This method is recommended to people with a high tolerance for sitar music.)
For specifics on the Canadian legal system, Richards is again the man to see. In 1977, the wicked guitarist and his (then) common-law wife were busted in the Great White North for heroin possession. Richards escaped sentencing on that one by checking into rehab and kicking the habit.
Not a fun option, but a useful one.