Some of Justin Beiber's graffiti at QT apartments, Surfers Paradise.

Some of Justin Beiber's graffiti at QT apartments, Surfers Paradise. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Justin Bieber's decision to adorn the Gold Coast's QT with his spray-paint graffiti art might signal a return to form by rock stars in hotels.

The QT is probably happy to keep Bieber's blobby figures by the tennis court but the Gold Coast City Council wants them painted over.

Given his fondness for spray cans, Bieber might find it hard to book into so much as a youth hostel for the rest of this tour. But the incident adds to the popster's street cred and shows he has the potential to act like a real rocker.

Keith Moon and Pete Townshend of The Who demolish the stage at the Stadium in Sydney on January 22, 1968.

Keith Moon and Pete Townshend of The Who demolish the stage at the Stadium in Sydney on January 22, 1968. Photo: Vic Sumner

In recent years, stars have tended to be very boring in hotels, rarely wanting more than blackout curtains and a good night's sleep.

Yes, Demi Lovato said in a 2012 interview that trashing a hotel room was ''the most rock'n'roll thing'' she had ever done, and Britney Spears was reportedly banned from Hollywood's Chateau Marmont in 2007 for smearing food on her face and disturbing fellow diners.

But it's nothing like the wild old days, when hotel managers would flinch whenever a pop star checked in (or, in the case of Michael Hutchence and Whitney Houston, checked out).

Entertainer and popstar Michael Jackson holds his 9-month-old son Blanket from a third floor balcony at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin, November 19, 2002.

Popstar Michael Jackson holds his 9-month-old son Blanket from a third floor balcony at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin, November 19, 2002. Photo: Reuters

Led Zeppelin's Jon Bonham rode a motorcycle - his 25th birthday gift - up and down a corridor of the Los Angeles Continental Hyatt House Hotel, which was nicknamed ''the Riot House'', courtesy of incidents involving televisions dropped from windows by Keith Moon and Keith Richards.

Back then, big bands would rent entire hotel floors.

That might explain Led Zeppelin's notorious ''Mudshark incident'' at the Edgewater Inn, in Seattle, Washington, in 1969. The hotel was so directly on Puget Sound that guests could fish from their windows. (Pay attention: this is relevant.)

Word soon got out that a groupie had had pieces of mudshark, or possibly a red snapper, stuffed into her vagina. It is hard to see how this was anyone's idea of a good time, but apparently the woman involved did not complain. There continues to be debate about which people and fish were involved (John Bonham probably, but red snapper isn't indigenous to the area).

In 1973, Led Zeppelin were banned from the Edgewater Inn, apparently after 30 mudsharks were found under beds and in bathrooms and closets. For good measure, they also threw around some beds, televisions and china.

Way to go, Bieber.

The Who's drummer Keith Moon made a habit of blowing up hotel toilets.

In 1967, while celebrating his 21st birthday at the Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan, he blew up the loo and started a food fight by throwing a cake into partygoers.

Soon fire extinguishers were being emptied and Moon broke a tooth.

He later said he topped it off by backing a Lincoln Continental into the pool but there's a question mark over this.

There's no doubt about the exploding toilets, however. Moon started in 1965 by flushing cherry bombs down S-bends. He later used sticks of dynamite: ''All that porcelain flying through the air was quite unforgettable,'' he said.

And Moon was thorough. He once insisted his limousine return to the hotel because, ''I forgot something''. He vanished inside and minutes later a TV came hurtling out the window. Moon got back into the car and said, ''I nearly forgot.''

The Who were allegedly banned for life from Holidays Inns but Moon wasn't inconvenienced for long: he died in 1978 aged 32.

Rock's hotel incidents haven't rated since.

Neil Smith, the Alice Cooper drummer, reportedly sent a two-metre-high Coca-Cola vending machine flying. Amy Winehouse threw a bowl of spaghetti bolognaise at a Berlin hotel wall and got into such a fight with her husband at London's Sanderson Hotel a repaint was necessary.

Johnny Depp (who plays mean guitar) and Kate Moss were found in a trashed suite at New York's Mark Hotel after reports of shouting and smashing.

Depp initially blamed an armadillo for the damage but paid over almost $US10,000. (Roger Daltry, formerly of the Who, was staying in the room next door and scored Depp and Moss 1 out of 10: ''The Who could have done the job in one minute flat.'')

Michael Jackson dangled his baby son Blanket (aka Prince Michael II) over a fifth-floor balcony at Berlin's Adlon Hotel in 2002. The king of pop later said he'd been ''caught up in the excitement of the moment''.

Three years later, Jackson reportedly opened the door to a housemaid at London's Dorchester Hotel while dressed as Mickey Mouse, which is odd but not very rock'n'roll.

Marilyn Manson generated the following headline in 2012: ''Marilyn Manson trashes family-friendly hotel with sex toys. Shock rocker even left pizza on the ceiling.''

But on the whole these days if a rocker is escorted off a hotel's premises, it's because of fan behaviour. Bieber had to leave the Langham in 2012 because Beliebers were besieging the London hotel and its switchboard.

Nicki Minaj tweeted in 2011: ''We've officially been kicked out of the hotel! Lmaoooooooo.'' Dozens of fans had earlier invaded London's Dorchester to look for the star, got into fights and sprayed graffiti in the lifts.

Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Oasis and Poison all had hotel moments. Ace Frehley, of Kiss, stuck furniture to a hotel ceiling while on tour, allegedly with the help of four roadies. (Other bands claim to have managed the same feat.)

AC/DC are always mentioned in connection with hotel bad behaviour, but Angus Young told Rolling Stone in 2001: ''I never wrecked a hotel room in my life! If I'm gonna sit there and throw a TV out the window … if it's a good TV, maybe I should just take it home.''

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