"A pity that such an artist should die."
-- Nero, crazed Emperor of Rome and well-known muso. He really knew how to set a gig on fire.The story that Nero fiddled while Rome burned is probably false, but he really was a wannabee rock star. There's a story that once, during yet another purge of the Senate, a number of Senators were rounded up in the middle of the night by the praetorian guard. The fearful Senators were herded to a theatre, where they were made to sit for a long time, expecting that at any moment they would be slaughtered. Then suddenly Nero appeared on the stage. He danced around for a while before disappearing off-stage; then the Senators were allowed to go home.
In the annals of career placement, Nero was an epic fail. He's Roman, but I can't help mentioning him because of his lovely final words, which have a small chance of being accurate.