Some rock heroes clearly follow the rock and roll principle of “live fast, die young,” while others manage to become an exception to the rules. We present to you 10 great musicians who managed to survive in an unequal battle with drug or alcohol addiction and live to a solid age.
The editorial board believes that drugs are evil, and in every way condemns any connection with them
The tabloids continue to be full of headlines like, “Keith Richards allowed the daughters to sniff his ashes after death,” Keith Richards confessed to being addicted to the “morning jamb” “and” Why is Keith Richards still not in the grave? “.
The famous guitarist The Rolling Stones and does not think to retire, but with the drugs he has taken seriously and for a long time. However, this decision was contributed by a very unusual event: during the holiday in Fiji, a 62-year-old musician, being under high, fell from a tree and received a concussion. Well, everything happens for the better.
In the documentary of the year 2014, “Superfooder Alice Cooper,” the shock rocker confessed to all the sins of his youth, which, unsurprisingly, included drug abuse. And about the alcohol dependence of the Master of Horrors, legends were stacked: it was said that the group spent $ 32,000 a year on beer, and the Creem magazine produced an “alcoholic cookbook” with Cooper’s author’s recipes.
Now he has moved to the bright side, as evidenced, among other things, by the reward he received from Stevie Ray Vaughn for the MusiCares MAP Fund for helping fight drug addiction.
Now he is full of strength and healthy energy, although in the 70’s Iggy was the embodiment of the “holy trinity” of rock music: sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. The godfather of punk rock more than once “differed” by insane antics, fueled by his love of drugs and alcohol. For example, 1973 was remembered by the fans of The Stooges with a grand fight that occurred at the end of the performance between the band and bikers.
When Iggy realized that he was no longer able to control himself, he voluntarily went to a psychiatric clinic. However, he was not able to get rid of heroin addiction, and his friend David Bowie was a disservice to him. According to rumors, Bowie secretly carried cocaine for Iggy. So the musician’s recovery was delayed for another couple of decades.
The image of Sol Hudson: a tall cylinder, long black hair, tight leather pants and an unchanged cigarette in his mouth, smoking which did not interfere with his virtuosic guitar playing – became one of the iconic images of the world of music. According to legend, the song “Paradise City” Slash wrote in a state of heroin frenzy, and colleagues in Guns N’Roses had to make considerable efforts to dissuade the author from using such lines: “Take me down to the paradise city they got big titties. “
Once a follower of a destructive lifestyle, now Slash is an example of courage and endurance: he refused not only from drugs, but even from smoking.
This rock veteran had to go through treatment in a rehabilitation center, so that finally, after decades of a truly rock-n-roll lifestyle, give up drug use. Despite the fact that Steven Tyler recognizes the important role of narcotic drugs in finding inspiration for writing immortal hits for the previous albums of Aerosmith, he does not deny that dependence destroyed his relationship, cost him millions of dollars and even led to hepatitis C.
Shane McGowen – soloist of groups The Pogues, and The Popes and The Nips – could be the face of anti-alcohol and anti-drug companies. As a true Irishman, he was always not a stranger to rowdyism, for which, along with the alcoholic who took serious turns, was even expelled from his own group in 1992. However, even this incident did not prevent Shane from continuing his successful musical career and abuse of alcohol and drug production. How he survived these harsh years, one god knows, but at the moment he is still afloat, although he has not found time to insert his teeth.
Ozzy Osbourne is made of steel: for decades the King of Darkness interfered with music with all possible substances and yet remained intact. He survived several cases of overdose and “dismissal” from Black Sabbath. Even the famous shocking episode with the bat was largely triggered by the state of alcohol intoxication, from which, according to eyewitnesses, Ozzy hardly ever left the 1970s.
Summing up his great and bitter experience of addiction, in 1987 he recorded the song Demon Alcohol. It was then with the help of his wife and willpower Ozzy finally dealt with old habits.
Who would have thought that by now Anthony Kiedis would turn into a strict vegan and a real adept of yoga and healthy eating? Vocalist Red Hot Chili Peppers went early in the footsteps of his father – a Hollywood actor, carried away, however, not by cinema, but by drugs. Anthony got his first experience with marijuana in 12 years, and by the time he was 14 he had time to try even heavier substances.
Neither repeated visits to rehabilitation clinics, nor death from an overdose of Hillel Slovak’s teammate in 1988, could not deter Kydis from the addictive addiction to heroin. Nevertheless, the threat of the collapse of the RHCP due to the inability of Anthony to participate fully in the recording of the albums had a proper impact on the musician, and by the turn of the century he had finished off drugs.
After more than 15 years of dependence, three cases of overdose, attempted suicide and one clinical death, Dave Gahan managed to abandon heroin and alcohol and since 1997 he has chosen not to return to this lifestyle. Prohibited substances were a way for a musician to go beyond the scope of everyday life, to gain some experience beyond what was available.
Now the frontman of Depeche Mode and a successful solo artist, there are many other, less dangerous ways of knowing yourself and the world. The first and main of which is music.
In an interview in 1988, Nick Cave, unexpectedly for the interviewer and himself, opened his mouth:
I do not want to serve for people as an example of a drug addict who, being on a needle, continues to be a good man, and thus encourage them to use drugs. However, I am disappointed that I have such influence on others. I clearly see that I have such an impact on people, precisely in terms of drugs. I seriously believe that drugs are evil, and I would like them to have nothing to do with my life, because now the situation is such that I have to make great efforts to refrain from drugs, and even greater efforts I have to make to stop take them definitively.
This prediction turned out to be prophetic: rehabilitation of the clinic and – love helped to cope with the longstanding heroin addiction to the great musician. Nick Cave decided to once and for all to end the drugs thanks to Susie Beek, whose wedding was in 1999.