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Old 02-06-2018, 01:03 AM   #16
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David Cassidy- Heavy alcohol drinker and the poor guy as we know succumbed to his addiction and he died!

Also Alice Cooper was a heavy drinker too !
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Why do rich and famous musicians turn to drugs? (Celebrities, too.)

I would be satisfied being rich and famous!

That's just it. They are TOO rich!! Having so much money they can afford these drugs (Heroin and cocaine aren't cheep) and end up abusing them. Plus lots of parties they go to where drugs are being used and are plentiful . And their schedules . Not having to do a 9-5 type work schedule , they don't have to be up early in the morning!
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David Cassidy- Heavy alcohol drinker and the poor guy as we know succumbed to his addiction and he died!

Also Alice Cooper was a heavy drinker too !
And we're going to get to The Coop's battle with the bottle in our next installment of "DRUGS!!!!!!!!!!!" Stay tuned!!!!!!!!
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And now for the next major drug in the list of substances abused by rock artists:

Alcohol

Yes, alcohol IS a drug, the most prevalent drug known since the dawn of time. Alcohol is legal and is easily purchased, though easily abused. The toxic relationship between rockers and alcohol has been repeatedly documented.

Alice Cooper: As previously mentioned, the pioneering shock rocker had an outstanding obsession with the bottle all through the 70's. In fact, he was so addicted that he drank copious amounts of booze for seven days straight in the late 70's. His addiction was so severe that at the end of this binge he realized he needed help--badly. To this end, he had himself committed to an insane asylum.
Alice Cooper had reached such a level of unheard of success by that time. In the mid-70's, he disbanded the band that had been his namesake since the late 60's and became a Hollywood figure, still making music and becoming a celebrity. But he had hit bottom by decade's end, and at the end of his stay with a clean bill of health, he recorded 1979's "From the Inside" album which documented his stay in the asylum. The stage set for this tour was very entertaining--straight out of Tinseltown, complete with dancing liquor bottles and scary nurses--and Alice in a straight-jacket in solitary.

For the next several years, Alice's career languished with albums that went nowhere. However, by 1986, The Coop launched a hugely successful comeback tour and album and remained on the charts for the next several years, even maintaining an active career to this day. He successfully fought his alcohol addiction to where he was able to mentor Dave Mustaine of Megadeth in dealing with his own addictions to alcohol.

Bon Scott: AC/DC's main frontman of the 1970's was found dead of acute alcohol poisoning in February 1980. He was a party-hearty, hard-drinking Scotsman who felt he was impenetrable to the dangers of excessive alchohol consumption. He and his band were on the verge of long-sought-after stardom with their latest album "Highway To Hell" when he was placed in a car to sleep off a night of heavy drinking--from which he never awoke. The authorities claimed he was a "captain of his own destiny", to suggest there was no foul play involved.
The band was devastated at his death, but at his funeral, Bon's father urged the band to keep going on. The band took his advice, and due to this, the band's next album, "Back In Black", with new singer Brian Johnson, firmly placed the band on the rock and roll map and became one of the greatest albums of all time with the band becoming THE greatest rock act in practically ever.

Ozzy Osbourne: By the end of the 1970's, Black Sabbath's frontman was a complete basket case who could barely function due to his battles with drugs and alcohol. The band made the difficult decision to fire him, which sent Ozzy into a complete self-destructive tailspin. Hunkered down in an L.A. hotel in a reclusive state, Ozzy proceeded to drown his sorrows in alcohol with plenty of cocaine. He felt his days as a rock icon were over--but fortunately, Sharon Arden, daughter of music mogul Don Arden, paid him a visit to proceed chewing him out for reckless spending of money owed them. She then saw his own personal squalor and devastation. Feeling compassion, she took him under her wing and announced she wanted to manage him as an artist. And the rest, with the doves, bats, ants, and taking a leak on the Alamo, is history.
Ozzy's initial claim to notoriety musically was a song from his first solo album "Blizzard Of Ozz" titled "Suicide Solution". Contrary to what American audiences such as certain Washington wives of politicos were prone to think, the solution in the title did not mean a way to solve a problem, to bring about a certain result, but, in chemistry, particularly in Britain, a solution is another name for a chemical. The song lyrics describe the feeling of helplessness one feels in alcohol addiction. Later that decade, Tipper Gore, wife of Senator Al Gore, felt the need to vilify Ozzy's intentions by claiming he was "promoting suicide" with the song. A lawsuit was eventually brought against Ozzy for the self-inflicted death of one young man, which was later dismissed (the victim had a copy of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" on the turntable, which did not have the song on the album, yet the parents felt the need for "guilt by association").
There were stories that Ozzy was in fact writing about Bon Scott's death from alcohol, or some anonymous friend--when it was most likely about Ozzy's dark days at the end of the 70's where he medicated himself by the bottle. But during the 80's, Ozzy's excessive alcohol consumption continued with often bizarre results. Like the wearing of a dress in public, among other incidents....
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"Sweet Leaf" by Black Sabbath is currently playing on the radio now.
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More rockers known for heroin use:

Keith Richards: The Stones' guitarist of course had legendary battles with drugs. It is remarkable that he is still alive in his 70's. But in the 70's, his addiction to heroin nearly cost him his career with a prison sentence. He was caught in Canada in 1977, charged with heroin possession "with intent to traffic". He was admitted into the U.S. for treatment for his addiction and his charge was reduced to simple possession.

It should be noted that many rockers did not have one preference for addiction to another. Many consumed pretty much all of the above.
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Another hard drug that should be added to the growing list:

Methamphetamines

This potent and dangerously addictive drug has been in use by many for decades, many not in the music industry. Here is a list of rockers who notoriously partook of it:

Korn --the band which pioneered the NU-metal movement in the mid-90's claimed that their first album was recorded while they were all high on the drug. Which explains a lot.

Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch was so addicted that he chose to exit the band due to his habit and embrace born-again Christianity which he cited as the one factor which helped him overcome his toxic need for the drug. On his first Christian album he recorded a track called "Flush" which vividly depicted the effects of meth, including images of scantily clad women engaged in carnal embrace, among other other scenes. He also needed to give up the drug, he said, for the sake of his young daughter.
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Going back to a familiar vice:

Heroin:

Nikki Sixx--It is without question that Motley Crue's career had been marked by excessive consumption of drugs and alcohol. One notorious incident was when bassist Nikki Sixx was declared clinically dead in December 1987 after an overdose of heroin. Doctors and paramedics were fortunately able to save him by injecting adrenaline into him to revive his heart (Hence the Motley Crue top song "Kickstart My Heart"). His near-death experience did not stop him from overdosing again.
At first Sixx opposed the use of the drug, thinking heroin was for wasted junkies and derelicts on the street. But when he tried it, like many, he found the opioid very hard to shake. He became so strung out that he consumed shopping bags of candy bars to give him energy. After he was able to shake his addiction, he wrote a chronicle of his days with the drug in his own book called "The Heroin Diaries".
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On a related note:

Alcohol:

Vince Neil--Tragedy involving substance abuse was no stranger to other members of Motley Crue: On December 8, 1984, which was to become an infamous date in rock and roll, Neil and his passenger Razzle, the drummer from up-and-coming Finnish glam metal band Hanoi Rocks, were making a beer run in downtown Los Angeles when they crashed into several other vehicles while driving under the influence. Razzle was killed in the collision while some of the passengers in the other cars received serious injuries. Outrage was sparked that Neil received a reduced sentence on the condition of "good behavior" in spite of charges of vehicular homicide. Was the fact that he was the lead vocalist of the country's most popular band at the time a factor in his being let go? Of course, very little changed in the band's behavior, though by the end of the decade, Motley Crue were touted as having "cleaned up their act" and gotten "clean and sober" in time for their "Dr. Feelgood" album, a more professionally-sounding album showing signs of improved playing.

Of course, that phase would not exactly last.
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There are definitely a lot of singers/band members who get hooked on drugs and alcohol. A couple of guys I know who play in a local band drink alcohol and take speed to increase their stamina while playing. They say it helps them but I suppose it's really just a crutch.
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LSD Addicts...

Brian Wilson-He got turned-on to LSD in the mid-60's which gave him the ideas of "Pet Sounds" and "Smile". However...he would freak-out sometimes because of some bad acid trips. Brian would even say that his father was debugging his house when Murray Wilson wasn't even there!

Jimi Hendrix-He took acid while taking a bath in his house and he got the idea for "Purple Haze".

The Moody Blues-With the exception of bassist John Lodge, The Moodies had some acid trips and would be their drug in the late-60's.

Donovan-He too took LSD and his "Sunshine Superman" album can prove he had a few acid trips.
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There are definitely a lot of singers/band members who get hooked on drugs and alcohol. A couple of guys I know who play in a local band drink alcohol and take speed to increase their stamina while playing. They say it helps them but I suppose it's really just a crutch.
Speed and alcohol does NOT sound like a safe combination!!!
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Heroin addicts...

John Lennon...in the late 60's, Lennon took Heroin. Mccartney did too, but only once.

Janis Joplin...she died after taking heroin. Though more of a boozehound, it was heroin that took her!

James Taylor...he struggled with drug problems a lot. his song "Fire and Rain" says it all...

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Speed and alcohol does NOT sound like a safe combination!!!

Doesn't sound safe to me either but they are grown men in their late 40's, so I guess they know the consequences.
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