November 3, 2012
So many famous actors and singers use and abuse alcohol and drugs. Some succumb to their vices, while others overcome their addictions. It is nice to hear that one of my favorite singer’s appears to be one of the success stories.
Many of you may not recognize the name Jacoby Shaddix. He is the lead singer for Papa Roach. The name of the band certainly gives one the understanding that this is a band that might partake in the consumption of illegal substances. As reported in www.washingtonp... [More]
September 23, 2012
Who would have ever guessed that Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers) abused drugs? I will admit that I am not a big fan of rap music. There is no denying Eminem is talented, but what I appreciate most is his candor.
His lyrics are real. They speak the truth about life, at least as Mathers sees it. His candor and his music aside, I most respect his honesty about his addiction issues and his battle to overcome them. As reported in www.ibtimes.com.
Legendary rapper, producer, and actor Eminem tha... [More]
September 1, 2012
One of my favorite songs of this decade is “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down. That song rocks like Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Alice in Chains combined. Despite that hit the band never really has taken off. Now one of its members could be in big trouble. The next door the bassist may see is the rolling bars of a jail cell.
The 40-year-old bassist, Todd Harrell, was arrested on suspicion of DUI in July after crashing into another vehicle in southern Mississippi. As reported in www.eonline.c... [More]
June 13, 2012
Is loud rock music the gateway to drug use? As a counselor for both in-class and online drug classes I never have believed so.
Despite the fact that rockers are known for talking about drug use and even worse practicing what they preach, I still find it hard to believe that music is a gateway to drug use. You can use just about anything and say it is a gateway.
Some new research reported in the Daily Mail is attempting to prove the link between loud rock music and future drug use and abuse.
April 7, 2012
So many artists and musicians waste their lives due to drug use and drug abuse. Many die from their afflictions. Others live severely shortened, drug-addled lives. A few become clean and sober and thrive.
Hopefully, that will be the case for Shelly Moses Collins, as reported by TheNorthwestern.com.
Collins is a true gift. A powerful voice with a beautiful face and warm aura helped propel her to a country music star. At her peak she opened for such acts as Barbara Mandrell, Hank Williams Jr. an... [More]
April 1, 2012
Hard-core drugs and musicians seem to be attached in people’s minds. Many singers from Jim Morrison of The Doors, to Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston have died due to years of drug use and abuse.
Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell recently discussed his serious drug problems at the past and marveled at how rockers from the 1960s and 1970s managed to perform while being totally loaded on drugs and alcohol. This according to loudwire.com.
Having survived the ba... [More]
February 10, 2012
It is always nice when a celebrity uses their powerful personality and charisma to help make society better. We need more positive role models for our children. Filipino rapper Juan Carlos Salcedo is just such a guy!
The Hong Kong-based Filipino rapper sang to a roused audience during the World Revolution Music Festival or “Revfest.” according to the inquirer.net.
The annual music festival aims to fight drug abuse and promote awareness of the dangers of drug use.
The 23-year-old S... [More]
September 28, 2011
Musicians are certainly vulnerable to the virulent talons of drugs and alcohol. Drugs have ruined the life of another great musician. Sly Stone, the leader of popular 60s and 70s R&B Group Sly and the Family Stone is well known for his hit songs “Dance to the Music,” “Everyday People,” “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and now we’ve learned that despite his celebrity he’s penniless ... [More]
September 18, 2011
Marijuana has long been a part of the art culture. Musicians have especially been known to smoke the “peace pipe.” There was a time I too believed it enhanced my creative abilities (I had written an episode of “Seinfeld” while under the influence of THC). Of course, we all know that drugs and alcohol impede artistic creativity and slow the creative process.
Those busted for marijuana use span generations. Two musicians who have been notoriously busted for mari... [More]