Guitarists with drug addiction...

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  1. jazzwannabe

    jazzwannabe Supporting Member

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    "Soft" drugs like pot have a bad effect on players too. I was once in a bar band with an older bass player who was very talented and a great guy, but after smoking pot all day every day for at least 30 years he couldn't remember how to play even the simplest song. He would just space out. Frustrating.
     
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  2. Nevets

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    Heroin is bad but it's nothing compared to "The Stuff"

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    Who the hell is Saul Feldman?
     
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    Had to cut loose a drummer who had recently married, his wife seemed like a very nice person outwardly.

    She would show up at the gigs to support him and it came apparent after a few bar gigs that we were enabling her alcoholism because she would be stumbling drunk at the end of the night.

    Really unfortunate because he was a friend.
     
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  5. Bossanova

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    it goes in waves. in the 90s heroin was cheap, and prescription drugs were harder to get (and pop culture reflected it), but for the last 15 years it was easier to get a fentanyl patch than a bag on the street, so, people did that. Now, it appears as though the pendulum is swinging back.

    I stick to fresh nitrocellulose, myself...
     
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    I've constantly been told that it cures ALL diseases and even makes ya a better musician! From experience as a teen and young adult, the really serious dudes seemed more flaky than a standard musician. Got a few gigs because the last bassist simply stopped showing up.
     
  7. Black Coffee

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    It was referred to as "Crank" in that locale, at that time.

    I definitely ate more than a handful of Adderall in my college years though.
     
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    I'm glad he cleaned up so we can have him around longer but it didn't seem to affect his playing .


     
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  10. green72

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    Pantera's guitar tech said Dimebag used to get so wasted before shows he couldn't even say his name.
    But then they'd strap the guitar on him and he'd play better than when he was sober. He'd just come alive and wouldn't miss a note.
     
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    Your avatar would bring back memories for him. Hell, it's bringing back some for me right now.
     
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    I was gonna "like this", but instead am quoting it so I can write "I can relate to this" and/or "I've done this myself and it wasn't good"

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    Except I also coked and cracked. Alcohol is practically the worst creative killer outside of opiates/heroin. Fortunately I never crossed that line into the oblivion.
     
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    84superchamp Silver Supporting Member

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    I can easily agree with alcohol: the more you drink, the further away you get from where your mind needs to be onstage.
     
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  14. champion ruby

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    Play/practice drunk enough and you can do it.

    I never got how the old boys were able to smoke so many ciggies and play at the same time.

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    That's what Scott Ian said in his book I'm the Man.
    Don't know how he could do it. After a bunch of beers, I'm going to sleep, not playing Cemetery Gates!
     
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    This thread makes me want to get loaded & just sit around making noise all day.
    The last time I did that I was playing my bass with my teeth after being inspired by a Hendrix documentary.
     
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    I used to smoke in high school and when I tried playing with a cig in my mouth, the smoke went into my eyes and I spit it out.
     
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    He hung out with him and Lemmy @ the Rainbow.
     
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    I think life in general is more complicated and less secure today than in the 70s or 80s when many of us seem to have been growing up. Having to cope with pressure and emotional distress is a major factor.
     
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  20. jimijimmyjeffy

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    It is illogical to judge pot on what it does if you smoke 24/7 for thirty years. Just a silly comparison. Even then, sober the bass player up for a month and see the difference. A lot easier to sober up from pot than alcohol.
     
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