|GUNS N’ ROSES + STONE TEMPLE PILOTS = THE MOST DAMAGED BAND ON THE PLANET. MEET VELVET REVOLVER...
SCOTT WEILAND (vocals)
Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Weiland has had a long and unhealthy relationship with heroin and cocaine. He was first busted for dug possession in 1995; three more arrests, 35 trips to rehab and a year in jail have failed to break his habit. “There have been times when I’d suck a dick for a crack hit,” he once admitted.
DOH! In December 2003, he was caught smuggling drugs... into the rehab clinic in which he was staying.
During his heyday in Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s fondness for booze and heroin were legendary. Two bottles of Jack Daniel’s a day turned his tongue black, while he “died” twice after overdosing on smack. It all caught up with him in 2000, when he was admitted to hospital with heart problems.
DOH! “I just liked the way it felt,” Slash said of his heroin habit. “I didn’t know if I did it four days in a row I’d get fucking hooked on it.”
THE HEALTHY ONE!
DAVE KUSHNER (guitar)
Despite serving time in bands named Suicidal Tendencies, Loaded and Wasted Youth, Kushner’s CV remains disappointingly free of overdoses, breakdowns, jail or rehab.
DOH! Given his present company, that situation could easily change...
DUFF McKAGAN (bass)
Although nicknamed “The King Of Beers” by his GN’R bandmates, McKagan’s tastes ran well beyond the amber nectar. In 1991 his daily intake included two liters of vodka, an eighth of an ounce of cocaine and several grammes of heroin. Attempts to clean up weren’t successful. “I stopped drinking vodka, and replaced it with 20 bottles of wine a day,” he said. “I thought I was cutting down.”
DOH! On 10 May 1994, McKagan was rushed to hospital after his pancreas exploded. “The doctor said, if you have one more drink, you will die,” he recalled. He hasn’t had a drink since.
MATT SORUM (drums)
Replacing Steven Adler in Guns N’ Roses in 1990, Sorum was hailed by Slash as “a shot in the arm” for the band - an unfortunate choice of words given that Adler was ejected for heroin abuse.
DOH! After quiting GN’R in 1997, having survived the excesses of the most addled band of the decade unscathed, Sorum decided it was finally time to fly off the rails. He checked himself into rehab a year later.