Legendary bassist / vocalist Glenn Hughes, who has been clean and sober for more than two decades, was asked in a new interview with “The Chuck Schute Podcast” if there was anything someone could have said to him to make him stop drinking sooner. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Believe me, everyone who loved me or loves me has on several occasions told me to get it together, get it together, get it together. I got it together when I was sick and tired of waking up sick and tired. So many times I tried to stop and so many times I could not get it together. My suggestion to those out there who may have drunk one too many drinks, you must realize that the high will never last forever. must be in control of it.
“One of my friends is really struggling now – really, really struggling. I pray for anyone who has problems with any addiction because it need to be treated. You can not push it away and brush it under the carpet. You have to deal with it, for it will take you out. “
Asked if he went to rehab for alcohol abuse, or if he just stopped with cold turkey, Hughes said, “I did [go to rehab]. Let’s just say I had one too many cocktails on Christmas Day 1, 1991, and I was in the emergency room once again. And I realized I had a choice – to go back and do it again or go in [rehab. And] I went to the Betty Ford Center in 1992. I had a few relapses in the mid-1990s, and in 1997 I had my last cocktail-23. November 1997. And that was when I started this full path to recovery. And it has been an incredible, incredible journey.
“Someone said to me early in sobriety, ‘You need to make even bigger songs, write better songs. You want to go out and sing better.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m already done that.’ He said, ‘No. You’re going to do even better.’ And I think I’ve had a good, long run in a great life with a clean and sober life. “
Hughes wrote about his path to sobriety in his autobiography, with the title “Deep Purple And Beyond: Scener from the Life of a Rock Star”, published in 2011. Glenn told Face culture about the book: “In the ’70s and’ 80s I was a very notorious drug addict, I was a very famous cocaine addict. I’m not saying that to be arrogant, but I was one of the first rock stars to stay, ‘ Oh, Glenn Hughes, he is a cocaine addict. ‘”
“There are things that I have never told anyone before the book,” he explained. “Let’s just say I disappeared in the ’90s for a while and no one knew where I was and I did not tell anyone. People thought I was actually on a boat in the Mediterranean and I was no, I was somewhere else.I was basically being another person under a different name that is completely isolated and it almost killed me.
“I wanted to experiment. I wanted to be alone and I wanted to live under a different name and I wanted to travel alone without anyone [knowing] where I was. I only disappeared five or six times in three years. Let’s just say I was on my journey.
“When I got sober a long time ago, and let’s just say I wanted to experiment with other drugs and other things and other people, and I wanted to be anonymous,” Hughes added. “I would go by another name and I would travel. I would do it without [being] in the eyes of the public in my hometown of the country where I live; I would disappear and there is no bigger city in the world to go dark than Amsterdam. If you want weird, this is it. And the thing is, it got so damn weird that it scared the shit out of me. Let’s just say I went to the edge of insanity. I had this moment of clarity where I said, “Well, I can either jump over here and get insane, because I was really, really getting insane, and I just came back and became the man I am now.”
Hughes debuted live with THE DEAD DAISIES in June in Boca Raton, Florida. He is joined in the band’s current lineup includes Doug Aldrich (THE GIFT, WHITE SNAKE) on guitar, Tommy Clufetos (BLACK SABBATH, OZZY OSBOURNE) on drums and David Lowy (RED PHOENIX, MINK) on guitar.
THE DEAD DAISIES‘latest album, “Holy earth”, was released in January. Recorded at La Fabrique Studios in the south of France with producer Ben Grosse, The LP is the band’s first to perform Hughes, who joined the group in 2019 as his new bassist and vocalist, who replaced John Corabi (MOTLEY CRUE) and Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY).
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