2006 – Lead singer Justin Hawkins announces he is leaving mock rockers The Darkness (“I Believe in a Thing Called Love”). He blames his addictions to drugs and alcohol for the decision.
2005 – Richard Ashcroft, formerly a singer with “Bittersweet Symphony” hit-makers The Verve, is arrested in Chippenham, England after barging into a youth club and demanding to work with the children. Alcohol may have been involved.
2003 – Mary J. Blige tells Newsweek that her managers stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from her bank account while she was using drugs and alcohol.
2001 – James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist of hard rock act Metallica, checks himself into an undisclosed rehab facility “to undergo treatment for alcoholism and other addictions.”
2000 – Rolling Stone Ron Wood checks into a rehab center to treat alcohol addiction. It’s believed Wood is hoping to dry out in time for a Rolling Stones world tour.
2000 – Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood checks himself into rehab in London. Wood, who is accompanied by his wife, is admitted to the Priory Clinic in an effort to overcome his addiction to alcohol before the Rolling Stones launch another world tour.
1999 – Rock drummer Tommy Lee is congratulated by a judge for abstaining from drugs and alcohol while on probation for spousal abuse. As wife Pamela Anderson Lee looks on, the former Motley Crue drummer is told by the Malibu judge that he is “entitled to more confidence,” and that Lee will now be allowed […]
1999 – Eric Clapton parts with 100 of his guitars and generates over $5 million for his Crossroads Centre at Antigua, and alcohol and drug-dependency treatment center in the West Indies. Among the stringed beauties auctioned off is “Brownie,” a 1956 sunburst Fender upon which he recorded his hit “Layla”; the instrument goes for a […]
1999 – Country singing legend George Jones is seriously injured in an auto accident. The 67-year-old is driving home in his Lexus when he crashes into a bridge at about 1:30 p.m. It is later revealed that alcohol was a factor.
1994 – Grace Slick is ordered to serve 200 hours of community service and attend four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after being found guilty of pointing a gun at police in March.
1988 – Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, check out of the clinic where they were undergoing treatment for alcoholism in Tucson, Ariz. The couple return to England.
1988 – Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach fly to Tucson, Arizona to enter an alcohol abuse program. Over six weeks later, they complete the program and return to England.