Music Bite: Albert Hammond Jr. Open Up About Past Drug Abuse

September 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

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The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. has always appeared to be an easy-going and fun guy, but the musician has shared some revealing secrets about his dark past.

He recently spoke to NME about his former drug addictions, which included cocaine, heroin, ketamine and oxycontin. The addiction began in 2003 while The Strokes were recording their sophomore album Room On Fire. Hammond says, “It was, like, oxycontin and cocaine at 24, 25, 26. and then I became [addicted to] heroin around then. So from 26, 27 ’til 29. It’s not so much that I wasn’t in a happy place. I was just… God knows where I was. I was just very high. That’s where I was.”

Hammond continued down a downward spiral, telling the magazine: “I used to shoot cocaine, heroin and ketamine. All together. Morning, night, 20 times a day. You know, I was a mess. I look back and I don’t even recognize myself. I did my own thing. I mean, you have moments when you’re fine. And if someone meets you, you seem fine. But I remember when I was showing someone music and I was wearing a short shirt and (points to wrists)… there were just purple [track marks] all the way down here. And then they would call someone – ‘Did you see Albert, he looks crazy?’ That’s where I learned to wear long sleeves.”

The singer/guitarist entered rehab in 2009 and is now happily sober. Hammond is also gearing up for the October 8 release of his solo EP AHJvia bandmate Julian Casablanca’s Cult Records.

[Source: NME]

Photo Courtesy of: Rolling Stone

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