Gerard Way - Gerard Way Warns Bands Off Michael Jackson Lifestyle22 July 2011
Gerard Way Warns Bands Off Michael Jackson Lifestyle
The My Chemical Romance star admits he and his bassist brother Mikey had a "really bad drug problem" during the band's early years, using medication to help "switch off" from the pressures of life on the road.
They both eventually quit after getting a "wake-up call" when several friends died - and they are adamant many current bands are dicing with death by adopting a Jackson-style dependency on painkillers.
Mikey tells Kerrang! magazine, "It was a means to an end: it was a way of getting from city to city. You had to build yourself up and then shut yourself off again. We got into a bad routine. I missed home and I was petrified to play, so I would get intoxicated. Then I had to find a way to wind down, so I'd take something to make that happen. Sometimes the drugs were like installing a shut-off switch in the back of my neck."
Gerard adds, "The crazy thing is that it's the same thing that killed Michael Jackson: he had to be put to sleep by one drug, then he had to be woken up by another. That's what everyone in bands is doing; they're just doing a cheaper, low-level version of it."
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