Billy Idol Hid Addictions From Bandmates Says Steve Stevens
(Classic Rock) Billy Idol’s guitarist Steve Stevens says the frontman hid much of his drug and alcohol habit from him and the rest of the band while on the road in the 80s.
Idol recalls his addiction struggles in his book Dancing With Myself. And while Stevens says drink and drugs were in the studio, he admits he didn’t know the levels of the singer’s excesses while on tour.
Stevens tells Guitar International: “It’s amazing, because he kept a lot of that from me. I wasn’t privy to it. We would drink and do little bit of drugs in the studio, but that wasn’t really the place for it. While on tour everyone would retreat back to their hotel rooms, we were never like, ‘I have a brick of heroin, wanna join?'”
Stevens says that the “lunacy exhibited” was because they wanted to make the music as good as it could be, but adds: “I’m sober now, but back when I drank I could never play under the influence.”