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gytalf2000
02-27-2007, 12:06 PM
Inspired by the recent "Rock'n'Rollers who never screwed groupies" thread, I would like to make a similar query :

What rock stars have avoided alcohol and/or drugs?

An Arky
02-27-2007, 12:14 PM
Gene Simmons and Dee Snider, for starters.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
02-27-2007, 12:14 PM
Frank Zappa. He died young anyway.

Biggirl
02-27-2007, 12:15 PM
I'm gonna guess Cat Stevens because he's muslim and all.

Horatio Hellpop
02-27-2007, 12:37 PM
Britney Spears. Plus, she's a virgin.


What?

FordPrefect
02-27-2007, 12:44 PM
Britney Spears. Plus, she's a virgin.


What?
What indeed :rolleyes:

Everybody knows she's not a rock star :)

Smitty
02-27-2007, 12:48 PM
In DMC's autobiography, he says that of all the rap groups he toured with, Will Smith was the one guy that he never saw doing any drugs.

ZipperJJ
02-27-2007, 01:05 PM
Not rock stars but they act like them - Penn & Teller.

Siam Sam
02-27-2007, 01:10 PM
I'd always heard that Ted Nugent never touched the stuff.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
02-27-2007, 01:28 PM
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Robert Fripp (King Crimson) have always been firmly anti-drugs. Anderson has been known to berate the audience for smoking their "fucking marijuana" while he was singing.

Bobotheoptimist
02-27-2007, 01:30 PM
Ian Anderson. I don't know that he's never done drugs, but certainly not on tour. From what I've heard he views music as a business, acts accordingly, and expects the same from his fellow Tull members. At least one member was chased off in the early 70's for excessive partying, IIRC

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What Biffy the Elephant Shrew said. I've heard Ian bitch out an audience for smoking regular cigs, pot really pissed him off.

Cranky old dude :)

Annie-Xmas
02-27-2007, 01:31 PM
Bruce Springsteen is another anti-druggie

The Chao Goes Mu
02-27-2007, 01:39 PM
I'd always heard that Ted Nugent never touched the stuff.

This may be some false memory but I think there was one of those Biographies on VH1 about him and I think they said he never did drugs but did have a problem with alcohol but has been clean for quite some time now.

I also thought Alice Cooper stayed away from all that too. I could be wrong.

capybara
02-27-2007, 01:39 PM
I think the Fugazi guys are all straightedge.

The Chao Goes Mu
02-27-2007, 01:42 PM
I think the Fugazi guys are all straightedge.

That's my understanding too. I remember seeing them about a hundred years ago in my youth and they were pretty adament about people not getting f*$ked up at the show.

Great show by the way.

Siam Sam
02-27-2007, 01:50 PM
That's my understanding too. I remember seeing them about a hundred years ago in my youth and they were pretty adament about people not getting f*$ked up at the show.

Great show by the way.
A hundred years ago in your youth? I feel old. I had to look these guys up, as I'd never heard of them before. Their Wikipedia entry says they had an international following by the late 1980s; I was in Thailand by then, but I guess they'd not made it here. :(

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
02-27-2007, 01:56 PM
What Biffy the Elephant Shrew said. I've heard Ian bitch out an audience for smoking regular cigs, pot really pissed him off.
(hijack)
Last time I saw Jethro Tull, a few years ago, as soon as the lights went down, the guy in the seat in front of me started fumbling for his smuggled-in baggie, and soon the air around him was full of the familiar odor...


...of a peanut butter sandwich. Times have changed!

The Chao Goes Mu
02-27-2007, 01:58 PM
A hundred years ago in your youth? I feel old. I had to look these guys up, as I'd never heard of them before. Their Wikipedia entry says they had an international following by the late 1980s; I was in Thailand by then, but I guess they'd not made it here. :(

It sure feels like a hundred years. ;)

My cousin, the rabid Madonna fan, tells me that once she started getting famous hasn't touched any drugs because she's such a control freak. I have nothing to substantiate that claim, however.

fishbicycle
02-27-2007, 01:58 PM
Alice Cooper was reportedly not into drugs, but he was an alcoholic for a long time. His album "From The Inside" is based on when he committed himself to a mental hospital to detox. He's been sober since then, apparently.

lieu
02-27-2007, 02:00 PM
Re: Nugent This may be some false memory but I think there was one of those Biographies on VH1 about him and I think they said he never did drugs but did have a problem with alcohol but has been clean for quite some time now.That's what I remember too, but don't even let him get anywhere near the no boinkin' groupies thread.

Siam Sam
02-27-2007, 02:02 PM
It must have been drugs then that I'd heard he never touched. Was the alcohol abuse before he hit it big or after?

Nugent, that is.

BurnMeUp
02-27-2007, 03:01 PM
Well the whole straight edge movement (no drugs, no alcohol, no sex) was started by Fugazi front man Ian MacKay nack when he was in Minor Threat.

Henry Rollins is also another guy who completely avoids the whole drugs/booze thing.

August West
02-27-2007, 03:12 PM
I saw/read/heard somewhere in the past month or so that Roger Daltrey followed the straight and narrow. I don't know if that was only post-Keith Moon or for his whole career, though.

August West
02-27-2007, 03:16 PM
It's only wikipedia, but here's a cite (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Daltrey) confirming the above:

..in the midst of the band's success, Daltrey repeatedly found himself fighting to keep the other members of The Who away from the drug and alcohol dependence that he believed would destroy them.

tanstaafl
02-27-2007, 03:20 PM
I saw/read/heard somewhere in the past month or so that Roger Daltrey followed the straight and narrow. I don't know if that was only post-Keith Moon or for his whole career, though.
I heard the same thing some time ago with the addition that he gave the reason as "I have to keep myself pure for the chicks!"

Jon Anderson (of Yes) avoids alcohol and drugs (and is a vegetarian as well). Actually, I think most of Yes (with the notable exception of Rick Wakeman) were the same.

JThunder
02-27-2007, 03:24 PM
Does Alfred Yankovic count as a rock star?

Cat Whisperer
02-27-2007, 04:06 PM
Same as the groupies thread - I don't think U2 are big into drugs and alcohol, with the possible exception of Adam Clayton who apparently isn't as religious as the other guys.

vivalostwages
02-27-2007, 04:22 PM
Same as the groupies thread - I don't think U2 are big into drugs and alcohol, with the possible exception of Adam Clayton who apparently isn't as religious as the other guys.

Clayton had to quit or cut back on his drinking around the early 90s, when he became so blotto one night that he couldn't play one of the shows. The others drink, but not as much as they used to. Little or no drug use that I'm aware of, except that the aforementioned bassist might have done some pot way back when.

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