Weekend Reading: Filter Frontman Richard Patrick Talks Mental Health, Drugs, and Sobriety
I suppose this could be a Weekend Listening post, too, because guess who got back together and released a new album last week?
Why, yes, I am excited about it!
Filter’s first album, Short Bus, was one of the first CDs I owned, and their 2000 hit “Take a Picture” off Title of Record was a pretty regular jam during my freshman year of college.
Just in time for the band’s sixth and latest studio release, The Sun Comes Out Tonight, Filter frontman Richard Patrick talked exclusively with The Fix about how both his past drug and alcohol abuse and his current sobriety have played a role in the band’s failures and successes.
Even though Filter had all this success, eventually Iâ€™m 33 and bent over a coffee table, addicted to cocaine as well. My dreams were being put on hold just to handle this addiction and minimize my insecurities.
His ongoing alcoholism and cocaine abuse finally spiraled completely out of control in 2002, leading Patrick to cancel most of the promotional tour for the band’s 2002 flop, The Amalgamut.
That’s when Patrick checked himself into rehab and the now 45-year-old rocker has been sober since 2002. Several years ago, Patrick sought mental health treatment and is now properly managing his ADHD with his wife’s help.
It was like everything fell into place.
Filter joins Live, Everclear, and Sponge (geez, my 90s self is seriously hyperventilating over here) for their Summerland Tour 2013.
Can’t make it? Or, just can’t wait to check out the new tunes? Spotify has the entire The Sun Comes Out Tonight album; there’s some language, so beware. (I particularly like “Surprise” and “First You Break It.”)
Sparks, A. (2013). Weekend Reading: Filter Frontman Richard Patrick Talks Mental Health, Drugs, and Sobriety. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2013/06/weekend-reading-filter-frontman-patrick-richard-talks-mental-health-drugs-and-sobriety/