Singer Billy Idol Admits He's No Longer Sober

By McCarton Ackerman 10/07/14

The legendary singer recently said that he has fallen off the wagon while out promoting his new memoir.

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Legendary singer Billy Idol is plugging a new memoir titled Dancing With Myself, which hits stores today, but admitted he’s still struggling with an old drug addiction.

The 58-year-old has gone through fits and spurts of sobriety, but Idol recently admitted to the New York Daily News that he has fallen off the wagon. “I’m certainly not sober,” he admitted. “[I’ve] put the drugs a bit on the back burner and I don’t overdo it. I'm the protagonist of my own book, but I'm not the hero. Like all of us, I'm just someone struggling through."

Back in 2010, Idol made headlines with his backstage dressing room demands that were unabashedly anti-rock and roll, including herbal teas, tuna, and almonds. He took up Pilates and acknowledged that he was lucky to be alive after his hard living lifestyle for decades.

“I’ve started to look for things that are natural and un-stress-related,” he said at the time. “I still want to be rockin’ at 70. I don’t want to be doing a line at 70!”

Excerpts of Idol’s memoir that were released last month show that his past drug excess plays a major theme in the book. “I would hole up in my apartment smoking and staying awake, at one point for three straight weeks,” he recalled of his days living in New York City’s West Village. “My concentration on making [music] diminished. Everywhere I went I would carry around a small satchel with my pipe, some rocks to smoke, and a butane torch. Even when I made it to the studio, I shoved the satchel in the bathroom, hid it under the sink, and took hits as needed, not thinking the smell of coke would permeate the whole complex."

Idol is also gearing up to release his first album in over a decade later this month, Kings & Queens of the Underground, and will hit the road for a North American tour in January.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.