It has been reported that New York band The Strokes have claimed that singer Ryan Adams was a bad influence on guitarist Albert Hammond Jr, during a period of drug problems in the early 2000s. The claims have come to light due to a new book by author Lizzy Goodman, titled ‘Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001 – 2011’.
Fans of acclaimed garage rock outfit The Strokes are well aware that the band have suffered problems with drugs and alcohol in the past; however, until this week many were unaware that some of those problems may be attributed to singer / songwriter Ryan Adams.
In a section of Lizzy Goodman’s new book ‘Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001 – 2011’, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr has claimed that Adams was threatened by his fellow band members for allegedly trying to supply him with heroin.
In the book Hammond Jr. states: “I remember Julian threatening to beat Ryan [Adams] up if he hung out with me, as a protective thing, He’d heard that Ryan would come and give me heroin, so he was just like, ‘if you come to my apartment again with heroin, I’m going to kick your ass’.”
He continues: “I hadn’t really been doing it in baggie form until Ryan showed up. He was definitely a bad influence.”
The revelations have forced a response from Adams, who admits to being close friends with Hammond Jr. at the time, but denies supplying him with hard drugs. In a new statement, Adams explains: “That’s so sad, because Albert and I were friends. If anything, I really felt like I had an eye on him in a way that they never did. I was around and we actually spent time together. He would show me his songs. It was like, “No one ever listens to my music, but do you want to hear it?” I would be like, ‘fuck yeah!’ I loved him so deeply. I would never ever have given him a bag of heroin. I remember being incredibly worried about him, even after I continued to do speedballs.” “I didn’t do drugs socially, and I don’t remember doing drugs with Albert ever. I wanted to smoke cigarettes and drink, like, dark red wine or vodka and write all night.”
It is unlikely that fans will ever get the true story; however, this may well be the begging of a bitter relationship between the two parties.