Ex-Alice in Chains Bassist Starr Talks Cobain, Staley on “Rehab”

February 23rd, 2010 by Rolling Stone Leave a reply »

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Last season of Celebrity Rehab, we were fretting over the fate of former Guns n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, who often recalled his good ol’ days with Axl Rose and Co. and complained about Slash not inviting him to drum on his upcoming solo album. This season’s resident rocker-in-peril is ex-Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who was the focus of last week’s episode as he tried to work out his guilt related to the death of the band’s frontman Layne Staley. But AIC’s Jerry Cantrell isn’t impressed with Dr. Drew’s reality-rehab program. “I think it’s a real travesty and a shame to put people in a really vulnerable situation like that and make it entertainment for people to see,” he told an Atlanta radio station (per Blabbermouth). “[Mike is] a friend of ours, and we wish him the best. But that show’s not really cool.”

Starr gets Dr. Drew’s attention and major screen time by admitting the death of Staley haunts him. When asked why he’s constantly wearing headphones, Starr tells a rehab specialist, “My singer dies, and the only way I can hear him is through this… It takes me back to when Layne was alive.” He later claims Kurt Cobain and Staley helped introduce him to heroin. Saying he was only 20 when Alice in Chains formed, Starr admits he was a casual drug user then, but Staley traveled on his own bus “because he was using heroin.” “The day they kicked me out … Cobain shot me up, because we were playing with Nirvana and the Chili Peppers. Layne shot me up first, couple of times, then Kurt shot me up, and then Layne shot me up the same night I died for 11 minutes.”

Later, Staley’s mom Nancy accompanies Starr and the other recovering celebrity addicts on a day-long retreat, where she de...

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