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What's With the Rock and Roll Lifestyle?

I am clearly aware that drugs and debauchery go hand-in-hand with Rock and Roll, but what I really don't understand is how they can still remain attractive to many artists inspite of their destructive results. Music history is filled with stories of successful musicians who destroyed their own careers and lives because of over indulgence. Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim MorrisonJim Morrison are just a few examples. Is being on the road, away from family and friends, causes these people to seek solutions that will ease their loneliness? Is the pressure of winning the acceptance of people too much that they need to escape reality?

I really don't know what their reason is, but one thing is for sure, though, rock and roll fans are just getting tired of it. More and more concerts are being cancelled or postponed because someone in the band is either too stoned or too dead to play. Scott Weiland, frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, is one good example of someone who constantly disappoints fans because of an out-of-control lifestyle. Weiland has been in and out of drug rehab for as long as anyone can remember, and was even arrested several times and charged with DUI. I have always loved STP and Velvet Revolver; it would be a shame to see them disband just because their frontman would rather get high on crystal met than play music.

I and some of my friends have joined several forums, created blogs and even wrote articles and essays on the foolishness of choosing the rock and roll path of self-destruction. Our efforts to solve a gargantuan problem may appear minuscule, but in time, we believe, the awareness we've created will reach our favorite artists and they'll realize how dead serious we are in helping them look at life without the blinding light of drugs and alcohol.

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