This is a story about sober musicians—about the life that has led them here, and about the life that they live now—but there is no single story here.
Some drank, some used drugs, some did more or less everything, and they did so to very different degrees. Some found themselves at the edge of the precipice, or worse; others simply re-routed from a path or trajectory that they came to see as unwise. Some were clean before the end of their teenage years; some only surfaced into sobriety much later in their lives. Some created the work that made them ﬁrst or best known before they were sober; some have done so since. Some see signiﬁcant correlations here; some don’t.
Ivan Neville stores a remarkable snapshot, both festive and bleak, on his phone as a stark reminder of life before sobriety.
The photo shows the New Orleans keyboardist and singer huddled with Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Lenny Kravitz before a Rolling Stones concert at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium in August 1994.
Richards had flown Neville to New Jersey to join the Rolling Stones onstage that night. Neville had contributed to the Stones’ then-current “Voodoo Lounge” album; he also was a member of Richards’ solo band, the X-Pensive Winos.
If the Giants Stadium show went well, he might have been offered a larger role with the Rolling Stones.
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