Since ditching drink and drugs, Ronnie Wood is a changed man.
The Rolling Stones Guitarist got sober in 2010 after a well-publicized struggle with drink and drugs and now believes having a clear mind means he has become a much better player and performer.
Ronnie was recently asked if he agreed with fans, that he is playing better than ever before during the latest Stones tour, he said: “Yeah. I’m five years clean and serene this year, so that’s made a big difference. I have a completely different focus. It’s great for me to revisit albums I wasn’t even on – I can see ‘Sticky Fingers’ in a completely different light, and clearer.”
The 68-year-old superstar joined the Stones 40 years ago after founder member Brian Jones passed way due to his own battle with the excesses of fame, and admitted his wild lifestyle as a youngster was somewhat excessive.
Ronnie revealed: “Those were the days of experimenting with scotch and Coke and brandy and things, and perhaps not knowing the limits. There are some entries [in my diary] where it says, ‘Great night last night. Sick twice.’ But in those days it used to bounce off us – that and all the travel we did in the van. We’d grin and bear it. If I had to do it now, I probably wouldn’t last a week.”
Finding a way to stay away from alcohol while on tour have gotten easier for Wood as his previous addictions are no longer “triggered” during difficult times.
When asked about abstaining from the demon drink, he told Rolling Stone magazine: “Well, now I find it easy, thank God. I think it does get easier. The first white-knuckle months when I first cleaned up, it was a bit of a challenge, and I thought, “Oh God, how am I ever going to get through this?” But now I can go through most situations and not get triggered.” Nice one Ronnie!
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