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Muse Bassist Confesses Alcoholism

Written by Barnaby Smith on July 1, 2011

Bassist with Muse Chris Wolstenholme has detailed his battle with alcoholism in a new interview with Q magazine (via Music Room), describing how he ‘nearly died’ as well as how he has maintained sobriety ever since the release of the band’s fifth album The Resistance.

Wolstenholme said, “I was actually losing my mind. I had to drink to get out of bed in the morning. It got to the point one Christmas morning where I was actually puking up blood.”

He went on to detail how his thinking became increasingly clouded by alcohol, saying “My rational thought at that time was, ‘Oh I won’t drink spirits today, I’ll just drink beer.’ You just don’t think properly. You don’t really consider that you’re killing yourself … Or even if you do, you get to the point where you don’t care about anything anymore.”

The interview also saw comments from frontman Matt Bellamy, who confessed to not having noticed his bandmate’s addiction. Bellamy said, “The thing with him is he’s such a good musician that his motor skills or something just aren’t affected.”

“So he would come in and play brilliantly and then we wouldn’t see him for a bit… We’d have a great gig and he’d go off to his room so we wouldn’t really know what was going on.”

Muse were recently the victims of a barrage of disapproval by outspoken Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher, who said, “Muse fucking scares me. They’re like fucking creepy shit. But people like ‘em.”

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