Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder: ‘I feel sick when I think about how much crack I smoked’

Frontman claims he finally kicked his drug demons in 2010

Happy Mondays‘ Shaun Ryder has recalled his days of drug-fueled excess, revealing just thinking about them makes feel physically sick.

The frontman, who is reuniting with the original line-up of the band to tour the UK next month, battled addictions to heroin and crack cocaine before finally beating his demons in 2010.

Now speaking to Mojo, he said he wants to vomit when he thinks back to his darkest days. Ryder commented:

Just thinking back, about the amount of crack I smoked, just makes me sick. Sick. I mean, literally, gagging. You know, when [you] get food caught in the back of your throat?


The remarks come after the singer insisted to NME last month that going back on the road with the band wouldn’t tempt him back to his old ways.

“Not a chance dude, come off it – I’m clean now,” he said. “Excess doesn’t come into the equation now, it’s not in our universe, mate.”

Last month it was announced that Happy Mondays’ dancer Bez wouldn’t be performing with the band on the tour, but would instead be acting as a compere and DJ at the shows.

The run begins at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on May 3 and will include two shows at London’s O2 Academy Brixton and a homecoming gig at Manchester Evening News Arena before coming to an end with an extra date in London on May 19. They will also play T In The Park and Camp Bestival.

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