The timing of the barbs might seem arbitrary unless, as many have suggested, Adams recently read Lizzy Goodman’s new book, Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001-2011.
The fascinating oral history delves into the relationship between Adams and the members of The Strokes, one that started positively before drugs entered the picture.
In the book, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. says, “Ryan would always come and wake me at two in the morning and have drugs, so I’d just do the drugs and kind of numb out. I knew I would shoot up drugs from a very young age. I’d been wanting to do heroin since I was 14 years old.”
This spiral into the dark world of hard drugs for Hammond caused band mate Julian Casablancas to intervene. Casablancas told Hammond to stay away from Adams for Casablancas would kick Adams’ ass.
Hammond says, “[Casablancas] heard that Ryan would come and give me heroin, so he was just like, ‘If you come to my apartment again with heroin, I’m going to kick your ass.’ I hadn’t really been doing it in baggie form until Ryan showed up. He was definitely a bad influence.”
Adams appears in the book and does get a chance at a rebuttal, making the timing of his malicious tweets seem all the more strange.
Adams says, “Albert and I were friends. If anything, I really felt like I had an eye on him in a way that they never did … I loved him so deeply. I would never ever have given him a bag of heroin. I remember being incredibly worried about him, even after I continued to do speedballs.”
In fact, the book describes an incident at a bar when the entire band approached Adams and told him in no uncertain terms that he was not to hang out with them anymore.
Some of Adams’ tweets address the drugs issue, but some make reference to Casablancas’ weight. Pettiness knows no boundaries.
Below are some of Adams’ string of tweets, but as of this publishing, the singer-songwriter is still tossing daggers.
(“It Never Rains In Southern California” was a hit for Albert Hammond, Sr. in 1972, and “As you were” is Liam Gallagher’s Twitter salutation, according to Stereogum.)
(Last Impressions of Earth is The Strokes third LP.)
(The Voidz are one of Casablancas’ music projects.)
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