Sum 41 Frontman Gets Sobering Advice from Iggy Pop


In May, Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley nearly died. After years of admitted alcohol abuse, he ended up in hospital and deryck-whibley-300remained “completely sedated” for a week as a result of his liver and kidneys collapsing.

In a blog explaining this event and what led to it, Whibley noted that having one more drink would kill him. It didn’t sound like he was exaggerating.

To get through the tough times, Whibley says that he’s been receiving great advice from some a number of legendary rock n’ roll figures, some of which have or had done their fair share of partying. Unfortunately, he’s also been ousted from certain social circles.

“Now I’m sober, I don’t get calls from certain people that I used to… the drinking friends,” says Whibley in an interview with Kerrang! “Now I’m the bum-out to them. Who wants to invite the sober guy to the party? Y’know who has been incredibly supportive? Iggy Pop. He had a lot of great advice; he’s been through it all. We’ve been friends for years.

“Same for Tommy Lee from Mötley Crüe,” adds Whibley. “He told me what to expect from people, that not everyone will understand. Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum from Guns N’ Roses have been great too. We go out for coffee and talk about shit.”

Whibley previously stated that his inspiration for song writing has returned, and to expect new music from him down the road.

-Adam Grant

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