Drummer Spencer Smith Opens Up About Addiction
Panic! At The Disco drummer Spencer Smith has opened up about his drug addiction in a new blog post.
Smith took to the band’s website at panicatthedisco.com to tell all about a stint in rehab last year for Vicodin and Xanax addiction. The drummer opened up the post by writing: “For the past 4 and a half years I’ve been battling addiction.” The 25 year old went on to say that he only started taking drugs and drinking alcohol when he was 19, but they swiftly took over his life.
He wrote: “Then, a little over 2 years ago, something traumatic happened in regards to the health of a loved one. It was around this time that I started taking Vicodin and Xanax on a daily basis… When we got off the tour we were doing for our last record, I slipped further into my addiction. With a lot more alone time and no worry of being presentable at an interview or a meet and greet, my life began to revolve around my addiction.”
Smith adds that he is now sober after going to rehab late last year.
Panic! At The Disco are set to release their brand new album ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’ on October 8. The album will be the band’s fourth LP, and feature the single ‘Miss Jackson’. The album follows Panic! At The Disco’s 2011 effort ‘Vices & Virtues’.
The band will be touring in support of the LP, playing Nottingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and London in November.