Is this it for a legendary rock friendship?
Ryan Adams fired shots at the members of The Strokes via Twitter this week and it’s a train wreck you can’t look away from. It’s a tragedy since both musical acts basically share the same fanbase.
Tweets that negatively comment on Julian Casablancas’ weight, Albert Hammond Jr.’s father and the Strokes’ music in general. Some Strokes fans replied to the tweets stood up for the group, while others express that they’re torn up by the frenemies’ feud. Adams is ruthless in his retorts to the Strokes’ twitter army.
Adams has since deleted the tweets and the Strokes have yet to comment. But fans are wondering; can’t we all just get along?
Things have been estranged between the ex-musical BFFs after Julian Casablancas, frontman of the Strokes, accused Adams of getting Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. hooked on heroin. The accusation appeared for the first time this year in Meet Me In The Bathroom, an oral history documented by Elizabeth Goodman about the NYC music scene during the early 2000s. However, the feud has been privately ongoing between the musicians for decades.
“I think heroin just kind of crosses a line. It can take a person’s soul away,” Casablancas told Goodman. “So it’s like if someone is trying to give your friend a lobotomy—you’re gonna step in.”
Many others from that scene, including Albert Hammond Jr., were quoted in Meet Me In The Bathroom saying that Adams was a bad influence and the main provider of drugs (other than Courtney Love, who they called the “Coke Queen.”). Though no one directly states that Adams was the main cause of Hammond’s addiction, Hammond admits that he was not doing heroin out of a “baggie” until Adams was in the picture.
Eventually, the Strokes and then-manager Ryan Gentles met with Adams to explain that he was a bad influence and they were cutting him out of their lives.
“It was very dramatic,” Adams told Goodman. “I was more or less given a lecture, a hypocritical lecture, and then they told me that I was not going to be part of their scene anymore—it was very weird.”
Adams explained to Goodman that he loved Hammond deeply and would never ever have given him a bag of heroin. “It was easy to brand me as the problem,” he continued. “I would suspect that they soon learned that I was not the problem.”
Obviously, they did not learn, because at this point it’s still clear that they blame Adams for Hammonds’ addiction that eventually lead to the downfall of the Strokes.
It’s easy to forget that these musicians were part of the same scene and came up together. You can still find clips from back in the day when they all used to be BFFs. On Courtney Love’s MTV special 24 Hours of Love from the early 2000s The Strokes and Adams hung together without drama.
Even in Goodman’s book there are photos of these guys, along with other upcoming musicians from that time like Beck and The White Stripes, getting along in peace. Much has happened since then. The Strokes got back together to write Angles and Comedown Machine and Ryan Adams, who’s currently still touring, reached pop star status with his album of Taylor Swift covers.
At least now we know why Adams covered “Bad Blood.”