'Paranoid' Beatles star refused artist entry to hotel
Michael Baggs

08:49 14th October 2013

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Elton John has discussed his former drug use, revealed how he once hid from legendary artist Andy Warhol during a cocaine binge with Beatles icon, John Lennon.

The 'Rocket Man' star has spoken openly during his career about his former addiction problems, but has now revealed how Lennon's paranoia led the duo to ignore Warhol when he turned up at a hotel room in which the two were partying.

"I can remember being stoned out of our mind on coke at the Sherry-Netherland hotel, and at two in the morning, there would be a knock on the door," says Elton John in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. "It took me five minutes to get to get the door because I was so paranoid, but it was Andy fucking Warhol.

"I said, 'It's Andy Warhol,' and he (Lennon) said, 'Don't f**king let him in! He'll have a camera and everything!' So we just waited for him to leave."

Below: drug confessions from some of music's biggest stars

  • In September 2012, Lady Gaga openly smoked a spliff during her Born This Way ball tour, telling her audience: "I thought that in Holland it would be an appropriate place to discuss my current openness about being a cannabis smoker because I have decided that I want you to know the truth," she declare., "It has totally changed my life and that I've really cut down on drinking. It's, like, been a totally spiritual experience for me with my music."

  • According to BBC News, Bob Dylan spoke of his heroin addiction saying,"I got very, very strung out for a while, I mean really, very strung out. And I kicked the habit. I had about a $25-a-day habit and I kicked it."

  • Elton John told Today's Matt Lauer, "I was consumed by cocaine, booze, and who knows what else. I apparently never got the memo that the Me Generation had ended."

  • According to The Telegraph, Katherine Jenkins the famous opera singer admitted, "I took half a pill the first time, and it made me feel excited, passionate, in love with everyone and everything, and really happy, very very happy. I took ecstasy pills after that four or five times, and MDMA too."

  • Mike Skinner of The Streets told The Independent, "I know I could buy two grand's worth of cocaine and do it all tonight. And then get four more grand's worth and there would be absolutely nothing to stop me."

  • Whilst at a show in Toledo Motley Crew proclaimed on stage, "We''ve been doing every drug we could get our fucking bodies man."

  • Noel Gallagher boasted to NME, "I spent £1m on drugs and enjoyed every minute of it."

  • No surprises here then. According to The Independent, Pete Doherty stated: "I sparked up like a Christmas tree. Sticking a line of cocaine up your nose is normal in the music industry ... it''s rife. Drugs and music are one and the same to me."

  • According to a Primal Scream interview with NME, drugs fuelled the entire Screamadelica album. "That was our introduction to E. And then all of a sudden I''m listening to this record, turning the bass up, going, Oh! Ooh!"

  • James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) admitted to NME that he took Steroids to finish an album off quickly, "I had to sing it with a voice that was completely blown out, but then I took lots of steroids!" he declared. "So I juiced for this record! It's cheating, I'm cheating! I cheated to sing this song." On track ''Dance Yrself Clean''

  • Lily Allen has not only admitted to taking drugs, but to dealing then as well. The 'The Fear' singer told Uncut magazine: "I was a drug dealer in Ibiza at 15... But I haven''t done drugs for a while now. Too busy. I'd like to say work and sex have replaced drugs."

  • Lil'' Wayne suffered from a Codeine addiction a couple of years ago, telling MTV of his troubles with kicking the habit, "It ain''t that easy feels like death in your stomach when you stop doing that shit. You gotta learn how to stop, you gotta go through detox. You gotta do all kinds of stuff."

  • Frank Ocean confessed to selling class A drugs during his high-school years, admitting in a September 2013 interview with Oyster magazine: "I was a thug," he said. "I sold a lot of cocaine and crack...All the time." He added that his 'creative life' was lacking a 'disciplinarian' influence, claiming that he did not have a family member pushing him to develop his music talents.

  • Muse have always been open about their dalliances with magic mushrooms. The band admit that most of the sessions for Origin of Symmetry were famously recorded when they were 'shroomed up. In a recent interview with Q Magazine, frontman Matt Bellamy said: "The magic mushrooms have made a bit of a comeback recently." In the same interview with Q, Matt described a recent 'trip' on a bouncy castle at a Las Vegas fancy dress party in which he merged into a Salvador Dali painting: "Dom had a dog mask on and he ran off into the desert and I ran after him. For a minute I was actually in a Salvador Dali painting. If you look at his painting 'The Elephants', I was the little person at the bottom of those elephants' legs"."

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