It's no secret that Tom Petty likes his weed, but he once had a thing for heroin.
He comes clean about his addiction during the '90s in the new book "Petty: The Biography," written by Warren Zanes, a guitarist in The Del Fuegos, who opened for Petty and The Heartbreakers in 1987.
Zanes tells the Washington Post that Petty worried that by sharing his story, he'd glorify heroin use. “The first thing he said to me on the subject is, 'I am very concerned that talking about this is putting a bad example out there for young people. If anyone is going to think heroin is an option because they know my story of using heroin, I can’t do this.' And I just had to work with him and say, 'I think you’re going to come off as a cautionary tale rather than a romantic tale.'"
Zanes adds that for years, being busy with recording and touring was enough "that the trouble from his past was kept at bay. But then, when he left his marriage and moved into a house by himself, things slowed just long enough that all of that past came right as he’s coming into the pain of not being able to control the well-being of his kids and not being able to control a dialogue with his ex-wife. The classic situation of mid-life pinning a person down to the mat."
Petty gave his full cooperation to the book, telling Zanes, "I can’t tell you what’s in it or not in it.” Also interviewed for the book was former Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch, who finally opens up about leaving the band in 1994. It will be published on November 10.
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