Muse’s Chris Wolstenholme Opens Up About Alcoholism


Story by Anne Erickson

Muse bass player says two tracks off band’s new album are about his struggle with alcoholism

Muse bass player Chris Wolstenholme has opened up about his very trying struggle with alcoholism. In an interview with NME, the musician divulged that his alcoholism was so crippling that it was common for him to ditch his band mates to work on their own when penning 2009’s “The Resistance. Finally, he had to make a very serious decision: “die in a few years or stop.” Thankfully, he chose the latter.

“The same happened to my dad, he was 40 when he died,” Wolstenholme told NME. “I’d just turned 30 and it was that realization that if I go the same way I could be dead in ten years.  Ten years is not a long time.”

Wolstenholme added that he used to wake up shaking and have to grab for a bottle of wine right away. “I was incredibly unhealthy, overweight, a mess,” he explained to NME. When it eventually came time to nix the bad habit for good, he says he went to a cognitive behavioral therapist to help stop the addiction.

He also stated that Muse’s new album, “The 2nd Law,” features two tracks Wolstenholme wrote about his struggle with alcoholism, “Liquid State” and “Save Me.”

“’Liquid State’ was written about the person you become when you’re intoxicated and how the two of them are having this fight inside of you and it tears you apart,” Wolstenholme stated.  “’Save Me’ was about having the family, the wife and kids and, despite all that crap that I’ve put them through, at the end of it you realize they’re still there and they’re the ones who pulled you through.”

“The 2nd Law” reaches stores and online outlets on Sept. 18.




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