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Saying Scott Stapp has been through a lot in the 20-year span of his music career is akin to saying Adele sold “a few copies” of her latest album.

It would be a gross understatement.

The lead singer for the band Creed has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, struggled with substance abuse and found himself in a leaked sex tape. Lest we forget that Creed, while currently on an indefinite hiatus, has sold over 50 million albums worldwide.

But when Stapp speaks these days, he does so confidently and in a tone that does not suggest he’s been through so many traumatic events. Matter-of-fact, at times when reflecting on his trials and tribulations the lead singer does so in a jovial manner.

“I’m so allergic to alcohol and drugs that every time I use or drink, I break out in handcuffs and end up on the 6 o’clock news,” Stapp joked when we chatted on my radio show last week. He was making the rounds amidst his “Proof Of Life Tour,” a trek in support of his last solo project although he also plays his Creed catalogue at the shows.

“That’s literally the truth man!” he continued, not missing a beat.

Sadly for Stapp and his family, it was a long road to fully realize his “allergy.” Stapp had been to rehab but never truly sobered up. In 2009 while Creed was promoting a reunion tour, the lead singer told me that despite past, he would still have a glass of wine on occasion.
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As Stapp later found out, that’s not exactly how life after rehab works.

“I didn’t want to believe that I couldn’t be normal like everyone else,” he admits now. “But a lot has changed since then, and I know that I can’t do that.”

The seemingly big breakthrough for Stapp was after his latest downfall, which included a string of bizarre Facebook videos referencing President Obama and ISIS. Stapp and his wife Jaclyn sought out MusiCares, a foundation created by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that “provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.” Stapp, of course, is a GRAMMY winner of the Academy’s, taking home “Best Rock Song” with Creed in 2001.

Through MusiCares, Stapp was able to end up in a proper facility that provided him with what he and his family believes was the missing piece to his rehab: the bipolar diagnosis. Now, the musician has a new outlook on his amended lifestyle.

“I just live my life 24 hours at-a-time, one day at-a-time,” Stapp stated. “When I break it down in to those small increments, it’s a lot easier to accept and digest (soberness).”

Stapp, who is planning the announcement of a new band and is working on another solo album, says that the new perspective has had a positive outlook on his life. Although, that might be an understatement too.

As chronicled in the new documentary Amy, almost anyone who came in contact with the late Amy Winehouse experienced some type of very intense, dark time with her, especially later part of her 27 years alive. Yet it takes almost no effort for her first manager Nick Shymansky to recollect brighter moments he spent with the gifted singer.

“Because we were flown out by the label, we decided to make the most of it,” Shymansky, the nephew of Universal Music Group’s Lucian Grainge and current Senior A&R at Island Records was telling me on “Ralphie Tonight” during a story about how he and Winehouse were in New York City. They had a meeting with her label that didn’t go as planned; due to the lack of “heat” around the artist at that particular moment, label execs were pumping the breaks on releasing Winehouse’s first album Frank in the States.

“Amy just made her first bit of money. She wasn’t really famous but she was getting a lot of acclaim. We ended up going to Tower Records and she got a massive trolley. She was like a kid in a candy store.”

Winehouse went to town in the once-booming store (Shymansky believes they were at the former Upper West Side location), not taking in to account anything – whether it be the price of the records nor the tax and shipping cost to send them all back to the UK.

“I remember she bought all this music and we paid a huge fine for taking it back (overseas),” he recalled with a smile. “It was amazing seeing her just realize, ‘I can have whatever music I want. I’ve got money.’”
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Shymansky contributed over 12 hours of footage he taped to the piece, which was directed by Asif Kapadia. He, along with rapper Mos Def, producer Mark Ronson and many other friends and family of Winehouse’s, sat down with Kapadia for audio-only interviews that are woven throughout the two-hour-plus film. The singer’s former manager cooperated with the filmmaker in part to help show different sides to Winehouse’s personality and artistry; perhaps those neglected and/or ignored by the media that maligned her until she died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011.

But the film is honest and comes with its share of cringe-worthy moments: watching Winehouse stumble in front of tens-of-thousands on stage, the singer’s mother admitting that she missed early signs of bulimia and Winehouse’s father Mitch showing up to Sr. Lucia, where his daughter was supposed to be recovering on while avoiding the media… with a reality-show camera crew in tow.

“I think one of the most powerful things about this film is that you’re not really told what to think of people,” Shymansky explained. “Opinions aren’t flying. You can’t ignore there were certain decisions, certain things that were handled badly. But I think you come away from this film… it’s two hours and 10 minutes of you being close to the artist.”

From that proximity, it is hard not to see why after viewing Kapadia’s final cut, Winehouse’s father decided to disassociate the family from its release. In addition to the aforementioned incident on the island, Mr. Winehouse also plays an integral role in the creation of his daughter’s breakout hit, “Rehab.” Shymansky actually tried to admit Winehouse; the singer responded by deferring the decision of whether she should go or not to her father.

Despite working out a plan ahead of time with her manager, Mr. Winehouse told his daughter that she didn’t need rehab. Of course, you know this by simply listening to the song, which is almost a verbatim play-by-play of the entire situation.
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“Popular music, up-tempo music, hit music, whatever you want to call it… is very often, when you really look in to the context of what that song’s saying, it can be quite deep,” Shymansky noted, citing hits from Motown as an example. “For me, I can never listen to ‘Rehab.’ Although, I appreciate why a lot of people get it, dance to it, love it… but I knew what was behind it, and I always found it a bit of a ridicule in to my belief that Amy needed help.”

Shymansky could have easily forgotten about Winehouse altogether after his refusal to leave the company he worked for, 19 Entertainment, led to the singer switching managers prior to the release of Back To Black. But Shymansky still cares very much about the singer and her lasting legacy, knowing full well that his discovery of Winehouse helped cement his own credibility in the industry.

Lioness record came out, and I always felt very strange about that record coming out because it wasn’t a record that Amy said, ‘This is my body of work. I’ve finished it. I’ve done it,” he responded when I inquired about the possibility of any unreleased demos seeing the light of day. Keep in mind who Shymansky’s uncle is and what label he now works for, and this is an obvious example of the former point regarding his interest in the singer’s legacy. “Amy took her music very seriously…I hope that if music does emerge, it’s not put out there.”

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Viral sensation and voiceover talent Ted Williams is in his second rehab stint in the past three months.

A leading expert and doctor in addiction medicine and a former deputy director under President George W. Bush, Dr. Andrea Barthwell called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to share her thoughts on Williams’ placement in a sober halfway house.

Dr. Barthwell received the Betty Ford Award in 2003. She currently serves as the CEO of the Two Dreams Outer Banks treatment program for alcoholism and drug abuse.

Ted Williams is scheduled to enter a rehabilitation facility after admitting during a taping of the Dr. Phil Show that he is still drinking. A spokesperson for the program said that Ted, with his family’s support, made the decision to get treatment, after acknowledging that his drinking has not ceased.

“If Ted is ever going to get better, he’s got to be honest with himself and admit he’s addicted to drugs and alcohol,” said Dr. Phil. “I’ve told him it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take a lot of hard work. It might be a long journey for him, but this is a big step in the right direction.”

(Previous story) A daughter of Ted Williams, the formerly homeless radio announcer whose viral video comeback made headlines all over the world last week, claims her father has relapsed due to all the attention and is drinking again.  Daughter Jemay Williams tells Entertainment Tonight her dad has consumed a bottle of Grey Goose vodka a night since he gained fame, and he should go back to rehab.  Ted Williams tells ET Jemay’s claims are not true and she is just trying to sell his “story.”

NBC reported Tuesday that Ted Williams was picked up by police and questioned Monday night about a disturbance at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, and quotes sources as saying Williams got into an argument with Jemay.  During an interview on The Insider, Ted Williams claimed Jemay swung an ice bucket at him while they were arguing, saying “My daughter hit me.”  The LAPD would only confirm that two people at the hotel were brought in for questioning, but were not booked.

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In case you missed it, TMZ just posted footage of a very innebriated A.J. McLean. The Backstreet Boy’s struggle with substance abuse is well-documented… who could forget the emotional revelation of his problems when the group appeared on MTV’s TRL back in the earlier part of this decade?


What I can exclusively reveal is that the group just completed recording their new LP, due out this spring. The boys were also celebrating Nick Carter’s birthday. Carter has three more birthday bashes on the docket, all throughout Canada, all planned previous to last night.
But is it possible that on their watch, McLean fell off the wagon? Interesting considering it is an unspoken rule within the camp that you do not drink in front of A.J., under any circumstances. The subsequent statements to be released by the parties involved will hopefully shed more light on what is looking like a bleak situation.

Travis McCoy opens up to 97 BHT’s Ralphie about – everything! Hear Travie talk about everything from his girlfriend (Katy Perry), to tattoos, the new LP, and kicking his substance abuse problem.

tmz reports the aerosmith front man checked in today to the same site where vh1’s celebrity rehab with dr. drew is taped. i suppose my fellow paisan (real last name: tallarico) was a little too j-j-jaded.

tmz reports the aerosmith front man checked in today to the same site where vh1’s celebrity rehab with dr. drew is taped. i suppose my fellow paisan (real last name: tallarico) was a little too j-j-jaded.