Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis was recently a guest on Steve-O’s podcast “Wild Ride”. During the interview, Davis opens up about his meth use and other substance abuse issues.
Davis said, “It started before Korn blew up. I started doing meth when I moved to Huntington, and there’s a lot of meth there from Bakersfield, and I got hooked up with someone that was giving me tons of it there,” Davis continued. “So on the first album, we have a title called ‘Helmet in the Bush‘ – it’s about meth. I started doing meth there, that was the first record.”
“And then I got sober right after we did the third record. So I stopped meth when we started touring because I couldn’t function; there’s no way I could be up for two days and tour and keep it together, and I had to stop.”
“So the day we took off on tour, the first tour with House of Pain and Biohazard, we got in our trailer and we built bunks, and I just got on that bunk and I slept for five fucking days, got up and played a show, and that’s when I kicked it.”
Davis then went on to talk about how he became a “raging alcoholic” and his other substance abuse issues.
“I was always smart enough to know when to put it down. When I start getting paranoid or weird, I’d just go to bed, but I saw a lot of people do that shit.
“One of my meth dealers, I went to his house and he had holes on the walls where he’s like, ‘There’s cameras in the walls, man!’ And I start talking to people, they’re like, ‘They’re following me in helicopters and I could see the agents in the bushes!’ And it’s like, ‘Oh my god, you need to go to sleep.’ I never got the weird, crazy psychosis, but I met a lot of people that did, and that was when it gets scary.”
You can see the full interview with Davis below.