Grinspoon frontman in 'ice' drug meltdown
THE lead singer of former Lismore band Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson, is being treated for addiction to the insidious drug 'ice'.
Jamieson has become the first Australian celebrity to publicly succumb to the scourge which is plaguing Australia's youth.
He was admitted last week to the Odyssey House rehabilitation centre's detox unit at Ingleburn, in Sydney's south-west.
Grinspoon's early shows in Lismore at the Gollan Hotel, Tattersalls Hotel and UniBar have become part of local folklore.
The band began its ascent to stardom after winning Triple J's Unearthed competition with the song Sickfest in 1995.
Jamieson has penned several songs about drugs ? including the band's breakthrough hit, Chemical Heart ? and the band drew its name from Harvard Medical School professor and marijuana supporter, Dr Lester Grinspoon.
The band's latest album is titled Thrills, Kills and Sunday Pills.
Friends of band members who spoke to The Northern Star yesterday said they were not surprised to learn the hard-living rock star had succumbed to drug addiction.
It was reported Jamieson admitted himself to Odyssey House following intervention by his wife and family.
Jamieson left the centre on the weekend to complete a four- to sixweek rehabilitation program at a private clinic.
Grinspoon manager Gregg Donovan issued a statement on behalf of the band members and Jamieson's family.
"Grinspoon frontman Phil Jamieson has voluntarily admitted himself to rehab in relation to substance abuse issues," the statement said.
"Everybody in the Grinspoon camp and his family are supportive of Phil's movements in getting himself into rehab, and can't wait to have him back on board."
The statement said Grinspoon would release its fifth studio album, Alibis and Other Lies, later this year after spending the past few months in the recording studio.
Ice is a highly addictive concentrated form of amphetamine produced in crystalline form. It is usually smoked in glass 'crack pipes'.