In times of social isolation, suggested by health authorities during the pandemic of the new coronavirus, many rockstars suffer from being prevented from doing what they like best: going on stage and playing for their audience. However, long before the current situation some rockstars were already living in reclusion.
The 6 rockstars who after fame live far from the spotlight
Since the death of vocalist Freddie Mercury in 1991, bassist John Deacon played only three shows, all of them in the 1990s, and participated in the recording of the song “No One But You (Only The Good Die Young)”.
Queen ended up touring with Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free) as the vocalist from 2004 to 2009 and they even recorded new song. Nowadays the rockstars Brian May and Roger Taylor tour with Adam Lambert on vocals. John Deacon didn’t want to be on the band in these two opportunities. However, he is always consulted for approval of any work related to the band, like the 2018 film “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
John Deacon simply wanted to leave far from the spotlight. He lives a secluded life, alongside his wife, Veronica Tetzlaff, with whom he had six children. Not even guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor have contact with him. When some approval is required, the deal is made through lawyers.
In the last few years, guitarist Izzy Stradlin really only appeared to refute a speech by vocalist Axl Rose, about the Guns N ‘Roses meeting, in an interview with TV Globo’s’ Fantástico’. Rockstars Slash and bassist Duff McKagan returned to the band, but Stradlin would have declined an invitation to come back because “he wants something every day”.
On the social networks, Stradlin said he didn’t returned because his colleagues didn’t want to split their earnings equally with him. This was one of the few times the guitarist appeared in recent years.
Interestingly, in the 2000s, the rockstar remained very active as a solo artist, releasing almost one album a year. The last one was “Wave of Heat”, in 2010. Then, nothing more was done. He even attended a Guns N ‘Roses concert in 2012, before the reunion. It was the musician’s final live performance.
Drummer Steven Adler revealed in an interview with WRIF radio what Izzy is doing nowadays: “He just buys old cars, fixes them, drives around the country to his ranch. He has a ranch in Indiana or something. He has a talent for living. Living requires a talent and he has a talent for life “.
White Lion guitarist in the 1980s, Vito Bratta remained under the public’s radar until 1992, when the band broke up. After that, the musician didn’t played or released anything else.
In a rare interview in 2007, Bratta said that he left the music market after an injury that prevented him from playing the guitar without discomfort, even in the 90s. Interestingly, Vito Bratta is the owner of all rights to the White Lion songs, after vocalist Mike Tramp sold his share in the 1990s. Tramp tried to bring the group together several times and even announced that he had achieved it in 2003, but he soon that was denied. The reason was that Bratta changed his mind.
Vinnie Vincent, Kiss guitarist between 1982 and 1984 spent almost two decades without making public appearances. He disappeared in the mid-1990s, after controversial appearances at exhibitions related to his former band and releasing an EP entitled “Euphoria”.
Between two decades of absence, Vincent was arrested in 2011, accused of assaulting his wife, the late Diane Cusano. He spent the night in jail and was released the next morning after paying $ 10,000 bail.
It was later reported that police officers found four dogs killed in sealed containers at Vinnie Vincent’s home. Both the (ex-) musician and his wife said that their other dogs ended up attacking and killing the minors, whose corpses were in the volumes. No occurrences have been registered against Vincent in this regard.
In early 2018, Vinnie Vincent agreed to participate in some Kiss-related events. In the first, he said: “I spent 20 years in hell. The broad strokes could have been not so broad. They could have quickly and amicably eliminated 20 years of pain. I would say pertaining to Kiss, these are my friends. These are guys I love. I love them to this day. I’ve got tremendous memories that are wonderful. Most of them are.”
Although he stated this, Vinnie Vincent said that his life has become “as small as it could be”. “I became very happy. All I do is play, compose, record, take care of my dogs. I have a very private and peaceful life, I haven’t had this for a long time. Many fans know a lot of things, but they also do not know many things “, he said.
Vincent even participated in a solo event by Gene Simmons. However, in subsequent interviews, the Kiss rockstars refused any possibility of bringing the former guitarist to the stage during the band’s farewell tour.
Even at the height of the White Stripes, drummer Meg White was seen in an enigmatic way. Frontman Jack White conducted most of the interviews and public appearances, while Meg rarely appeared.
White Stripes ended in 2011, 4 years after the last tour was canceled due to an anxiety crisis suffered by Meg White. Partner Jack, with whom she was married between 1996 and 2000, moved on. Meg, in turn, abandoned the music industry.
Between the canceled tour and the end of the White Stripes, Meg White married for the second time to Jackson Smith, Patti Smith’s son. Interestingly, the ceremony was held in the home of Jack White, her ex-husband, in a very private way. They divorced in 2013. Meg continues to live in Detroit, in a very peaceful life.
In 2014, at Rolling Stone, Jack White revealed that he believes that no one else in the White Stripes days has been in contact with Meg. “I don’t think anyone talks to Meg — she’s always been a hermit. When we lived in Detroit, I’d have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it’s almost never.”
Queensrÿche’s original guitarist, Chris DeGarmo played with the band until 1998. Then he returned to specific collaborations in 2003 and 2007. And he didn’t do much more than that.
Shortly after leaving Queensrÿche, DeGarmo became involved with two musicians from Alice in Chains: drummer Sean Kinney, in the Spys4Darwin project, and guitarist Jerry Cantrell, on his solo album “Degradation Trip” (2002). Then he collaborated with the album “Tribe” (2003), from his old band.
Despite this, DeGarmo’s seclusion was not synonymous with a fight. He continued to keep in touch with the rest of his bandmates, especially guitarist Michael Wilton, whom he has been friends with since school. And drummer Scott Rockenfield, with whom he celebrated his 50th birthday together in 2013.
However, since “Tribe” (2003), Chris DeGarmo only participated in the song “Drone”, by Alice in Chains, present in the album “Rainier Fog” (2018). And released an EP with the band The Rue, formed by he and his daughter, Rylie DeGarmo, in 2015. There was never any intention of resuming the pace of activity that he had in Queensrÿche.
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