Walden: 'Babyshambles Had Become Drugs Circus So I Quit'

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Former BABYSHAMBLES guitarist PATRICK WALDEN has finally revealed he left the PETE DOHERTY-fronted band because of the heightened level of drug abuse. Walden quit Babyshambles in December 2005 because he was concerned at the level of infamy surrounding drug addict Doherty - and his own burgeoning heroin habit. He tells British music magazine NME, "The band had become a circus. There were so many snakes - we'd be in the studio and there'd be people taking pictures of (Doherty's then-girlfriend) Kate Moss doing coke." And Walden decided against joining his former band for a one-off live appearance at the Manchester Evening News Arena in November 2007, when he arrived at rehearsals and found the band still surrounded by drugs. He adds, "I had gone to Windsor to rehearse the night before. There were drugs about, and it was supposed to be a drug-free tour. I wasn't happy.


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I think that Patrick Walden in the videos, looks like he did his fair share of the drugs while he was with the band also. If he kicked the habit and is no longer doing them then cheers for him. He needs to pray for his former bandmates that they are able to kick it too. No use criticizing them for something you used to be a part of. I am glad that he came out with his own admission of drug use and became clean. Pete shouldn't have taken all of the heat all of the time for something his bandmates were into also.
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