Jonny Craig, lead vocalist for Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance has been allegedly scamming fans for months via his twitter account. Craig posted tweets on his personal account offering to sell MacBooks, and now people are claiming after wiring Craig or someone posing as Craig money, they got no product in return.
Jonny Craig is denying any involvement in the scam, and claiming his twitter was hacked. He claims he did sell Mac Books via his personal twitter, but they got sent out. Despite his claims, more and more people keep commenting on this initial article about how they too have been allegedly scammed by Craig, or someone posing as Craig. Currently, well over ten people posted they sent between $500-$800 via western union to someone alleging to be Jonny Craig in the promise of receiving the MacBook or White MacBook Pro. None of them have received the product.
There are comments that if it was really Craig scamming people he was using the money to fuel an alleged drug problem. This site Mind Equals Blown posted, “His addiction to heroin was covered in an e-mail I received from a former fan called Brittany who confirmed that he also uses oxycontin and cocaine, and that he has previously text her from said phone number asking for the aforementioned drugs whenever he happens to be in town.”
Whether it was Jonny Craig, or someone hacking into his twitter to rip off Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance fans, the fact remains this situation will drastically hinder both bands reputations. Right now angry fans want their money back, and even if they do get a refund and it was a hacker, this situation has already started a negative backlash from fans who were both involved, and not involved with the incidents.
Emarosa is currently on a co-headlining tour with Chiodos and supporting acts Go Radio, and Decoder (tour dates). Once that tour ends, Jonny Craig is going on a month long tour with his other band Dance Gavin Dance with I Wrestled A Bear Once, In Fear and Faith, Close Home, and Just Like Vinyl (tour dates).
Some possible ways this incident will impact both Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance is, low merchandise sales (who wants to buy merch from a band with an alleged drug addict), low ticket sales, angry fans approaching the members at shows for confrontation, and the other members of those bands being looked upon negatively because of their close association with Jonny Craig. It could also potentially hinder bands reputations that are touring with Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance. Already, fan created pictures have been created to make fun of Jonny Craig, which is starting the process to make him and his career into a joke.
Drugs in the music industry is nothing new, and many careers and lives have been lost due to musicians becoming addicts. Sometimes they bounce back, but in the process lose years of creating music. Grammy winning English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse had an extremely public battle with substance abuse, which inevitably caused her promising career to stall out for four years.
In 2007 she was hospitalized for what was reported as an overdose of heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol. Her label later pulled out of backing her US promotion tour, and finally in 2009 Winehouse’s father said the singer was in a drug replacement program.
Her last album, Back to Black was released back in 2006. She is currently back on track in the music industry, and started performing again but her battle with drugs caused the public to be more intrigued by her scandals rather than her music.
American R&B/soul singer Whitney Houston also had a public battle with drugs. In 2000, airport security guards discovered marijuana in both Houston’s and husband Bobby Brown’s luggage. Houston took a long absence from the music industry and drug allegations kept circling around her once clean-cut image. Her studio album Just Whitney… was released in 2003, and she did not release another studio album until 2009’s I Look to You. In 2009 Houston gave her first interview in seven years on the Oprah Winfrey show where she admitted to lacing marijuana with rock cocaine. Her career did bounce back because I Look to You has currently sold over 3 million copies, but that does not take away the seven years she lost being a prominent, positive figure in the music industry.
American Grammy winning rapper Eminem has publicly admitted to once having an addiction to prescription drugs, including Vicodin, Ambien, Valium and Methadone. His drug addiction led to a highly disappointing album, cancelling a tour, and even considering sucide. He has since cleaned up his act, and in 2010 released one of the biggest albums from that year.
Not all musicians have positive outcomes after battling drugs, and some even lose their life. Listed below are some artists that have died prematurely due to drug related instances. If you look closely at the list, a lot of the musicians died in their mid-to-late twenties. Obviously, the list is much greater than below, but the artists I selected showcase that drugs effect all genres of music, ages, and both sexes in the music industry.
So, if Jonny Craig does in fact have a drug problem, the best thing to salvage his bands careers and himself would be to pull off tour, and send him into rehab. The public tends to feel compassion for addicts that attempt to clean up their act. As you can see, it is easy for musicians to get sucked into the ‘sex, drugs, rock&roll’ lifestyle, and there is no shame in falling into those pitfalls if you make an effort to try and pull yourself out.
Notable musicians that have died due to drug related instances:
Tommy Bolin: Deep Purple guitarist who died in 1976 at the age of 25 from an unspecified drug overdose.
Tim Buckley: American vocalist and father of Jeff Buckley. He died in 1975 at the age of 28 due to acute heroin/morphine and ethanol intoxication due to inhalation and ingestion of overdose.
Steve Clark: Co-lead guitarist for Def Leppard. He died in 1991 at the age of 30 due to an accidental lethal overdose of codeine, along with valium and morphine and alcohol at more than 3 times the legal British limit.
Kurt Cobain: Vocalist and guitarist for Nirvana died in 1994 at the age of 27 due to a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head under the influence of a potentially lethal dose of heroin.
Douglas Glenn Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone): Ramones founding member, and bassies who died in 2002 at the age of 50 due to a heroin overdose.
John Entwistle: Bass player for The Who. He died in 2002 at the age of 57 due to a cocaine-induced heart attack.
Paul Gray: Bass player for Slipknot. He died in 2010 at the age of 38 due to an accidental overdose of morphine and fentany.
Shannon Hoon: Blind Melon singer who died in 1995 at the age of 28 due to a cocaine overdose.
Michael Jackson: Singer-songwriter who died in 2009 at the age of 50 after a personal physician administered lethal dose of propofol along with two sedatives.
Russell Jones (Ol’ Dirty Bastard): Rapper who was a part of the Wu-Tang Clan. He died in 2004 at the age of 35 due to an accidental overdose of cocaine and a prescription painkiller.
Janis Joplin: Iconic singer and songwriter who died in 1970 at the age of 27 due to a heroin overdose.
Bradley Nowell: Lead singer and guitarist for Sublime. He died in 1996 at the age of 28 due to a heroin overdose. His death was right before Sublime hit mainstream success with their self-titled album.
John Simon Ritchie (Sid Vicious): Bass player for Sex Pistols. He died in 1979 at the age of 21 due to a heroin overdose. A suicide note was found in his jacket pocket by his mother.
James Owen Sullivan (The Rev): Avenged Sevenfold drummer who died in 2009 at the age of 28 due to acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of oxycodone, oxymorphone, diazepam, nordiazepam and ethanol.
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