Asking Alexandria's Danny Worsnop on Kicking His Drug and Alcohol Addiction
It's been a wild year for Asking Alexandria's Danny Worsnop. The 21-year-old singer's infamous battles with booze and drugs have produced headlines that have sometimes overshadowed the fact that their 2011 album, 'Reckless & Relentless,' has catapulted the band to new levels, both commercially and artistically.
On the eve of a short holiday break before embarking on a much-anticipated UK headlining tour, Worsnop spoke with Noisecreep before the band's final show on the 'Buried Alive Tour, which also featured Avenged Sevenfold, Hollywood Undead, and Black Veil Brides.
In a cool evening fog and slight drizzle, the outspoken, irreverent, thoroughly likable singer leaned against his band's bus before the last show to reflect on the last year.
"This last year we all witnessed my demise - my plummet - my fall - and my rebirth. After what was a couple years of dangerous drinking and drug use, I hit rock bottom. It was a long recovery process but we are all in a better place now that I'm completely sober. So now no drink or drugs - none. It's been an interesting lifestyle change - yeah, I'll use the word "interesting,"" laughs Worsnop.
The Asking Alexandria frontman says the recent changes have done his voice some good.
"My voice has skyrocketed! I'm able to do things I could never do before. I come off stage now and I'm ready to go another hour right then. It's amazing. Such a good thing to have extra energy and more control so that I can hit every single note every night."
Worsnop also described a bit of what the band has been through the last 12 months. "So crazy. Such a wild year for us. Been almost bankrupt, finally pulled ourselves out of debt, spent a year of getting or finances back together - insane sh--. But now things are better than ever - financially, professionally - this year made us stronger and also I will no longer be blowing all my money on drugs!"
As for the holidays, Worsnop said his parents were flying in from England to California to see him. "We haven't spoken for so long so this is big deal," he shared. "We never really got along as I have severe authority issues. Since we stopped speaking I've been trying to get that relationship back to what humans have, or are maybe supposed to have."
Is he nervous about the reunion?
"Nah. I don't get nervous about anything. I never have. It's that thing in my brain that doesn't give a f---. That's half my charm and half why I am here - my stubbornness and sense of never getting scared. People always freak out - what if something goes wrong? Me? I don't give a f---. I mean, things have to go wrong sometimes or life would get boring. We learn from our mistakes, right?"
Catch Asking Alexandria on tour with blessthefall in the UK:
10 Jan Dublin, Ireland @ Academy
12 Jan Glasgow, UK @ ABC
13 Jan Newcastle, UK @ Academy
14 Jan Manchester, UK @ Ritz
15 Jan Leeds, UK @ Met Uni
16 Jan Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
17 Jan Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
19 Jan Cardiff, UK @ Solis
20 Jan Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall
21 Jan London, UK @ The Forum
22 Jan Bristol, UK @ Academy
23 Jan Portsmouth, UK @ Pyramids
25 Jan Paris, France @ Divan Du Monde
26 Jan Brussels, Belgium @ Box/AB
27 Jan Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg
28 Jan Cologne, Germany @ Essigfabrik
29 Jan Hamburg, Germany @ Markethalle/Gross Freiheit
30 Jan Copenhagen, Denmark @ Amanger Bio
31 Jan Gothenburg, Sweden @ Brewhouse
1 Feb Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
3 Feb Berlin, Germany @ C-Club/Huxleys
4 Feb Chemnitz, Germany @ AJZ
5 Feb Numberg, Germany @ Hirsch
6 Feb Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucema Music Bar
8 Feb Munich, Germany @ Backstage Hall/Werk
10 Feb Milan, Italy @ Tunnel Club
11 Feb Zurich, Switzerland @ Complex
12 Feb Stuttgart, Germany @ Die Rohre
13 Feb Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
15 Feb Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Kulturfabrik
16 Feb Strasbourg, France @ Laiterie
17 Feb Lyon, France @ Ninkasi Kao
18 Feb St Ave, France @ Echonova