Comic-actor — and musician — Russell Brand, who makes his Atlantic City debut with two shows at Borgata’s Music Box Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14, on his long-time friendship with the late Amy Winehouse.
As a card-carrying member of the “been there, done that” society, eclectic and eccentric British entertainer Russell Brand knows that in the world of drug addiction, it all comes down to a phone call.
Brand, a comedian, actor, author, multi-media performer and recovered addict, knew that brilliant singer Amy Winehouse was due for the call.
“The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new,” Brand said in a poignant letter he posted on his Web site after Winehouse’s death on July 23.
“Of course though, you fear the other call,” he wrote. “The sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone. Frustratingly it’s not a call you can ever make, it must be received.”
Uncharacteristically serious, Brand, who’s been clean and sober for nine years, spoke of his relationship with the troubled performer, whose career was tragically cut short at age 27.
Although a cause of death hasn’t been officially determined, Winehouse, who suffered from drug addiction for years, is believed to have died from an overdose.
Brand, 36, said he had just kicked his drug habit when he met Winehouse, who was barely 18, but already showing signs of being a musical genius as a singer.
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