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Sevendust, Papa Roach, Filter, Etc. Members Involved With Peer Support Group For Substance Abuse

Rock and metal musicians battling alcohol/drug abuse now have some peers to look to for support. SFG12 is the name of a new non-profit peer support group that seeks to help struggling musicians. Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy, etc.) has been chiefly involved with the project with other notable members including:

Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach)
Clint Lowery (Sevendust)
Wes Geer (ex-Korn/(hed)p.e.)
Jeff Fabb (Filter)
Acey Slade (Dope/Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)

Vext told of the organization:

“As of now I’m the CFO of a new non-profit called SFG12. We’re going to be hosting a string of concerts in Los Angeles and New York. All the proceeds are going to sponsoring artists who are seeking or in recovery. Basically we are a liaison service that grants financial sponsorship to help you get into sober living or detox.

We’re also doing a really cool thing where we’re going to be offering sober companion services. In the ’80s when everyone was selling records and making millions of dollars, if artists had drug problems, they would hire a guy to go on the road with them and help be a support system… and that costs about $30-$40k a month. No bands can afford that now. So the concerts we’re going to throw are going to help people who need these kinds of services. It’s a pretty rad deal.”

When asked how he got involved with the project, he replied:

“To be honest I made a lifestyle choice to be sober in 2009. Like many of us, I grew up with alcoholism and violence in my home. I discovered drinking and drugs at a very early age. After getting signed and touring I was constantly surrounded by addiction. Eventually it brought me down and I had to get help.

Today, I have a strong support system of people in the entertainment business that share my story. Together we support one another and now we want to offer that support on a larger scale.”


  • MyDarkPassenger

    This is a very inspired idea. But one thing: It costs 30-40k a MONTH to have them go on tour and keep someone sober? I would seriously consider doing that just for the experience. Pay me $80k and I’ll quit my job right now and jump on the circus train.

    • nymets71087

      A friend of mine of who used to have a heroine problem has told me about this. He attends meetings almost daily and told me a few weeks ago that he was offered $10,000 a week from a fellow attendee to basically babysit drug addicts 24/7 in NYC. He declined because he felt he would get back into it hanging around those people. I told him I was interested but he told me it wouldn’t work out because the main requirement is being sober 24/7.

      • adamonfire

        Are you saying you can’t stay sober for $520,000 a year? Because I sure as hell can, forward the information over.

      • nymets71087

        After reading my own comment, just like you, I did the math and realized the amount of money was probably exaggerated. I found it quite coincidental that my friend had told me the same thing for roughly the same amount of money so I commented because I had a similar experience recently. I would probably stay sober for at least a year to make that money. However, there’s a lot more to the job than staying sober. Have you ever lived with a drug addict? It’s a bitch. But probably worth the exaggerated $520,000 a year.

      • MyDarkPassenger

        Yeah never trust that a drug addict is going to pay you the money they promise. That’s the first thing. But I call total BS. I work in addiction treatment and I’ve never heard of this sorta thing. It’s essentially what I do but at a fraction of the pay. I believe a label or pro sports team would do something like this, but there’s no reason to think the money would be quite so great.

  • carlosfranco

    I wonder what drugs Clint Lowery was doing? Must have been some strong shit in order to keep messed up enough to stay in that shitty band. He’s the only good thing about Sevendust.

    • MyDarkPassenger

      You’ll say anything to be popular around here, you sap.


      If you’re going to attempt to troll us (and poorly at that) can you at least upload an avatar of your own of some sort? A little effort goes a long way. Just look to your inbred cousin SHITGUN if you need help.

      • carlosfranco

        Hey i just hate Sevendust or rather the love an attention that they get. I really don’t attack much else.

      • MyDarkPassenger

        That’s all good and we’ll, but what would really kick it up a notch is if you started attacking a band that’s universally loved (though Sevendust is close around here). Things like “man that Tool drummer can’t keep a beat to save his life.” Something so outlandish it’s not even worth arguing.

      • carlosfranco

        Why would I do that? I love Tool and many other good bands, like Deftones and NIN. It’s just that Sevendust sucks, like Godsmack, Disturbed, FFDP and Hellyeah.

      • JimCroceLoverXEX

        NIN peaked on Dirk The Pizza Jerk

      • MyDarkPassenger

        Yeah but it would be more entertaining for us if you took an indefensible stance on something like Mr. Croce did. I’m purely selfish in my thinking.

      • myownsake26

        “I love Tool and many other good bands, like Deftones and NIN. It’s just that Sevendust sucks, like Godsmack, Disturbed, FFDP and Hellyeah.”

        Although carlos is trolling, I agree with this sentence.

      • MyDarkPassenger

        I’ll say I feel the same about Sevendust as I do Godsmack and Disturbed, in that I don’t despise them and appreciate a song every once in a while, but wouldn’t miss them much if they fizzled out. DDFP and Hellyeah belong in a whole other category of soundtracks to my version of Hell.

  • Sam Eagle

    I really have to hand it to Tommy Vext. The guy has cleaned his act up substantially over the last few years…It’s hardly a secret that he had some serious demons that he was struggling with…and to see him kick those demons to the side and be stepping up to help his fellow brothers in arms that are struggling with addictions is just awesome.

    It may not be a popular opinion, but I enjoyed his vocals on the Divine Heresy album…and while I didn’t think that he was a solid fit for a “reunited” Snot, I didn’t dislike the results either. Hell, I’ll even go out on a limb and say that I liked his “solo” project VEXT. Love him or hate him, the guy is a versatile vocalist.