Filter Premiere “Mother E” Music Video, Richard Patrick Speaks Further Of His Time In Rehab With Chris Cornell


Filter‘s music video for their track “Mother E” received its online debut today via Clrvynt and can also be seen below. Filter mastermind Richard Patrick also chatted with the aforementioned site and further opened up about his time he spent in rehab with late Soundgarden, etc. frontman Chris Cornell. Of that he offered:

“Well, I wasn’t really allowed to talk too much about it. I talked a little bit about it after he passed away because I didn’t want to talk too much about my interactions with him in rehab. But I showed up, and I had made the decision: ‘Okay, I’m going for it.’ I had mentioned to my band, like, I wish I could talk to another lead singer who has kind of the same daily challenges I do. I called my psychiatrist and they said, ‘There’s absolutely a great group, and I recommend you go there.’

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I went up there in Malibu, and was like, ‘Could you help me with my luggage?’ Because I had everything from tour. And they were like, ‘No, gotta bring it yourself.’ I was so weak, I couldn’t bring my own luggage up through the grass and into the building. But I got up there, you check yourself in and they take a picture of you; because if you died, they wanted to make sure they could identify the body. And I get there, they’re like, ‘Yeah, we got some guy here, too, some band Gardens of Sound — his name is Chris.’ And I’m like, ‘Soundgarden?’ and was like, ‘Man, cool.’

So, there were all these people, and groups are important. The health of the group — if you’ve got some good, positive people around you, the group helps you get past your first three or four days of sobriety, which is important. Three days of anything — you don’t wanna get freaked out and quit. It’s easier to quit when you’re an alcoholic; all you have to do is open up a six-pack and drink.

So, I’m there for a day and did a really intense group therapy where everyone was asking questions. It was really brutal. And then I realized it was a 12-step program, but I’m an atheist — there was no way I could do it. I’m not going to church, I’m not doing any of that. That’s when Chris was like, ‘Hey, dude, it’s not about religion, it’s not about anything — it’s about what you bring to the program and how you can help each other stay sober. And by doing that, you help yourself stay sober. Now, I know it feels goofy, but you just gotta do it.’

And he legitimized the whole thing for me; for some reason, I needed someone I respected to sit there and tell me that. And the program would say that was a ‘godchat.’

You know, Chris passed away, and I don’t get it. But I do. He started taking more pills than he should’ve — it’s right there in Rolling Stone. He started taking more pills than he should’ve, and it means you’re out on your sobriety. You’re not following the directions of the doctor, and that’s the thing.

You have to follow directions, especially with Ativan. My sister took Diazepam or whatever it is, and it’s like you take another one, you feel better. You take more than you’re allowed and you feel euphoric. That’s it, being high. I mean shit, we lost one.”

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