In fact, he's so not happy that Jon is even calling him out for substance problems AND says he's completely replaceable! Take that, professionalism and friendship!
“It’s getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something… Because all I can say is this — it’s for personal reasons. He’s been through it before, fortunately for us the same guy who filled in last time was available this time.”
When he says he's "been through it before" we can't help but remember that Richie went to rehab for alcohol problems in 2011. He even continued to throw shad by comparing him to U2’s The Edge, who would not be so easy to substitute.
“Life goes on, so if someone chooses not to be here… unlike if this were, God forbid, The Edge, and he for some reason couldn’t make a U2 show, [then] it would be very difficult to just step in. You have a choice — you either figure it out, go and grow, not only survive but thrive. Or, you say, ‘I hate my brother and I’m gonna quit the band.’”
That's shizz is COLD. If Richie left because of alcoholism and wanting to fix it, then all this animosity is wack. You need to BE THERE for people struggling with substance abuse, not abandon them when they're getting help!
In the end though, if there was this much tension, maybe it was a good thing!
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