Twisted Wheel musician reveals that he was homeless six months ago and is now on tour with Liam Gallagher
Musician who slept roughly six months ago after a drug addiction forced him to “beg and steal” is now on tour with Liam Gallagher – 11 years after he first supported Oasis
- Musician Jonny Brown, from Manchester, is the front man of the band Twisted Wheel
- Band achieved early success: sign with an LA label and tour with Oasis
- Brown developed a drug addiction, lost his house and eventually slept roughly
- Now he is clean, back with the band and he supports Liam Gallagher in Europe
A musician has told how he went from rough sleep to touring with Liam Gallagher in just six months.
Jonny Brown, 33, first became known in the late 2000s with the indie band Manchester Twist, reached a deal with Columbia Records and supported Paul Weller and Oasis on stage.
But Brown soon became consumed by the excess of rock and roll lifestyle and developed a drug addiction that led him to homelessness.
“It was just part of the company, you know that late nights and drinks and drugs, but in the end it caught me,” he said in an interview with Radio 1’s Newsbeat.
Musician Jonny Brown, 33, told how he went from rough sleep to touring with Liam Gallagher in just six months. In the photo, the couple in a recent Instagram snap shared by Brown
Jonny Brown first became familiar with the indie band Twisted Wheel in Manchester in the late 2000s, but later fought against drug addiction. Pictured, brown (center) with Liam Gallagher (right) last year
“I went from touring with Oasis, selling and recording shows in LA to literally being on the street, begging for money, stealing, really really bad things.”
Now Brown has kicked off his addiction, reformed the band and supports Gallagher, 47, during the European stage of his tour.
“If Liam wants to give me this opportunity, just show how great he is and how he cares about the music and the real things in life,” said Brown. “He’s a real guy and it’s a reflection of his great character.”
Twisted Wheel had early success after its founding in 2007, won rave reviews and signed a deal with Columbia Records in Los Angeles in January 2008.
Their first single, She’s A Weapon, was released in April 2008 and included the influential DJ Zane Lowe from Radio 1 as his supporters.
Twisted Wheel enjoyed success in the late 2000s, won critical praise and a deal with Columbia Records in Los Angeles. Pictured, brown (front) with the original line-up in 2008
Their first single, She’s A Weapon, was released in April 2008 and included the influential DJ Zane Lowe from Radio 1 as his supporters. Their first album (photo) was released in 2009
Rocker Paul Weller was an early fan and invited the band to his summer forest trip in 2009. In the same year Twisted Wheel supported Oasis with their performances in Heaton Park.
The support of Liam Gallagher continued, with the Twisted Wheel being invited to support the rocker in Old Trafford in 2018.
Brown, however, became increasingly dependent on drugs. He told how his lowest point came last year, when he woke up and someone peed him on the street.
Now, just six months later, Brown is recovering and is focused on making up for the pain and destruction he caused in the grip of his addiction.
Now Brown has kicked off his addiction, reformed the band and supports Gallagher, 47, during the European stage of his tour. Pictured, a poster for the tour date of Gallagher in Amsterdam
He has again focused on his music career and reformed the Twisted Wheel with a fresh line-up of musicians. Their new album, Satisfying the Ritual, will be released next month.
Brown is open in his praise of Gallagher Instagram.
In a message announcing the tour, Brown wrote: “We are more than honored to be personally invited to support the legendary and all-round top spirit Liam Gallagher throughout Europe after a handful of support over the UK and Ireland we have earned the opportunity to touring abroad for the first time in ten years.
“We are more than honored to leave English territory and rejoin his band on his mission towards global success.”
Brown told the BBC: “I am very proud of myself, but I feel that I still have a lot to do, there is still a long way to go, but I am well equipped and I am ready for it . ”