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October 9, 2018 (Cleveland, OH) -- Ricky Byrd, a 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and former guitarist for Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, has a new mission for his music – rocking out for recovery.
“I’m clean and sober 31 years in about three months," said Byrd.
The talented rock star travels around the country spreading the message: you can live a life in recovery.
“There’s a lot of people that are in that hallway between denial and surrender, in that dark hallway. One, there is plenty of help out there. You’ve got to get to the point where you’re done and you have got to reach out. When you have crossed over to this line of recovery, because I’ve been given this gift, it’s my responsibility to turn around and see that dark hallway and wave people towards the light," said Byrd.
In July, he shared his story to a crowd gathered for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Rock & Recovery event.
“A person’s got to be ready to stop, but people like us have to be there for them when they are ready, and take them by the hand and say, 'You don’t have to live like this anymore baby, there’s another way to live',” Byrd told the crowd.
He will make his return to the Rock Hall on November 3rd for Recovery Resources Bronze Key Gala, to inspire those supporting our mission.
“There’s a way out. That’s the key. I’m smiling because I know there’s a solution. I know it’s difficult when you’re in the heat of the night and craving for a fix, but there’s a solution," said Byrd.