He told me he didn’t need heroin anymore

andrewm

“He told me he didn’t need heroin anymore. I was there in the transition period between the well-documented problems that were going on and during his rehabilitation at the institute. Paranoia? For sure. But it wasn’t constant. Granted, I wasn’t with him 24-7, and I was in no position to interrogate him, but what I’ll say in general is things were really fucking bad prior to the rehabilitation institute, when he was moving out of the Snow White castle, or whatever you want to call it. Then – into the institute and then over to Jen’s – dramatic changes. Russ Pollard would be like, ‘I can’t believe it. I haven’t seen Elliott looking this good in so long.’ He was a new person, and he was groggy and irritable and, yeah, paranoid, but then he was funny and warm and vital… still frail from the treatment, which was very radical. It was a rebirth – it was all about reclaiming his greatness and his identity and everything. Yeah, obviously he was still suffering some problems but he was doing better and everyone was taking note.”

Andrew Morgan

Elliott had a heart and a brain much more rich

russ-pollard

“Elliott had a heart and a brain much more rich than most people that I’d ever known. Those shows were a result of his disappointment in himself and what was happening around him in general. Even though he wasn’t making it through songs and he was just tired, it was an amazing experience to just be around him, from being his friend and seeing how he dealt with the situation. He did the best that he could in the condition that he was in and it was an amazing experience even though it was very hard to see him struggle.”

Russ Pollard