Drummer Topper Headon
has forgiven his former The Clash
bandmates for firing him - insisting his drug addiction left him unfit to play with the legendary group.
The musician performed with the band at the height of their success between 1978 and 1982 - but his growing heroin habit eventually led to his dismissal.
Headon admits that his addiction left him unable to carry out his duties and he understands why his colleagues had to fire him.
He writes in The Clash
, a new autobiography by the band, "I was out of control. I remember being sick on Buddy Holly
's grave, which didn't go down too well. I was a Keith Moon
fan - you know, 'Live fast, die young,' and I lost the plot completely.
"On the tour of the Far East, I was standing in a lift with Joe
and he's saying: 'How can I sing all these anti-drug songs with you stoned out of your head behind me?'"
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)