Wilco's Jeff Tweedy is the latest person in the public eye to
enter rehab for prescription painkillers.
The singer/guitarist entered a Chicago treatment center last week,
according to his spokesperson. As a result, Wilco's label, Nonesuch,
delayed the release of the band's fifth album, A Ghost Is Born,
by two weeks to accommodate his recovery. The follow-up to 2002's
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot has been rescheduled for a June 22 release.
Tweedy has a history of suffering from migraine headaches. A scene in
the 2002 Wilco documentary, "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart," shows
Tweedy vomiting after one particularly painful episode.
Although Tweedy was forced to nix a trip to Europe to do press for the
album (no performances had been scheduled), Wilco's U.S. dates, which
begin April 21 in Columbia, Missouri, are still a go. The eight
confirmed dates include a performance in New Orleans during Jazzfest
(April 23), the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (May 1), and the
Bonnaroo Music Festival (June 11). A European tour scheduled for the
summer also remains unaffected. The only set date on that outing is May
28 in Barcelona.
The band recently added guitarist Nels Cline and keyboardist/guitarist
Pat Sansone to its touring lineup.
Tweedy's entrance into rehab comes just days after Kelly Osbourne
sought treatment for painkiller addiction (see "Kelly Osbourne Checks
Into Rehab For Painkiller Addiction").