Shaun Ryder: Cycling Got Me Off Drugs

3 July 2017, 11:03

Shaun Ryder performing December 2016

The Happy Mondays icon and Black Grape singer also revealed he was supposed to be at Ariana Grande's Manchester Arena show with his daughters.

Shaun Ryder has cycling to thank for beating his drug addiction. 

The Black Grape frontman - who previously admitted his heroin habit was out of control by 1992 - has been clean for over 15 years and credits the sport with helping him to kick drugs completely.

He told The Guardian newspaper: "It was cycling that got me off drugs. I'd get on my bike very early in the morning and keep cycling until very late at night, day after day, until it was out of the system. I was pedalling from 8am until 11pm. But once that's done, you still have to deal with the mental stuff."

Ryder, 54, had previously tried to quit heroin by using a stomach implant but it was an utter disaster.

He said: "Trying to quit heroin using a stomach implant was disastrous. I tried it in 1995 when it was still a new thing. The problem was that they withdraw you while you're out unconscious, and I expected to wake up feeling fine. But I didn't. I woke up and it was f**king murderous."

Shaun also revealed that he and his daughters had tickets for Ariana Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena last month, where 22 people died in a terrorist bombing, but they decided not to go at the last minute.

He explained: "We were supposed to be at the Ariana Grande show the night of the attack. We had tickets. We'd done Little Mix there a couple of months before and my girls were hoping to meet her. But it was a sunny night, we'd been out for ice cream and they didn't mention it, so we didn't go."

Ariana Grande's star-studded One Love Manchester benefit concert included performances from the likes of Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas and Marcus Mumford.

Liam Gallagher made a surprise appearance opening with Rock 'N' Roll star and performing a stunning rendition of Live Forever.

Watch him sing Live Forever accompanied by Chris Martin on guitar.

Chris Martin led the crowd in singing Don't Look Back In Anger to Ariana Grande.

Watch it below:

Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher sang the classic Oasis track for the first time ever at Glastonbury 2017 as a tribute to those killed in the recent Manchester and London terror attacks and the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Watch him here: 

The Mancunian icon ended his set at the festival with his former band's 1995 hit, which was recorded and always sung live by his older brother Noel Gallagher.