.

Danko Gets Suspended Sentence

July 26, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Following his arrest in early May for smuggling heroin into Japan, Rick Danko, singer and bassist for the Band, has been given a suspended sentence. Danko was on a five-show mini-tour in Japan when he received a package from his wife that contained the opiate.

During his trial, Danko told the Chiba District Court he had asked his wife to send him some cold medication for which he had a prescription; she instead hid heroin in a magazine and sent it to Danko via courier. The judge presiding over the trial rejected Danko's story, but still suspended the two and a half year sentence for five years.

Based on the judge's verdict, Danko may not be allowed to go back to Japan for a full year, according to Ron Rainey, Danko's personal manager. "When we talked to lawyers in the beginning, this is what we were hoping for, but right now I still don't have all the details," Rainey said. Danko is now out of prison and will return to the States soon, according to Rainey.

The musician has fought a heroin addiction in the past, but now after spending the last 10 1/2 weeks behind bars, he says he is clear-minded and has no intentions of falling into any bad habits, according to Rainey.

And while many people were disappointed when Robbie Robertson left the Band, Rainey says that he doesn't rule out the possibility of the group getting back together, but right now they have no plans.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com