Ryan Adams ripped the band The Strokes in a series of since-deleted tweets on Monday.


Months after the band detailed the clash between them and the singer-songwriter, Adams decided to speak out. In Meet Me in the Bathroom, a book about The Strokes in the early 2000s, Adams is labeled as a bad influence on bandmate Albert Hammond, Jr.

“Ryan would always come and wake me at two in the morning and have drugs, so I’d just do the drugs and kind of numb out,” Hammond said. “I knew I would shoot up drugs from a very young age. I’d been wanting to do heroin since I was 14 years old.”

Adams, for no apparent reason, responded to the allegations on Twitter. “[Albert] Hammond is a more horrible songwriter than his dad. If that’s possible. It rains in [southern] CA & washes out the dirt As you were,” Adams wrote, mocking Albert Hammond, Sr.‘s 1972 song “It Never Rains in Southern California.”


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The book also revealed that Strokes singer Julian Casablancas threatened Adams if he continued to spend time with Hammond, Jr. “Did I specifically tell Ryan to stay away from Albert? I can’t remember the details, to be honest,” Casablancas says. “I think heroin just kind of crosses a line. It can take a persons soul away. So it’s like if someone is trying to give your friend a lobotomy — you’re gonna step in.”

Adams responded on Monday with this tweet: “Julian Casablancas: who got you strung out on lasagna tho?,” mocking the singer’s weight gain. He also took shots at Casablancas’ side project The Voidz. “I sold more t shirts last night than people who actually made it thru a single Voidz song, bro,” Adams wrote. “What’s he gonna do? Sit on me?”

In the book, Adams declared himself a scapegoat for Hammond’s drug problems. “That’s so sad, because Albert and I were friends. If anything, I really felt like I had an eye on him in a way that they never did,” he said. “I loved him so deeply. I would never ever have given him a bag of heroin. I remember being incredibly worried about him, even after I continued to do speedballs… It was easy to brand me as the problem. I would suspect that they soon learned that I was not the problem.”

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