Standing outside of his trusty camper parked on a residential street in Los Angeles’ notorious Crenshaw District, rock legend Sly Stone tells RumorFix not to believe the hype about him being broke and homeless.
In fact, the leader of Sly and the Family Stone says that on Wednesday, he’ll be moving out of the van into a brand new RV. “Moving into a RV will make things easier. I’ll be able to get into my email and stuff,” Sly explains.
The 68-year-old says having the RV will make it possible for him to be in contact with his fans, and allow him to produce and distribute new music online for free or for a donation. “The music has to go from the people [who make it] to the people who want it.”
Even without his new ride, the musician tells RumorFix that he records, “all day, everyday,” from inside his parked van.
Still, with media reports of his deep financial woes, we had to press Sly on how he could afford a new RV, but he played the role of politician perfectly, joking, “People know me so they make things easier for me.” Asked if that meant the RV was a gift, he quips, “Almost all things are gifts. People love me, so they take care of me.”
As for why he’s no longer living high off the hog after a stellar music career, Sly emphasized that he’s neither broke or homeless, simply electing to live in a mobile home out of fear for his own safety. “Nooo, I couldn’t be homeless. My money is tied up in the court. I try to have people not know where I am because with this lawsuit too many people are ending up dead.”
The lawsuit Sly is speaking of is a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager, Jerry Goldstein, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. “There are people that are trying to get in touch with me that want to do bad things. They are people who have not done right,” the paranoid “Dance to the Music” hit maker reveals.
The native Texan admits that he does have a problem with substance abuse, but claims he’s actively trying to cleanup his act by checking into rehab for the eighth time. “I want to be through with [drugs]. I’ve been clean for about two weeks.”
The rock star tells us he’s going to enter a treatment center next week, but before he does, he has a message for all of his fans: “Give me a job!”