Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie tells of terrifying LSD trip near East Kilbride

Bobby Gillespie has spoken for the first time about his terrifying experience of taking LSD near East Kilbride with rock band The Jesus and The Mary Chain.

Bobby, 59, speaks about the experience in his much anticipated book Tenement Kid which comes out on October 14 and tells of his childhood growing up in a Glasgow tenement for the first ten years of his life and his subsequent rise to fame.

In the book the Primal Scream rocker, who recently played TRNSMT festival, talks about his spell in The Jesus and Mary Chain in the mid 80s and claims he shared LSD with them in a disused factory just outside East Kilbride.

In says the drug took him on a terrifying trip and made him think the surrounding fields had turned into swarms of locusts.

He also says that band member William Reid thought his fringe had turned into spiders which were crawling into his brain.

During the trip Bobby said he also took off his clothes and climbed on top of bass player Douglas Hart who thought he was being flattened into a piece of cardboard by Bobby and that angry locals were shooting at them.

Bobby has boasted of his drug taking in previous interviews.

He said in an interview with GQ that his band “prided itself on being able to take more drugs and harder drugs than any other bands” and that “we just saw everybody else as lightweights.”

Bobby thinks writing his book has acted like a type of therapy.

In recent interview with GQ he said: ‘I was never a good drinker – I get drunk very easily – but I liked powders and pills. That was my poison.

“Previously, people really had to hide their addictions, because there was a very high risk of going to prison.

“But somehow, throughout the 1990s, it became safe for people to talk openly in magazines and on TV about drugs. It was seen as a badge of honour, to the point where people like Robbie Williams were boasting about taking coke. “

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