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Sly Stone's ex-Bandmates

COME BACK!

9/28/2011 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Sly Stone's former bandmates tell TMZ ... they were SHOCKED to learn the 68-year-old singer is homeless and using drugs ... but they wanna help the guy ... by inviting him back into the band.

TMZ spoke with Greg Errico -- the band's original drummer -- who tells us he hasn't spoken to Sly since last year when the band reunited for Coachella’s 2010 Festival -- and Sly bombed.

But Errico says the band considers Sly a true family member -- and says, "He knows if he ever wants to make music with us again, the door is always open.”

Greg tells us the entire band is clean and sober -- and believes Sly could benefit from being around positive influences.

As we previously reported, Sly -- who admitted he has problems with cocaine -- has been living in a van in L.A. ... but insists he wants to go to rehab to clean himself up.

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matt    

first and don't say crack unless you have some.

1085 days ago
2.

Truth    

SLY STONE WAS WHITNEY HOUSTON'S CRACK DEALER BACK IN THE DAY... APPARENTLY HE KEPT SELLING TO HIMSELF. KIDZ.. AS NANCY REAGAN USED TO SAY "JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS. CHECK OUT SLY STONE." TRUTH!!

1085 days ago
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CarolynAB    

You indicated Greg in the photo, but Sly's own sister was also in the band.
It's encouraging that these "everyday people" want to help their friend. I heard their music on the radio this week. I think there's a lot of good will heading in Sly's direction.
Hang in there, Sly.

1085 days ago
4.

MariJoy    

TMZ and Harvey Levin - you're BUSTED for doing good!
You get to wear an angel halo for the day... okay, enough strokes now go dig up some DIRT!!

1085 days ago
5.

lisa    

I think its great they want to help but before making music,they should help him get into a fantastic rehab to get the help he truly needs

1085 days ago
6.

SallyChi    

No good, don't do it. If they need the money and notoriety, yes do it, but Sly obviously is beyond help. He's paranoid. He will screw things up. They should be offering to pay for his rehab.

1085 days ago
7.

Fuck Celebrities    

He's a lost cause.

Nothing to see here folks... just move along.

1085 days ago
8.

Dave Combs    

I think it is great that people want to help Sly-but Sly has to want to help himself first.Communication and Prevention from getting into environments that hurt him will help.Anyone that says no to helping another person with any problem,needs to check themselves.

1085 days ago
9.

God-Of-Lyf    

Do you smell it? Brace yourself, It's coming...!!!

1085 days ago
10.

croc    

iving in his van but yet
has money for beer and coke.

1085 days ago
11.

Louise    

Bless their hearts for their love and loyalty to Sly - they all made such great music together!! Hoping it all works out well!! :)

1085 days ago
12.

UNLEVINED HARVEY    

de pipe

1085 days ago
13.

Uh?    

Yeah, hang in there Sly....poor little junkie.

1085 days ago
14.

samson    

What do you mean "SHOCKED"? Sly Stone has been a drug addict since damn near forever! Seriously, which bandmates where these?

1085 days ago
15.

WOWEE    

i AM TOTALLY SHOCKED THAT TMZ WOULD PRINT SUCH A FEEL GOOD STORY, YOU MAY STAND A CHANCE YET

1085 days ago
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