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Sly Stone's ex-Bandmates


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

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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Sly has been doing drugs for so long can he STAY CLEAN even if he gets help and goes to rehab? He's 68 years old and still doing drugs. It's nice of his former band mates to offer help. Hope it works out for him.

1036 days ago


Hey James, don't be mad because you just found out that your boy Eazy-E was a "Switch Hitter" are you angry because he didn't tap your azz?

1036 days ago


SLY STONE & GEORGE CLINTON are releasing New Music

1036 days ago


He's probably a spiritual man, so that could look like his God sent him three angels. Maybe he did. Who knows. Go, brother Sly. Get the funk out.

1036 days ago


Sly Stone gave me so much JOY!! How can I help?

1035 days ago
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