10/26/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT
>• After getting sober, the rocker, 36, reunites with Creed on Full Circle, their first studio CD since 2001.
ON SPLITTING WITH CREED IN 2004
We were really disconnected as friends and artists. It was time for a break. My voice was giving me problems, and the Prednisone I took for the inflammation in my throat had side effects: water-weight gain, depression, withdrawal from the band.
ON HIS ALCOHOL PROBLEMS
Certain things I should have been able to handle, I numbed. When things got tough, I would start drinking and it would be a four- or five-day thing. It came to a point where I was going to lose everything I love in this world. That woke my butt right up. When I stopped drinking in November 2006, I didn't have thoughts of doing anything but staying with my wife [Jaclyn] and kids [Milan, 2, and Jagger, 11]. But I had a lot of work, a lot of proving to do.
ON CUTTING HIS HAIR
It was very impulsive. I got some buzz clippers and started shaving my head. My wife was like, "What are you doing?" I said, "I need you to see me with new eyes. Please try." It was cathartic. I'm just glad I don't have a misshaped head. It could have looked like a watermelon!