It was an odd dichotomy -- cocktail-sipping guests gathered at a bar to toast an organization, the Musicians' Assistance Program, that helps drug users and alcoholics beat their addictions. Clearly, the most famous recovering addicts in the room -- Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and actor Robert Downey Jr. -- weren't bothered by the imbibing at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
They had their hands full with the press. Weiland fielded questions about how group co-founder and fellow recovering addict Buddy Arnold helped him battle heroin addiction: "One time, he said, 'I don't think you're ready to stop shooting dope.' It took a few months behind bars to settle that for me." Next, Weiland was asked about Winona Ryder's chances of a comeback. "Hollywood is very forgiving," he replied.
The cocktail hour notwithstanding, the Nov. 7 benefit was a sober evening of food and music and moments of humor, held to celebrate the program's 10th anniversary.
Before the dinner and musical performances, Downey, the evening's emcee, pushed his way through the crowd of photographers and past an event coordinator, who gushed, "We got so many calls [from guests] saying you're so inspirational!" Downey brushed off the compliment, choosing instead to ham it up. "Steal my soul!" he shouted to the photographers. "Go ahead! Take my picture!"