Tommy Vext Wakes Up Grateful For Every Day In Inspirational Story

July 10, 2019
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While most people first became familiar with Tommy Vext when he briefly filled in for Ivan Moody with Five Finger Death Puch before shooting up to fame with the Bad Wolves. What people may not know is that Vext has been a member of the rock community for a very long time, and he has also experienced more hard times and struggles than most.

Vext first entered the rock world fronting Divine Heresy in the mid-2000s, and then took over the vocals of Snot following the death of Lynn Strait. Vext has also struggled with substance abuse, depression, homelessness, thoughts of suicide, and nearly being murdered by his twin brother in a home invasion in 2010.

But in a recent interaction with a homeless rapper in Santa Monica, Vext recounts all of his life's struggles in an Instagram post where despite everything that has happened, he says, "Everyday I wake up I am grateful for all the pain and bulls**t I’ve gone through, not because it makes me deserving of some platform but because it qualifies me to help another human being who may be struggling."

"A couple days ago I pulled into a parking structure in Santa Monica to go shopping for this shirt I’m wearing in the photo. It says HARD TIMES DONT LAST. On my way to finding a spot a young man approached the open window of my car asking me something." It turns out the man was a homeless rapper that was hungry. "So I said walk with me. We went to the shopping center food court & he picked a place. We ordered food and I asked him what’s his story. 'I’m a rap artist, I have 2k views on my YouTube' I was like cool I’m a rockstar. He laughed. I watched his video then showed him Zombie. He smiled and I was like I told you. We talked about his dreams and his situation & I shared with him my story, how I had become homeless in LA, kicked out of bands and off indie record labels. Drug addicted alcoholic thousands of miles away from my family. I told him all work is honorable. In my first year I road the bus to and from my job as a dog kennel worker, sleeping on my ex-guitarist Sonny Mayo's couch. I told him about the story behind "Remember When" which coincidentally had gone to the number one spot at active rock radio that day" 

"I told him not to judge his struggle, I told him all the things that the men and women of my recovery community taught me. We shook hands and he went his way. I walked into a store and saw this grey shirt. I only wear black but I felt like it was a sign. So bought it & wore it to our photoshoot with David E. Jackson yesterday. He took this photo of me and sent it to me this morning. HARD. Yes it’s hard. It’s hard to define yourself and harder to make your dreams a reality."

A couple days ago I pulled into a parking structure in Santa Monica to go shopping for this shirt I’m wearing in the photo. It says HARD TIMES DONT LAST. On my way to finding a spot a young man approached the open window of my car asking me something. I turned down the new Bad Wolves album mixes to hear better. He said excuse me sir but I , I interrupted him, what is it ? Spit it out my guy.... he said I’m homeless and I’m hungry. So I said walk with me. We went to the shopping center food court & he picked a place. We ordered food and I asked him what’s his story. “I’m a rap artists, I have 2k views on my YouTube” I was like cool I’m a rockstar. He laughed. I watched his video then showed him Zombie. He smiled and I was like I told you. We talked about his dreams and his situation & I shared with him my story, how I had become homeless in LA kicked out of bands and off indie record labels. Drug addicted alcoholic thousands of miles away from my family. I told him all work is honorable. In my first year I road the bus to and from my job as a dog kennel worker, sleeping on my ex guitarist @Sonny_mayo couch. I told him about the story behind remember when which coincidentally had gone to the number one spot at active rock radio that day. I told him not to judge his struggle, I told him all the things that the men and women of my recovery community taught me. We shook hands and he went his way. I walked into a store and saw this grey shirt. I only wear black but I felt like it was a sign. So bought it & wore it to our photoshoot with @davidejackson yesterday. He took this photo of me and sent it to me this morning. HARD. Yes it’s hard. It’s hard to define yourself and harder to make your dreams a reality. Everyday I wake up I am grateful for all the pain and bullshit I’ve gone through, not because it makes me deserving of some platform but because it qualifies me to help another human being who may be struggling. Tonight I will give a speech about my trials and tribulations. I will be surrounded by people I love and total strangers who need to hear what I have to say. To have a life of meaning and a message to carry is the single greatest gift I have been given.

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