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Bruno Tonioli: 'I was so high I thought I was The Who frontman'

6/12/2014
 Bruno Tonioli: 'I was so high I thought I was The Who frontman' Bruno Tonioli: 'I was so high I thought I was The Who frontman'

Dancing With The Stars judge Bruno Tonioli has revealed his past dabbling with LSD and cocaine led to outrageous star-studded hallucinations. The extremely energetic judge of ABC's hit ballroom competition is known for his intensely expressive style and over-the-top critiques and now Tonioli has revealed that there was a time in his life when his energy was ramped up even higher thanks to the hard drugs he tried in the 1970s. In an interview with UK newspaper The Sun, the 56 year old confesses to becoming a drug-taking free spirit at clubs in Europe, and how one encounter with LSD led him to believe he was the frontman of The Who. He admits,"Someone laced my drink with LSD and I ended up in a ski resort with no idea how I got there. It happened at a party in Munich. The room started to swirl, the colors from the lights became dazzling and psychedelic. My senses seemed to explode. "I had no idea what the hell was going on, I thought I was Roger Daltrey and when I looked down at myself, I was bathed in gold. It was at that point that I started dancing on the tables like a lunatic. In my head I thought I was flying, swinging from the chandeliers like a rock god, but the reality was I was jumping from table to table knocking glasses over, sending the other guests scrambling for safety." At the height of his rock and roll wild days, the choreographer also reveals he took cocaine - but that was quite a different experience. He divulges, "I took cocaine at a party. The following morning I was struck down by the most incredible headache I had ever experienced. I was in agony. I had a headache for three days, I was unable to get out of bed. I couldn't function. "I thought, 'I've just paid for the world's biggest migraine.' But that wasn't the half of it, darling. I was ill for days." And Tonioli admits his drug days were short lived - because he realized you can't be a workaholic and a drug user: "If you have a high-profile career, you just can't do drugs. You might manage for a short while, but it's just not possible to keep down a career in those circumstances." Tonioli kicks off his 15th season on Dancing with the Stars on 24 September (12).

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