That's interesting.... I don't think I have a coping mechanism!!... it always seems to be a combination of multiple things.... I don't think one particular thing is a magic bullet for the dark days. ... USUALLY ... if I look back on it ... it has been either the promise of a new start ... or the understanding of the situation.. or a realization of where you are in life.... But also things like humour ... nothing like a good laugh to get you out of the shadows... humour can give breathing space .... As a human being we are tempted to think we can be in control of everything and we have to sometimes realize we are not .... With that realization we then have to think ... "Well how CAN i do it then" and find new ways... But one of the things that the late Geoff Nicholls of Black Sabbath fame told me once was.... "Another door ALWAYS opens" .... And mostly it is true. .. .So I think it is important NOT to try and think one thing will solve the dark days because you get stuck repeating the same thing. The fog of depression might cloud your vision but small changes can change big things. Musicians will know the lack of work can be depressing .... I have been out of work many times in my 50 years of being in the business... I worked in bars and drove trucks and worked in music studio's and all kinds of things to get by .... I even worked in a sex shop once!!!!! ... That was in my mid 20's and because my fiancé at the time ran the store though... that didn't work either!! ... So you have to understand everyone has moments and relatively speaking very few go on to being hopeless cases ... there is always SOMETHING that changes. Not many people can say they got fired from Black Sabbath TWICE!!! I'm 65 years old and just released a new album so life does move on... Good luck and best wishes to all that may be feeling the sky closing in.
Tony Martin, is an English Heavy Metal Vocalist, best known for his time fronting Black Sabbath, initially from 1987 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 1996. Martin was the band’s second longest serving vocalist after Ozzy Osbourne. Headless Cross and Forbidden are among the best known Black Sabbath Albums Featuring Tony Martin along with The Eternal Idol, Cross Purposes, Cross Purposes Live and The Sabbath Stones. Tony Martin has also released 3 Solo Albums Back Where I Belong from 1992 featuring Brian May, Scream from 2005 featuring Cozy Powell plus Geoff Nicholls and Thorns from 2022 featuring Scott McClellan, Danny Needham, Magnus Rosen and Greg Smith.