Okay I'll post as much as I know, cause I've been a huge Johns fan since Frogstomp lol..
Daniel's always had social problems and depression issues but they got really bad back in the late 90s when he became anorexic due to his depression and paranoia that people were constantly controlling him and trying to kill him, he started to freak out thinking that people were poisoning his food and it became an obsession - hence him becoming anorexic. He apparently overcame this by the time Neon Ballroom was released because he started to get better. He went vegetarian when he was I believe 16 or 17 because of his sympathy for animals and went full blown vegan by the time he was 17. He's a representative for PETA and ARRG and has Animal Liberation tattooed on his ankle, he also supports the ALF.
Daniel was a huge inspiration to me as a vegetarian teen, I didn't even know what veganism was until I heard about it through the Silverchair website andI've been vegan ever since
Innnn 2001..or 2002... well shortly after Diorama was finished he was diagnosed with severe reactive arthritis and I know in an interview he said he was told to eat animal protein to help his body recover but he wanted to avoid it. I know in 2003 he did a video for PETA about KFC Cruelty (it's on YouTube) and he has done a few endorsements for animal rights since then but I hadn't heard as much about him being vegan for awhile so I was questioning it.
So I read the other day on a message board that someone met him and asked him if he was still vegan and he said no because he was eating fish now, but his family is vegetarian and his brother is vegan. I contacted the people that run the Daniel Johns and Paul Mac myspace to see if they knew if that was true and they said they had heard the same thing as well.
I HOPE that it's just a rumor because he was an inspiration to his vegan fans and we definitely need more vegan rockers out there, it's almost impossible to find any info out on it unless he comes out and says it on an interview or something... which I haven't seen. Probably not something he's proud of, if he is eating fish now. They still have a PETA banner on their website so.. atleast he's not completely out of it.
I joined the Silverchair fanclub awhile ago... people on their boards aren't very concerned, it seems most of them are omnis so...
P.S. I'm out of the loop, did we terminate the "lacto-ovo", etc different labels for vegetarians? I was under the impression that "vegetarians" just didn't eat red or white meat. It's much easier for me to stick to vegan and cut everything alltogether.
P.P.S. Don't take anything that I say for fact, just posted whatever I remember from various interviews, etc. I may not remember everything 100%. LOL
P.P.P.S. Maybe he just needs me to come down there and take care of him, I'll cook him some good vegan meals, it'll be good times. ROFL jk.. ok.. back to work.