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Inside the ugly silver chair, Daniel Johns shared with bandmates who “moved on” from him

Daniel Johns’ all-out attack on his former bandmates on Wednesday night had the clout of a silverchair grunge classic.

They’re “bitter, jealous, angry,” he told The Project’s Carrie Bickmore.

If Silverchair fans had any illusions that the legendary Newcastle rock band would regroup, they would be deeply disappointed by Johns’ brutal TV takedown.

In just a few words, the ailing frontman revealed the extent of his crumbling relationship with Chris Joannou and Ben Gillies, who took the world by storm as a 15-year-old with their debut album Frogstomp.

The band later sold more than 10 million albums and won the most ARIA music awards in their history.

It’s not the first time Johns has targeted his former bandmates since the trio split in 2011, but it was easily the most pointed.

The explosive Project interview followed a week-long promotional tour for his new album following a drunken car accident and a stint in rehab.

He singled out Gillies, saying the ex-Silverchair drummer is “jealous” of his solo success and has a “real issue” with his fame, while his two former bandmates “never come and see him.”

Joannou and Gillies, who now live in Newcastle and Melbourne respectively, have remained largely silent since the Silverchair sinking, but friends of the couple say they are “confused” by Johns’ recent remarks.

Johns slams his two former bandmates and singles out Gillies, saying the ex-Silverchair drummer is

Johns slams his two former bandmates and singles out Gillies, saying the ex-Silverchair drummer is “jealous” of his solo success.

Ben Gillies (L) and Chris Joannou (R) with Daniel Johns at Heutag in Silverchair

Ben Gillies (L) and Chris Joannou (R) with Daniel Johns at Heutag in Silverchair

Johns’ attack comes after Gillies made a rare comment about Johns on social media in a now-deleted post, with the drummer targeting Johns’ “genius” tag.

Gillies, who is married to Real Housewives favorite Jackie Gillies and father of twins, wrote that he “reserves the term genius for Einstein and Mozart” and claimed that without orchestration by others, John’s songs were “simple”.

The post appears to have infuriated Johns, who has been making some astounding claims about the former band members for the past few weeks – including the fact that he invited both of them to collaborate on his recent solo album – but they declined.

Johns also explained on a November episode of his podcast, Who is Daniel Johns? . Unfortunately, they thought it was one way or the other.

Johns crashed his car on March 23 before recording a blood alcohol level three times above the legal limit

Johns crashed his car on March 23 before recording a blood alcohol level three times above the legal limit

Two people were taken to hospital when Johns crashed into another vehicle

Two people were taken to hospital when Johns crashed into another vehicle

Neither Joannou nor Gillies have confirmed this.

“I don’t have bad feelings, but I know. I know bitterness and I know jealousy,” Johns gushed during his appearance on The Project.

“One of the guys in particular is really good at kicking me while I’m down and while I’m in rehab and stuff.

“To say I took advantage of mental health to sell records or something.”

Johns, whose last album received mostly lukewarm critical reviews, said he felt Gillies was particularly jealous of his solo success.

“You didn’t show me any respect. Me and Chris have a very passive relationship,” he said.

“Ben has a real problem with me being successful without him for some reason. This is sad because I honestly wish him well, but unfortunately he doesn’t want me to branch out.

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“They didn’t show me any respect,” Johns says of former bandmates

Joannou runs The Edwards Bar and Restaurant in Newcastle

Joannou runs The Edwards Bar and Restaurant in Newcastle

The Daily Mail Australia has contacted both Joannou and Gillies for comment on Johns’ latest claims, but neither has spoken publicly about Johns’ recent media appearances.

But sources close to the couple have provided some insight, saying they “cut ties” with Johns long ago and “basically moved on.”

“I think the fact that no one has felt the need to comment on any of this… their silence speaks volumes,” said a music industry insider who is familiar with both men.

“Chris, in particular, is not the type to engage in that kind of public sparring.

“He goes about his business very calmly and deliberately.

“Obviously there were concerns from everyone who knew Daniel after the car accident.

“But in terms of commitment in this world … Chris and Ben are so far from that now.”

Another source close to Joannou says John’s comments “barely register”.

“There’s enough distance between Chris and Daniel now, I think that’s the furthest he thinks,” they said.

Joannou is now a successful bar and restaurant operator in Newcastle and is married to wife Karissa. The couple have two young children.

The lifelong Novacastrian rarely gives interviews but opened up to ABC’s Craig Hamilton back in March when he opened up about his appreciation for a “quieter life”.

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‘So far away’. Father of two, Joannou continues to live in his hometown

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“Still closed”. Despite falling out with Johns, Chris and Ben remain close friends

“I think … after the band was pretty active, I entered a different phase in my life, I think,” Joannou said.

“I’m more behind the scenes than front and center in the things I do.”

The ex-Silverchair bassist, who grew up on the same street as Gillies in Newcastle and remains close to the drummer, reflected on the band’s beginnings and his early relationship with Johns.

“See, he definitely had raw talent and yeah, he definitely had something very unique about him, and then when you put everything together in a room and this thing just happened… it was one of the biggest feelings,” Joannou said.

Silverchair got their first break in 1994 when they signed to Murmur Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music.

They then recorded their debut album Frogstomp, which sold four million copies and topped the charts in Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking of their eventual split in 2011, Joannou described the decision to go their separate ways as a shared one and one that all band members endorsed.

“There were definitely moments (throughout the life of the band) that were very challenging for each individual at different times,” he said.

“But we’ve just got to a point where we were interested in exploring things outside of Silverchair on our own. And that’s about where we are now.’

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Bradford Betz

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