It’s tough being a musician trying to launch your career in a sea of X-factors and wanna-beidols. It’s even tougher when you’re an alcoholic. Like many musicians before him, Alex was caught up in the relentless tide of binge drinking. One drink to warm up, another to loosen the throat, two more to keep up with the band, five to keep up with the crowd and, if you’re still standing, the infamous one for the road.
Whether in a club, a bar, a pub, or a lonely hotel, for many musicians past and present, being an alcoholic has been a rite of passage if you can survive the booze, you might have a shot of surviving in the industry!
Like many before him, Alex got caught up in this, drinking to excess, barely getting sober before the next round of drinking started. But hey, everyone else was doing it, so why shouldn’t he?
A kid once said to me, “do you get hangovers?” I said, “to get hangovers you have to stop drinking.”
Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, Motorhead.
Alex’s "closer to the edge” moment came in Brighton. After a long day of boozing he blacked out, only to wake up hanging from the end of Brighton pier. Only his leather belt had stopped him tumbling into the frigid, stormy waters below, caught by some miracle on the top of the railing. As he scrambled back to safety, his face white with fear, his hands shaking, Alex knew it was time to stop, time to change the way he lived while he still could.
For Alex, Stones is an opportunity to pay it back, his one last chance to not only show what it can be
like for musicians, but also that there is hope, there is another way, and that there is life beyond the
bottle or the hotel minibar.