Alan’s addiction originated as a deep seated stagefright. Steve Clark and my ex-husband also suffered from crippling stagefright so I got to see it up close and personal. My ex-husband eventually started taking a prescription drug that helped him deal with the anxiety, but he had been self medicating with whiskey previous to that. He was headed down the path of alcoholism, but I encouraged him to see a therapist and, shockingly, he listened.
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For some reason while writing this book I took to listening to Def Leppard’s Slang on repeat for hours. I have probably been through these songs as many times as the band thanks to that and I still have something of a Pavlovian response to it. Whenever I am stuck or having trouble getting started, I put on Slang and pretty soon it’s three hours later, I’ve exceeded my day’s words count and I have to pee like a racehorse, but my butt is numb because I haven’t moved from my chair in so long. TMI?