HE lives a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle now, but it nearly all came to a sudden end in a pub toilet for The Script’s Glen Power.
Five years ago the drummer fell, fracturing his skull in an accident that could have changed or even ended his life.
“I would have died if my dad hadn't brought me to the hospital,” he told the Herald.
“When you say it happened in a pub in Ireland everyone says, ‘Oh you were locked, you were drunk.' But I wasn't. I was with my dad Gary and we were having a drink. I'd just come home from London recording with the band.”
He felt fine at first but his father insisted they go to Beaumont Hospital where the situation deteriorated rapidly with blood gushing down his nose. It was, he says, as if a “vice grips” was crushing his skull.
Glen had a life-saving craniotomy, which resulted in 30 staples to his head, but just nine days later he was home. “It was the quickest they'd ever seen anyone get up and walk out,” the drummer said, although he wasn't out of the woods.
“I was depressed,” admitted Glen, explaining that The Script were touring with Newton Faulkner at the time. “I went to see them in Whelan's with a woolly cap covering my shaved head and it was horrible. I was heartbroken.”
He explained that he couldn't walk in a straight line for months, had lost his style of drumming and to this day still suffers “excruciating migraines”.
Once, in Australia, Glen stepped off the plane and was due to meet radio people in the band's hotel but he was in such pain he had to go straight to his hotel room with a towel full of ice to wrap around his head, close the curtains and take his medicine.
Gary, his father, was told his son could be paralysed and there was a chance he could spend three months in a coma after the operation. As for Glen himself he said he “really met himself in that moment” describing the thoughts that went through his mind just before he was knocked out for his operation.
He said: “I thought ‘OK, am I going to see a white light? Am I going to see a tunnel? Is there going to be a pub up there?’ I cried and I laughed.”
His recovery, he believes, is due to the fact that he uses both sides of his brain. A friend of lead singer Danny who is a brain surgeon came to see The Script play one night and afterwards told Glen “you're using both sides of your brain when you drum that's why you recovered so quickly”.
He said two other factors in his recovery are his faith in God and the support of his band mates.
Glen describes The Script as being “amazing and so supportive” throughout, talking about how he spent a “whole tour with frozen food” on his head.
“Take as much time as you need, get well and when you're ready, come back,” is what his bandmates told him. But as Glen says himself he “got in fast” as he was “so depressed knowing they were on tour without me”.
While he doesn't wear his faith on his sleeve Glen spoke frankly about praying during his recovery.
“I prayed really hard – ‘please don't let this be it’ – and then one day it all arrived and it just clicked.”
He remembers being in a recording studio in London the day it “clicked”. He was behind his drum kit praying but this time it was in thanks as opposed to pleading.
Last week, he launched the annual art exhibition for Headway, the brain injury services and support, where he emphasised the importance of art in recovery from an acquired brain injury.
“Amazing things can happen, you can get better, I was convinced I was done, I'd never play again, I thought I'd never hear properly again and I can — I got it all back,” a now fully recovered Glen told the Herald.
He also revealed some insights about the fourth album that The Script is working on.
“We're just going to try and come back with meaningful songs, songs that connect and try and be a good band again,” he said.
“It's a very exciting time and a very scary time. We either get it right or we get it wrong and, touch wood, we get it right.”
For more information about Headway brain injury services visit www.headway.ie or phone (01) 810 2066