Elbow - Elbow Star Garvey Won't Sing Sober
Elbow star Guy Garvey refuses to go on stage without having a drink, as the one gig he performed sober "didn't work".
The British rockers have launched their own charity beer, with profits going to Oxfam, and Garvey reveals the bandmembers insist on drinking alcohol prior to concerts to calm their nerves.
He tells Britain's The Times, "We enjoy drinking. It's hand in hand with music. We've done only one gig without drink. It didn't work. Everyone in the audience was happy but (we weren't).
"It relaxes you, but obviously you've got to measure it. If I went on stage without a drink, the sound of my voice would be different. Whether you're playing to 350 people or 180,000, you get this huge rush of adrenaline.
"It gives me a waver in my voice and drink counteracts that. But the whole ethos of the band is that it's got to be fun, and the one rule is if it stops being fun, that's when we stop doing it."