Status Quo - Rocker Alan Lancaster Lost Feeling In Thumb After Bad Reaction To Hair Dye28 February 2013
Status Quo star Alan Lancaster has no feeling in his right thumb after suffering an extreme reaction to hair dye.
The bassist was colouring his hair when he reacted badly to the chemicals in the dye and suffered painful burns.
He tells Britain's Q magazine, "I've got this nervous condition. I dyed my hair a few years ago and I had a very bad reaction. My ears, my shoulders, were covered in burns. Proper burns!
"It happens a lot, even to ladies who've been dyeing their hair for years. It's something in the dye that triggered a nervous reaction."
Lancaster dropped 28 pounds (12.7 kilograms) in weight after the accident and lost the feeling in his right thumb - and as a result, he struggled to play his instrument.
He adds, "When I first started playing again I had to... tape the plectrum to my fingers."