Status Quo's acclaimed bassist, Alan Lancaster, lost all feeling in his thumb and struggled to play his instrument after an allergic reaction to hair dye.
Alan Lancaster, the bassist for Status Quo, has revealed that his right thumb has no feeling due to an allergic reaction to hair dye. While colouring his hair one day, the founding member of the legendary band found himself suffering from painful burns after the chemicals in the dye brought out a horrible reaction.
During an interview with 'Q' magazine, Lancaster revealed: "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."
The accident caused him to lose 28 pounds (12.7 kilograms) from his weight, as well as all feeling in his right thumb. The latter had a negative effect on his career, as he struggled to play the bass that had made a name for his. "When I first started playing again I had to... tape the plectrum to my fingers" he shockingly concluded.