Tribute Band Drummer Suffers Stroke On Stage But Doesn't Stop Playing
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
July 1, 2019
But as we can see from footage of the scary incident, it'll take more than a stroke to make Alex Headen stop playing.
Headen, 28, began to experience symptoms of the blot clot in his brain early in the fourth song of the band's set at Rockstock in Stockport, England.
He tells the Evening News that the left side of his body went numb and he went blind in his left eye. Rather than signal for help, he finished the song using only his right hand, then collapsed as he hit the last note of the song.
"I didn't want to stop the song because it was so early in the set," Headen said. "I didn't want to let the band or crowd down."
Headen's band mates seemed to notice something was wrong immediately. Vocalist Stephen Emerson appears to motion for help after Headen stopped playing his cymbals and rushed to the drummer once the song was over.
"Never in a million years did I think I was having a stroke," Headen continued. "I just thought I had low blood sugar or was dehydrated."
After collapsing, Headen was rushed to the hospital and treated. He says his doctors still aren't positive what caused the episode and he remembers little from the day or two immediately afterwards.
He added his thanks to the medics at the festival and the doctors who treated him, and he says he's making progress in his recovery.
"This has really been about spreading awareness that strokes can occur in young people and also to sufferers of strokes who can be inspired by Alexs’s progress," the band added in a statement via its social media.