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Booze nearly killed me, says Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody

By Maureen Coleman

Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody has revealed how the band’s drummer helped save his life after his drinking got out of control.

According to the band’s frontman, his booze hell had a devastating effect on himself and those around him and it was only the intervention of Jonny Quinn which helped him recover.

Bangor man Gary admitted he could have ended up dead, if Jonny hadn’t stepped in to stop his self-destructive ways.

Gary was speaking as the band prepare to launch their new album, A Hundred Million Suns, which is released on October 27.

In an interview in The Sun, he said: “I was at the stage where I was destroying everything in my path. I was like a whirlwind, a calamity magnet.

“I was behaving appallingly and drinking far too much. There was a six-month period where I was completely out of control. I wouldn’t listen to anyone. If I’d have carried on at that rate, I would have ended up dead.

“Our drummer Jonny Quinn saved my life. I wasn’t listening to anyone but he had a word in my shell and I eventually realised the pain I was causing to everyone around me.”

Gary said that at the time he was a “mess” and needed to be “taken aside” by Jonny, who is also from Co Down.

The singer also said that he had since calmed down and had got to grips with the problem.

“I’ve drastically reduced my drinking. I’ve calmed down immeasurably,” he said.

In a new song on the album, Disaster Button, Gary talks about the situation he was in at the time.

Snow Patrol are also releasing a single, Take Back The City, before the album on October 13. The video was shot in London by Alex Courtes, who was behind the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army video.

A Hundred Million Suns is the band’s fifth album. The title of the album was revealed exclusively by the Belfast Telegraph last month.

Speaking about the album Gary said: “I’m so proud of this record. Everybody played out of their skin.”

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