Crowbar's Kirk Windstein: Getting Sober Turned Me Into a 'Food Rager'
"It was time," Windstein told Noisecreep about his decision and his daily struggle to stay off the bottle. "I go day by day and I feel like I am a teenager again. I really do. It got out of hand. Now that I am sober, so many people congratulate me on being sober for four months, and I [appreciate it] -- but people fall off the wagon every minute of the day."
He decided to forgo libations and embark on a complete and total lifestyle change for a multitude of reasons. "I wanted to be a better father, a better man to my fiancée, a better musician, songwriter and person," Windstein said. "I am much better at business and being productive when I am sober."
But giving up drinking has had one setback that the singer/guitarist is working on correcting. "I have been bitten by the gym bug, so I am back on track with that," Windstein said. "After giving up alcohol, everyone turns to food. I weighed myself and I had gained 20 pounds in three months, because I'd be at Taco Bell at 2 AM, because what else is there to do when you are not drinking other than spend $15 bucks on chalupas? I am over that. I am over the 'food raging,' as I call it."
Windstein said that playing shows while sober is a wholly different experience for him, as well. He has a few sober shows under his belt and he's still getting accustomed to the sensation. "I had not played a show without a beer or 10 in quite some time. It's one thing at a time. Our tour will have 23 shows in a row," he lamented. "Give me 30 shows sober and I will be totally comfortable, but I am not quite there yet. It's scary to perform sober, but I am enjoying it. I look at crowd different when I am not buzzing. Not to mention, I play and sing better, too."