"I Got A Second Chance At Life and I’m Not Going to Dumb Myself Down.” London Souls' Tash Neal Discusses Life After His Near-Fatal Accident

Shortly after finishing recording the album Here Come the Girls, London Souls guitarist Tash Neal was back in New York City and in a cab heading home after a quiet night. Then a drag-racing car smashed into his vehicle and Neal was almost killed. He had brain surgery and a piece of his skull removed, then was placed in a medically induced coma for a week, his friends and family warned that Neal’s effusive personality and prodigious musical skills might be gone when he awoke. The first time he picked up a guitar again, everyone began to think he might just be okay.

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Alan Paul

Alan Paul is the author of three books, Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, One Way Way Out: The Inside Story of the Allman Brothers Band – which were both New  York Times bestsellers – and Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues and Becoming a Star in Beijing, a memoir about raising a family in Beijing and forming a Chinese blues band that toured the nation. He’s been associated with Guitar World for 30 years, serving as Managing Editor from 1991-96. He plays in two bands: Big in China and Friends of the Brothers, with Guitar World’s Andy Aledort.