​Rock Star Battle With Dementia Over, Tour Begins

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January 17, 2013
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Rock Star Dick Wagner is back on tour after taking time off to work on his “curable” dementia.

The 70-year-old is popularly known for his work with Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Frank Sinatra, KISS, and Lou Reed. In addition, he was the frontman for The Frost and The Bossmen, based out of Michigan.

In 2007, the rock legend had a heart attack and a stroke and ended up in a coma. When he woke up he had a broken arm, gait, and his physical condition was further debilitated with mental fuzziness. It wasn’t until 2011, that he was diagnosed with normal pressure hydrocephalus, or NPH, which is a condition caused by a build-up of spinal fluid in the brain, which puts pressure on nerves that control the legs, bladder and cognitive function; however, it is curable.

“I woke up from a coma after two weeks with a paralyzed left arm,” said the 70-year-old rocker. “My profession as a guitarist, I thought, was over.”

“I couldn’t turn to the left as I walked, only to the right, and I would do a spiral and fall,” he said. “I fell completely flat on my face in the driveway on the concrete. I didn’t know what had happened to me.”

After Doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix surgically put a shunt in the rock stars head he was feeling like a million dollars. “I am like a new man almost overnight,” he told ABC News. “For five years, I couldn’t even pick up a guitar — I didn’t have the strength or the coordination.”

Wagner is currently back on tour in Denmark.