Stories Surrounding Alexander O’Neal reveal him as an enigma, a legend, and a walking controversy; the facts about him don’t separate readily from the fictions. He’s rumored, at one time or another, to have carried a tire iron in his boot, assaulted a soundman mid-show over an unsatisfactory mix, and kept a janitors payload of house keys matched to female suitor’s doors. One set of facts, O’Neal’s
Tug-of-war with substance abuse, is well documented. But there’s a facet of the man’s earthly form that trumps all other attributes-the sheer power, purity, and unparalleled integrity of his voice.