Concert mishap

I was poking around some musician websites, and found Reb Beach’s site, who is one of my favorite guitarists. In one part of his site, he tells a story about some touring hijinx:

What was it like touring with Poison and Cinderella on the ‘Power to the People’ Tour?

Don got in a Jet Ski accident and tore ligaments so he sat with a crutch on stage. [One day], he was high on painkillers during the show and hit Jeff in the eye while attempting to twirl his mike stand. Jeff passed out for a few seconds on the floor of the stage in front of me. I thought he was just really getting into it on the ground

I was there! It was at the Amsouth theater in Nashville, summer of 2001. I was in the fifth or sixth row, directly in front of the bass player who got clocked with the microphone stand. Luckily it was the next-to-last song, so it didn’t really affect the show, but it was pretty funny at the time.

Deja Vu All Over Again

This is the first day it has actually felt non-summer-ish… appropriate, since Fall officially started this weekend.

I was just outside mowing my yard in the cooler weather, listening to some old Guns N’ Roses, and was practically knocked over by a wave of nostalgia. Suddenly, it’s 1988, the beginning of my sophomore year of high school… constant trips on the school bus to football games or band contests. That was also the beginning of my self-imposed morphing from junior high nerd to angst-ridden teen rocker guy. Kind of hard to do with braces and Bon Jovi, but I gave it my best shot!

Anyway, it got me to thinking about high school. While I wouldn’t want to go back and re-do it (not even “knowing then what I know now”), I do miss the friendships. A good dozen close friends that I hung out with on a regular basis, and even greater number of passing acquaintances I considered friends. That’s definitely the one aspect I would like to recapture… as long as I could do it without the acne, braces, 1983 Chevy Celebrity, mullet hair (yes, I proudly wore one throughout high school), girlfriend issues (more appropriately, the lack of one), etc. etc. etc. 🙂

I’m working on getting some video online from the last performance of my last band (April 2000, I believe)… it’ll probably be up tomorrow.