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That's killer! I like the guy 'Trashcan', very fitting. Back in my Dark Ages I was the substitute drummer for a band that got the gig to play for the Devil's Disciples up in a 'rented' former farm outside Rochester. They were celebrating one of their own being released from Attica. A most restricted venue. The only non-Disciples was the band. They had everything set up. All we had to do was plug and play. A lot of them were musicians and most were real good. We could tell because we witnessed their soundcheck. They could've done the gig themselves but they didn't have a drummer. They asked permission to join the band about two hours into the gig. They were great. Their vocalists blew ours away! Everybody was well behaved and nobody got out of line. We were fed good, drank good non-alcohol beverages (their insistence for the band). We got 500 bucks each for a four hour gig and ate like kings. The problem came when we left the gig. Highway Patrol and Sheriff's guys pulled us over just outside the gate. They were gonna search the trailer and van. They didn't ask either. They questioned all of us relentlessly. As usual we refused to answer any questions. The cops are separating us further away from each other. Then the approach of a ton of bikers roll up on us and surround the cops. More and more bikers show up. Two of them walk right up to the boss cop. Turns out those two bikers are lawyers and shut the cops down. We get an escort of about a hundred bikes for over 20 miles till we hit Rochester.
You have some unbelievable stories! I've led a very sheltered life by comparison.
 

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You have some unbelievable stories! I've led a very sheltered life by comparison.
Not really, I'm just a drop in the ocean. I'm sure there's an infinite amount of better stories out there, but most won't talk about them or they're not publishable here on the Forum. Kinda like combat vets. I've retired from gigging and retired from 34 years at a 9-5 too that allowed me to tour without losing my job. Besides, they couldn't afford to lose me anyway. LOL I have no problem talking about my experiences because I'm retired (and retarded) with the freedom to do so now. Four decades of gigging is enough. Two of them touring overseas. In those four decades a lot has happened, I wouldn't want to experience going through those experiences I posted here again. I've missed out what you've been able to enjoy, a sheltered life. I have that now. But that was the nature of the beast, it came with wanting to be a drummer and working my way to the experience of being the featured band performing to over a hundred thousand stuffed into a stadium, or getting to play Carnegie, Royal Albert, Kennedy, Corke stadium or the Butt 'n Beer Hole in Devil's Crotch City. Never wanted to be famous or rich. I'm famous for one thing in the music world. "Yeah, he's the drummer with that roadie!" in reference to my sister, Lucy. Never in a million years did I ever think I'd be playing in those places. I got to live that dream. The one thing I'm fortunate at is I've never gotten drunk, done dope of any kind or bed-surfed with 'extra-curricular' women in my 66 years of being stupid. I don't know what any of that feels like. Honestly, I don't. I have lived a sheltered life as a result of not engaging in the big three. Booze, dope and bitches. Because of that I believe I'm cognizant of how things went down. My best experiences are about my sisters Lucy and Marty (Martina). Especially Lucy. I've noted a story about her elsewhere on this forum. Both are keyboard masters, guitarists, mandolinists and vocalists. Both are Yale music grads on scholarship. I'm the dummy. Both fronted bands of their own. Made great careers in Europe. I toured with them most, especially overseas. Because of them I've fallen in love with Northern Ireland. I started as one of Marty's roadies, a year later turned around and made Lucy my roadie. Yeah, "THAT" roadie. LOL!
 
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The last gig I played was almost two years ago and through the whole show the arthritis in both thumbs was killing me. I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to hold onto the sticks but somehow got through it. The ending of the last song has a drum fill that is quite long and played fast and because of the pain in my thumbs I blew it big time. In retrospect I should have just skipped the fill and ended the song there but no, and now it's the only song from that gig that made in onto youtube so my trainwreck is there for all to see. I won't tell you what song or band it is but it was not pretty.
 


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