Thursday, July 9, 2009
<- the view from my bunk this morning. Why wouldn't europeans put windows in the bunks???
Here I am on day 3. I am already sick of so many things. Like the fact that the bathroom on the bus is only 4 ft tall so I pretty much have to take a piss while on my knees and the fact that if my cell phone (which doesn’t work but provides accurate time) runs out of battery I cant just plug it in. I need to seek out a power converter and then hope that the 2 outlets that are allotted to the 10 people on this bus aren’t in use (which they always are). Grrrrr… Today I awoke to the sounds of the pouring rain beating on the roof of the bus. Looks like im not getting off the bus today. We have a day off in Hamburg Germany (one of my favorite European cities) and I could care less. Not worth getting my only warm articles of clothing soaked over. I have also reached the point where if anyone fucks with me, even in jest, it makes me furious!!! i.e. me: hey is there internet today?? Tm: I don’t know, why don’t you get off you ass and figure it out. – I immediately went back to bed in hopes that I would slip into a coma and wake up 2 weeks from now in the United States of America.
Let me give a recap of the last two days: After we landed in Copenhagen for our time adjustment/acclimation period that proceed to be filled with disappointment and bad decisions. I slept for a couple hours in my hotel room upon arrival and then headed out for dinner with some associates. $40 for 4 steak tips sounds fair :( then I decided to fill the remainder of the day with the drowning of sorrows in the bottom of a bottle until 7 am. When the tour buses arrived, I was met with the pleasing information that the family bus I had been living on for the last 2 tours (because I don’t know when to say when) was not going to be an option for me and I will be back on the party bus for this tour and off to Sweden we went. Sweden wasn’t bad. It was rainy and grey and blonde. I saw no one from the Swedish metal band “in flames”. I had hoped that they may have just been hanging out. The concert was Dropkick Murphys, Fran Ferdinand, and Kings of Leon. I love the new KOL record so I looked at it as a ray of sunshine at the end of my day. The show went off without a hitch. All of our stage hands smelt terrible. Whats for catering you ask? The best thing you can give 15 guys who are sharing one bathroom!!! Chilli!!! That was a bad situation that I will leave up to your imagination. I didn’t give a damn about the Franz Ferdinand performance and I was allowed to watch kings of leon from their soundboard (best seat in the house). They didn’t blow me away but the were good. It seems like 2 out of four members of that band would’ve rather been somewhere else than on that stage playing an hour of music for probably many hundreds of thousand of dollars. After the show, I followed an old saying that I use very often, “When in Rome.” You want to put me back on the party bus then lets do this. I sat in my chair, and forced dudes to play drinking games, Drank about 100 budweisers (and an occasional corona) and stayed up until 4 in the morning watching the road pass and listen to music because I was mesmerized that it was completely light out @ 4 am. Well I’m off to “seize” the day. Ugggggggg!!!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This afternoon I boarded a flight from Boston to Amsterdam. I am headed to Europe to start a 2 week festivals tour with the dropkick murphys. Even before I left the house this morning I already had a case of the euro blues!! Just thinking about the gray skies, rain every day, terrible food, bad dental hygiene, and being forced to work with people who refuse to conform to my American agenda is making me dread every moment. I am 6 hours into the 7.5 hour flight (altitude: 38,829 ft- speed: 569 mph - outside temp: -47F). I can already tell that this flight has made me sick. My eyes are dry, itchy throat, and I just can’t seem to stay hydrated. I am so bummed out about touring Europe that my upgrade to first class has not even satisfied me (but thank you very much to Ken Casey for the hook up). All they have done on this flight is shower me with all of the finest luxuries (steaks, finest of champagnes, a seat that goes completely flat, ice creams, new socks, a sleep mask, exotic fruits, etc etc) and I couldn’t care less because I know where this flight is ultimately going to land. We have a 1 hour lay over in Amsterdam and then we shoot over to Copenhagen to “enjoy” a day off before the tour starts. The 4 tylenol PM’s I took refused to work…. So much for my attempts to avoid jet lag, add that into the ol’ misery soup. This is day 1 of a 60 day tour. I don’t know how I am going to survive this run!!!! Wish me luck.
3 hour Layover Amsterdam – Of course it is raining. Why wouldn’t it be? Getting here and seeing the rain makes me realize that I packed zero waterproof articles of clothing. That wont cause me any misery. Ohh and thanks for labeling which restroom and is the men’s/women’s and refusing to acknowledge that toilet paper is available in ROLL FORM!!! NICE FUCKING CONTINENT!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I have been challenging a lot of people to $1 bets lately and my odds of losing have been fairly high. So far I have losts bets on: How long Jim Lamarca would shower for? What song Metallica would play first during their Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction? Whether Metallica would change out of their suits to perform? Whether Adam D would be gone from the party for more than 10 minutes (that was a $10 bet which I ultimately only paid him $4 due to a lack of currency)??? I really need to start making better bets.
The other day in Little Rock Arkansas was Adam for Killswitch engage's birthday party which was hosted by your truly. Adam had told me that all he wanted for his birthday was a beer funnel and a beer funnel was what he got. I supplied him with a beer funnel or a shotgun beer after every song in their set. They play like 10 songs and he was actually in pretty good condition after the set. Happy Borthday Adam!!!
Yesterday was a day off in in New Orleans LA... Anyone who tours know that taking a full day off in New Orleans is just a bad idea. Their drink are too strong, too big, and they are available to way too late in the night. Matt Devries and I started our journey to nowhere good at 3:00 pm sharp. We took a shuttle down to the french quarter and walked the three blocks directly to good ol' bourbon st. Our day was pretty well laid out for us. Go to Tropical Isle (the one right across the street from The Dungeon) and drink as many Handgrenades (a cocktail consisting of grain alcohol and sour mix... the exact recipe is a family secret) as possible. Once we cant consume those anymore we will go to the dungeon for beers. I came out of the gate way too quick. I am pretty bummed out about my performance. Last time we were in town I was able to consume 6 handgrenades in 4 hours and this time over the course of the whole day I couldnt drink anymore than 3. I probably shouldve eaten more than a grilled cheese before heading out. We had a blast even though I dont remember going to a strip club, or getting a cab home, or hosting a dance party upon my arrival on the bus, or going to bed fully dressed (including my hat) @ 10:30 pm. In closing, I would like to thank Matt Devries for sending everyone I know a text message last night that simply read "GRIZZ CANT HANG".
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
If you think killing time by walking around an empty arena in anticipation of the soft pretzel vendors to open...then I am having a blast. I am still very amused by the people in attendance. The band "spineshank" (who are headlining the second stage on this tour) is still pretty amazing. Yes I am talking about the Ozzfest 2001 era spineshank and yes they are back. We were briefed before yesterdays performance that we would most likely be asked to leave the stage during our set because of the extremely high chances of a tornado hitting the arena. It didnt happen and I was bummed. The idea of a tornado picking me up and throughing me somewhat in direction of home was the only thing that got me through the day. What else is going on? The one meal that disturbed allows us to eat every day (since may day starts @ 11am and goes to about 1 am) has been decent. Living the Dream!!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
DAY 1 - portland or - dont remember shit about it. flight there sucked. probably rained.
DAY 2 - seattle wa - i am pretty sure this day also sucked. most likely also rained.
DAY 3 - medford or - yes we left oregon to head north to seattle but now we are back in oregon. this was a day off - i have actually been to medford oregon 3 times - which i am sure it is more times then any other person that isnt from there. went to the outback ate some shrimps - drank some booze - the day pretty much sucked
DAY 4 - san fran - this day was great. I love doing work for nothing - woke up, loaded in, did soundcheck, building caught on fire, loaded out - rock show canceled
DAY 5 - Los Angelos - I hate this fucking city - went to the esp guitars factory which sucked - met up with some old friends after the concert - but all in all the day sucked
DAY 6 - Vegas - Gambled $100 on red - won it - blew my winnings -today was the exact opposite of great.
DAY 7 - San Diego - dont remember - probably sucked
DAY 8 - Tuscon AZ - chimaira headliner (off date) - nobody cared
DAY 9 - Tempe AZ - dont remember - hot as balls - sucked??? yup
DAY 10 - Englewood CO - didnt have time to go to my favorite strip club (shotgun willies) therefore this day sucked
DAY 11 - Albuquerque NM - Matt was sick - no one to hang with - day sucked
DAY 12 - day off at mall of america - saw the worst movie ever (the happening) - t.g.i.fridays - all around waste of a day
DAY 13 - Minneapolis MN - found a great new strip club - possibly my new favorite - no idea what it was called but I definitely remember where it is - drew stafford (hockey player for the buffalo sabres) came out because he is a huge chimaira fan. He spent like $10,000 on getting us in a vip booth. this day kinda didnt suck
DAY 14 - Lawrence KS - dont remember - probably sucked - i did eat Buffalo Wild Wings and it was easily the highlight of the day
DAY 15 - Chicago IL - :)
DAY 16 - Pontiac MI - CELTICS WIN IT ALL - besides that, the rest of the day sucked - got mustard on my shirt!!!
DAY 17 - Cleveland - I didnt have fun but matt sure did - denny threw up - hometown gig for chimaira - nobody cared - got mustard on my shirt again!!
DAY 18 - Toronto - Played catch with spicuzza during the day - ate some food - got mustard on my shirt for the 3rd day in a row - went to a dance club - only white guy in there - went to bed
DAY 19 - chimaira off date headliner in grand rapids mi - nobody cared - drank way too much - refused to eat anything with mustard on it - missed bus call by 15 minutes
DAY 20 - day off at my house - thanks karma - had an elaborate pool party scheduled with the chimaira/unearth boys - of course it rained but we didnt let that slow us down - we bought a gigantic orange cooler like you see on the sidelines at football games, filled it with 5 gallons of long island ice tea ($100.77) bought $80 worth of meat and consumed!!! heard the makings of the new unearth record, sounds pretty good!!!
DAY 21 - worcester - saw some old friends - i hate hometown shows because i hate having to entertain people, but this time it was ok. dislocated my knee trying to do a drunken bunk maneuver.
DAY 22 - New York city - cant walk, knee is in excruciating pain - hate this city - everyone here sucks - i want to go back home!!!
DAY 23 - Baltimore - got to hang out with some of buddies from home that have relocated to baltimore - ate a burrito - drove with matt in a cab for 45 to get to a strip club, only to get there to realize that the girl we were going there to see (Jenna Hayes) had already left for day and we needed to leave pretty much right when got there because neither of us took the time to see how far away the club was and we needed to be back for bus call.
DAY 24 - Philly - hung out with my buddy jared from the bloodhound gang - too much jager - ate 2 philly cheese steaks ( i still swear they are better in lynn ma) - metal twins were in attendance - i smoked two cigarettes because that made sense to me at the time - hung out with ms jessica matthews - went to bed
DAY 25 - Fayetteville NC - chimaira headliner - afternoon consisted of putting quarter sticks of dynamite into things to see how high we could blow things into the air - go to CHIMAIRATUBE
to see the footage. day sucked
DAY 26 - Myrtle Beach - no i didnt go to the alligator farm - if youve been once, youve been a million times - day sucked
DAY 27 - Orlando - no i didnt have time to go to any theme parks and that is great because they are my favorite things to do in the world and why would i be able to do something during the day that I actually enjoy. Drank way too much - had to be put to bed - i think brendan from dethklok is mad at me?
Cant wait to see what tomorrow will bring.....
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Flying still sucks.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I have resorted to sitting in clear view upon exit of the bathroom with my earplugs in my nose so the fat man will know my disgust when exiting the lavatory.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
It feels so surreal that I actually am sitting here in Perth Australia. In my bathing suit with a sunburn on my face. I just consumed quite possibly the most delicious of pina coladas that has been poured. Nothing but the freshest of fruits were used in the production of this little glass of heaven. We hit the town last night. We were all pretty exhausted but when you travel that long to get somewhere you kind of feel like you at least need to go out and do something. The official travel clock was 22 hours of travel. I am now 13 hours in the future of everyone back in Boston so if you need an insight on tomorrow, just let me know. We have 3 days before the tour with Korn officially begins so I am going to go out now and soak up some more sun and drink some more frozen cocktails. LIVING THE DREAM!!
Here I sit… seat 58C… Malaysian Airlines. 3 hours into an 11 hour flight. Altitude 10090 meters above sea level. Misery is setting in. The only thing keeping me and all other people circumnavigating the globe with me is the fact that we found the website for the hotel we will be staying at in
Now I sit in
Seat 16A on flight number 105
I can already feeling the sun beating on my shoulder and it is making very anxious to scream aloud “CANNONBALL”. As I plunge my entire person in the deepest section of the rooftop pool at our luxurious hotel. I got a window seat on this flight and I am not happy about it. Of course the “fritz” sitting next to me would not switch seats. We are working out the logistic of obtaining everything we need to make pina coladas without slowing our arrival to the pool area.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
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Monday, March 24, 2008
Living the Dream!!!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Happy Easter loyal readers. Sorry it has been so long since my last post. I have just been too busy running around in the sun all day having the time of my life. Going to beautiful beaches, drinking pina coladas, and eating only the finest foods europe has to offer. I wish for the previous statement to be true except it is actually the exact opposite. Since my last post I have been to the shittiest parts of Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and now I sit in Frankfurt. Enjoying my second Easter in a row in the depth of Europe. It is just as bad as last time. No where to go to celebrate the holiday because everything is closed. So I will settle for my slimy, plain, hard breaded bologna sandwich (no mustard to be found). Last night in Switzerland was almost fun. Dudes got real wasted and they entertained me (sober) for the majority of the evening. Going complete out of order on the days. The show in Slovenia got down graded to a smaller venue because it was the same day as the European hockey finals - Slovenia vs. Austria. So nobody bought tickets. The venue looked like a scene for neverneverland (the one with robin williams). There were tree houses everywhere filled with dirty squatters. Our production office was in a gay bath house with a strange webcam inside the shower. Wonder who was watching me clean my butthole?!?! Then they brought us to this classy restaurant for dinner and we were all stoked... and then the food came out. Yuck!! Garbage!!! GET ME MCDONALDS!!! The show went well. Italy was actually OK. The Italians still refuse to speak English but I know they can. Finally good food in italy. A nice pasta spread with some sausage and grilled veggies. I almost killed a dude because I stupidly plugged an American light (which runs on 110 volts) into an European outlet which runs @ 220 volts (for the retards out there, that is exactly 2 times as much). At first the light was brighter than ever. I turned my back for 2 seconds, I heard an explosion, a scream, saw a huge cloud of smoke, and burn marks everywhere from the molten hot shrapnel that shot out of the light. I found it humorous while no Italians did. They wouldn't let me plug anything else in for the rest of the day without supervision. Played a rock show. Partied in the bunk area with the "Bunk Party Elite" (BPE). Drank way too much, went to bed. I dont really remember anything about the other days. I have a huge zit on my forehead and it is killing me!!! I cant wait to see wait today has in store for me!!!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Tuesday March 18th - So the rumors are true, nobody cares about St. Pattys day in europe. But we did. We went to the hofbrahaus Beer Garden and it still remains one of my favorite places ever. 5 big beers and a couple of jager shots and life was grand!! The big beers are 32 oz's each. Do the math. I ate some amazing sausages and had sauerkraut for the very first time. Turns out it just tastes like cabbage. After the hofbrahaus we stumbled into what I consider the worst strip club in the world. The strippers would yell at you if you would buy a private dance or buy them a drink. Apparently at some point our sound guy Brandon spit in a strippers face. Eventually I was able to drag everyone out of there. Who would figure, me to be the guy to drag other people out of a titty bar. Then we capped the night off with a trip to McDonalds because it wouldnt be a normal day on a european tour without McD's. Today my mind was blown... the sun came out!!! So much for my hopes of it raining every day of this tour. Gotta go!!!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday March 16th 1:08 am
HOORRAY POLAND!!! Against everyone expectations, Poland is great. They must have thought we were frigging bon jovi by the way we were treated. We got our entire rider (for those of you aren't hip with touring lingo, a rider is the list of stuff you want, that you send to promoters in hopes of having the food and beverages you want available upon arrival). Prior to today we have only received local shit beer, water, bread, mystery meat, and a bottle of bacardi. Today were walked into what felt like a little piece of heaven: cheetos, nachos, mountain dew, gatorade, all kinds of chocolate products, beef jerky, turkey, brogies (ravioli type things filled all kinds of yummy goodness), mcdonalds, vodka, jagermeister, budweiser, and Jack Daniels. I just wasted to strip naked and roll around in all of it. The day seemed to drag by, but it was probably because all I did is eat all afternoon and sit around feeling sick because chasing 20 chocolates with cheetos, nachos, and jagermeister is never a good idea. Then it was showtime. I have been on tour with chimaria for 46 days and today I heard my first chimaira pre show chant. The crowd was pumped, the stage was ready, and iron cobra had been struggling through his challenge to drink a entire bottle of jack daniels before the chimaira set was over (which he eventually completed and to my surpirse was in amazingly good shape). The show was great, All the security were skinheads which always makes you feel safe. There are usually about 3 photographers at these shows but today there was no less then 20. All of them in my way the whole show. But none the less the show went off without a hitch. The band did a lot of sick jump moves during the show and I even convinced Mark (singer of chimaira) to pour water on his pants and change the lyrics in one of their songs to "i pissed my pants." Things like that keep me entertained during the set. Tonight I will not be drinking anything but water. I am exhausted because I was awake all night last night gripping my pillow hoping we wouldnt die. The tour bus was all the place because we were on dirt roads all night and these european bus drivers are cunts. They swurve all over the fucking road breaking and accelerating as hard as possible. At one point the bus driver locked up the breaks so hard, that I was awoken because how far my underwear went my ass due to the distance I slid in my bunk. I am still jet lagged and I want to get caught up on my sleep because tomorrow is perth and then a day off in munich (hofbrahaus). Hope I can have some fun. ADIOS!!
Rained all day again!!!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday March 15th 4:06 am
It has been a few days since I have posted. Still Raining!!! I am really getting annoyed with how bad everyone on this continent smells. I had to ask a dude that lives on our bus to please make time to take a shower today. It is also getting really annoying that it is like pulling teeth to get some god damn ice for a delicious mixed drink. Food here still sucks but by the good graces of god there is an excellent sushi restraunt right next door to the venue. But why would they accept visa/mastercard? Yesterday was quite the amazing day. 65 people showed up for the chimaira concert. YEAH DENMARK!! The white cobra truly destroyed the pit.
This is a picture of white cobra:He is traveling with us until Barcelona.
I feel like I have been here for 5 weeks already. I just want to see the sun!!! Tonight I went to the bar with Matt (guitar player of chimaira) and Theresa (merch girl). It was a good time we hung out with Jared from the bloodhound gang. Theresa made me do some kind of horrible shot which was called a mexican. It was like tomato juice with hot sauce and I am assuming some sort of booze. But thats what you get when someone is your translator in a foreign land and you ask them to just get me whatever you are having. We were dragged out of the bar because bus call was so damn early. Apparently we needed to leave early because only half of the roads on the route from berlin to warsaw poland are paved. Sounds like fun. I can hardly wait. We played Mafia all night once we were all on the bus. Mafia is a card game with atleast 6 people that your objective is to try to bullshit everyone into thinking you are someone you are not. I got frustrated because no one would believe me, so now I am going to bed.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Wednesday March 12 - 1:20 am
Today was a very gray day in amsterdam. It was a rainy gloomy day. I am not really sure where yesterday ended and today began. I have been awake for 36 hours and 21 minutes. Somehow we pulled off a somewhat successful chimaira rock show. It was just a day full of hurry and wait while we sat around and waited for our gear from AMERICA and our rental gear from europe to arrive. Today I ate a whopper value meal, a quarter pounder value meal, and a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Adios!