|BUMBLEFOOT TOURBLOG 2006|
6 OCT 2006
13 OCT 2006
See that little rectangular thing on the
wall by the ceiling?
At 9:30 this morning, that little square
thing started beeping loudly in everybody's room throughout the hotel,
waking everyone up in a most unpleasant way.
BAAAAAAAAAHP! Ya jump out of
bed, no idea what's goin' on - alarm goes on for 20 seconds that feel
like 3 hours. Your heart just tried to pound its way out of your
throat, you're too pissed to keep sleeping, but somehow you fall back
asleep. Then the alarm goes off again.
BAAAAAAAAAHP! Now you're
screaming curses into the air, holding your ears, waiting for it to stop.
Some working part of your brain figures out that this will possibly or
probably happen again, so you
stick your fingers in your ears, put pillows over your head, that doesn't
work, you arrange the covers to cover your whole head except your mouth,
you start falling asleep, your fingers start drifting away from your ears,
BAAAAAAAAAHP! You slam your fingers into ears, curse the air,
the alarm eventually
stops. It doesn't happen again. Finally. You sleep.
16 OCT 2006
Today at rehearsal, Robin gave me this gourd. Looked like a swan with a skin problem. The stem broke off before taking these pics - the stem looked like the beak. It'll probably eat at me a long time that these pics don't give the full effect, due to the missing stem. It really did look like a beak.
24 OCT 2006
First show of the tour today. Backstage, there's always a nice basket of fruit and vegetables. I make special concoctions with the juicer, usually for Tommy (bass) or Kim (wardrobe) - a few carrots, half an apple, a small nub of ginger, and random other stuff - strawberries or banana or celery or wuddeva. Whilst exploring the basket, I came across the biggest blackberry I've ever seen - as big as a decent-sized strawberry. I ate both members of this photo.
26 OCT 2006
Day off - BOWLING...! (Frank in action...)
27 OCT 2006
On the tourbus, heading back from the gig, hangin' with *amazing* tattoo artist Kat Von D. She's just so fucking cool. :)
29 OCT 2006
Me and Jen in the hotel room in San Juan playing with MacBook iPhoto...
7 NOV 2006
Robin's birthday - we threw him a party and all dressed up as Robin...
Was a chilly rainy night in Boston, hangin' at
a bar with Pitman and Frank. I don't drink. I think I've
always been allergic to the shit or something - the smallest amount of
alcohol yields unpredictable results, literally one sip can potentially
make me insane. I think Frank and Pitman get a kick outta that. I
pretty much never drink on tour (or off) - I have a responsibility to the
audience, the band, and myself, to be at my best, I take that shit
seriously. But what the Hell,
it's a night off, I'll take a sip from Frank's glass, just a taste.
That's all it took to get me fairly shitfaced, I just didn't know it yet. Del called around 10pm and said it
was time to get to the hotel and prep for Robin's birthday gathering.
Said "I'll be right there" and took off down the road, running.
And running. Hopping puddles in the rain. I kept on running.
Totally passed the hotel, passed I-90, kinda suspected I was going too
far, but it felt so fucking good to just take off, I didn't wanna think
or stop. I kept running. I ran until the road ran out.
Stopped, looked around - no people, no buildings... just mud. So I turned around and started running back. Kept running. And
running. Finally called Del, he was like "where the fuck are you,
you were barely 10 minutes away...!" Told him I didn't know where the fuck I
was. Frank got on the phone, he left after me, walked and got there
a half-hour before I called. I must have been running a long time,
lost track of it.
They reminded me what street the hotel was on, I kept running, and found the street.
couldn't even recognize the hotel standing right in front of it, they
had to describe every detail, spell each letter on the sign, and I finally figured it out. Went up to my
room, dressed up, ran down, and waited for Robin. A guy in the bar
didn't seem impressed by our costumes, and when he left with his gal he
said "That's not even funny" to me and kept walking. He probably thought we were being
anti-Semitic the way we were dressed-up, I suspected beforehand that would happen, I would have thought the same thing, but wanted to kick the guy's ass anyway.
Soon after, Robin came down, we had a great time. I still couldn't
stop running. I ran in place for the next hour, while talking to
people, I just couldn't stop, I felt like I would explode if I did. It was such a party foul, we all split, I went to my
room and did sit-ups and push-ups and ran in place until I passed out at
3am. Woke up the next morning and did more until I hurt my back so
bad I couldn't breathe. That's when I stopped. And that's why
I don't drink. I get the runs.
15 NOV 2006
First show in Canada - back finally stopped hurting. More giant food backstage. This is a giant carrot.
16 NOV 2006
Wyclef played a party tonight, me and Frank went - very cool.
18 NOV 2006
28 NOV 2006
Braided my hair 5 days ago in Cleveland...
Scalp is itchin' soooo bad, started takin' them out today. Began at 2 in the afternoon. Stopped to go see the Knicks play the Bulls, Bulls won, continued on... took this pic at 6am, still had 20 more braids to go...
Went to bed 8am, woke up next day 3pm, finished by 5pm. Took a
shower, ate a Clif bar, played guitar, Photoshop'ed my face in the pic
above (Select an area, Feather it, Pinch/Punch), wrote this. Gonna go play
30 NOV 2006
Back to normal.
Had a great time in Chicago, leaving for
Iowa tomorrow. Cold weather finally kicked in tonight. Gonna buy
(caramel/cheese mix) for each tourbus before we go. Jen turned me
onto that stuff - totally addictive - it's a fat man's crack.
2 DEC 2006
Jen came to visit in Minneapolis, took the tourbus together to Winnipeg. Everyone loved her boots.
Ice sculpture in catering...
12 DEC 2006
Learned something today - if it aint broke, don't fix it.
Yesterday I got a real intense back "massage" and then had a chiropractor "fix" me up, for the first time. It kinda hurt. Called out to Jesus twice. They said "It takes 24 hours - you'll feel the results tomorrow..."
Tomorrow (today): I feel like I was beaten with a sack of elbows. I can't lean forward. I just yawned and the side of my neck cramped up. If you're ever thinking about having someone knead your back like dough and then make a pretzel out of your spine, please remember... IF IT AINT BROKE, DON'T FIX IT.
Now go have yourself a nice fucking day. :)
14 DEC 2006
Jammed tonight at the Metallica compound -
me & Robin on guitar, Tommy on bass, Dizzy singin', Lars on drums.
Had a great time. :) The chair I'm sitting in is no
ordinary chair. It was cushiony, it swiveled, AND rocked back and
forth. Great chair. Opened a fresh box of Wheaties cereal, poured
some into a cup and sat in this chair. With my cup of Wheaties.
Have had some good heart-to-hearts with Lars - he's a good guy.
16 DEC 2006
Arrive in LA today. Billy Gibbons' birthday...
20 DEC 2006
Last GnR show of '06. Got a massage tonight (different masseuse.) It was great - I take back what I said in the December 12th posting. My back feels great.
The stem really did look like a beak.
1 APRIL 2007
Been a long time since adding to this tourblog. Just haven't had anything inspirational to put on here. Till last night - couldn't find a parking spot at the hotel (been in LA rehearsing), so parked across the street in the lot of another hotel. Pulled into the nearest spot, and guess what car I parked next to...........?