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May 23,1999
Just outside of Chicago.


Its a rainy, shitty day which matches my mood to a T. This is one of those days where I would be way better off at home. Instead I am stuck on this fucking bus for the five or so hours it will take us to get to Detroit. That being said, I still can't wait to play tonight. Therein lies the payoff, at least for me, at the end of each day's hurry-up-and-wait. I love what I do for a living, when I actually get to do it.

Yesterday was a great example of just how lucky I am to be in my position. We played Q101's big summer radio festival which held forth an amazing bill. We got to play with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blondie, Hole, Silverchair, Blink 182, as well as a bunch of up-and-comers. Blondie are a huge band for me. Not as "hardcore" as a lot of punk bands, but they are still true pioneers of the genre. And they were great yesterday! Deborah voice is better than ever, and watching Clem Burke pound the drums was a thrill. The Chili Peppers are a band I've been into since the "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes" days. I remember one late night jam at Fender's in Long Beach between the Peppers and some of the Meat Puppets. It is an incredible honor to be able to play with these bands.

That's one of the best things about our level of celebrity, that we've been able to share stages with so many people that I admire. We've done so with such bands as the Ramones, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, and now the Peppers and Blondie. We have also been joined on stage by Jack and Ron, of TSOL, and Biafra, of The Dead Kennedys. These have all been awe inspiring moments for me, especially when I think back to when I was just a fan of these groups, listening to their LPs with my headphones on and poring over the liner notes, alone in my room, just hoping that one day I might get to see them play live. When I think of how far the band has come, or how far I've come, I cannot fucking believe it.

Last Monday we played just outside of Denver very close to the site of last months shooting there. When the shootings occurred I had a number of strong reactions to what I was seeing on the news. As a parent myself, I could not seem to wrap my mind around any of it. It was just so horrible! I can't begin to imagine what those directly involved must be feeling. When it came time to play the show we decided not to make any references to the shootings, believing that the audience had probably heard enough about it and would rather just be entertained. That is all our job is, after all, to entertain. To do this we use a great deal of humor, often to the point of irreverence and just plain bad taste. But not always. That night I had a very strong reaction to "Gone Away," which made it difficult to play. Then almost immediately after that song we went into "Cool To Hate" and "Bad Habit," which seemed to me to be very tasteless given where we were playing and what had happened there recently. But when I looked out at the audience they were simply having a great time. They understood the irony and the fact that the tastelessness adds to their humor. They were being entertained which is what they were there for. I guess my point is that music can touch on the pain in our hearts and make us feel in a way that is beautiful, but it can also, with irony, wit, and humor, make us think. In any case I just want to say that I was moved that night, by what had recently taken place there and by a song written by a friend of mine.


Thanks for tuning in. See ya,

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