I don’t know about everybody else but I want to hear about the rock n roll lifestyle! To me nothing is better than hearing stories from the road. The drugs, the girls, the debauchery. What was it like on the road with the Supersuckers, really. missed gigs, trashed hotel rooms, missing members, up for days, hungover as hell, all that stuff.
Overall the lifestyle was awesome and I’d do it all over again…
Keep in mind I got involved with the Supersuckers in 2001 and I was in my early 30’s coming off an incredible run in Los Angeles and trying to prove to my peers that I could sprinkle some magic dust on the Supersuckers and have another Gold Record… Well I guess that’s what makes stories… Well being married certainly isn’t going to lend itself well to stories about women and let’s be frank here….. there’s not a ton of ladies at a Supersuckers show but yeah I certainly partied. I had my nights. And I knew that my job would never require a drug test. Keep in mind it’s a fine line. You’ve got to know your limits I had a few nights when I looked at Eddie and said “I think I might’ve had one too many”. When the band did shows in New Orleans or San Francisco you can bet I had one too many. It would be real hard to tour with the Supersuckers and not have those occasional nights. And there’s no way I’m going to turn down a chance to visit with Willie Nelson on his bus…
But I tried to be smart. It was a job. There was money to count, fans to treat well, promoters you wanted happy and a band that you wanted to make sure was happy. Anything Anytime.
As for gigs, I’m pretty sure the band never missed a gig. I think that says a lot about their perseverance at the time. Flat tires, speeding tickets, traffic jams, boarder check points, etc…. we always made it. Shows and tours weren’t canceled. We always took it seriously, as any band should. Never let a customer down. When someone shows up at the Burger stand make sure it’s the greatest burger in the world. It’s a business.
No trashed hotel rooms. But a lot of hotel rooms that looked like they had been trashed when we checked in. I’m telling you, we stayed at some of the worst dumps ever… I had nights when I would just sleep in my clothes, forget about getting under the blanket – yuck.
Here’s a story… We had played in Glasgow Scottland and it was a packed show. Sold thousands in merchandise and even got a show bonus. We’re all on cloud nine! A fan invited me to a rave afterwards, so I went. I’ve never been to one before and it was crazy. Thousands of people getting their rave on. Well I made it back to the hotel and showered up before that 9:00 AM van call with a few minutes before take off… We were missing one guy with 1 minute to spare when across the street from where we parked a door to a bar opened up and in a haze of smoke that missing guy made van call. He didn’t say word. Just got in the van and crashed. That one show in Glasgow was one of my all time favorites. And I was hungover for days. Try sleeping in one of those tiny Euro Vans with 6 other people in their 30’s… UGH. My back hurts thinking about it. Glasgow was awesome – great people and real cool looking city.