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#94-#116: Famous bands I’ve opened for: Assuck, F*cking Champs, Greg Ginn, Girl Talk, Little Dragon, MakeUp, Of Montreal, etc.

The PR photo Of Montreal used on the tour where we opened for them #94. 5’8″: Not really famous, this GA band was much beloved throughout the south in the 90s. They packed shows way down in Tampa, where we opened … Continue reading

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#93. I was proposed to on stage, while opening for TV on the Radio (New Orleans, 2004–2006)

good dudes / sweet nerds 2004, New Orleans White Bitch, my “band,” first opened for TV on the Radio at a giant, beautiful but terrible sounding Uptown venue called TwiRoPa. TVotR had just wrapped a tour opening for David Bowie and … Continue reading

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#88–#92: Buncha quick ones: Jan Hooks (SNL), Gov. John Bel Edwards, Jon Bon Jovi, Lydia Lunch, Lloyd Bridges

first famous person I ever met: Lloyd Bridges #88: Jan Hooks (SNL): As a pre-teen comedy nerd and passionate fan of Saturday Night Live, of course I recognized then SNL cast-member Jan Hooks at my local video store in Ft. Myers, … Continue reading

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#87. I met and envied Trent Reznor

The name Trent sounds like the male version of Karen. but this former NOLA resident seemed nice enough The dark lord of industrial music, Trent Reznor, famously lived in New Orleans for around a decade. The period when both he and … Continue reading

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#81–#86: Buncha quick ones: Buckwheat Zydeco, Calvin Johnston, Ed Helms, Ellen Barkin, Hot Water Music, Hulk Hogan

Yuck. #81: Buckwheat Zydeco: When I interviewed this legend by phone we discussed, among other topics, his great love of fishing. He even agreed to fish with me. But when I called him back months later to take him up … Continue reading

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#80. I spent the weekend raising hell with Tony Clifton (New Orleans, 2013)

Tony Clifton with my pet goat, Chauncey (photo by Zack Smith) A big Andy Kaufman fan, I was honored to get to spend a weekend raising hell with Tony Clifton, and writing about it for Vice. I got to say everything … Continue reading

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#79. I fished with Todd Rundgren, and performed at his 65th birthday party (New Orleans, 2013)

Todd is God In 2013, Vice paid me to attend ToddStock, a four-day celebration of wizard musician Todd Rundgren’s 65th birthday, with the man himself in attendance. Superfans paid $800 to sleep in a tent, eat twice daly from killer themed … Continue reading

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#78. I met Smashing Pumpkins (Tampa, 1991–1996)

“I have the looks, the voice, and the talent to make it.” — B. Corgan (second from right) Smashing Pumpkins, in four parts… 1. My two least favorite rock stars are Lenny Kravitz (such a poser, despite his talent, and also has never … Continue reading

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#77. I met Slick Rick (Tampa, 1999)

The Ruler has a creamy English accent. My two small daughters mostly don’t like any music that isn’t garbage. In the car we stay in a constant tug of war between their modern pop radio station, and my old school rap … Continue reading

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#76. I met Sebastian Bach of Skid Row (New Orleans, 2003)

We met on Bourbon Street. If I must travel from downtown New Orleans to the CBD or Uptown, I use it as an excuse to cut through the French Quarter, and I almost always take Bourbon Street. I love the barkers … Continue reading

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