Backstage with Baldy

Pittsburgh – May 8th

I like Pittsburgh.

And I’m not just saying that because it’s home to the single greatest franchise in the history of organized sports.

I’m saying that because we had a pleasant day here, and the band capped it off with a quality rock show.

When we arrived at our hotel at 4:00 A.M., it was pouring down rain, the overnight staff didn’t have our room keys ready, and worst of all, the hotel smelled like bacon, yet I couldn’t find it anywhere.

No one likes to be taunted by concealed bacon first thing in the morning.

So the day got off to a bad start, but after finally getting a few hours of sleep, we awoke to a sunny day and a fresh start.

Mike went off with some friends to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Seattle Mariners, while Sean & William opted to stay put in the hotel.

Meanwhile Jerry & I somehow managed to weasel our way into Heinz Field for a private tour.

(For those of you who don’t know, Heinz Field is home to the Pittsburgh Steelers)

Fandom can be a wonderful thing. Most everybody likes music. And then there are people like me (and a lot of you) that LOVE music, and LOVE Alice In Chains.

There’s just a different level that goes far beyond what the average listener feels about music. It can be hard to describe, but I know there’s a lot of you out there, because I see you night after night, and I’ve even gotten to know some of you.

And I can relate.

And so can Jerry.

The way some of you out there love Alice In Chains is similar to the way that Jerry & I love the Pittsburgh Steelers.

So to get a private tour of the stadium and facilities was an awesome experience.

We went out on the field, into the locker room, and all through the stadium, capped off with a trip to the team store, where we spent several hundred dollars adding to our Steeler collections.

A lot of people think it’s silly to be so passionate about something like a sports team, or a rock band.

But I think having a love and a passion for something is what makes life great.

There are a lot of people out in the world who don’t have a passion for anything, and that’s too bad.

Is it silly to get all excited about a walk through an empty football stadium? Maybe.

Is it silly to wait in an alley for an hour after the show on the off chance that a band member will sign your ticket stub? Maybe.

But if it gives you some happiness, and you had a great day like I did, who can argue with that?


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