Posted: Feb 10, 2007 6:17 am
Nobody got shot, but a gun story, nonetheless...
I used to play in a band with this drummer who's dad was a cop, his grandpa was a cop, his brother was a cop, guess what he later became?
Anyway, he was a better mathematician than a drummer, because he'd try and fit as many notes into a beat as possible, and when he fucked up, he'd say "Naw, man, you don't understand. I'm going to school for this stuff and you're not. That's what they call Syncopation", and even though I'd argue "Man, I know where 'one' is, you fucked up", he'd pull out his mallets to his glockenspiel and do "exercises".
Dude had a short fuse. Period. One time, he was at my place with the rest of the band and we were really having a good time on mushrooms. All of a sudden, he gets pissed and starts shouting about the fact that we hadn't done an interview with the local paper with esteemed journalist, Michael Donahue, beause "THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT!"
I was like, "man, we don't want to do that, let's just keep doing what we do." He got REALLY pissed and started yelling in my duplex about how he was going to school for this, and only he understood "HOW IMPORTANT IT REALLY IS". So he shouted "Fuck it, I QUIT", flung open the front door, stormed across my yard, and hopped into his RX7 (meanwhile, I'm shouting back at him, "Whatever, dude. Call me in the morning"), and he peeled out into the night.
Anyway, as soon as he was legal to get one, he got a permit and a handgun. Carried it with him everywhere. Years later, we were practicing downtown. Downtown Memphis can certainly get shady quick (as Alisa pointed out above), but one time we were walking out onto the street, and some homeless guy starts walking up. Normally, you just yell at them and say "I'm a musician, I ain't got shit"; so far (knock on wood) every dude I've pulled that on has either laughed, got mad and walked off, or wanted to talk about when they "used to play for Stax".
Dude isn't 25 feet away from us, starts to say "Hey, man, you got a-", and drummer pulls out his pistol like he's in Lethal Weapon. Dude puts his hands in the air and starts to explain, but drummer click-clicks the gun to let him know it's now armed, but drummer insists at that point to start yelling at him, "Get out of here you fucking nig-", but dude had high tailed it before that. Drummer looks satisfied and says something to the effect of "sometimes you just got to show them you can't be fucked with".
Long story short, he was a cop last I heard.