07.25.02 – Pittsburgh, PA

We’re in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, not Ohio). Last night in Cleveland I popped a blood blister on my right palm and smeared blood all over my conga and djembe for an entire set. The conga looked like someone had been slaughtering chickens on it by the end. {side note: maybe someone *had* been slaughtering chickens on it… I’ve been playing three songs a night on the new drum kit and I never look over to the percussion during those songs… who knows what kind of sick carnage is going on over there while I’m on the kit!… maybe that’s why everyone looks so horrified when I’m using the sticks?}

So tonight we need to keep the cut from opening up again, and I’m going to take Sean’s advice and try Krazy Glue. I’m going to fill my nickel-sized blood blister with Krazy Glue before I go on stage in Pittsburgh. Sean says Krazy Glue was developed for the United States military to use for medical purposes. Matt says Flea uses it to fill the holes he gets in his fingers from playing bass. Here’s a picture of the logo on the package, because there’s no one here to photograph the actual blister-filling action (which requires two hands), and because I love that image of the construction worker holding on to his helmet while it’s Krazy-Glued to the beam of a building way up in the air. I used to always worry that the helmet would give out and he would plummet to his death.

And if you’re squeamish, you might not want to look at this last picture. It’s a shot of John Mayer filming our stage entrance in Cleveland last night. Allyson took it, but later confessed that she had no idea John was videotaping our set, she just wanted a picture of his ass. {Note: John is not the blond guy in the white shirt on the right side of the photo, he is the guy with the dark hair and the black t-shirt on the left side. His ass is difficult to see because it is camouflaged.}

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