J.Lynn Johnston's Blahg!

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July 10, 2002 – Altamont, New York

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-Altamont was an interesting town. Our set was at high noon, and I
ended up with a nasty sunburn from the lack of shade. There were about
four or five meatheads who were forcing a rather malicious pit in the
middle of the crowd. Pits don’t bother me normally, but this one wasn’t
right. It was violent and disrespectful, and those who were there to
see our set were getting annoyed. So I called the out on it, and we
got into it a bit. At one point, there was just ONE guy standing
shirtless in the middle of the crowd, flailing his fists and bucking
around by himself as if he had a severe case of epilepsy. There’s
nothing like having a small penis to get you all riled up and pissed at
the world.

-Then I remembered that years ago even the Rolling Stones had problems
at a
show in Altamont. Maybe there’s something in the water there…

-The set went well in spite of the idiots, and we had some cool
conversations with the true fans afterward. Many of them thanked me for
putting heat on the few who were trying to ruin it for the many. It
turns out we won over a lot of new faces, and a lot of them said they
were excited to go and check out our set in Poughkeepsie tomorrow.
Hopefully they’ll all show up, and we can give them the show they deserve.

Love and testosterone overload,


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July 9, 2002 – Washington, D.C. and the 9:30 Club

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-We used our day off from the Locobazooka tour to play a show at the
legendary 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. We opened the show for
Sevendust, Nonpoint, and AudioVent. It went really well. After playing
so many shows in the blazing midday sunshine, it was refreshing to play
inside later at night. The first benefit is the fact that I got to
sleep in. It’s so much better to sing at night, especially after
sleeping till noon. The second benefit is that we have the advantage of
a full lighting rig. It just makes the show look so much more professional.

-The club’s doors opened at 6:30 to let in the throng, and everyone
headed straight for the front of the stage. And they stayed there! You
never see that in California! California crowds hang in the back by the
bar with their arms folded, just waiting for you to impress them and
their cynical friends. D.C. does it right! It was so great to have an
enthusiastic crowd hanging over the barricade. For obvious reasons, I suppose…

Love and blatant pleasures,

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July 8, 2002 – Travel Day

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-We’re in Washington, D.C. right now. We rolled in at about 8pm, and
got all settled in the hotel (took showers, etc). Then we took a cab to
the mall in Washington D.C. We did the whole tour on foot in the dark.
It was awesome. The night air is so much better than it is during the
day. It’s less harsh, and a bit thicker. 6+ walking miles later, we
jumped into another cab and got back here to the hotel. So here I am.
I just absorbed a TON of symbolism for one evening, so I’m still reeling…

-There are times I regret growing up on the west coast. It’s all so new
and so temporal. It seems there’s so much more history elsewhere. Of
course, it’s possible that people from Washington, D.C. think California
has a ton of culture. Almost everything legislative happens on the east
coast. Almost everything in the entertainment industry happens in
California. I guess it’s all a matter of where your interests lie…

-No thanks to the Red Top Taxi company in Washington, D.C. They refused
to come pick us up because we didn’t have a local number they could call
us back at. Just cell phones at a cross street. As if the nation’s
capital doesn’t have any tourists who need cabs… Whatever. The cab
driver we did find to take us back spent the whole time talking about a
woman who works at his favorite local restaurant. Apparently she has a
nice, round ass… We made sure to tip him enough so that he could get
lunch there the next day.

Love and ample appetites,

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July 7, 2002 – Jacksonville, North Carolina

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-Another hot day in the sun. It was in the middle of a speedway, and
the sun just gets reflected off the curves of the track and onto the
stage. At one of the other speedway shows, one of the techs measured
the temperature at 112 degrees onstage. I think the highlight of this
show was getting to drive a lap around the track in the RV after picking
up our trailer. I just love the image of a huge, clumsy RV pulling a
17′ trailer full of band gear around the banked turns of the speedway.

-Our record label sent us a bunch of posters and 8X10s to sign for
people after the show, and we ended up chatting with people at the booth
for more than an hour. We’ve got some really cool fans. Turtle’s Music
& DVD hosted the whole meet & greet time, and Lisa the rest of the crew
from the store were awesome to us, too. They even let people pre-order
copies of our album, “Resonance,” in stores July 16th. Only another
week left!

Love and shameless plugs,

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July 5, 2002 – Hardeeville, South Carolina

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-It’s Ben’s birthday today! Everybody send him love and gifts! We made
sure to embarrass him plenty onstage at the Hardeeville Speedway today.
We had super-soaker water guns at the show, and went to town with them
in an effort to beat the heat. The crowds love it when we help them
cool off too.

-Our set went well. For some reason my microphone keeps coming
unplugged during every set, so I think I’m going to have to start duct
taping it together so I can really swing it around Roger Daltrey-style.
I had a hilarious moment at the end of Run for Cover. I’d jumped down
into the crowd during the bridge of the song, and when I tried to get
back onstage, I slipped on the puddles our squirt guns had made. My
hand slipped off the edge, and I fell onto the back of one of the
front-stage security thugs. They had to hoist me back up so I could
finish the song. Thank God for hired muscle…

-On our way out of town, we stopped at a music store in Savannah,
Georgia to get a few supplies. Annie’s Guitars… Anyway, in addition
to having an amazing selection of great guitars and accessories, Annie
apparently has some accessories of her own. Like a penis. It was a bit
odd, talking to a dude with diamond earrings and fake boobs, but s/he
was really cool to us, and totally hooked us up with some great deals.
So go buy stuff from Annie the Trannie…

-I’m spending my friday night sleeping! It’s about stinkin’ time!

Love and slumber,

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July 4, 2002 – Travel Day Independence!

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-Hope you’re all enjoying your independence! There’s nothing like
waking up in the land of the free… And then celebrating that freedom
with over $600.00 worth of fireworks that would be far from legal in our
home state of California. Our fellow Californians in AudioVent were
equally enamored by the explosives, and we made sure to stay in motels
that were close to each other so that we could watch things go boom together.

-During the 600 mile drive from Biloxi, Mississippi to Hardeeville,
South Carolina, the generator in our RV started acting up. We’ve had to
shut it down until we can figure out what’s going on (fuses, air
filters, ). The major inconvenience is the lack of air conditioning in
this 90-plus degree muggy heat. The RV acts as one huge aluminum-sided
greenhouse when we drive, so we’re all sweating through our shorts. The
minor inconveniences include lack of entertainment (and only minutes
after we bought 4 new PS2 games), and overcrowding of the car charger
for our cell phones.

-Anyway, we blew stuff up for over an hour. After a while, the
explosions all start to look the same. Besides, Ben burned his hand
pretty badly while lighting some mortars. That kinda steals the fun
from the pyromania. So with ringing ears, the boys
from AudioVent and I went across the river into Savannah, Georgia to
experience a little bit of local flavor.

-City Market Square was packed full of friendly Georgians, and we tried
not to stick out like sloppy Californians. The local blues club was
cool. Apparently all the legends have played there at one point. B.B.
King, Buddy Guy, etc. They all had signed guitars on the walls. The
local band wasn’t half bad, either. We hung out for a bit, just
chatting with people and doing what we could to take in the culture.
The south has been great to us so far…

Love and explosions,

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July 3, 2002 – Biloxi, Mississippi and Band Birthdays!

***Originally published as “J.Lynn’s Tour Diary” on Mad at Gravity’s Official Site.***

-Biloxi is hot. Biloxi is Africa hot. That was the first thing that
greeted me as I stepped out of our air-conditioned RV after rolling into
town: an oppressive, muggy wall of heat and humidity. Once we got used
to the full-time sauna effect, Biloxi turned out to be an interesting
stop on the Locobazooka tour. There was an indoor football arena
inside, but we had our stages set up outside under the trees. We’d all
been out the night before, losing money at the casinos on the waterfront
of the gulf. We were still tired from that, but as soon as the crowd
started to gather, so did our energy.

-The set went really well. I had to keep splashing myself with water to
keep cool, and I nearly slipped a couple times on all the onstage
puddles that resulted. Security was hosing down the crowd, too, so we
were all in the same sloppy state. The crowd responded really well,
especially seeing as our album doesn’t come out until July 16th. To see
kids singing along with songs that aren’t the radio single is really
cool. It means that they’ve put some serious effort into finding our
music and connecting with it beforehand… It’s those kids that make
every drop of sweat worth it…

-Also, it’s our birthday today!!! It was one year ago today that I met the guys and finalized the lineup of the band we would come to call Mad at Gravity! For such a young band, we’ve been incredibly fortunate thus far. Thanks for all the support, guys!

Love and perspiration,

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