^^^^ Small world Kris
I bet our paths have crossed...buddy were talkin our spent youth - Haha! I use to sneak into a club to see WC at a place called the Mountain View when I was underage. Shannon a big inspiration to me at that time. Then over the years we became friends being in the same circuit. They were much heavier than us. They were the BIG dogs and we were mere pups
Cool thing though is I still have copies of Mid Atlantic Music Monthly magazine where I received 3rd or honorable mentions in several categories of their yearly awards for a few years. Shannon or Jimmy C (Kix) always swept 1st place. I always felt honored to be mentioned with guys I respected so much.
Wow...time warp! Those were some crazy days back then and what a scene at that time! When my band back then split up, I took a different path and never looked back. Life was very fast then. I lost some friends wayyy toooo young, a band mate included, and that had an impact on me. I think if I hadn't made a change I may not be here today. It's easy to get caught up on that lifestyle. I'm sure you know what I'm sayin. Anywayyyyy...geez, didn't mean to get all deep just then
But yeah, it was really cool when Godsmack came thru town last year. By dumb luck they had a day off before the next nights show and Sully and some crew happened into the bar my band was playing. Got to chattin it up and drinkin and when I told him I was an old friend of Shannons he hooked us up with backstage passed for the next night. Went and parties it up a bit with gang and got the "nickle tour" ore show. It was like my HS reunion back stage. It was great. Sadly, I didn't get to see Shannon play cause I had a show that night. Fun times!!!
I bet we shed splinters on a lot of the same stages buddy! Hammerjacks, the Bayou, Zaxx (I think same as Jaxx?), Maxs on Broadway and 9:30 club come to mind. Man, there were sooooo many places to play back then. Who was your band then? Mine was NV.