"Consequences" Richmond, VA. 2 days ago I was surfing in St. Augustine, FL- I was sitting there on my board looking at the sea, not even catching a wave, when I turned my head & all of the sudden got a severe kink in my neck. I had to get outta the water eventually cuz it hurt too bad- I was PISSED. So we played a show 5 hours later & I took a bunch of ibuprofen, iced it down before the gig, & slapped on a Chinese Ben-Gay patch to get through the gig- it hurt like a bitch, like someone was stabbing me in the neck the whole show, but you do what you gotta do- like my professional ballet dancer buddy @mfrain1 told me, this is discipline, & what sets a pro apart from a student. Yesterday I went to the Richmond Ballet's chiropractor, who actually is an old college buddy of mine (& a metal head)- he X-rayed my neck. On the left is a normal human neck- nice healthy curve forward, even spaces between vertebrae. On the right is MY neck (you can tell by the earrings & glasses, haha)- the curve is GONE- it's starting to reverse & the discs between the lower vertebrae are diminished- this is from over 20 years of headbanging & jumping around stage like a maniac (see photo #2, taken a week ago by @fisherfotography- looks cool, but this is why I hurt- note knee & ankle brace), not to mention general dumb-assery- NOT GOOD. I am almost 47 years old & I'm still in really good shape (let's be honest- I'm not trying to be shitty here, but the majority of people my age do not and cannot move like I do- put down the remote & get off the couch, y'all- exercise is good for you), but it hurts more & more every tour we do. The human body isn't supposed to do this kinda stuff- my brain tells me I'm still 17, but my body is telling me "YOU'RE PUSHING 50, DUMBASS." So my point in writing all this is NOT to complain (what good does that do?), but to give you youngsters some advice- just remember, EVERYTHING YOU DO HAS CONSEQUENCES, & you WILL feel them sooner or later. My old man told me that when I was a kid, & I just laughed- as usual, I shoulda listened to him. I'm off to ice the neck & slather it up with some salve- see you tonight, Philly. And that BenGay smell? That's ME, hahaha.