Albion, the itinerant rocker housemate is in the kitchen. He looks very content, but also burnt the fuck out. I know he lives an exciting life, each day a new adventure, which I’m sure gets monotonous in itself. He just returned from playing a festival upstate and I’m always keen to hear his stories, but this time is a little different.
He starts off with a surprisingly short recollection of his performances, ends it and jumps straight into the life story of a fellow muso he met at the place, whose life has been, for use of an overused term, epic.
Scott, the 19 year old prodigious thrasher, headlining the show, has been touring since he was 11 years old, his dad, not putting any stock in traditional education, took him on tour with his paternal band before him, hardcore rock ‘n’ roll all the way. He picked up a guitar and never doubted for a second that his calling had been delivered into his hands, pre-ordained and holy.
His rollicking life led him around the country in loops, over and over, delivering times to the fans who never forgot him, in this dying niche he was legend, grown men lamenting to their mates about this pubescent angel of rock who made them feel what they hadn’t felt in years.
From as young as possible, women fell at his feet, every vice was delivered to him, tasted, enjoyed, but never fallen victim to; he already found and delivered ecstasy every day with six thin strings.
Now that boy turned man was nearly a decade into this wild existence and confessed to Alby that while he still loved every second, he has anxiety about the future; he had already reached and sustained the highs that were most men’s wildest dreams, how long before it dimmed? Alby knew the answer, all he had to do to inspire was tell the tale of Lemmy, his hero, who raged against the dying of the light all the way, and all doubts would be assuaged, which they were.
Now Alby told me this tale with such enthusiasm that it left him spent, and these words here are but a poor carbon copy.
I lived vicariously for those minutes to the nth degree, maybe you can add one more.