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I grabbed the little metal hooks. Look at me, five feet up. Alison was loving it and scared all at once. The garage door was closed and I heard Stefan ripping through a solo. The phone guy ran back over, grabbed my feet and yanked me down. He threw me onto the grass. ” I pushed myself up and grabbed my snare. Alison was holding my sticks. They were purple, my favorites. ” she said. I smiled. ” Then I bowed like a gentleman and walked three blocks home. The next day, I came back for my kit and got ambushed by a full band meeting.

How do I do that without our dead drummer, right? Calvin Christopher is not dead. He’s living in New Orleans under the name Merle Johnson, somewhere in the French Quarter. I’ve got the proof on my laptop, which you’ll find in the trunk of my rental car. Back-up files are burned on a couple CD-R’s in my LA apartment. I approached Cal about a reunion, hoping that first step would lead him to going public, settling his debts, and agreeing to reform the band. With him on board, I was sure the other members would be all for one, one for all.

Jackson Square was full of tourists and lined with tables—palm readers, psychics, and painters. On the corner over my shoulder, a man wearing a biblical robe, painted silver head-to-toe, stood monument-still on a plastic milk crate. I’d been sitting there since seven-thirty, on my fifth cup of coffee. I don’t know what made me expect anything else I left the café and headed down Royal Street towards Todd’s hotel. International House was on the edge of the Central Business District. It was the trendy hotel of the moment, a place for people who thought they needed much more than a bed and shower to enjoy their stay in the city.

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