We all know that Jerry Cantrell is a creative guy.
Let’s face it, the reason you’re here reading this is because somewhere along the line, Jerry wrote a song that you loved.
In fact, you loved it so much that you become immersed in the band to the point that you actually made the ill-fated decision to continually read the inane ramblings of a bald band flunky.
But this isn’t about me.
We’ve established the fact that Jerry is a creative force.
But did you know that he’s also very talented when it comes to repurposing the lyrics to old songs?
He has a partner in this endeavor, as Sean Kinney can throw together a decent collection of lyrics when the mood strikes him.
Mike & William are both pretty good at this too, but they sat out this time.
It all started in Sacramento when Jerry suddenly began singing Gordon Lightfoot’s Sundown in the dressing room before the show. (Gordon Lightfoot’s Sundown?)
And it didn’t take long for him to grow bored with the actual lyrics and begin to replace them with his own.
The band usually takes one or two paths when they repurpose old songs; they either re-write the lyrics to insult me, or they take the juvenile path and go lowest common denominator body parts and bodily functions.
Sacramento’s path travelled into the dark depths of Rated R territory, so my proper small town Idaho upbringing doesn’t allow me to quote any of his lyrics here.
If I did, I’m sure I’d be visited by the internet police, or at least never get confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Sean joined in not too long after, and suddenly the dressing room became a junior high school locker room for about 5 or 10 minutes.
Sure, it’s immature, but anything that puts the band in a good mood is fine by me.
Jerry wasn’t done either. Not long after Sundown ran its course, he pulled another 70’s hit out of thin air and started in on Hot Chocolate’s Every 1’s A Winner.
He was more fixated on the guitar riff than the lyrics to that one, so we got several minutes of that pounded into our ears right before showtime.
In fact, if you look on the band’s Instagram page at the picture of Jerry & Sean that’s posted, that was taken right before they went on stage, as Jerry was playing the riff for Sean one final time.
As I’ve mentioned before, an earworm can either be a blessing or a curse.
It’s two days later and Sundown is still popping into my head from time to time, so I’m going with curse.