Extending Your Comfort Zone
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” (Neale Donald Walsch)
This is how I visualize my comfort zone – it’s like a big bubble with clear and elastic walls, shining with the shades of the rainbow. I’m inside the bubble, and I know that if I don’t keep moving around and pushing on its walls, it will start to collapse inwards, until eventually it is wrapped around me like plastic wrap, clinging tightly to me so I can’t move, stifling me.
Extending Your Comfort Zone
A Few Days of Not Really Managing Motley Crue
(Who could ever really manage Motley Crue?)
The first day on the new job as manager for Mötley Crüe didn’t go so well. The guys had a hard time focusing, the studio wreaked of something funky that I couldn’t quite identify, and Nikki Sixx had major attitude. Going to have to change venues and try a new approach.
Second day on the job as new Motley Crue band manager has been interesting. We held a press conference for a “Mötley Crüe Gives Back” campaign, where the band will be visiting public high schools around the country and talking about the importance of funding music education. Unfortunately, I scheduled it to start at 10am, which was wayyyy too early for the guys to even think about being there. I need to get on Mötley Crüe time, not the rest of the world time! We’ve turned down a proposal for a Justin Bieber collaboration Christmas album (Yikes). There is still a wicked funky stench in the recording studio. Sixx still has a major attitude.
Day 3 of band manager for Motley Crue. Vince had an idea to do a power ballad with Mylie Cyrus. Yikes. We’re trying to evolve the band’s decision making process from rock-paper-scissors to something more a little more productive. Although I suggested having meeting agendas and a majority vote by the band, Tommy thought that was too complicated. Or as he said it, “That just sucks.” So, we’re going with arm wrestling matches to make decisions for now. Baby steps. We think we might have identified the funky stench in the recording studio. Nikki found an old McDonald’s happy meal behind one of the amps. It still had a Smurf prize in it from some time in the 1980s.
Day 4 of band manager for Motley Crue. We had a small incident last night. Waiting at a stop light in New York City, Tommy felt the need to get off the bus and spray paint “Bad A**” on the side of our other tour bus next to us. The problem was that it wasn’t one of our tour buses! It was a rented bus with parochial school teachers on their way to a conference! It turns out the bus driver was a big fan and said he wouldn’t press any charges if the band was willing to pose for a few pictures. So we pulled over at the next light and held up traffic for ten minutes while 50 teachers and the band posed for pictures. You wouldn’t believe how many of them were Crue fans! As their bus pulled away we could hear them singing Home Sweet Home.
Day 5 of band manager for Motley Crue. Lunchtime discussion centered around the liberal or conservative use of makeup. Tommy approached the topic from the perspective of what makeup did for Kiss. Nikki’s response was, “Been there, done that, they look whacked.” Vince wasn’t a big fan of the idea at all. Mick said a little makeup couldn’t hurt because the last time he checked, they weren’t getting any younger looking. I’m working on organizing a “Time to Fire Congress Now” concert to help raise funds to get real candidates in office and kick out the bums. Crue will be one of the headliner bands. The band is putting a little pressure on me to pierce my ears but the Air Force doesn’t allow it. We had another small fire on the tour bus. Nobody is fessing up.
Well, as Robert Frost wrote, nothing gold can stay. Although my fictitious tenure with the Crue was short-lived, it was a nice diversion, and a lot of fun while it lasted! Work hard. Play hard. Rock hard.
Maybe he’s not as shocking as Miley Cyrus and doesn’t have to get his point across by swearing at you, but man, Mr. Springsteen can rock like nobody’s business. Happy 64th birthday! Thanks for the memories and continued inspiration! Kicking it live in São Paulo, Brazil!