John Rose would take a bullet for rock and roll.
No seriously. My DJ Chicago friend was standing so close to the stage at Lollapalooza when Benjamin Booker smashed his guitar at the end of his show and threw it out into the crowd that John's hand caught a piece of the action.
It was Booker's first guitar. A beautiful white Fender, John sighed.
Our friend Halina and I had been off at another show - otherwise we might be part of this story.
A woman in the crowd behind John got hit in the head with the body. I asked John if Booker broke his guitar on purpose.
Oh yeah. Definitely on purpose, John said.
Held it by the neck and smashed the body. It happened so fast I couldn't get a photo.
John ended up in the emergency room but came right back to Grant Park.
Booker - according to John - was really nice when John stopped by the tent afterwards to get his souvenir signed.
He didn't apologize - John said. He's kind of quiet but was very nice.
I checked out Booker's facebook page and he seems a man of few spoken words. Booker's take on shows:
For the hour that we're together I want you to feel what I'm feeling. I want to look out into the crowd and see you smiling and dancing and having a good time with your friends. Who cares what I'm saying. Shows are about getting away from bullshit jobs, fights with partners, and paying bills. Just have fun. Just have fun.
Speaking of fun.
If it had not been for John Rose - I would never have gone to Lollapalooza.
I would have ended up back teaching at a university somewhere and I would have heard my students talking about Lollapalooza and would have wanted to have gone to Lollapalooza but would have thought Lollapalooza off limits for me.
An Alabama boy married to a Chicago girl - John was the first person I did not know who friended me through a mutual band friend on facebook. I was in Istanbul and he and his wife Laurie were coming through town for a visit.
We met up one Monday afternoon and we saw Istanbul into the early hours. After that we all met up in New Orleans where John and Laurie and friends celebrate his birthday every January.
John believes that Lollapalooza isn't just for twenty-somethings.
And I agree.
And now you have to check John Rose out on facebook and tune into his show Mondays at UIC.
Then you have to join John Rose in life lived dangerously.