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Episode 14: The American Rock Star

2016-04-26 | 🔗

His music career really blew up.

This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
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use of the eighty dropped it into the ball closed the lid and walked out of the restroom a minute later, the toilet was gone as a deafening roar, echoed through the hallways of his junior high. School today is not like that. Would land Jason in jail. Luckily, this was the early eighties and the principal decided on a week's suspension. Instead, Luckier still was his grandmothers decision to make Jason talk to a counselor and luckiest of all was the presence of a guitar and the counsellors office. Jason was immediately taken with the instrument and the counselor invited him to pick it up and start strumming. Before long the two were jamming for most of every scheduled session launching his grandmother would later call the most expensive Guitar lessons in the world by the time he finished high school Jason still had some axed, but he also had a plan. He was going to be a rock star
his first band made a splash in Seattle, grunge scene and showed real potential, but there was something in Is that still wanted to blow things up, and this time it wasn't the plumbing? It was the opportunity. Jason became difficult collaborate with and even less fun to be around his friends and family could do nothing but watched in horror. As the promising band eventually had to replace him. But destiny was not done with Jake, and after some genuine regrets and self reflection, the rock star in waiting was given a second chance this time, an older band of more staff. Wished. Musicians, saw his undeniable talent and welcomed him into their midst overnight.
Jason was playing to sold out arenas, standing ovations and glowing reviews from every one in the industry, but again Jason couldn't seem to handle the success. He thought he craved. Maybe he was depressed or maybe he was just drag to be around whatever the case. Jason retreated into himself once again, and his band maids had no choice, but replace the moody base player. Sometimes when you hit would feels like the bottom. It's not enough to simply start over. Sometimes you need to go in a completely different direction. So Jason did something most aspiring rock stars dont. Do he caught his air? He lost the nose ring. Then he enlisted in the United States Army and applied for a fast track programme into Ranger school. Not only the Jason get in. He excelled from Fort Betting, Georgia. It was off to Fort Louis Washington, not far,
From where he blew up the innocent toilet ten years earlier, there he completed his and your training and got around trip ticket to Latin America where he fought number of covert drug wars. Then it was off to Asia to fight piracy on the high seas, Jason served with distinction, but he wanted more So a twenty six years of age old for a soldier he applied to the special forces and got in completing its final phase of training on September, eleventh two thousand one in no time he was up to his neck and the world's most dangerous places in Afghanistan, Jason smell the poppy fields of Kandahar and came face to face with suicide bombers and learned the local language. He helicopters in for midnight, raids and fought from horseback in the past tune between deployments
was in Iraq. Firing grenades from a humvee in the front line of America's biggest conventional military operation since World WAR, to basically Jason, was on the world stage, playing with a very different kind of banned, a band of brothers. Again, you won't hear the details from Jason. Most of what he did is still classified but the metals and photos covering the wall in the cabin he calls home are Numerous and hard to discount the coveted combat infantrymen Badge sits next to a photo of Jason with Donald Rumsfeld and another general Stanley Mcchrystal. You might say that in blowing things up, Jason finally found a career he couldn't destroy and by hitting the reset button, when he did, Jason did something the extraordinary, because while Jason is certainly not the only one to ever sabotage his own career, he might be the only
one to do so in such spectacular incomparable fashion. If you thought PETE best blew it with the Beatles consider this. The first ban Jason bungled sold thirty million records the year after he got himself fired, yeah thirty million and the second band, don't even get me started on the second band, ultimately Jason. Everyone, the guitar player, everybody wanted missed out on more than a hundred million album sold.
And many many millions of dollars, but what he wound up with was a hell of a story, the only guitar player to wash out of Nirvana and sound garden, but still go on to become an american rockstar. Anyway, that's the way I heard it.
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