Complicated Burrito podcast host Allen Brooks briefly speaks about his life as a musician and also his experiences trying to help homeless people.
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welcome once again to the complicated burrito. Here's your podcast host Alan Brooks. All right. Today I'm gonna talk a little bit about my life and how I started the North American network. I grew up on Lee Child, and ever since I can remember, music was just huge influence on me. I wanted to guitar my parents got me one when I was very young and that guitar became my best friend. I think it was around seven years old. I started really becoming interested in animal care, and I read all of it. I was really interested in primates. And Jane Goodall was my hero. And I read all of her books. Um, you know, go to the library and get all the books on monkeys and primates, and I would study. And I was just really overwhelmed with her work, and I wanted That's what I wanted to do. So up till about my, you know, early teenage years, music and monkeys was basically my whole life. As I headed into my teenage years, my focus shifted a little bit because I started getting interested in girls. And basically, that's when all my troubles started because, uh, my focus shifted from music and monkeys to girls and guitars. The way I describe my musical career is that I did less than some and more than most. I was a member of Fiance. I opened for Rat Open for Jackal bunch of times. Um, I opened for Dr Hook in the medicine show. I was a member of young guns for a little while. I was a member of bishops. Deal open from Molly Hatchet Killer dwarfs Scatterbrain Spread eagle. We opened for Black Oak, Arkansas George Lynch Henry Lee Summer used to open for Van Zan all the time Had East Tora tora l a guns. I was a member of Haggis. I was a member of the Blessed Virgin Larry, Big Louis GSR Jet Black and Psycho Billy Cadillac. I can't I can't think of any more, but yeah, I've worked with a lot of bands over the years and then, you know, I was a member of Rocks Gang for two years and, you know, I was watching them on MTV, digging their music before I was in the band, so that was really surreal. So even though I was a very little fish and a giant pond. At least I was in the bond, you know. In 2002 I was hired by Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction, and for two years I traveled the country doing six nights a week. Every night was in a different state, and we did, Ah, lot of big shows. We did all the motorcycle rallies like Sturgis and Daytona. We did a ton of casino work. We even I think the biggest show we did was in July of 2004. We were the pregame show for the Boston Red Sox against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta at Turner Field. So during my time with satisfaction, I developed tendinitis. I just really hurt my body. I dislocated my shoulder pulling a drum case up a ramp, and the wheels went into the slot man, my shoulder. I kept pulling my arms Ted with, via with the drum case that I was pulling up on. Uh oh, it was bad, and it got to a point to where my fingers were sentient up on stage and I couldn't you know, I was getting just the tendinitis was taken over arthritis. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at that time just I was having a lot of health issues, and I can remember being on stage in front of thousands of people and just tears running down my face because I was trying to play an F court and the pain was devastating and, you know, my my elbows and my wrists and my shoulders I just had I had to walk away about a year into my time, with satisfaction. We lost the guitar player. He moved on, and I asked if I could act, auditioned for the role of Keith Richards, and I did, and I got it. So for the rest of time, I was the guitar player for the band, and that probably had a lot to do with my condition of my hands because I don't know the six strings, the intricacy of the guitar. It was a lot different than the base. You know, I don't have any problems with the base. It's just four giant strings. But the guitar is just too much for me and my fingers. They get sluggish. They were getting sluggish, and I just can't move him fast. Like I used to in the pain was incredible even though the tendinitis in my authority problems had taken over my body, I still went back. I think three different times satisfaction Call me back. The guys that had replaced me for various reasons just couldn't either cut the mustard or just couldn't handle the road for one guy actually passed away on tour and which was devastating for the pant. And it took them years to recover from that because they really love this guy and it was tragic. So now it's 2005 and dime down in Florida. My body's wrecked. I'm broke. I don't have no money. I was lost. I really didn't know what to do. I didn't know and you know, and actually, for the next many years I just have had been stumbling, trying to find my way in this world. So over the next many years, I, uh I did this and that and I became kind of a journalist for awhile. Investigative journalist and I started. I came up with this idea that I wanted to help people and I really wanted to help people, and it was during the recession and I had in my mind that there was all these people that lost their homes and we're homeless because of the recession. And that's when I came up with Camp North American Network. Now, this morning, I went to archive dot or GE and did some searches and I could not believe that I found the old video. So I'm gonna go ahead and play that for you. I still think it's beautiful. I think I think it's a great idea. I just couldn't get it off the ground. I don't know. I'm gonna play the video for you and let you decide, and we'll talk a little bit. Mawr after the video. Here it is, Cam, the North American Network Wow, I haven't seen that video in years. You know that video and the whole idea of it and the memories, you know, probably because I know the intent of my heart when I did it off. But, man, that really brings tears to my eyes. It was it was a different time back then. You know, things were different back then. But man Oh, man, did I learned a lot, you know, during that whole time, I never did meet anybody that was homeless because they because of the recession. What I did find out and what I did learn is sad. Now I am sure there are a lot of people that are homeless because of the recession or because they lost their job and just dominoes fell and they found themselves in a really bad situation. I'm not saying that what I am saying is that just in my situation what I found is that you know, not 100% but, you know, 90% of the time the people were homeless for a different reason, in different reasons. So it was either mental illness, alcoholism or drug dependency or a mixture of all three. Truth is, I was very naive, and I'm very lucky. I learned my lessons quick into it and that it didn't blow up into something huge and get out of hand before I learned my lessons. But that's Ah, and after that, that's when I decided I was going to start helping animals. But that's a whole nother story that needs to be told in another episode. Well, thank you for listening to this podcast today about my life and about how I started the North American Network on behalf of River 24 radio. I'm Alan Brooks for the complicated burrito way. All