The last story in It’s Not Going to Kill You, And Other Stories is about a guy in an airband in Wisconsin in the 80s, and that guy really exists: Brian Young, one of the masterminds behind Fifth Street Brewpub. A lot of it is made up (for instance, I can’t imagine any girl ever being dumb enough to dump someone as awesome as Brian, and the real Brian ended up with a woman even better than Patty) but the details about being in an airband, about traveling to shows, about being a member of the Carz, and earning beer money through college–all true.
God bless Brian, he ordered four copies of the book for me to sign and send on to his airband mates.
Here’s to the reunion tour! I totally think they should open the first leg at Fifth Street.