Not Truckers but Rockers
DBT shows are long rock operas – often more than two and a half hours long with dueling guitars and extended solos played by chain-smoking musicians who pass around a bottle of Jack Daniels. There are no politically correct, MTV-generation softies in the band. But even though their songs are packed with profanity and references to drugs, alcohol and death, that doesn’t stop the fans from coming.
“We have all kinds of fans at our show,” Hood says. “We’re really, really mixed. We have fans in their 60s and 70s, fans that are teens; we even have little kids that come to the shows and know all of our songs. That kind of trips me out.”
And Hood hopes the fans keep coming. He wants to keep playing for as long as possible, but he wants to make sure that as his band gets more and more popular they still retain that raw edge.
“I want to be able to support my family, but I’m not ready for my ‘Love in an Elevator,’” Hood says, referring to the highly successful single from Aerosmith’s 1989 Pump album that many fans believe moved the band from real rockers to sold-out caricatures of themselves.
Three Lives Saved
Veteran driver Rick Dent wasn’t looking to be a hero, and he wasn’t looking to be recognized. But he found both when a car driving in front of him on a two-lane road in Louisiana swerved to miss a deer and landed in a ditch filled with 5 feet of water.
The car’s occupants – a father and his two young children – couldn’t get out because the doors and windows were stuck, and the car was sinking fast.
“The car was filling up with water, and a man in a big red truck pulls up, jumps out, runs to the water’s edge, looks at me and says ‘Are you OK?’” says Bob Strickland, the driver of the car, in a Goodyear release.
Snakes were swimming in the 40-foot-wide ditch, and Strickland’s 3-year-old daughter, Megan, was screaming.
Dent, a 52-year-old trucker from Diana, Texas, made a decision that would make him the 2004 Goodyear North American Highway Hero.
Dent swam to the car and tried to help the father open his car door. When their joint efforts didn’t work, Dent put his foot against the side of the car and wrenched the door off its hinges.
Strickland handed the kids out to Dent, who carried them up on the bank, but the man’s foot was stuck under the dash.
Dent dove under the snaky water and freed Strickland’s foot. Then he carried the man to the bank, the car sinking behind them.