I'm really lucky to have known bands like Stages and Stereos and other FLA bands of my day like Select Start, Vega Under Fire, and Jacob's Ladder. It was great to see friends be able to travel around the country and perform. It was even more enlightening to realize all those presumptions of musicians melt away after spending time with on the road. The image that my elders painted was that of uncultured, misguided, drug abusing lost kids that need a good lashing and some time in jail. The reality is quite the opposite of that seen through the dramatized eyes of MTV, VH1 and the 80's hair metal days of my youth. This "kids" miss their homes, their significant others, and are just looking for a chance to keep playing and a place to sleep.