Photo taken by Brett Buchanan (me) at the Hollywood Bowl on June 24, 2008.
Doug Elfman of the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently did an interview with Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Kretz, Kretz talked about his interest in extreme sports and thrill seeking, here’s an excerpt from the article:
Kretz got inaugurated into that extreme sport at the end of STP’s previous tour, when he took his family to Switzerland.
He and his wife went looking for last-minute excursions, and paragliding was simply available. As fans of extreme sports, they both signed up. But it didn’t come without anxiety.
“When you jump off that cliff, you’re going, ‘Oh, why did I do this?’ Then you realize how beautiful it is.
“You’re a good three-and-a-half-thousand feet above the buildings by the time you get to the top of the wind cycles. And then you start floating down.”
There wasn’t much holding him in place, just a couple of cables connected to his parachute. His instructor told him to relax, but he kept squeezing the support handles really hard, until his powerful drummer’s hands cramped. He was weirded out seeing his feet dangling in the sky.
“You realize if you fall, you’re not going to get hurt at all. You’re going to die. That’s what goes through your brain — not, ‘I’m gonna get hurt or paralyzed,’ but ‘I’m going to die!’ “