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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Day 42: America the Bleak, America the Beautiful

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here.October 16, 2012 - Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall 42 down, 9 to goFellow Americans, I don't know if you've noticed or had the opportunity to see for yourselves, but this country is vast and elephantine. There are many different landscapes, some mind-bogglingly gorgeous; clean, untouched rivers snaking around angular mountainsides; green-and-yellow plains that seem to stretch flatly into oblivion.

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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Day 35: 'This Sucks!'

     Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here.October 4, 2012 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgOctober 5, 2012 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’sOctober 6, 2012 – Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13October 7, 2012 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar October 8, 2012 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat October 9, 2012 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater35 down, 16 to go Being on tour is a weird experience. There is really nothing I can think of to compare it to. At this point, the routine and predictability of each day melts into the next. Years ago I came up with the theory that after two weeks on the road, all tours feel the same.

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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Days 27 & 28: Eating Bathroom Lettuce!

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here.October 1, 2012 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club October 2, 2012 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met Cafe 28 down, 23 to goWell, we have made it halfway. We somehow defied the laws of gravity, inertia, hunger, disease, and blaring loud music. We somehow were able to drive in a van all the way across an entire country, set up our gear every night and play music! How is this possible? Last night we played in Boston, a town which will forever hold a special place in my heart ever since the movie The Departed came out. Oh how we enjoy mimicking racist, homophobic tirades in pidgin Bostonian.

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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Days 19 & 20: Billie Joe Armstrong Is a 'Little Weasel'

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here.September 23, 2012 – Louisville, KY @ The Vernon ClubSeptember 24, 2012 – Detroit, MI - Smalls20 down, 31 to goI have to laugh when my non-touring friends get jealous about my "road trips." They like to guilt-trip me about my glorious adventures in this great and vast country of ours; about how much I get to "see." I would say, however, that 97.3 percent of what I see out here consists of the inside of our van, fields of corn, backed-up traffic, and the bowels of rock clubs — usually just the dressing room and the stage. If there is a decent bathroom backstage I may not even leave the dressing room all night. That's what happened last night in Detroit.

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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Days 11, 12 & 13: They Almost Get Stabbed!

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here.September 15, 2012 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room September 16, 2012 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly'sSeptember 17, 2012 – Sioux Falls, SD – The Vault13 down, 38 to goThe stretch of road between Denver and Lawrence, Kansas, spans a tireless, vast, empty 562 miles. It's the kind of road that makes you wonder why people complain about overpopulation and urban density or lack of space for landfill. If you want to go somewhere in the U.S. where there is little to do or see, and you have the place to yourself, there are plenty of options. All you have to do is accept the nothingness.

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    The Melvins '51 States in 51 Days' Tour Diary, Day 4: Beware of Flying Underpants!

    Sludge-metal pioneers the Melvins are attempting to break a world record: 51 shows in 51 states in 51 days. Join SPIN for their exclusive tour diary of this ridiculous and completely inadvisable endeavor! Catch up here. September 8, 2012 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux 4 down, 47 to go Winding along the remote Highway 21 en route to Missoula via Boise, Buzz at the helm navigates pouring rain and hairpin turns that seem to never end. People are often surprised that we do the driving ourselves — the three band members and three crew guys. I'm not sure what they think is so difficult about driving. I suppose that if I stayed up all night doing blow and screwing lonely skanks I might have a problem maintaining the wheel. The fine readers at SPIN, however, may be disappointed to know that I was in my pajamas and brushing my teeth two hours after getting off stage.

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