Bash Nadir was a promising young guitarist in Austin, Texas who dreamt of having a successful career in the music business. His dreams were shattered when he lost his arm in a motorcycle accident.
Hayden Nicholas is the well-known guitarist and co-author of nearly 100 songs with country music legend Clint Black. With hit songs like A Better Man and Killin’ Time, the writing duo have penned 15 number one hits and have received numerous awards and nominations from the CMA, ACM, Grammys, and many other musical associations since 1989.
The caped man opened the bedroom door, letting a rectangle of light shine onto the staircase leading downstairs. He descended the stairs and entered a room barely illuminated by a small table lamp next to a tattered sofa. Traces of pot smoke still lingered in the air as a Led Zeppelin LP played on a stereo turntable. He heard soft moans and observed his captives, all with their hands and feet bound by shackles and chains while lying prone on the thick shag carpet floor. All three were still unconscious. During the evening of pot smoking and beer drinking he had laced their beer with a high dosage of dissolved methaqualone, eventually causing the three musicians to pass out.
The caped man set a leather pouch containing a variety of knives on a coffee table near the sofa before examining his bound captives. From questions asked earlier, he learned that all three were in their early twenties. Two of them were still living at home with their parents while pursuing dreams of becoming rock stars like their heroes in Cream, Grand Funk Railroad, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and a host of other rock acts finding success in this new musical genre. The caped man had recruited the rockstar wannabes easily; finding them in a local nightclub and promising them paying gigs if they formed a band with him. Encouraged by the marijuana he offered in the back of his VW van in the nightclub’s parking lot, and the free beer promised to them back at his house in the country, he drove them all into the Texas countryside to an old two-story house in the middle of nowhere.