To end the performance, he invited people to staple money onto his body. A long line quickly formed, and at the end of the show, Murrugun the Mystic left the stage with $20s stapled to his forehead, $10s on his chest, and dollar bills on his stomach.
The hour-long show was hard to watch for reasons other than the sheer brutality. There were many silent pauses and an obvious disorganization. Nelson’s trips back and forth to the green room and his breaks to smoke broke the show’s intensity. But according to Nelson, that’s exactly how he likes it. “I can’t get stressed out about organization. When I’m up there, I kind of change my mind. There’ll be stuff that I put on a list and then change because of the audience or the way I feel. Yeah, the show was a little loose, but I just got off of doing the exact opposite for the Warped Tour, so it’s nice for me to relax up there and go back and forth with the audience.”
A few days later, Nelson’s only wounds from the performance were the small red dots from the staples. He said his worst injury of the night came from breathing fire. “That night after the show, I had white blisters on the inside of my lips, but by the next morning they were all healed.”
He owes his ability to withstand pain to his grandfather, James Dickes, who taught Nelson meditation and relaxation at an early age. “He taught me metaphysics when I was 10 or 11 because I was some wild kid who never settled down. I use it now. It’s kind of like partial hypnosis or self-entrancement.”
Nelson has little time for relaxation. He has recently been invited to perform in Istanbul for a Turkish television program, and he will be on Dave Navarro’s maniaTV Internet television program in late March.
Locally, Nelson is planning another show at Lestat’s Coffee House sometime in April and is involved in starting up a 12-person sideshow/circus group called Zirk Ubu.
Updated events can be found on Nelson’s MySpace website, myspace.com/murrugun.