I hate to say 'I told you so', but I kind of did. I commented a while back how the Adicks sucked nowadays and that it was just the same shit over and over and over again, with them playing the same set list comprised of the same old songs and made to look pretty with lots of confetti and things thrown around, like playing cards and rolls of fabric and whatnot. When you're with the right people, and in the right frame of mind, the Adicks are a fun gig, but only when it's an actual gig, playing in front of a crowd in a small punk club or in some dusty warehouse, as opposed to some ghey ass disco club place more concerned with bottle service than with people who paid too much money to see one of their favorite bands play. The Adicks first gig here in Vegas was @ the Roadhouse way out in Hendertucky, and lately they've been favoring Wasted Space inside the Hard Rock Hotel. You see where I'm going with this? I bet you do. ;-) Look, I got no problem with "success", and being in a band myself, I know it's nice to play the good stages with nice accommodations, but you should never forget where you come from and who your fans really are. Never. The Adicks made that mistake, and should not be let off the hook about it.
Which leads us to this. If you didn't hear about it before this, let me be the first to proudly tell you that the Adicks cancelled out of Saturday's scheduled, contracted performance @ the LVCS. Why, you ask? Well, the answer is simple - Money. They are a bunch of greedy fucks who don't give a shit about Punk Rock, or their Fans, which, of course, is nothing new, but the fact that they have no Honor, nor any Pride about being real Men and just dealing with things and making the best of a bad situation that their faggot ass Booking Agent got them into is just disgusting. In case you haven't noticed, Punk Rock is a Business now, with everything being handled very professionally and with confirmation letters and copies of transcripts and all that, and that makes it a Hell of a lot harder to burn people and try to put a spin on things, trying your best to entice some sort of 'Us vs. Them' kind of situation. The Adicks tried to do just that with Roxie and, our Lord and Savior El Duce not withstanding, hopefully, they will be forced to pay for their atrocious deeds. Fucking bunch of Tossers. Gawd I hate the British. No offense Chippy. ;-)
So what happens is, the Adicks work out a deal to play LVCS for this Neon Reverb festival, agreeing on receiving $2000.00 for their performance, with no rooms provided and no cases of Perrier water or deli meat awaiting for them backstage. Bunch of fucking wallies. Anyways, papers are signed, the Adicks are paid up front for their time and effort, the show is promoted, and everything is hunky dory. A couple of days ago, the bands Tour Manager rings up Roxie and asks about the bands lodging for the gig, and she points out that the contract clearly states that no rooms are to be provided, but that she'll see what she can do for them as a favor. She doesn't have to, she just does it because that's how she rolls. So she gets them rooms, for all 13 of them, if you can believe that, and everything's cool. The last time I saw the Adicks there was 6 dudes on stage playing. Throw in a Tour Manager and maybe a Roadie / merch person and at most, you're providing lodging for 9 people, but 13 - Fuck off! Look you gits, you wanna bring your skanky female friends along with you on Tour, who may be your wives, or may be some whores you picked up on the road, then pay for a room for them out of the money you're making for playing the gig, don't just expect the Promoter to cough up some rooms for you just because, and especially if the contract that YOUR BOOKING AGENT agreed to says no rooms are to be provided. So Roxie gets them rooms. Why? Because she's GQ-Smooth like that, and everything's cool again. The next day, the new dilemma is the money being paid. According to the band's Tour Manager, the band is not happy with the amount already agreed upon, saying that they have 13 people to pay, and that the $2000 is simply not enough incentive to make the band play in Las Vegas. I have never heard of such a load of horse shit in my Life! Just ignore the fact that the band already has the money in hand, sent by overnight registered mail, but now they're saying that all 13 people are getting paid out of that money, and because they're not making that much money off the show, that they're not gonna play, giving the Promoter Roxie less than 48 hours notice that they're not playing the gig. Real 'Professional', right? Yeah. After a few words back and forth, with no quarter given, Roxie just decides to say 'Fuck The Adicks' and Fuck their Booking Agent and his Agency, Artists Worldwide, who, besides the Adicks, handle such other luminous, past their prime homosexual Rock Star bands such as L.A. Guns, Bang Tango, Dokken, Pretty Boy Floyd and Total Gay-Ass. ;-) No big deal - the Adicks ain't playing the show, their room reservations are cancelled, and Artists Worldwide just fucked themselves out of a great place to play here in Las Vegas. End of story right? Far from it.
So now, in an effort to portray themselves in a positive, not-our-fault kind of light, the Adicks posted this up on their Facebook page:
Yeah, I know. Pathetic, right? Yup. So instead of just coming clean and maybe admitting that their Booking Agent fucked things up for them, or maybe just saying 'Fuck it' and manning up and playing the show (wasn't like they weren't gonna make more money at their next gig, or the gig after that, right?), the Adicks try to put a spin on it and blame the Venue, calling the people who work there (like Roxie) a 'bunch a wankers'. Oh em gee does this launch a firestorm of shit talking from people here in Vegas who weren't happy with how the band handled things, and they start letting them know about it, voicing their displeasure on the bands Facebook page, making damn good points and raising issues that, of course, the Band or their Management or their Booking Agent, conveniently ignore or refuse to address. Chickenshit cowardly motherfuckers all of them. I had a bunch of screen shots, to illustrate the things being said on the Facebook page, but I left my photo editing program open, and went to band practice after only saving the first one I took, and when I came home my computer had updated and restarted itself, so I lost the pictures I hadn't saved, but the one I have saved does more than enough as to illustrate the shit that was being hurled at the Adicks, all of it deserved, and all of it right on target.
I might have to make Danny an Honorary Reporter for onethirtyeight.org! LOL
I don't know where this photo came from, but Kate says it all perfectly...
And here's a screen shot of what they politely put up afterwords as to what happened to their show in Las Vegas, with no apology offered and, of course, the Truth not being told. I replied to a couple of ass clowns on there about how wrong they were in supporting this group of cock stars, and I'm sure my comment will be gone by morning if it isn't already.
The LVCS issued this Official Statement on the matter, and I hope they sue the pants off of these homos and not only make them pay back the guarantee they already accepted, but for anything and everything else they're entitled to, like the ink it costs to print up this letter and the postage it costs to send it off... LOL
Banned From The Pubs!! hahahaha
And as of this writing, this is where it ends up at. The Adicks are not playing this Sat., I'm not sure if the Glass Heroes are going to come in and save the day and headline the gig, but in true Punk Rock fashion, the Show will go on, regardless if a bunch of money grubbing rock star poseurs are playing or not. My belief in the Adicks had been waning as of late, and now it's completely gone. Fuck those Putos. Seriously.
Neon Reverb is in town. Big whoop. Shitty no balls having bands playing everywhere, except for tonight @ the LVCS, where some manly man bands are playing, with more than enough Attitude and Balls for you and all of your friends to all share in. 400 Blows with the almighty Pigasus and the Black Jetts and the Tinglerz - this show is guaranteed to rock your face off!
Saturday, there's all sorts of stuff going on, like Roller Derby, the Ministry Of Love homecoming gig @ Yayo Taco (with the Green Lady Killers), and the gig @ LVCS with the Vermin and The Lesser You, who apparently go to house parties, drink all the beer, eat all the food, and then leave before they're supposed to play! hee hee hee. Check out the Gig Calendar page to see what's going on and plan accordingly. And for those of you who keep writing me and telling me that you can't wait to find me at a gig, you now know where I'll be all weekend. Bring a lunch. ;-) I'll tell you about all of that stuff later. This post is already a mini-novel as it is! LOL Try not to run into too many douche bag Scenesters while you're out and about this weekend! I know I will!
I don't do well around drunken women. I have no patience with them anymore. I blame a certain cunt of an ex wife for that. Is that better Caroline? :-) You like that word better you nosy cunt?
So I'm at the Crown Theater, hammering back $20 double Jack and Cokes at the bar, trying my hardest to drown out the suckiness that is coming from the stage, courtesy of the Skooners, who had been given the honor of opening up for Squeeze, chosen over Lydia Vance, who were deemed "too hard" of a band to be opening up the bill. Whatever. I guess they went the complete opposite because the Skooners are some of the wimpiest, non-hard bands I've ever seen. Ghey on a whole 'nother level. The drunken women thing becomes most apparent when I'm in the midst of them. I queued up to the front of the stage during the Beat (who were always a bunch of tossers in my book - I'm a Madness fan all the way!) and I'm surrounded by them - drunken Cougars and MILF's all dancing like they did @ their last Sadie Hawkins dance, crying for attention, loud and obnoxious, and spilling their booze all over me while burning me with their lit cigarettes. AAARGH!! I was almost ready to leave, but my Love of the band Squeeze kept me there. And it was sooooooooooooooooo fucking worth it. I was mesmerized from the opening notes of Take Me I'm Yours onward. Epic shit man. Glad to see I wasn't the only Punk dude there, as Brendan and Jarrett from Lydia Vance were in attendance, as well as one of the Mapes, all of them there with their respective significant others. Yeah, Squeeze is definitely a 'Love' kind of thing, which explains why I was there alone! hahaha Review coming soon. I sooooooooo needed this gig right now in my Life. Saved me it did. Yup!
The Celebration of Todd Sampson's Life will be held this Sat. at 9 pm @ Wasted Space inside the Hard Rock. It's a benefit, with all proceeds going towards Todds family. The hat will be passed around, so make sure to bring a Donation or 2 to help out. There's also gonna be some Memorial tee shirts sold, so bring some cash for those too. There's gonna be an open mic for anyone wishing to step up and say a few words in memoriam of Todd, and there's also gonna be some instruments set up, so that people can jam and play some tunes in honor of someone who had a Hell of a lot to do with making the Las Vegas Music Scene what it is today. Sat. night, it's a Celebration bitches, a celebration for one of the good ones who died much too soon. Click here to check out the Facebook page with all the details. Should be a very bittersweet night full of Memories, Laughter, and maybe a few Tears. R.I.P. dude. May your Journey be an Easy one.
The Assassin is no longer available to hit fools. Yeah, in keeping up with the Sports side of this website, Legendary DB for the Oakland Raiders Jack Tatum passed away a few days ago, and it just reminds me of what a fearsome force the Raiders were at one time, and what a dangerous sport the game used to be. The stuff that Tatum was doing back then was a regular part of the game, and now most of it would be considered illegal, if not downright criminal! LOL His hit on Stingley was brutal, leaving Stingley paralyzed from the neck down, and his reputation as a hard hitting mother fucker was relished and feared. Tatum was the Man, hitting people so hard their helmets would fly off of their heads, and that's why to this day his Alma Matter Ohio State still gives out the 'Jack Tatum Hit Of The Week' Award to the player who had the hardest, most impressive defensive hit of the game. Yeah, his hit on Fuqua led to the 'Immaculate Reception' in the playoff game vs. the Steelers, but we can forgive him for that. Click here to watch the video on YouTube for some evidence of his brutality and listen to what others have to say about him. He wasn't voted #6 Most Feared Tackler in NFL History for nothing ya know! ;-) An important part of the Raiders 1976 Super Bowl season. # 32 Jack Tatum. A true Raider Warrior. The Assassin. R.I.P.
Enough with the Deaths already - Let's move on to something more light hearted, more celebratory, like Birthdays! Yup! There's a major Birthday party going down tonight @ the Amoroso's brand new Casa de Cool for the Prince of Drummers, aka Danny, the drum machine that makes the Pigasus go. There's gonna be CAKE (natch!) and beer and ale and whiskey and rum for the kids, and bring your swim trunks, because there's a huge pool there that needs some bodies swimming in it. Hank, I'm throwing you in, so be ready for it! LOL Yeah, it's gonna be that kind of party. Hit up Roxie or Jesse for info / directions. I don't know how old Danny is, but I do know that he's got about that many kicks in the ass coming to him, and plus, he's a Buffalo Sabres fan, so he deserves it... hahahaha. Should be a fun time - hope to see some of you there. I got a message on Myspace from some kid who was asking me how I could claim to be a Punk Rock website when I wasn't even hyping up the Total Gay Ass gig @ 702 tomorrow. After I explained to him the whole Brian Infestshit thing, he wrote back and said he will be standing outside when the band is playing, and that he doesn't support them in any way shape or form. I guess there's still hope for the future. ;-) That part that scares me is that one of of my older Punk friends was like 'I'd rather go see Total Gay Ass than Blink 182 and I countered that by saying I'd rather go see Blink 182 because at least they have a few good songs that are way more Punk than anything Total Gay Ass has ever done. Back when I was living in CA., Total Gay Ass was considered a joke in the beginning, and no one took them the least bit seriously. If you've ever heard Rob Chaos talk in real life you'd know why I say that. I never figured out what people saw in that band, but oh well. Some of us never lost our initial viewpoint. We're the Hardcore. We still Believe. :-) Go out to 702 and drink some beers in the parking lot, and have fun supporting a gig full of douche-bag Poseurs, being entertained by bands populated with convicted women beating pieces of shit and two-faced lying little boys, and the other bands stupid enough to choose to play with them. Sad to say I'm disappointed in you guys, but whatever. It's your band - have fun with it. It's just my opinion... what do I know? hahahahaha
Everything's updated. Rollercon is in town, and I can't find a single reason to attend, but maybe you can. ;-) Support your Friends - Love your Enemies. Later.
The CJ Ramone
gig was fun but not for the obvious reasons. Hanging out with a bunch of your friends, some of who I haven't seen in like, forever, like Louie The Letch, who always has a smile on his face, was the best part of the night. CJ Ramone
had the shittiest drummer ever behind him, and I had to fight the urge to push that fuckwad off of the drum stool and show him how Ramones
songs are supposed to be played - Hard, Fast and LOUD!! I hate cymbal pushers. You know, guys who play so softly and hit so lightly that it looks like they're just pushing the cymbal, as opposed to bashing the ever loving shit out of it like I do... hee hee hee. CJ's coming back in Aug., so if you missed him this time around, you can redeem yourself next time round. He played all the expected hits, a few unexpected tunes, like Listen To My Heart
, What's Your Game
and Wart Hog
, which he rightfully dedicated to Dee Dee, and not enough of the tunes he sang lead vocals for on Acid Eaters
. My Back Pages
was just not enough! Daniel Rey sang lead on Pet Semetary
, which made Jeremy happy, and some drunk 90's Lollapalooza dude from the audience sporting a very nice Dead Milkmen
shirt sang I Wanna Be Sedated
. It was fun. Daniel Rey and CJ were both playing Mosrite Guitars
(American made right here in Las Vegas!) and they were both killing it, but man, I wanted to kill that drummer sooooo badly. I didn't like him when he chose Turbo's drum set over mine... hee hee hee. Showed he didn't have a clue about anything as far as I was concerned, because my kit was so loud it over powered everything, as it always does. Turbo's new shiny chrome Pearl kit was nice, but over a Vistalite? No way mang! Yeah, I'm a drum snob. Sue me. The Vermin
were good as always, and I think we played a good set. People dug it. Drunk guys with Mohawks were singing along off key. Chicks were paying us compliments. All was good in downtown Las Vegas. I recorded the gig with my trusty recorder, and you can listen to it if you want to by clicking right here
Speaking of downtown Vegas, the LVCS is a pretty damn cool place. When I played there with Infestshit
many moons ago, it was just a big empty space with nothing in it, and now it's got bars, bathrooms, a kick ass stage with a sound system that can't go over 97 decibels for some Legal reason and some cool UFO shape lighting rig above the stage, complete with a dry ice machine floating around somewhere around the back. Oh, and did I mention that the place has a mechanical bull? LOL Yeah, we were all gonna ride the bull at one time but forgot about it because we were too busy drinking to remember to give it a go. well, that's my story anyways and I'm sticking to it! LOL Yeah, the LVCS is a cool place to hang out and see some bands play on an actual stage with a killer PA in a very chillaxing environment. This place comes highly recommended. If you know where the free parking is downtown then you got nothing to bitch about. Great stuff coming up too. That Mapes
/ No Bunny
gig there next week is gonna be pretty fucking great. Same with that Dead Lazlo's Place
/ Symbol Six
/ Social Task
gig happening there @ the end of the month. The LVCS represents the next step in Roxie's quest for world domination, and I wish her the best of Luck with it. Can't wait to see how this ride's gonna end. :-)
Hey! Did you hear that? That sound of a collective of Norwegian music fans (and maybe a few million others worldwide) shooting themselves in the head after hearing that Hank had quit Turbonegro
. Yeah, Scientology claims another one. Apparently, Hank's latest trip into rehab convinced him to quit the band, a band that he says he had no friends in. Boo fucking hoo. Suck it up, collect your check and STFU. The last, oh, dare I say, 3 Turbonegro
albums sucked ass, and the band that had started out as a parody and became a revolution went full circle and became a parody once again. Going through the motions. If you saw any of the last Turbonegro
outings then you know what I'm talking about. Fun, but never all that, like it used to be. Anyways, another great one bites the dust. Maybe the band will consider our American Hank to replace their Norwegian Hank, like a spy swap or something. I think it could work.
It was Senor N.J. Pete's birthday last Sat. (Yaaayy!) and he celebrated it at the Double Down (Booooooooooo!) where his band Unfair Fight
played that night. Many many many happy returns to ya Sir! I am in debt to you for at least a few rounds of something good to drink. Me, you and George - Let's do it! Unfair Fight
is also playing the Total Gay Ass
gig @ 702 Skatepark with the Hard Pipe Hitters
, so I might have to write them off for a bit, at least Live anyways, or at least until they stop playing diseased cesspools or lame ass gigs with douche bag poseur bands. This is not gonna be an ongoing thing, is it? I thought you guys were gonna be one of the Local bands here with Standards, Morals and Beliefs? I'm worried... heh heh
Spain won the World Cup, and guess what - Nobody cared. A game that is a Religion else where in the world barely makes a ripple in anything over here. Blind Patriotism? Yuck. The faux enthusiasm some of you Team America fans exhibited during the Cup was a bit embarrassing, to say the least. Any excuse to hang out in a bar and get drunk, right? hee hee hee Well, the good thing is, I won't have to see or hear about it for another 4 years.
Who is Lebron James and why should I give a fuck. Is it Hockey season yet? LOL I don't care about Basketball, don't care about Cleveland, don't care about Miami, and I especially don't care about where Lebron James is going to play this year. Who gives a fuck? Who cares?
Speaking of things that nobody cares about, the Arts District blew up yesterday. A couple of bums got injured, because they're the only ones who frequent the area. LOL Give it up Vegas. You ain't gonna establish an Arts district here in this Anti-Creativity cesspool we all call home. The City and their Government don't want it here. It's bad for business. It keeps people away from the Casinos. And besides, even if you did, it would just get gentrified by rich yuppie fucks who would then move in and take over, raising property values and rent prices through the roof, and then you'll be bitching about how cool the Arts District used to be while you're looking for a new place to live. Happened in NY, SF, LA, etc. When will you learn? Me personally, I think it's Hipster Sabotage. I think the people from the Attic blew up the Opportunity Village in order to eliminate their direct (as in across the street) competition. Just a thought.
Man, I've been blabbering here for a bit. I'm missing out on Stern, so I'm gonna go. I finally beat Red Dead Redemption
the other day, so hopefully I can start catching up on the stuff I've been slacking on. New stuff everywhere. If you don't find it, just ask. I'm not as big of an asshole as you might think I am. Oh wait, I forgot... hahaha The King and the Prince of Vegas drummers are going to San Jose next year to watch our Hockey teams fight to the Death like rabid dogs - anyone else down for a Punk Rock Hockey weekend in the Bay area? <3