I got no cool GWAR stories. Saw them multiple times and never took pictures of them performing. I was either too busy having fun or I didn't have a camera with me. If you were there when GWAR played at the Huntridge Theater with Body Count (don't ask) in like, 1996 I think, I got to be one of the lucky few that got eaten by the Monster on the stage. In a Rhyme Syndicate shirt, no less... heh heh Once you got past the monsters mouth and teeth, you crawled through a smelly, blood stained tube that took you behind the stage and out to fresh air and freedom. It was neat. :-) Anyways, RIP Dave Brockie. Love 'em or Hate 'em, you gotta admit, GWAR were a musical force to be reckoned with, and that's all because of Mr. Brockie and some twisted vision he had many moons ago. So long Oderus Urungus. See you on the next planet.
The Total Gayass gig on Thurs. was fun, but not because of that lame, washed up band. Here's some more helpful advice: if you're gonna try to be all D-Beat out and play stuff off of your first album, find a Drummer who can play it right. Just saying. It was both sad and shocking to see how many people came out to the gig to see them play. Le sigh. The Dive now has bands start playing their sets at 8 pm now, which would be great if we were L.A., but we're not, and which means the opening bands are basically playing for nobody. Phooey. And it doesn't make the gigs end any earlier either. Headlining bands are still playing at 2 in the morning to a gathering of die hards and derelicts, because 5 or 6 bands already played, well, they had some allotted time to play anyways. Yeah, this gig could of ended earlier, because some bands either didn't show up when they were supposed to, or they had band members who were perpetually 5 minutes away, sitting at a light @ Flamingo / Boulder Highway. Instead of letting the next band play, or letting that terrible Beardcore Pirate band Bloody Ale play like they were itching to, there was just huge, mind numbing chunks of nothingness coming from the stage area, and it was terribly dull, forcing people to actually interact with each other or checking what's going in Facebook land on their phones. Once bands were playing, it was a fun time for all. That band Bloody Ale had a shitload of people dancing around and getting down while they played, and I stayed outside during the Total Gayass set just listening and wincing at all the mistakes being made. If you were drunk I'm sure they sounded amazeballz. And I'm sure S.F.T. sounded better with a load of booze in ya, and Thanx to everyone for the kind words afterwords. If I wasn't the only sober one on stage, it might of been a pretty good set from us... hahahaha I think the Seriouslys were the only band worth watching, as they played a sloppy but great set of their catchy Punk tuneage. Love their songs Wrong Tree and Downtown. Those 'OoooOooohhs' and 'WhoooOOoaaAAAooohhss' get stuck in your head for days afterwords, I swear... hahahaha The almighty Xtal gave me a download card for the latest Seriouslys release, Keepin' It Shrill, and I'm looking forward to hearing it. Thank You Xtal! :-) I took some Pictures of the Seriouslys playing, and you can click here to check those out.
The gig on Sat. was much better. Fucking Voodoo Glow Skulls just killed it. How they fit all 6 band members on that tiny stage @ the Dive is anybody's guess. Hell, Guilty By Association barely fit on there! hahaha I think we played pretty good, and I was told the crowd dug us, so yeah, whatever. Thanx everyone for the kind words afterwords. Did I hear Mike say something about a new album coming out in June? News to me, but then again, everything that band does is news to me. The Drummer is always the last to know. :-) War Called Home told me that they again, played to no one by opening up the gig (poor guys) and I.D.F.I. were ripping through a sick cover of Fang's The Money Will Roll Right In by the time I got to the place and started setting up my drums. They were playing it in the middle of the set, which was kind of sucky, but oh well. The less said about Shotguns N Gasoline the better. Jeesh! I was having fun inside the place watching VGS fucking shit up until that mountain of a bouncer threw me out of the place... LOL Wasn't my fault that I was smart enough to get out of the way when the crowd surged forward into the column monitors, sending them flying onto the stage and the horn section of the band... hahahaha My days of being a bouncer and protecting stage gear and band members are over! :-) I had more fun hanging out with everyone outside in the parking lot, drinking on the down low and watching old guys skateboard, which is always entertaining... hee hee hee It was a most excellent night, and a great ending to a long stretch of gig playing and band rehearsing. I'm going on vacation. See you when I get back. Maybe.
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