"Seeing all these kids here makes me feel old."
"I have never felt more old than I have at this show tonight."
hee hee hee This sentiment seemed to be shared by everyone over the age of oh, I dunno, 25 I'm gonna say, and taking it all in was a bit of a laugh. The highly excitable contingent of Punk kids who came out to make the Guilty By Association 10th Anniversary gig the event that it was had the Vegas music scene Elders feeling every bit of their age apparently! And in that rare as fuck occurrence, I wasn't the oldest guy at the gig! LOL I think all the kids were there to see the opening band Permanent Failure, who were a bunch of young Punx playing some Casualties style of music. They massacred a Bad Religion song, but it was OK because at least it was off of How Could Hell Be Any Worse? LOL Holding Onto Sound are just incredible, and they added a second guitarist to assist in their sonic aural landscape painting. They sounded great and I could watch Vanessa play drums all day. Gawd damn she's good. Battle Born always impress the fuck out of me with their melodic face punches that had the kids inside Yayo losing their shit. They're such a good band it's sickening, and getting to watch Nick play drums is always a treat as well. Seeing Bob heckling him from behind the glass while he played was just an extra treat. ;-) Bingo Billy from Guilty By Association is fun to watch play drums too, and his brand new shiny black DW set was pretty sick sounding. I'd lose the rack though, because racks on drum sets is ghey. ;-) GBA brought the place down to it's knees with a rev'd up animated set that had everyone in the place feeding off of what the band was throwing down and making sure to keep the energy levels in the room maxed out into the dangerous red area, giving the kids something to bash into each other to, and keeping the old people standing off to the side and hiding in the back vying for a better vantage point to take it all in. Watching that guy in the wheelchair wrecking fools in the pit was funny as fuck. Man, it was a fantastic night. Guilty By Association have made it through thick and thin for 10 years, which is no small feat, and they should be commended as such. Anybody who's been in a band for any amount of time can tell you about how tedious and self destructive it is, and the fact that GBA is still here, still Gigging and Touring and Recording, says a whole Hell of a lot about the Love these guys have for the Music they create / play, and the Belief that they all have in the Band. Congrats to Guilty By Association on their 10th Anniversary. Let's hope Tom Jones holds on for another 10 more years! LOL
So how about that shooting @ Area 702 this past weekend? Of course, it happened at a Hip-Hop event, naturally. It's just like the Rock all over again. Remember that club the Rock on Maryland Parkway? Yeah, things were going just fine and dandy at that place with live Local music, and as soon as they started putting on those bullshit Hip-Hop and Rap gigs, then the place went to shit and was closed within weeks. Let's hope the same thing doesn't happen @ Area 702. Although I don't go to the gigs there, because most of the bands that play there SUCK, but at least it's an option for kids looking for something to do, in a town where those options are far and few in between.
Everything is sort of updated. I gotta go help set up a new P.A.. Later.