So I'm standing outside The Dive with a few friends, both old and new, when a cab pulls up to the front door of the joint and some tattoo'd trash bimbo gets out and wobbles to the door, demanding that someone pay for the cab that just brought her there. While I'm laughing at the absolute gall on of this girl on display, she walks back to the cab and tells some guy in the back "It's OK now, let's go" and he struggles to get out of the cab and with the help of a cane and the girl, he also wobbles towards the venue. He looked frail and old, he looked sad and broken, he looked like the Artist Formerly Known As Duane Peters!! LOL After seeing that sobering spectacle of harsh Reality, I knew last night's U.S. Bombs / Reagan Youth gig was going to be as shitty as all gets. Seeing the Master Of Disaster looking like that just made me wanna retch. I'm over the whole 'cool junkie' thing. He's a fucking idiot. Didn't matter that Reagan Youth was on stage fucking up every song they attempted to play, sounding like shit and looking like the karaoke cash in clown act that they are. They sounded terrible. I wanted to leave. I said my goodbyes and left to get some tacos. Lean 13 played earlier, which is the reason why I was at The Dive in the first place, and we went over pretty well, at least according to everyone that was telling me that after we played. They didn't hear what I heard, and that's OK. We sold a lot of merch, and I ran out of the free demos I was giving away, so Thanx! to everyone and Up Da Punx! and all that rubbish. Even earlier than us Societies Infection played, and they're the latest new project of Bill from IDFI, and they were pretty good. Didn't really check them out too much, as I was hurriedly setting up my gear to cover for Three Rounds dropping off the bill - of course. Do those guys even play gigs, or do they just get off on seeing their name on the flyer with a "big name band"? hahahaha Bunch of lame-o's. Anyways, check out Societies Infection when you get the chance. They're an up and coming band trying to establish themselves here locally, and from the way they're playing every gig they can, I'm sure they're gonna be everybody's good friend in a real short while. Once Societies Infection finished up their set and got their stuff off the stage, I threw my gear up there, set up, and stumbled through another mistake filled set with Lean 13. Lack of practice and alcohol are a motherfucker. Dirk Vermin And The Hostile Talent played after us but I can't take them seriously. Do they play any original material? I recognized some Vermin and Naked City Romeos songs they played which sounded pretty good, but that was it. I was outside by my car smoking dope and listening to that atrocious embarrassment on stage calling itself Reagan Youth just do damage to a great band's legacy. That's when the cab pulled up...
I don't know who's idea it was for Lean 13 to play 2 gigs on the same night, but it was a bad one! hahaha The first gig was opening up for Bonebreaker, Common War and Unfair Fight @The Garth, because SOMEBODY, and by SOMEBODY I mean the guys in the band that aren't myself and Paul, have a boner to play all ages gigs, and since The Garth is pretty much the only viable all ages place in town at this point, I made that happen. You're welcome guys. ;) The traffic getting to the place was a nightmare, and I was running hella late and ended up causing a bit of a stir because of it. I set up my drum kit as fast as humanly possible, and then sat around while everybody else got their gear set up. Why they didn't do that before I arrived, I don't know. Probably drinking in the parking lot like the cool kids they are! LOL Lean 13 played a quick and furious set full of mistakes. I'm not sure how well cocaine jokes and encouraging kids to drink and drop out of school went over with the all ages crowd, but that seemed to be the theme of the set and they stuck to it until the end. As soon as we were done I threw my drums off the stage so Unfair Fight could start getting their gear set up and I broke my drums down quickly and said my Hello / Goodbye to Dan from Unfair Fight before I threw my shit back in my car and headed off to The Dive to play the second gig of the night opening up for The Mapes / Sheiks Of Neptune gig for Angie's birthday bash. The place was packed with Raiders fans, and the vibe was boozy and carnival like. Lean 13 played another sloppy set, but it didn't matter because that's the kind of night it was, and everybody in the place was a bit stewed, so it didn't matter. I packed up my gear outside while the Sheiks Of Neptune raged away on the inside. They sounded good, but I was spent and just wanted to go home and change out of my wet clothes. Besides, they never stick around to watch bands after they play, so why should I? hahahaha Fun but stressful night. Happy Birthday Angie!! XOXOXO See you on Thurs.!
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