After what seemed an eternity, and after switching from one radio station back to another, Trueland and I finally got ourselves situated and in control of the equipment on the Pints With Punks radio show, just in time for our guest CJ Ramone and his drummer Pete, who also plays with the Street Dogs, to come into the studio (Matt brought them) and sit down and do the show. It was a boozy, fun interview / hang sesh, with, as usual, the majority of the really good talk with CJ being done when we weren't on the air. Him and Pete were super nice guys, fun to hang around with, and a great and easy interview to do. Absolutely great fucking time, and kudos to Matt or Trueland for making it all happen. I didn't even plan on going to the gig @The Dive later that night, but when he said we were on the list and he wanted us to come hang, well, it's hard to say 'No' to CJ Ramone, an American Punk Legend. So after a quick bite I headed off to The Dive to catch the gig. No biggie. I just had to get up in 8 hours to drive to CA. and play a gig with The Civilians at the Viper Room. No biggie. No biggie.
It was a mediocre turnout at best @The Dive for a Friday night. "Typical Las Vegas crowd" CJ Ramone quipped from the stage during his set, and he was sadly right. Johnny Madcap And The Distractions were up on stage when I arrived at the venue, boring everyone to tears with their Pop Punk jangly guitar tunes from the sound of things. Outside CJ had a lot of people wanting to talk to him, take pictures with him, just be around him, it was cool to watch. I was having too much fun outside bullshitting with everyone (including Pulsar) to want to go inside, but once CJ took the stage, I was front and center, camera in hand, stupid stoned grin on my ugly mug. He sounded great, had 'the voice' we all know and love, and the band was tip top too. He had Steve Soto and Dan Root from the Adolescents on guitars, tearing shit up and riffing hard, and Pete was powering through everything hard and fast, playing a drum kit that was identical to mine in color - it was eerie! LOL It looked like he was having a lot of fun playing all those classic Ramones songs, as well as tons of cool stuff from his varied solo career. He played Three Angels (personal fave), Understand Me and a bunch of other songs from his last release, Last Chance To Dance, as well as some classic unexpected Ramones songs. Bonzo Goes To Bitburg? What's Your Game? Fuck yeah!!! A little disappointed he didn't do ANYTHING from the Acid Eaters album (I thought that would of been a natural choice but nope!), and he didn't do Main Man or Strength To Endure, even though it was on the set list. Oh well. Minor tribbles at best. CJ Ramone played for a long time, to a die hard small group of friends and fans, and it was worth staying out late to see him play. Fuck the Sheiks Of Neptune and their audience for taking off and not sticking around for the show. I hate when bands do that, but Whatever. After saying my goodbyes to CJ and Pete and everyone else that was still hanging out, I headed home for a bit of kipper before making the early morning trek with The Civilians to play that gig @Viper Room in Hollywood. Man, the things I do for Shakey's Bunch-A-Lunch... LOL
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