I've just been kind of sitting back and watching this whole Mike Briggs thing unfold, and needless to say it's really fucking ugly. Terribly ugly. Hugely ugly. For those of you who don't know, Mike Briggs from Agent 86 passed away a few weeks ago, and the spectacle that comes with ones passing is both fascinating and revolting at the same time, like a public beheading. From the ugliness of those family members and loved ones he left behind arguing over petty material belongings of the beloved guitarist / front man, to the chickenshit Drumpf supporting Proud Boy racist fucks attacking him and his words/actions online once news of his passing spread, something that they didn't have the nerve to do when he was alive, because if you knew Mike, you knew he was all over social media supporting this cause and promoting this movement and activity and he was never hesitant to call someone out on their shit. All the fucking time, every fucking time, with no worries of repercussions or paybacks of any sort. He was fearless in that respect. Dude was passionate about his beliefs and outlooks, and for that he always had my support. Every time I played the Doll Hut in CA the people that would there would bring up Mike's name in discussion ("You're from Vegas, huh? So you know that Mike Briggs asshole?") and when I'd tell Mike about it he'd get a chuckle out of being a pain in the ass to those he thought deserved it. I'm not saying he was always right, because he wasn't, but I supported his passion for his beliefs as I do all my friends. Look, I'm not gonna be THAT guy who says what a great friend he was and how we talked and giggled like little girls together and all that BS, but although he wasn't a great friend to me, he was a friend, always respectful, and always supportive of me and the website and all the silly things going on around here. If he wasn't at the gigs, he was putting the gigs on, or playing the gigs, but he was always there, even after having both of his legs amputated, and he is definitely gonna be missed. Rest easy my friend, you've both earned it and deserve it. Hope you found that peace you were always looking for. Your life was fullness Brother. May Jah guide and bless you. Give thanks.
I love Limp Bizquik as much as anybody else 😁 so with that in mind, here's the just released N.E. Last Words video for the song Game Changer, the first single from the band this year, and the first with their new front man Chemist, who's also behind Rhymeland Studios, the group responsible for shooting and editing the video. Congratulations Brian and Jameson, shit looks good but why weren't you guys doing the tricks on the skateboards? Why was it Jason Thurtle? 😊
The lesson learned here this past weekend I think is that you can NEVER take Zack Attack on a road trip... ever!!! ha ha ha ha He was obnoxious from the get go, showing up late with a bag of brews and pounding them all the way to the gig nonstop. He wandered off once we got to the Doll Hut, called me right as I was dragging my gear on stage to ask me to pick him up because he was lost, and once he arrived he tried to weasel his way into the gig for free and once inside he was cut off by the bartender for being too drunk. He resolved the problem by drinking in the parking lot with the band C.O.T., the band he went there to see and totally missed out on, and then got upset with security for getting mad at him for being a borracho in public! 😅 Then to top everything off he tried hitting on my friends wife, and when told she was married, he said he didn't give a fuck and wanted to kiss her anyways... lol Oh that kid! I threw him in my car before my friends chin checked him and we sped off into the night, where Zack was being his usual drunk, obnoxious, aggravating self, and I made it to the base of the Cajon pass going up to exit 138 before slamming on the breaks and throwing Zack out of my car. I sped off and left him there to fend for himself. He almost made it to the shoulder of the freeway before getting hit by an RV and being put in the hospital, where he still is apparently... heh I paid no attention to the bands that played while I was at the gig, as I was busy hanging out watching the Disneyland fireworks and listening to the Jim Monroe mixes for the Headnoise stuff, which sounded pretty fantastic, and talking to people who flew in from Chicago, drove up from Mexico and came from all sorts of crazy places in California just to see Headnoise play. Pretty powerful stuff. That's why I had no patience for Zack and his bullshit. Wasn't gonna let that drunken little shit ruin such a great night. Nope. 😎
One gig was great, the other gig was a glorified shitty rehearsal.
Friday nights gig at the Double Clown was fantastic. Great turnout, lots of crowd interaction, lots of circle pit action bruh, and lots of good vibes all around the place, and it was so crowded in there I had to have people clear a pathway through the crowd so I could get my kit out. Who knew cover bands were such a draw? LOL I was gonna take a picture of the sizable crowd and post it on somebody's timeline with a snarky remark commenting about how this is what the place looks like when it's really crowded, but didn't feel like being so petty. And besides, it was too easy. 😉 I think Vegas Threat went over the best, only because the music, its easier to slam around to when you're drunk and hyped up, and that seemed to be what the crowd wanted to do so there ya go. Glad we could provide the background soundtrack to your drunken debauchery. You're welcome! LOL Generator played their set and it might as well of been a record of Bad Religion playing because the tunes they were throwing out sounded just like the official versions released. They play the songs really fucking good... can't say that about Vegascendents or Vegas Threat though, because I'm always playing the songs faster than they are on the albums, with my logic being that good bands always play faster live (YouTube any Minor Threat live video for proof) and so should we. Didn't stick around for Fallen OUT, because they were going on at 3 in the morning and I'd much rather be sleeping in my bed passed out at that time of the morning so homewards bound I went. All in all though it was a fun night. Special thanks to my old pal Melo for not taking my money all night long... heh
And I think the less said about this gig the next day the better... ha ha ha ha
Next day, same bands pretty much except for Fallen OUT, who weren't making the trek out to Bullhead City with us for some reason. Same lineup in a different state. Nice.
The drive out to Bullhead City is short and sweet... for me anyways. I'm used to driving to CA for Headnoise gigs for 4 hours sometimes just to get there, so for me an hour there and an hour back for a gig is a cakewalk. More gigs in Bullhead City please! LOL I was the first to get there, so I just sat in my car playing Empires & Puzzles on my phone while waiting for Mike to come by and suss things out, and once he did I started to drag my gear into Lazy Harry's, and while I was doing so some guy pulls up in a taxi and asks me what type of music is being played here tonight, and without missing a beat I told him both kinds - Country and Western! The reference went right over his head, but he continued asking questions, what type of band were we, what type of music do we play, etc., and finally he goes will you be playing any Lynyrd Skynyrd and I told him, of course, and that we would play Freebird for him, and he screamed out oh Hell no! I don't wanna hear that shit and promptly got back in his cab and left... 😂 Meanwhile we should of actually played Freebird, because it would of sounded more together than Vegas Threat did... phooey! I don't know what the fuck happened with those guys, something in the water maybe, but yeah, less said the better. We didn't even make it all the way through the set before calling it quits. Embarrassing, to say the least. Vegascendents did good, but too bad nobody was there to see it! LOL After playing I packed up and went Home, not even sticking around to say goodbye to my old friend and tour mate Wes from The Half Empties, who's running things at Lazy Harry's now. The Loud Pipes went on a legendary 2 week run with those lunatics in The Half Empties and they quickly learned that they couldn't out-party us doods from Vegas... nope! ha ha ha ha It was good to see him and it's a good incentive to get me back to Bullhead for some gigs. But what's up with that barrier though? 😁
hahahahaha of all the people I never expected to see at a Headnoise gig was the ol' sour spawn of Satan himself Joe '666" Stone, but there he was with his girlfriend Ashley in tow, hanging out and making the scene like the rest of us at the Doll Hut on a chilly Friday night in So Cal. I had Bob in tow, of course, and I was hoping he wasn't going to lose my new kick pedal like he lost my last kick pedal at the Viper Room when Headnoise played there last time! LOL At least he paid me back for it though - cash too, so I gotta give him props for that. And props to Rikk Agnew for finally remembering who I am and remembering all the things we've done together! LOL Meth is a hell of a drug kids, that's all I'm saying. 😁 It was good to finally talk to him for real reals. I mean, I always say 'hi' to him whenever I see him, and he's always just gave me that head nod "hi whoever you are" look and been on his merry way (like he did the last time I saw him at The Dive Bar for the Radolescents / Civilians gig) but at this gig he came up to me as soon as Headnoise was done playing (we went on first) and was like, isn't your name Gilbert? Don't I know you? And I was like yeah, Rikk, you know me... 😂 We talked about playing gigs together, recording with each other, sharing rehearsal space together, everything. He loudly told everyone that came up to us while we were talking that he knew me for over 25 years now, and while it's actually a bit longer than that, I didn't mind the error. I was just happy to be taking to my ol' pal again. I've missed him. He's been helping out Headnoise with a bunch of stuff and promised me that we'll be playing some more gigs together in the future. Can't wait to see how THAT'S gonna turn out... ha ha ha
Couldn't tell you a thing about the rest of the gig or about any of the bands that played. Talked to Dave and Al from M.D.C. for a little bit after we played, said goodbye to Joe Stone and everyone else that was there like Pastor Rob, (missed my heterosexual life mate Jeremy who got there after I left) then literally jumped back into the ride with Bob and grabbed some coffee before making the trek back up the 15 to the Cajon Pass to be back Home by 1 in the morning to sleep in my own bed. The things I do for my friends. 😁
Jim Monroe is pretty laid back for a legendary guy in the OC music scene. 😀
You wouldn't know him by his face but his body of work is the stuff of Legend. He's the drummer for Santos Y Sinners, runs a studio called The Racket Room Recording Studios in Santa Ana, and Headnoise has been added to the group of bands lucky enough to be working with him for our upcoming CD / vinyl release coming out later this year. I mean, the list of people Jim's worked with is amazing. Click here to check it out for yourself. I was sold at Manic Hispanic! ❤ He let me record using his kit, which sounded great, and after a miscommunication clear up regarding the drum equipment we made the most of our time all weekend with him. Songs were knocked out in 1 or 2 takes, except for Yeah Yeah Yeah, which was a pain in the butt for the others to get straight for some reason but otherwise it was smooth sailing! Don't remember how many songs were recorded but I'm pretty sure it was everything we've been playing live lately, but I have the nagging feeling we forgot a song or 2 somewhere, I dunno. It was an inspirational and learning experience to be working with a real producer in a real studio again. Can't wait for you all to hear this shit. It's gonna be game changing, that's for sure. Guaranteed.