I really have no problem with this gig. Really. A benefit gig in someone's name isn't a bad thing per se, but with the huge backlash going against it on social media, I feel I gotta say something... both sides are right, both sides are wrong, but the thought was a good one. Wasn't it?
I'm not gonna rehash the whole Spit thing. There is a reason why he was killed, and there is a reason why everybody thinks he was killed, and the 2 couldn't be farther apart if they tried. I got my opinion, you got yours - who cares? This gig was put together to honor him in some weird way, and it seemed to upset a lot of people. I don't think that people are mad ABOUT the gig, more like, they're mad at the way it's been handled, and there are numerous reasons why - the immediate family not being included, who's the benefit for and where the money is going and why, and the choice of bands being allowed to play. This was my main gripe against the thing. Most of the bands on the bill would be playing the benefit gig whether it was to build a well in Africa or to raise money to save an orphanage in Istanbul (not Constantinople), or just for the chance to play at Triple B's for the first time, and only a minute few of the bands actually have a connection to Spit, and it's not like people that Spit considered friends and family still aren't in bands gigging around here in LV, either - the problem with is that most of them are in Punk bands, and the people behind this 2 day Peace festival (because Spit was such a peaceful guy, right? LOL) wanted only nice, safe, sedate, non-dangerous and non-threatening bands to play, in other words, no Punks! But hey, there is a Pink Floyd cover band playing, because you know Spit was such a huge Pink Floyd fan. ;) Only 17% of the bands playing can be considered 'Punk', and for a festival in some guys name who was a loud and proud Punk, that's pretty shameful. Maybe next year they can get in actual contact with Spit's friends and family to make the festival more about the Man and what he loved and lived for than about some self-serving, feely-goody everybody gets a trophy for participating kind of thing. Ugh.
Man, what a weekend! <3
For a state that was supposedly in the middle of a record setting heat wave (highs were in the low 90's! LOL), California felt pretty good, especially at the beach where it was 10 degrees cooler, and especially coming from Vegas where the high was 120 degrees the day before. Erika and I were in town for a Headnoise gig, a gig taking place in beautiful San Pedro at the Light At The Lighthouse festival, taking place @Point Fermin Park. We killed time before the gig hanging out at the Korean Bell, waiting for Redfoot to give us the job that Kobayashi wanted us to do for Keyser Söze, but he never showed up so we left after watching some guy training his falcon on the cliffs near the beach for a bit. It was such a beautiful day at the park. 85 degrees... a cool breeze blowing in off the ocean... it was delightful. Erika and I walked around and checked out the booths, the people, and the food trucks, and what was happening on the other stages. I liked the puppet show the most... hahaha I checked out some bands too! I caught the set from D.O.G., who were like a cross between Ratt and early Kill 'Em All era Metallica. Pretty cool, especially considering the drummer was doing all the singing. It was funny watching the kids moshing around in the grass while the band was playing and getting dog shit all over their shoes... LOL I caught the set from Saul Of Tarsus, and they just get better and better every time I see them. Crazy, intense, Grind / Crust / Noise / Punk band, and they bring it every time. After posing for some pictures for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and dealing with the biggest asshole soundman I've ever dealt with in my Life, Headnoise took to the stage with a 5 person line up featuring new / old guitarist Tom showing Harvey how to do things properly. The stage was outside, cool breezes, with a spectacular view of the Pacific ocean, whose misty salt air turned my cymbals a weird shade of green. LOL I couldn't hear a thing, as usual, but people dug us, and we really got to get around to learning all the old songs people call out for us to play... hahahaha Remember: Nostalgia Sells! After hanging out a bit and chatting with everyone while C.P.R. raged away in the background, I said my goodbyes and jumped in my ride and after stopping at King Taco in Long Beach, headed south, headed back home to Barona for Pow Wow and Indian Tacos and seeing Family and eating Indian Tacos and 49'ing and Indian Tacos and did I mention Indian Tacos? hahaha That was how the weekend ended, and the 6 hour drive back was stressful and tiring. But still... a great weekend!
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