Well, I'm glad that's finally over with. 2 down, 1 to go.
Somewhere along the way I stupidly agreed to help out my friends in Guilty By Association by telling them I'd play drums for them for this gig with The Interrupters, which they seemed to want to really play really, really badly. Whatever. So they threw me a set list, promising me that we would get together and practice hard for the gig, which, of course, never happened. I'm an idiot for believing them, right? LOL You gotta love a band that's so confidant / arrogant that they only practice for a gig the day of said gig... ha ha ha But we did it, we pulled it off, with lots of mistakes, missed cues (none from me - I played flawlessly!! ha ha ha), and improvisation on stage for some apparent reason but all in all, I'm glad I did it. Had a great time up there on stage @Vinyl, and even more of a good time just hanging around with all my friends who came out on a Weds. night to have a little fun before the Holidays. The grub sesh afterwords @Mr. Lucky's was just the icing on the cake. Caught the first few songs of Be Like Max and was just shocked at how mediocre it all sounded from the stage. Think the nerds in Band class in high school decide to form a Ska band, and they're playing at the quad during lunch, and you'll pretty much have the whole Be Like Max live experience. Tons of kids there to see them though, so what do I know? Bad Cop/Bad Cop have always, always, always sucked, and The Interrupters were downright pathetic. Shitty drummer playing in a shitty 2,864th wave Ska band, with a "cute" chick with big boobs who looked and sounded like Brodie from The Distillers singing. No wonder that bearded doosh from Rancid is all over that band. You would of thought he'd learned his lesson the first time around, right? LOL The underground buzz about that band makes sense now. I get it, and it's pathetic, and I'm embarrassed for my friends who like that band. Cheap thrills. Apparently the thing to do nowadays is just to get some cute chick to be in your band, and you'll have every guy in a band over 30 thinking your band is the shit. Boobs and pussy over musical talent every day nowadays, right guys? Right! ha ha ha ha
A bit of lunacy from Jeff Civilians on this food grubbing day. Embrace the spirit of the holiday! Life's too short, so have some fun dammit!! Gobble Gobble Hey!!
It was like the most surreal moment from a past life brought back into existence for another chance to appreciate and cherish it. It really fucking was.
Going back to YGM headquarters for practice, back to the house / garage where it all started, where so music and so many memories were born and spawned from, was a trip, to say the least. And being in the same room with Ena / Tami and running through "those old songs" made my chest swell and my brain hurt. Seeing all the old friends / family members that came out, just to watch us rehearse, just to relive a moment, a feeling from their youth, was life affirming. Youth Gone Mad was back and loud and in effect, and I for one couldn't be happier. We practiced our collective butts off for months, with me driving out every weekend just to practice with them, even writing a few new songs to debut / play at the gig, and it was nothing but Love and Positive feelings in every direction and way possible. It felt right. It was right. People were hyped that YGM were playing gigs again. They were looking forward to seeing us play, just like they did back in the day. Shit, we better be good. People were depending on us to be. Yipes!!
The gigs themselves were almost anti-climactic. We had a string of them lined up to play, but thanks to the flakiness and inability of Promoters in CA to follow up / keep their word, we only ended up playing one gig Sat. night in downtown L.A., which suited me fine. I love L.A., just hate driving around there now. There was even more of an old friends turnout at this gig, and more than a few "this is unbelievable - I can't believe this is happening" moments were shared, with lots of ghost from the past making their presence and love known and their laughter heard. This is the shit I live for. Playing gigs is just the means to the end. The show was great. Everyone had a smile on their face, and at the end of the night, no one wanted to leave, no one wanted the night to end, but it had to. It wasn't like the old days where we would of all went to Oki Dog to figure out what to do and then all chipped in what little money we had and bought drugs and booze and headed up to Errol Flynn's abandoned haunted house on the hill to run around and chill and watch the sun come up - we're older and better than that now, but the feeling was there, of camaraderie, of being with family, and if anything, thankfulness, that we were all here, back on our old stomping grounds of L.A., and that we had lived to tell the tales and share the memories when so many of our friends and family didn't get the chance to do so. For them, for us, for me, it was a night I'll never forget, but for everybody else, it was just another gig.
Make the most of what you got and what you're given. Life's too short. Much too short...
Do you think it was more because people actually agree with Donald Trump and his sentiments,
Do you think it was because more people just didn't wanna see Hillary Clinton get into office?
In either case, watching both sides debate about it has been great entertainment from the sidelines. Carry on. It's going to be a very interesting 4 years...
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