Always fun spending the weekend in California playing gigs with my friends old and new! 😎 Friday nights gig with T.S.O.L. was such a good time! The venue La Santa in Santa Ana was in the basement of some crazy building with multiple floors hosting all sorts of different dance clubs there at the same time the gig was happening. Seeing disco bunnies, club rats, cumbia kids and punkers all congregating in one place on a Friday night was bit like hanging out at the Scream club back in the days, but without the modern day taco trucks lined up in front of the venue... heh. T.S.O.L. killed it, as usual, playing all sorts of shit from all across their musical career, Professor And The Madman were pretty good, no Rat Scabies on drums or Paul Gray on bass though but oh my goodness the fucking Detours stole the show hands down!! In my illustrious lifetime of seeing bands you could only dream about seeing, I have never saw The Detours so this was some bucket list shit for me. I stood at the side of the stage awestruck by just how powerful and catchy and involving the band was, with Gordon their charismatic front man having the crowd of longtime friends and fans eating of of the palm of his hand and drooling on themselves as the band tore through one classic song after another, every great Adolescents song, every great D.I. song, and every great Rikk Agnew song (as well as Social Distortion) was ripped off from the Detours who originally wrote them all and played them better than the aforementioned bands who are often miscredited with creating that "Orange County Sound". It was all The Detours. I for one couldn't of been happier to be seeing the band. I couldn't even take pictures because I was too much in the moment, just enjoying the sounds and the vibe in the room with no motivation to capture it for posterity's sake or bragging rights. It was pretty sweet. I was happy. I ended the night square dancing in the back near the merch booths. 🤣 I was sitting on the curb afterwards smoking a clove while watching Jack from T.S.O.L. change out of his wet sweaty stage suit into his warm and dry street clothes right in the street in front of the venue, where no one bothered him or was rushing up to him or anything, was pretty surreal. He waved to me as he tore off into the night on his big black Harley Davidson, and I couldn't help but wave back. It was a cool night to say the least, even though I lost the hundreds of dollars I made that night in the parking lot somewhere after the gig... 🤣🤣🤣
The next day was spent at a car show eating fried chicken and practicing with a new band called No Rival, which is Tammi from YGM's new musical project. Their sound is a mix of The Cult with U.X.A., AC/DC and Vice Squad, which is interesting to say the least. It's really catchy stuff. Featuring Caesar from The Stains on bass, and Thomas from Raw Sewage on guitar, we spent the day just jamming and conversing about all the crazy gigs we've played and seen and in between bullshitting having a great time playing music together, which just reminded me of why I do the stupid things I endure and go through to jam with my friends that I grew up with in the state right next to the one I currently live in. Driving home after weekends like this I get the best feeling in the world, like a drug high, strengthening and enabling me to get through the BS life throws at me and for putting up with people's shit and not killing anyone in the process... ha ha If only there were like minded people here in Vegas... 😉
Pictures are nice... they're pretty to look at and a reminder of happy times. 😊
Battering Ham @Backstage Bar & Billiards
Los Carajos @Backstage Bar & Billiards
Lean 13 @Backstage Bar & Billiards
All pix were shot during the Beastie Boys Tribute Night Danielle puts on every year, and I was happy to be a part of it this year with The Sure Shots, a band Tyson put together with Paolo and I just to play the gig. I think Tyson was trying his best to play in every band that night... ha ha ha Anyways enjoy the pix, and go follow the bands on social media ya jerks!
Battering Ham Facebook Battering Ham Instagram Battering Ham Pornhub
Los Carajos Facebook Los Carajos Instagram Los Carajos Pornhub
Lean 13 Facebook Lean 13 Instagram Lean 13 Pornhub
I'm playing a gig out of state where I only have to drive an hour to get home afterwards? Well count me in!! 🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽
Yeah, my brothers in arms in Guilty By Association needed a drummer to fill in at this killer Dickies / D.I. / The Pugilistics / Sheiks Of Neptune gig going on at Lazy Harry's out in Bullhead City, AZ, and since I had absolutely nothing else going on band wise, I took the time to dust off all the songs I knew by them and squeeze a few rehearsals in with the guys before heading off down the 95 to the gig on Labor Day weekend. I'm not sure how, but Bob and I somehow wound up running late, so we completely missed the Sheiks Of Neptune and we got there just as The Pugilistics were raging through their set. I like those guys. Got a cool 7" from them the last time I played a gig with them with the Vegascendents a while back, and so I rushed inside to take some pics before having to set my kit up because we were next. I like playing with GBA. Their songs sound great when played by a fast, hard hitting drummer... heh We played pretty good all things considered. Like riding a bike... 😉 D.I. were up after us and they are always good, and they bring it hard every time, sounding nice and tight from their recent excursion to Europe. Nothing new, same set of classic punk tunes you'd expect to hear from D.I., you know and love them all. I wasn't gonna stay for The Dickies, who were on after D.I., but something told me to, so I staked out a good vantage point to the side of the stage and just watched the band rip through a great set of tunes, playing some songs I haven't heard them play for years! They were a guitar player short for some reason but still sounded good. I stayed for the majority of their set an was reminded of why I love The Dickies as much as I do. Such fun! My back was killing me, and so was my knee, and Bob and I had what might possibly have been the shittiest Mexican food I've ever eaten in my life on the ride home, but you know what? It was all worth it. I love playing Lazy Harry's - my friend Wez works sound there, and I enjoy seeing good bands at places like that than at some BS House of Boooooo's place or some lame ass Punk Rock Boring type of setting... phooey!
A major problem in playing an all day festival type gig with a bunch of your friends is that you never get a chance to see or check out the other bands that are playing the damn thing! LOL That's what happened with this gig Headnoise played last weekend at the Regal Inn in Lakewood for Rob from Carpit's birthday bash. All the bands that played, they all just end up becoming droning background noise to the animated conversations and bullshit sessions carrying on outside of the venue where everyone was hanging out by the donut shop or the taco stand getting their grub on and enjoying a beautiful Southern California afternoon with cool breezes and even cooler vibes. Why do I live in Vegas again? 😀 The Punx gathering at the Regal Inn basically knew everybody else that was playing and have all shared the same stages at one time or another, so it was basically a glorified family picnic but albeit a bit more smelly and covered in punk band patches. Friendly locals only braaaaahhhh! Such a fun time. I saw none of the bands that played, I didn't even get a piece of the marijuana infused cake made by some famous marijuana cake making dude, but it didn't even matter. Headnoise played a good set, the drive back afterwards was easy and uneventful, and I'm just happy to be alive at this point in my life. Happy times indeed! 😎
I think the less said about the Shattered Faith / Decry / Headnoise gig at the Doll Hut the better... peeeeeeeeeeeee uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu did we stink! 🤮🤮🤮 If it wasn't for Headnoise's shitty performance it would of been a near perfect weekend in California! LOL Seeing my old friend Katz was worth everything I went through though, even if that blind old bastard didn't recognize me at first! 😁 He was making the scene at the Doll Hut with a demo in his hands from his vast archives of the band 1983 that was playing that night, a demo that the band members themselves didn't even have and needed to put on a career spanning retrospective CD they were planning on doing! I tell ya, that guy is a national treasure of the Punk Rock underground!! We stopped chatting long enough to mosey over to the outside stage to see the Functional Lunatics play, 4 friends having fun playing a good assortment of catchy melodic Punk songs ala These Are The Quotes From Our Favorite 80's Movies era Bouncing Souls, punctuated by terrible Dad jokes in between songs (What do you get when you cross a pirate with a pedophile? Arrrrrrrrrrrrrr Kelly!). They were entertaining to say the least. Then the almighty Until We Die! hit the indoor stage and I stood back and watched them kill it for a few songs before venturing back outside to get set up to play our set. I dunno what happened. I'm still not sure. We started out great, then just derailed somewhere along the way and never got back on track. Immediately afterwards I told Bob to pack our shit up ASAP as we were out of there. I've played some embarrassingly bad shows in my lifetime but this one was definitely in the Top Ten of shitty gigs I've played. Man. What a disappointment. Place was packed and everything. Oh well. I headed back to the hotel room to grab some late night grub at Denny's, where I proceeded to get food poisoning and spent the entire night throwing my guts up. Ain't life grand? 😅