The CJ Ramone gig was fun but not for the obvious reasons. Hanging out with a bunch of your friends, some of who I haven't seen in like, forever, like Louie The Letch, who always has a smile on his face, was the best part of the night. CJ Ramone had the shittiest drummer ever behind him, and I had to fight the urge to push that fuckwad off of the drum stool and show him how Ramones songs are supposed to be played - Hard, Fast and LOUD!! I hate cymbal pushers. You know, guys who play so softly and hit so lightly that it looks like they're just pushing the cymbal, as opposed to bashing the ever loving shit out of it like I do... hee hee hee. CJ's coming back in Aug., so if you missed him this time around, you can redeem yourself next time round. He played all the expected hits, a few unexpected tunes, like Listen To My Heart, What's Your Game and Wart Hog, which he rightfully dedicated to Dee Dee, and not enough of the tunes he sang lead vocals for on Acid Eaters. My Back Pages was just not enough! Daniel Rey sang lead on Pet Semetary, which made Jeremy happy, and some drunk 90's Lollapalooza dude from the audience sporting a very nice Dead Milkmen shirt sang I Wanna Be Sedated. It was fun. Daniel Rey and CJ were both playing Mosrite Guitars (American made right here in Las Vegas!) and they were both killing it, but man, I wanted to kill that drummer sooooo badly. I didn't like him when he chose Turbo's drum set over mine... hee hee hee. Showed he didn't have a clue about anything as far as I was concerned, because my kit was so loud it over powered everything, as it always does. Turbo's new shiny chrome Pearl kit was nice, but over a Vistalite? No way mang! Yeah, I'm a drum snob. Sue me. The Vermin were good as always, and I think we played a good set. People dug it. Drunk guys with Mohawks were singing along off key. Chicks were paying us compliments. All was good in downtown Las Vegas. I recorded the gig with my trusty recorder, and you can listen to it if you want to by clicking right here.
Speaking of downtown Vegas, the LVCS is a pretty damn cool place. When I played there with Infestshit many moons ago, it was just a big empty space with nothing in it, and now it's got bars, bathrooms, a kick ass stage with a sound system that can't go over 97 decibels for some Legal reason and some cool UFO shape lighting rig above the stage, complete with a dry ice machine floating around somewhere around the back. Oh, and did I mention that the place has a mechanical bull? LOL Yeah, we were all gonna ride the bull at one time but forgot about it because we were too busy drinking to remember to give it a go. well, that's my story anyways and I'm sticking to it! LOL Yeah, the LVCS is a cool place to hang out and see some bands play on an actual stage with a killer PA in a very chillaxing environment. This place comes highly recommended. If you know where the free parking is downtown then you got nothing to bitch about. Great stuff coming up too. That Mapes / Maxies / No Bunny gig there next week is gonna be pretty fucking great. Same with that Dead Lazlo's Place / Symbol Six / Social Task gig happening there @ the end of the month. The LVCS represents the next step in Roxie's quest for world domination, and I wish her the best of Luck with it. Can't wait to see how this ride's gonna end. :-)
Hey! Did you hear that? That sound of a collective of Norwegian music fans (and maybe a few million others worldwide) shooting themselves in the head after hearing that Hank had quit Turbonegro. Yeah, Scientology claims another one. Apparently, Hank's latest trip into rehab convinced him to quit the band, a band that he says he had no friends in. Boo fucking hoo. Suck it up, collect your check and STFU. The last, oh, dare I say, 3 Turbonegro albums sucked ass, and the band that had started out as a parody and became a revolution went full circle and became a parody once again. Going through the motions. If you saw any of the last Turbonegro outings then you know what I'm talking about. Fun, but never all that, like it used to be. Anyways, another great one bites the dust. Maybe the band will consider our American Hank to replace their Norwegian Hank, like a spy swap or something. I think it could work.
It was Senor N.J. Pete's birthday last Sat. (Yaaayy!) and he celebrated it at the Double Down (Booooooooooo!) where his band Unfair Fight played that night. Many many many happy returns to ya Sir! I am in debt to you for at least a few rounds of something good to drink. Me, you and George - Let's do it! Unfair Fight is also playing the Total Gay Ass gig @ 702 Skatepark with the Hard Pipe Hitters, so I might have to write them off for a bit, at least Live anyways, or at least until they stop playing diseased cesspools or lame ass gigs with douche bag poseur bands. This is not gonna be an ongoing thing, is it? I thought you guys were gonna be one of the Local bands here with Standards, Morals and Beliefs? I'm worried... heh heh
Spain won the World Cup, and guess what - Nobody cared. A game that is a Religion else where in the world barely makes a ripple in anything over here. Blind Patriotism? Yuck. The faux enthusiasm some of you Team America fans exhibited during the Cup was a bit embarrassing, to say the least. Any excuse to hang out in a bar and get drunk, right? hee hee hee Well, the good thing is, I won't have to see or hear about it for another 4 years.
Who is Lebron James and why should I give a fuck. Is it Hockey season yet? LOL I don't care about Basketball, don't care about Cleveland, don't care about Miami, and I especially don't care about where Lebron James is going to play this year. Who gives a fuck? Who cares?
Speaking of things that nobody cares about, the Arts District blew up yesterday. A couple of bums got injured, because they're the only ones who frequent the area. LOL Give it up Vegas. You ain't gonna establish an Arts district here in this Anti-Creativity cesspool we all call home. The City and their Government don't want it here. It's bad for business. It keeps people away from the Casinos. And besides, even if you did, it would just get gentrified by rich yuppie fucks who would then move in and take over, raising property values and rent prices through the roof, and then you'll be bitching about how cool the Arts District used to be while you're looking for a new place to live. Happened in NY, SF, LA, etc. When will you learn? Me personally, I think it's Hipster Sabotage. I think the people from the Attic blew up the Opportunity Village in order to eliminate their direct (as in across the street) competition. Just a thought.
Man, I've been blabbering here for a bit. I'm missing out on Stern, so I'm gonna go. I finally beat Red Dead Redemption the other day, so hopefully I can start catching up on the stuff I've been slacking on. New stuff everywhere. If you don't find it, just ask. I'm not as big of an asshole as you might think I am. Oh wait, I forgot... hahaha The King and the Prince of Vegas drummers are going to San Jose next year to watch our Hockey teams fight to the Death like rabid dogs - anyone else down for a Punk Rock Hockey weekend in the Bay area? <3