I don't even know where to begin, so I'm just gonna ramble like a baboon on speed and let things go. Sorry if it offends anyone... LOL Yeah, whatever. Hey, I had a blast in CO. Playing that skate park benefit in Silt on Sat. was friggin' awesome! Ran into Alex The Traveler while there, a Vegas kid who is friends with Sammy and used to hang out at the gigs back in the days @ Eastside Joe's and Yayo and all that shit. He's grown up a bit now and doing good and all that. It was cool catching up with him. And man, everybody is sure nice in CO. No attitudes, friendly, easy going, it was definitely a trip to deal with, to say the least! But yeah, we got the full on Rock Star treatment, with fully loaded rooms at the Holiday Inn, where all the bands were staying, and there was lots of room hopping, booze drinking and drug doings going on all weekend there. The guys were super nice people but man, did their bands suck ass! LOL Reno Divorce were total Social Distortion clones, and The Black Pacific were just sad, with their drunken guitar player ruining their entire set, and them playing like a zillion covers from bands as diverse as the Rolling Stones to Black Flag to David Bowie to Pegboy didn't help out either. The Black Pacific sounded like Pennywise to me, and they had a tee shirt for sale that was a total rip off of the Unknown Pleasures album by Joy Division, so yeah, I wasn't impressed. Another band I wasn't impressed with was these ass spelunking dooshbags called Red Tide Rising, who were the biggest fucking jokes I've seen in a long, long time. Imagine a bunch of scene kids with broomsticks rammed far up their asses and lacking any originality or musical talent whatsoever, and you'd have a slight idea of what Red Tide Rising are all about. Just. Fucking. Horrible. They had boxes on stage that they would stand on and do choreographed cockstar moves on them to the delight of no one who was there to see them. There's a band here in town that does the same thing and looks just as stupid when they do. I don't get it, but whatever. Every band that played had people in front of them watching them play, every band except for these jackoffs in Red Tide Rising. Whatever. Even the opening band, Arch Angel, had a mob of people watching them play as they massacred songs by Metallica, Pantera, Megadeth and Primus, if you can believe that. Too Many Puppies never sounded worse. LOL They were a bunch of high school kids so it was kind of cute to watch for a little bit. Yeah, the gig on Sat. was cool. The after party at Deidra's was off the hook. I also saw a White Water Raptor by the Colorado river that night. ;-)
We had the Sun. afternoon off and spent it doing the unusual tourist thing of just driving around looking stupid, when we stumbled upon Glenwood Springs, where my Hero Doc Holliday is supposedly buried. We found the place after a bit of a search (it's in a rich neighborhood at the base of the Williams Fork Mountains) and trekked a half a mile up this steep ass hill to get to the cemetery where the Legendary Gunfighter is resting somewhere. We payed our respects to the Man and I threw up near the grave marker. It seemed appropriate. ;-) We spent the rest of the afternoon @ Doc Holliday's Saloon, where we ate and drank and gambled like the tourists we are. We had to drag ourselves away from the place, but a few hours later in Denver, all was forgotten. The place we played that night, called the Lion's Lair, was a total Punk Rock dive bar, where the bartender Michelle was an old Vegas person who just got us hammered all night long gratis of all charges. Thank you ever so much dear! XOXO The bands we played with, Salt and Murder Hat, were exceptional, with Salt mining a heavy Grunge vibe and Murder Hat just killing it by playing everything from Thrash to Ska, and whatever they wanted to in between. Both bands annihilated the place, and it was fun playing the gig with them. You can go to Salt's Facebook page by clicking here, and you can go to Murder Hat's Facebook page by clicking here. They're both great bands full of super nice guys. Look forward to seeing them play here in Vegas sometime soon (I hope). The drive home on Monday was sweet, taking our time and hitting up some scenic viewpoints along the way. We saw the Oscar Meyer weinermobile. I spent way too much money in Utah's Beaver. The Comedy channels on satellite radio made the time go by much quicker. It was a great weekend with some good friends, full of fun times and lots and lots of shenanigans. Lots of Pictures to come.
Notice how I didn't mention the band I played the gigs with. Pretty cool, right? It's something I feel I have to do now because I don't wanna hear the BS that goes when one decides to exercise their right to air an opinion in public. Although the hubbub has died down majorly, I'm still getting emails from bitter ex-girlfriends and band mates who think they're slick and cool and anonymous. Think again people. You're fooling no one, and your antics aren't cute. You're not that slick. Seriously. I've got a busy week ahead of me, that's for sure. Lots of photos to edit and Gig info to add the the website. Anyone remember Punk Rock Bowling? The gig at the Aruba Hotel? Uh huh, me either. Yeah, I added the photos of D.I., Kids On Fire and Guilty by Association to the website, and you can click here for the D.I. photos, and here for the Kids On Fire pix, and here for the Guilty By Association photos. Thanks to Skateboard Bob for taking the GBA pictures. Everything is sort of updated. I got to get my ass to work.
Gig Review: Misfits / Alkaline Trio / FEAR @MGM Grand Garden Arena
Idle Gossip updated
Pictures: Doulos @Angel City Cafe
Music Review:Desert Rats With Baseball Bats, Volume 3
Music Review:Blondie - Pollinator
Pictures:Manic Hispanic @Silver Saddle Saloon (Repost)
Pictures:Dinah Cancer & The Grave Robbers @Double Clown Saloon (Repost)
Gig Calendar updated
Conflict @ Ft. Cheyenne (Repost)
Punk Rock Summer Comp
Sparks / Les Sewing Sisters @The El Rey Theater