well after standing in the cold wind for half an hour..getting recognized by every one entering the show…STEVE DEPACE took charge and the lady from the ticket window waved me over and handed me two VIP passes and tickets…YOKO and I quickly scurried in and it was nonstop familiarity..everone kind of sizing each other up and then saying “arent you so and so?..with a little more there (point at gut) and a little less there? (point to balding and/or greying hair….)…everyone had aged ..some better than others.
.SOME even looked better than when the were youngsters GREG LANGSTON of the AVENGERS looked like a movie star…SALLY MUTANT has loss a ton of weight and her face has thinned and she is as georgeous (as her personality always was )these days..my old bandmate CRAIG GREY now has a name to match his hair.. seemed thin and jubilant…PENELOPE was lookin’ DAMN fine..as always…still married..I think??
. meeting RICKY SLEEPERS teenaged son was heavy…brought me to tears a couple of times…finally I pulled him aside and had a talk with him….I know how hard it is for mak growing up in my notoriously dubious shadow…and Im alive to explain things.. looks hauntingly like his pop RICKY..good kid..having a great time
A GOOD MANY of the old crowd fell into the kinda getting paunchy, middle aged and relatively healthy & Happy catagory…PAUL DRAPER,PETER URBAN,VINCE (who is now a woman named domenique.)…BOBBY CLIC,JOE REES of TARGET VIDEO… I think RESA (BELFAST COWGIRL EXTRORDINAIRE) aged remarkably well..so did I ,frankly..the main thing is that were all still alive an kicking..any day above ground is a good day indeed
.I may not have been up there belting out THE BLACK AND RED…but thats thier loss,..coz Im a much better singer now…..I was “THEE VERY WORST SINGER IN THE SCENE “according to Howie Klein , and it almost got me a gig with the SEX PISTOLS LOL.,,,MICHEAL BELFER looks the same …only really long blond hair….
.. as much as it was good to see NEGATIVE TREND be barely mediocre without me…that is a franchise close to my heart ..and I would like to see it snarling,snotty engaging the audience in a compelling provacative way…rather than meandering lifelessly thru once GREAT SONGS…if they contine playing out though Im confident with some polish and energy ..they could recapture the LUSTRE of the old NEGATIVE TREND…without Will though..its hard..smaller venue would definetely help
I heard countless times “why arent you singing?” and “they are sucking hard” and”how fucking lame”…”it be so great if you were singing..why arent you?”..I wasnt asked..and these commentS were from thier friends and peers.”Well,..maybe NEXT TIME..”I said graitiously to well wishers..its weird… I like paul hood.. visiited extensively with PAUL HOOD…he’s a great guy…saw him open for the RAMONES IN 1976..when he was a teenager in a band called the MYCE…And PAUL CASTILLE is a good guy and competent singer…it was just lifeless for some reason…and the audience seemed as disinterested as the band…but they played ..and that was great for that fact alone
but all in all…a great night of nights…more notable was who was not there…JELLO…JENIFER MIRO..of course DIRK is dead…and personally I missed DEBISOU…didnt see GINGER COYOTE…but it was a fantastic gathering of new and (mainly) old faces…my camera batteries were dead..so like I have many times before over the years…I departed during FLIPPERS closing set as did most of the over 40 crowd…
I was chatting with RESA and simultaneously we looked at each other and exclaimed “I cant take anymore FLIPPER ” …though I do like them in a greatful deadish way…with that we both said “jinx” and joined many others shivering outside to say our goodbyes…what fun!..it was….LETS DO IT AGAIN IN ANOTHER 30 YEARS…there will probably only be ten of us left…will just book a room at the ROYAL PACIFIC MOTOR INN and bring accoustic guitars and tamborines
Myspace blog number 617… PUNK PIONEERS daze! blogworthy moment number 2
story number 2)…..we almost didnt make it to the show at all…it was getting near 8 pm and we were having trouble getting a cab in front of the ROYAL PACIFIC on broadway street…it was after all, a bustling saturday night in one of the most exotic party towns in the world…we flagged and whistled and waved at every cab going by…but all were occupied..dang..diggety dang.
STEPHAN suggested we take a bus to which SVETLANA joked “I cant take a bus ,..I might have cancer! were not taking the bus!” suddenly a big black SUV stopped beside us and the window went down…”Where you going?..Im mellow guy..give people rides all the time..”
“are you some sort of car service?” I asked…”were going to the FILLMORE…on FILMORE and GEARY street” STEPHAN chimed in…
our wildat taxi driver pushed open the passenger door…”10 bucks….thats cheaper than a cab…Im OLLIE..I do this all the time…Im also the doorman at the GARDEN OF EDEN..get in its cool..Im mellow…I like ..go to all the concerts..TESTAMENT, METALLICA, and my cousin is friends with DEATH ANGEL..ten bucks ..save you money and put some gas in my tank”
the young muscular aisan man certainly didnt look like a serial killer…and how many serial killers do 4 victims at once.?..so I slid the side panel door open and noticing a lack of handcuffs or duct tape…helped YOKO up and in following close behind…SVETLANA pushed STEPHAN toward the open front door…”NO..youre riding in front..I might have cancer” and got in behind me on the bench seat….it was a running joke..”what about me!” I said…”this should be blogworthy ” Yoko added…
we were off thru the broadway tunnel with OLLIE trolling us for information…”so are you in a band? I party with all the bands…like METALLICA, and TESTAMENT,..Ive seen them 3 times…do you like to party coz I help people get hooked up..Im mellow.. its all good..I also sell TIMESHARES..work at the GARDEN OF EDEN..I can get anything..if you need to party..I like to help people ..its all good…”
he was so vague …yet came on so strong with his DRUG PUSHING RAP I almost thought maybe the cops were doing some reverse sting…he was young and muscular and clean cut..late twenties…no one responded ..it was kind of an awkward silence…he was unaware he had picked up 4 people that may LOOK freaky-deak,…but we had one who’s twenty years clean and sober, one that just got a 5 year chip, and me and YOKO just like the occaisonal vuuudka and ciggies…and we can buy them at the store
not wanting him to start renegotiating the 10 buck ride now that it was apparent there would be NO drug transaction taking place…I engaged him and feigned interest in the GARDEN OF EDEN strip club…”Do you work tommorrow night…can you get us a discount on cover..its our last night and we’ll be in a mood to PARTY party,ya know what I mean?you got cute chicks there OLLIE?”
“every kind of chick aisan,australian,costa rican,puerto rican..” OLLIE says proudly..
“any russian or czech girls” I ask”’…
“dutch /armenian about the closest..shes really hot”
you like the DUTCH OVEN OLLIE? you like a good DUTCH OVEN? everyone likes the DUTCH OVEN dont they?
“oh yeah DUTCH OVEN is good…I like all the positions ..Im a mellow guy ..like to party..its all good..”
“”yeah its cool..I’ll get you all in for 20 bucks..usually its twenty bucks each..but its cool..Im a mellow guy.. like to party..partied with bands that have come in the club..like uh..TESTAMENT and METALLICA IRON MAIDEN….I was born in 77 ..I grew up on the DRI..DEATH ANGEL..come down and I’ll hook you up..
he seemed appeased temorarily,..but these maverick hustlers will always try to make some sort of score…usually they sell tourist a bunk bag of coke as they exit the cab and then disappear looking for the next mark…this guy was kind of a heavy metal illegal cabbie drug hustling doorman an timeshare salesman..a jack of all trades…I noticed he was distracting himself from driving with his spiel(s)..
I also noticed an open 24 ounce can of pabst blue ribbon peeking out of a paper bag on the console…I reached nervously for my seatbelt and clicked it…”but were not gonna be here tomorrow night ” SVETLANA said confused
by my promise to this jack of all trades stranger…I elbowed her and whispered “its improv,..just improv”
then SVELANA says “were the HAREOLAS”…”were on CHRYSALIS” says YOKO from the other side “PSYCHOBITCH was the first CD”….no it wasnt “I believe it was called SHAVE IT..on that indy label ..”The HAIRY AREOLAS” SVETLANA says loudly again…I nudge her..she looks at me with a wicked smile “you said to improv”
OLLIE is launching into another loop regarding PARTYING AND/OR TESTAMENT,METALLICA,IRON MAIDEN and those close personal friends of his cousins DEATH ANGEL…miraculously we are at the FILLMORE…”LET ME GIVE YOU MY NUMBER..I’ll hook you up after the show” he pleads as we exit the SUV “WE can all PARTY!”
“NO well just see you tomorrow at the GARDEN OF EDEN…I promise…a PRETTY VACANT promise….
this is one of three funny stories written when Yoko,Svetlana, and I went down to SF to see the AVENGERS,FLIPPER,THE MUTANTS and my old band NEGATIVE TREND in the summer of 2008…we stayed at THE ROYAL PACIFIC MOTOR INN and had a hell of a good time…Svetlana and YokO gave me a makeover..buying me SKINNY LEG RED PANTS and very expensive FLUEVOG shoes so I could look good for my old mates