PORTLAND TO SAN DIEGO via the dessert……...
Well we arrived in Portland at the Meow Meow ,which was cool..it was an all ages show..i think all these shows with the Red Light sting are,anyway ,meow meow was full of mostly emo kids hanging out eating vegan pasta…until gerling hit the stage !we had a great show and the crowd looked like they were having fun…i have developed a new stage costume which consists of a silver and black scarf our tour manager "frenchy" bought in Spain, wrapped around my face..its called the beekeeper…some of the kids at the show were scared of burkes eyes..and some of the non-straight edge kids (about 4 of em) ,who looked like they were tripping ,were convinced presser was high when he played drums…he wasnt.we couldnt even drink beer at the venue..we packed up and started our long drive to Sanfranciso.we slept on the side of the road,near a mountain halfway to sanfran,after driving for about 7 hours,its not that bad actually sleeping in the van we have been touring around in for the last 4 weeks ,apart from when we wake up in the morning sweating like prawns in the harsh USA heat.
We looked out for the FULLHOUSE house from that shit 80’s sitcom and also looked out for the house from the movie Mrs Doubtfire..but no luck.we did find the farout & Groovy Haight Ashbury district..famous in the 60’s for the hippies and Lsd revolution..it was cool…there was a shitload of tyedyed grateful dead tshirts for sale..also Ameoba records was one of the best record shops we had ever been too !greg « frenchy » canichio bought a cd off a local hiphop guy called kenny j,who was hanging out the front of Ameoba,in front of a bin..it was the shittiest hiphop ever.i mean ever.we liked it.it was 2 bucks.
We played at a really cool venue called Bottom of the hill to a fun and receptive audience..there was this one man band guy playing after us,he looked like a wacked out dave grohl ,who played drums and live sampled himself playing distorted bass and guitars and singing…kinda like slayer playing with the silver apples..he was called Ezeee Tiger..mad props to a mad guy… redlight sting were great as usual and Monument to masses headlined..they were cool too. We all got drunk and stayed at a friend of ours house called eric.he had a one eyed cat called chester.sleeping in a bed is lovely.
We woke up,drank strong coffee and started out journey to LA.Los angles.Hollywood.
when we got to LA went straight to the venue which was on Hollywood bld near the sunset strip.we saw bill cosbys,micheal j fox,chevy chase ,the carpeneters sidewalk hall of fame for the stars..perhaps the craziest footprint/walk hall of fame squares was that of C3PO and r2d2 from starwars..we saw the lousiest Micheal Jackson impersonator in the universe and burke ate the largest bit of pizza ever..it looked like a goddam stingray.
The show for us went down well..it was at The Knitting factory.we met up with our old friends The lovemakers,which are a cool electro-kinda eurythmics group outta Oakland,CA (check em out!!!)...two of the guys from hothotheat rocked up to see our show and bought gerling tshirts.they were nice boys. apparently Nikki Sixx was gonna come to check us out too,but he is on the road with his new band Brides Of destruction..we high tailed it too a club called Beauty bar where the Donnas were djing...it was a cool place..the girls played some old school guns'n'roses and bruce springsteen (dancing in the dark)..we were drunk and happy and we were dancing.burke bought a skull ring and darren bought some massage oils.presser was asleep.
next day saw the hollywood sign,rattlesnake shits and mountain lion turd.fascinating.
on the way to longbeach we went and payed respect to charles bukowski (writer ,poet)..where his tombstone read "dont try".we drove thru south central LA ,Inglewood-near compton.we saw a couple of kids selling stolen mobile phones like lemonade out the front of mcdonalds...they called themselves "Mr phone man enterprises".god bless america.
headed to Longbeach .CA to a venue called Coo's.it was like a youth co-op venue..lots of emo-indy kinda kids...it was our first show we have ever played with no foldback..we used a marshall amp for pressers monitors,gerling soundsystem styleee..shoutout to our favourite USA fan/gerloid "robert..the coolest dancer we have seen so far in the US"..TM.It was a tough show for me as the microphone was not grounded and everytime my mouth touched it,i would get a little bit electrocuted..awesome..it got rid of my mouth ulcers though.
which leads us to San diego..we played at a youth centre called Epicenter..which was wierd at first..heaps of emo kids hanging out in a carpark..we loaded our equipment into the venue with John Lennons "give peace a chance" screaming out of the back of the van to a few blank faces.
shot gunned 4 beers each and hit the stage to one of our most enjoyable gigs on this tour.San Diego kids Rock!and fuck,they even dance.MASSIVE RESPECT!
That night on Espn sports channel ,we relaxed to the sights of the world championship hotdog eating competition...the winner-a japanese, guy ate 53 hotdogs in 12 minutes..kicking all of these fat dudes butts..our favourite american losers name was "cookie jar"..we then downloaded 450 songs from our hotels "free high speed internet service" and went to bed.
currently watching out for mexicans skipping the border on highway number 8 ,on our way to Phoneix...doing the rattlesnake jake..
all we are saying is give peace a chance.