June 14, 1999
W'sup, Homies. That's right, I'm listening to Snoop right now, "with my mind
on my money and my money on my mind, Laid Back." We are all pretty frazzled
after 20+ hours spent getting here. That's alright though, Australia is always
worth it. Even though its winter here, its still beautiful. My wife and I were
just walking around town and we strolled through this botanical garden that was
awesome. My wife kept pointing to all these places in the bushes where she felt
a body was probably buried. My wife is a little twisted like that. For the next
two weeks we will be touring Australia and New Zealand with Eskimo Joe and
Guttermouth, but more on that later.
Dickey, lead singer of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Our last leg of the tour was great, with the 'Stones (MMBosstones, that is)
and The Living End. Every night was full of great amounts of energy and great
playing. I will miss playing with those bands. Hopefully we'll get to work with
both of them again in the future. Chris of The Living End is one of the most
phenomenal guitarists I've ever had the pleasure of watching. Check them out!
The 'Stones were all really cool people as well as great entertainers. We were
privileged to hear a couple of songs slated to go on their next record, which
they have just begun work on. If these songs are any indication of how the rest
of their record will sound, its going to be great.
One of the shows on the last tour was a huge radio festival at the newly
built Raven's Stadium in Baltimore. There was over 75,000 people in attendance.
It was a huge, huge show. They also had these huge diamond screens on each end
of the stadium, one over the stage and one facing it. On such a huge screen I
couldn't help but notice just how handsome Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray actually is.
The guy is just too fucking cute. Then when we were playing I saw myself on that
huge screen. I am the Anti-Mark McGrath. That's all I have to say about that.
Even though we are both from Orange County, and have a lot of mutual friends, we
have never met the Sugar Ray guys before. That night a bunch of our guys went
out drinking with a bunch of their guys and they all got really drunk and had a
rock-n-roll-male-bonding session. I met a couple of the guys later at another
festival and they were much as I expected them to be, that is nice OC boys with
a good sense of humor.
The day after the drinking incident with Sugar Ray (really only a couple of
hours later) we got on a chartered plane with the 'Stones and Moby and headed
for another festival, this time in the middle of Wisconsin somewhere. I'm
sending along some pictures I took on this flight. I'll let the picture speak
for themselves. Motorhead closed the show that night and they were great. I
don't know how he does it, but even in the middle of nowhere Lemmy managed to
find half a dozen girls, who look like they are straight from the Rainbow on
Sunset BLVD, to follow him around and dance next to him on the side of the stage.
I'm telling you, the man is King!
A couple of days ago we did some filming for our new "The Kids Aren't Alright"
video. This one is going to be a bit different in that it will only really come
together in post production, with lots of computerized manipulation of our
images. I really have no Idea what to expect from this one, but that just makes
me that much more interested. After the video shoot, I went to go see a friend
of mine who's band, The Criminals, was playing at a local all ages club. I
showed up as they were loading out (all ages=early show, duh!), but I hung out
watched Anti-Flag who were really great. What really struck me however, was the
whole scene itself. The place was full of mostly young, punk looking people who
were really into the music. Everyone was sober and seemed to be getting along as
though there was some tacit understanding that everyone there was part of
something greater. I remember feeling the same way about Gilman Street in
Berkeley when we first went there years ago. I never thought I'd see that sort
of thing in OC. I wish this kind of thing existed in OC years ago, when the only
scene I new there was one where everyone tried so hard to be cooler than the
next guy. Even within the punk scene, drunken brawls were the norm and, due to
overabundance of Nazi skinheads in OC, gang fights were not at all uncommon. The
name of the club is Chain Reaction and its on Lincoln in Anaheim. If you want
some good clean fun punk rock you should check it out.
Who's Flying Now?