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Orange County, CA.
Yes, we are home now for almost the whole month. This will be our
longest break this year. Next month we head back out to finish up the year,
touring all the places we haven't been to yet. But first let's back track a bit.
The rest of the Japanese tour was awesome. Both the fans and everyone that we
work with there took really good care of us. They always do. After the typhoon
in Fukuoka, we flew to Tokyo for two of our biggest shows ever in Japan. The
venue was the Tokyo Bay NK Hall and I think they normally hold Sumo wrestling
matches there. On the first night we got into a little trouble when Dexter hosed
down some stuff he wasn't supposed to with the water cannon. They told us we
weren't allowed to use it the second night. We did it anyway and it all worked
out. Nothing got wrecked, no one got hurt, and the owner of the hall didn't try
to have us arrested. We appreciated that. Both those shows went really well and
the audience went nuts the whole time.
The next night was an off night so the promoter and the label took the band and
crew out to dinner. It was a traditional Japanese meal served on a boat in the
middle of the bay. We all got drunk on beer, sake, and even some whiskey. The
food was great and the karaoke singing was hilarious. The highlights were Al (Japanese
Lighting tech.) singing "Smoking in the Boys Room," Donny (guitar tech/nude
model) singing "Funky Cold Medina," and George (stage soundman) and Hiro (label
rep.) singing a duet of "Like a Virgin." It was absolutely one of the most
ridiculous events I have ever witnessed. It was also a lot of fun.
The next show was in Nagoya, which meant that we all woke up hung over and
immediately boarded a two hour train. The trains in Japan are actually pretty
cool. Travelling by train is pretty relaxing compared to flying commercially.
When we got to Nagoya we went to the venue and had a few hours to chill out
before the show. Those of us in the band were heading back to Tokyo right after
the show, but the crew had to stay in Nagoya over night to deal with all the
gear, so before the show Dexter borrowed George's room to chill in. George gave
Dexter his key and laughed and said, "Don't forget to trash my room." Big
Mistake. Dexter took George at his word and made a mess of his room. First, he
ordered an 80$ bottle of Jack Daniel's and charged it to the room, then he
rearranged the place, trying not to do any permanent damage. All the furniture
was thrown around, the walls were graffitied, and trash was strewn throughout.
Porn was ordered and left on the TV and the mattress was left up against the
entry way. Dexter replaced the sanitary ring back on the toilet only after
depositing a nice little present in it. Finally, Dexter put the "Do Not Disturb"
sign on the door and came down to the show. Fortunately George saw the humor in
the situation, which is difficult I'm sure at 1:00 in the morning when you have
a lobby call at 5:00. The show was a lot of fun too.
Before we left Japan, I decided to check out what our chat room was like. I'd
never been in it before so I didn't really know what to expect. It was funny
because most people didn't believe that it was actually me logged on as Noodles.
One girl in Italy cussed me out and accused me of trying to be somebody cooler
than I actually am. Well, guilty as charged, but it was actually me. Dexter and
I logged on together a couple of days later and nobody would talk to us. I guess
that none of you believe that we would actually go on our chat room but we
really do. So next time don't cuss me out, okay?
Our last two shows were festivals in Australia, the first one being the Livid
Festival in Brisbane. It was pretty cool to be able to see bands like Frenzal
Rhomb and 22 Jacks play. Steve from 22 Jacks was in a band called The
Adolescents back in the early days of O.C. punkdom. If you've never heard of
Frenzal Rhomb, they are from Australia, but have released some stuff on Fat
Wreck Chords. Both of these bands are great, so check them out. During our set
that night we were joined on stage by Butch Vig of Garbage, who helped us out on
the percussion parts of "I Choose." The next night we were joined by Dave Grohl
of the Foo Fighters, playing the same parts and more. Both of these guys are
hugely influential to us and it was a thrill to see them up there. The night
Dave joined us was at a festival in the Glenworth Valley about an hour outside
of Sydney. This show was just pure fun, as it was the last day of the tour and
it felt kind of like the last day of school.
After the typhoon, there were no more major natural catastrophes for us to brush
up against, but we did come pretty close to one of the biggest man-made
disasters of recent history. The day we left Japan, they had a big radiation
leak a couple of hundred kilometers outside of Tokyo. Apparently some
radioactive fuel was being mixed at a plant there, they put in too much uranium,
and it went critical. The worst part was that no one there knew how to handle
the problem, and a lot of people were exposed to serious amounts of radiation. A
few people were in critical condition. This kind of stuff just keeps following
All in all, this was a really great tour, but I sure am glad to be home. We
still have a lot going on though, so I'll keep ya all up on it. Until then,