14 lipca 2001 Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, USA
Well after an hour and a half of driving back to the boonies from Los
Angeles, I am finally home (albeit, slightly incoherent and tired).
So we shall review the show:
I went by myself and left at about 3:30pm (Gates opened at
7:45pm it said on my ticket) but I figured, I live out in Redlands and
it'll take me at least two hours to get to Los Angeles, plus more if
there was traffic. As always, there was traffic, but I ended up
getting there at about 5pm on the dot, parking at the top of a 5
story parking structure. So I got my bearings and went to find the
Universal Amphitheater (which is conviently located at the total
opposite end of City Walk from where I parked). I went to see if I
could pick up my backstage passes, but no luck as the bands
hadn't given out all their stuff yet. So I went to go kill some time by
looking at the shops and eating!
Finally I got tired of this routine and came back to the
Amphitheater gates to find a slightly larger crowd waiting to enter. I
believe it was 6:30 or so when they started letting people in, but I
needed to get my passes before I went in, and I didn't receive those
until about 7. Finally I was able to enter the Universal Amphitheater
for the first time in my life and damn was this place nice. I won't
really go into details, but if you live in the LA area, you need to
attend a show there. (Capacity is about 6,000 I believe)
Millencolin came on and they were very rockable, I am fairly
enticed to buy a CD of theirs. But they played a lot of good stuff,
including "Lozin Must" and their song off Tony Hawk Pro Skater,
they seemed to be generally well received and in my opinion did an
excellent job hanging with the pros.
T.S.O.L. came on and played, and the crowd was fairly cold to
them. Perhaps it was because there was mainly a younger
generation that wasn't as into old school punk? Well in anycase,
you could prominetly hear a few boos during their set, though I
think by the end, they pretty much won the crowd over.
I thought they did a good job as well (though I've never really cared
for Mr. Grisham :P) but they actually invited quite a few people
onstage and security was extremely lax, letting the people up
without a struggle. By the time their show was done, they had a
nice armada of people onstage rocking out with them. With Jack
giving directions to Dexter's house between each songs (though he
stopped towards the end) and even gave the address to his own
house saying "Come over anytime and we'll party." But they were
out to have fun and generally accomplished that.
Then Offspring came on.
However, I believe this is new, since before they came on, a screen
dropped down and played a small movie, effectionately entitled
"Bad Habit". Now this was DAMN funny, Dexter driving a beat up
Pinto down the freeway, with people flipping him off and screaming
at him. Finally he snaps and pulls out a shotgun, and he starts
blowing out tires and windows. He pulls up on Noodles and Ron at
one point, and they scream and swerve all over the freeway. Finally
he meets up with a guy driving a lowrider (whom he was racing
earlier) who turns out to be a caricature Ricky Martin, and well... go
see the show if you want to see the end :) After this, the screen
goes up and they launch into Bad Habit. It looks like they have a
new set, but an AWESOME looking set it was indeed.
List of songs played? Well here goes my wussy memory, in no particular order:
All I Want
Come Out and Play
Have You Ever
Dirty Magic (Accoustic version, FUCKING AWESOME! This was
included with the power outage bit, jokes about "Rolling Blackouts"
and the whole thing where Noodles talks about learning these
songs off of Napster)
Gotta Get Away
Million Miles Away
Dammit I Changed Again
Why Don't You Get A Job
Kids Aren't Alright
Want You Bad
After this I went ahead and went backstage thanks to their very
kind manager who still puts up with my requests for passes.
Basically the backstage thing is this:
About 150 - 200 people milling about waiting for the band to show
up, with food and drinks provided (very nice). Now it is pretty cool
cause you get to talk to a bunch of people and all the food is
catered, but the only problem is, we are enclosed in a small area
and it seems like most everyone smokes. :-/
After arriving back there, I decide to hang out by this little gateway,
thinking the band would arrive through there, after 20 minutes of
waiting around, I look through the large crowd of 200 people and
Dexter comes in on the other side! Man I have horrible luck when it
comes to positioning, but after the enterage of people seeking
autographs finally slack off, I go up to talk to him and he
remembered that somebody told him I was at the Vandals show in
Riverside! Awesome!! I was explaining to him I should have said
"WhiteBandit" instead, and he was like "for some reason I always
thought you were from Minneapolis or some place." Hehe. I
basically had him autograph my ticket, then I took off!
After talking to him, I may even be able to get passes for next
weeks show in Vegas too! AWESOME!
But tonights show was extremely awesome, and I am really
looking forward to seeing them in a more intimate setting next
Well, until next time.