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April 02, 2003
Orange County, CA
"Da Hui" Video Continued


Day two of "Da Hui" video was a beautiful day on the North Shore. There was less wind, more sun, big waves, and a bunch of sea turtles playing in the water. I caught a couple of decent waves, but the second day of shooting in Hawaii was mostly about Dexter's surfing. The waves were still pretty big and Dexter is still kind of learning how to surf, so he had to really work hard at getting his shots. What Dexter lacks in surfing skill, he more than made up for in tenacity. He was out in the water all fucking day and even tried towing into a couple of waves. I did a lot more paddling that day while we tried to get shots of Dex and I on the same wave, but he was the one who really had to work for it. He finally got all the shots we needed for the video just before sundown.

While Dexter was filming the last of his parts in the water, I was interviewing Brandon Cruz who is now singing for the Dead Kennedys. I did this interview for the third issue of my magazine, Spare Change (www.sparechangemag.com). I am a huge fan of the DKs, and of Jello Biafra who is no longer working with DH, Klaus, and Ray. Before talking with Brandon I was completely skeptical about any form of DKs without Biafra. I was also interested in hearing from him how things have been going for the band, and his feelings on filling Biafra's spot on stage. He admits that, for many, he has become the most hated man in punk, but he is also very humble about singing the songs that he has loved for so many years himself. He has taken a lot of shit to be able to pass on some of the most important songs ever written to a new generation of fans. I really liked what Brandon had to say about the band, three of who are original members, and have decided to withhold judgement until I see them for myself.

We were out of the water on day three while we shot all the land-based footage. We shot all this stuff on the access path to Pipeline. We got to hang out all day at Gerry Lopez's old house overlooking Pipeline, Backdoor, and Off-The-Wall. The waves were great and I got to watch some of the best surfing I've ever seen first-hand. There were a bunch of pros out in the line-up, both guys and girls, and I even got to see Jay Adams (check out Dogtown and Z Boys) pull in at Backdoor. We finished shooting right as the sky unloaded on us and it began to rain for the next two days. Everything just went our way for the shoot. We got all the waves and the weather that we needed. It was just perfect.

Most of all I want to thank all the Hui guys for helping us out and showing us the true spirit of Aloha. These guys can be pretty intimidating, but they made us feel so welcome that I didn't want to leave. I've always loved the Islands, been in awe of them, and had the utmost respect for their beauty and their people. This trip only served to strengthen all my feelings. On the morning of our last day there, I stepped outside to have a cigarette and a cup of coffee. I was watching a couple of guys surf the point in front of the hotel when farther out on the horizon I saw some huge form rise up out of the water. It was a humpback whale in full breach, coming almost all the way out of the water in slow motion, straight up into the air, before rolling over on its side, and crashing back into the ocean with an explosion of whitewater. I knew right then that it was going to be a good day.

The NAMM Show

In January I went to the NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants) in Anaheim to sign autographs and promote my signature model guitar. My signature model is basically the same Ibanez I've been using for years. It has the Talman body shape, hum/sing/hum pickup configuration and a hand-wrapped duct tape finish. I'm really stoked with it. It plays well, sounds great, and, because they are hand-wrapped, each one will have its own unique character. The guitar is in production right now and should be in stores in the next month or two.

I don't usually do autograph signings outside of our own meet-and-greets backstage, because it seems like the kind of thing "Rawkstars" do, but it wasn't really like that. I did the signing with Mike Mushok of Staind who is super cool and not at all like one would expect a rock star to be. Our autograph line may not have been as big as Korn's, but we signed a lot of autographs and took a lot of photos, and the fans really seemed to be into it.

After the signing, Webdude and I walked around, drank a couple of beers, and drooled over all the new equipment. I love checking out all the guitars, amps, and effects. There are always some new products that are just way too over the top to be useful to most musicians, or some that are just gimmicky and lame, but some of the new electronics are mind blowing. Some of the new digital stuff, the recording and processing equipment, is pretty amazing. I can see how you can use this stuff to come up with some really creative music, but you can also destroy what are already pretty good songs if you're not careful. Sometimes an old, beat-up acoustic guitar is all you need.

I hung out with Mike again in early February when we went to the Viper Room to see a band called Metal Shop. Staind were working at the same studio we were and a few of us decided to go out and celebrate my birthday at the show. Metal Shop Rule! They cover all the cheesy hits of the hair-metal era, replete with drum and guitar solos, all the while satirizing their whole scene. It's fucking brilliant and completely hilarious. And these guys can play! They don't take the stage until after midnight so it was my actual birthday and I got pretty sauced. Earlier that day I had finished all my guitar parts on the songs we've done so far, so I had all the more reason to celebrate.

The following Saturday night my wife threw me a surprise birthday party. I had a bunch of my friends and family there. It was a really great time, but I stayed up and drank too much. The next day I was so hung over that I paddled out on a longboard in my trunks and no wetsuit. The water was about 57 degrees, but I could hardly feel it. I was hung over for three days. Not Good!

The Record

By now you've all heard the news that Ron is no longer a member of The Offspring. This was a very depressing situation for all of us, but we are all in agreement that this is for the best. Ron is very excited about his new project, Steady Ground. I don't know much about their music, but I do know that they have two of the best guitarists I've ever heard, our friends George and Doug. Ron is like a brother to us, and we wish the best for him and his band.

Things have kinda slowed down for us in the studio. We were off to a great start, and laid down a bunch of tracks fairly quickly. Dexter flew to Atlanta to do vocals only to catch a cold that took a toll on his voice, so we lost about a week there. Dexter is also a perfectionist and has made a couple of changes to the way he sang a couple of songs. He has also been working on a couple of new songs which we will be recording this Thursday in LA. Of the first ten songs, more than half are completely finished, mixing included. The two new songs, of course, and a couple of others still need vocals which we may have to do in Atlanta. We got off to such a quick start, that we thought we'd be finished by now, but we are actually spending just about the same amount of time in the studio as we have on all our records.

Josh Freese is playing with us on all the new material for this record. Josh is an okay drummer (you may have heard of him) and a longtime friend of ours. We are super thankful that he was able to help us out on what was pretty short notice. His playing sounds awesome and I know you're gonna love these songs. We don't have a (real) title for the record yet, but have been kicking around some ideas. The two new songs still don't have lyrics, so one of them, in keeping with tradition, will probably suggest the whole record's title.

We have no tour schedule yet, and won't even be thinking about that until we deliver this record to our label (I'm guessing three weeks from now). Any tour dates will be posted as soon as we confirm the dates. We will be going everywhere we've been before, and even to some places we haven't, so don't e-mail me asking me when we'll be there. Just trust me, we will be there. We are not sure who will be touring with us as a drummer, but we understand that he'll have pretty big shoes to fill, and will select him accordingly. I am really stoked with the songs and sounds on this record. We've all worked really hard on it, especially Dexter, and we look forward to releasing it so we can take these songs on the road.

We've experimented with a number of new amps, and old and new guitars, on this record, some of which we may take out on the road with us. That means some expensive new rigs, but if they sound as good live as they do in the studio it will be worth it. I'll try to get all the new tech info up on our site for all you nerdy tech heads. Stay tuned.




What I'm listening to these days:
Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, and Plastic Surgery Disasters
AFI - Sing the Sorrow
The Clash - The Clash, and London Calling
The Dickies - The Incredible Shrinking Dickies
Operation Ivy - Operation Ivy
Rage Against the Machine - The Battle for Los Angeles
Iron Maiden - Killers
The Smothers Brothers - Sibling Revelry

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