or "Other Ways I've Permanently Damaged My Hearing"
Topic: Concerts you've attended.
Sooooo, the juice cleanse is a bust. I didn't read the fine print. You have to order the five day cleanse A WEEK IN ADVANCE! WTF?! I'll wait until I back in Southern California to do it. I wanted to order the juices from a specific juice bar in Long Beach anyway.
On top of that I keep getting invites to go eat awesome but horrible food. So I won't be getting on that plant-based train for at least a couple more days. I WILL be, come Hell or high water, somewhere near my "ideal" weight by April 24th, 2019 though.
Anywho, here is how I've damaged my hearing besides years of being in close proximity of a tile saw:
In 1995 I saw Reel Big Fish somewhere in...Fountain Valley? I think? I didn't know my way around anything west of Sunset Beach and for the most part I still don't. Their independent release, Everything Sucks was the only album they had out at this point. This was before RBF's album, Turn The Radio Off, was released on Mojo records. Fun fact: my cousin went to school with and was friends with the bass player at the time, Matt Wong. I met him a couple of times and he was really nice. I was really into ska at the time and was starstruck both times. 🤣 Monique Powell of Save Ferris joined RBF to sing a couple of songs too.
Gameface was the opening band. I only remembered that when typing this and just confirmed with my cousin. 🤣
The Palace, Los Angeles 10.31.00
This was a crazy show. Kottonmouth Kings were the headliners. Rehab, Sen Dog's (of Cypress Hill fame) group SX-10, Corporate Avenger, and Too Rude. Oh and some band that would not go on to make anything of themselves, Linkin Park. I had absolutely no clue who Linkin Park was at the time but they killed it. They were the standout performance of the night. My friends and I (who were only there to smoke weed and watch KMK- at least that's what I was there to do 🤣) were all very impressed. I went out an purchased Hybrid Theory the next day.
(a preformance from earlier in the year)
The Catalyst, Santa Cruz Nov. 21, 2006
This show was supposed to be part of Danzig's Blackest of the Black tour but Danzig no-showed. I was pissed about that for years. Actually I'm still pissed off about it. I did get to see Lacuna Coil though (who I've seen another time in my hometown of San Luis Obispo.) The only other bands I remember were The Haunted and Belphegor. As disappointed as I was that Evil Elvis didn't show up Lacuna Coil made up for it. They put on a good show and my crush on Cristina Scabbia didn't hurt. She is teh hawt. 😍
Cal Poly Rec Center, Dec 7, 2005
Nine Inch Nails played the Cal Poly Rec Center in San Luis Obispo. I can't remember the opening band for the life of me. Nine Inch Nails was amazing. The sound was flawless. The Rec Center is a gymnasium for stuff like basketball and volleyball games. The acoustics are terrible but the NIN crew had the time and equipment to make it sound great! I also saw cKy and Avenged Sevenfold in the same venue and the sound was complete shit. They tried to solve the problem with the acoustics by playing at loud as possible and it sounded horrible.
Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles Oct. 16, 2015Judas fucking Priest with Mastodon opening. Nothing more needs be said.
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood Jun 16, 2017
BABYMETAL opened for HELLYEAH. My friends and I were really only there to see BABYMETAL. I was curious about HELLYEAH because I had been a fan of Mudvayne (the whole idea for the name "Belt of Skulls" came from one of their songs) and Pantera. HELLYEAH was terrible. BABYMETAL should have been the headliner. They killed it.
Once again, that will do it for now. I've been to a few other shows but I will save that for another time.