Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Go Insane: Lower Class Brats @ The Observatory, 1/11/13

January 24, 2013

The night before this show, I fainted and split my head open and ended up in Cedars Sinai Emergency room with a staple gun to my head. You are not a real metalhead unless you’ve experienced having a staple gun taken to your scalp!

In certain circles, I’m known as “Crazy J”, and this night would be a perfect example of why I have earned that nickname. I really wanted to see my friend Ron Conflict play bass in the Lower Class Brats, so me and my head injury made the pilgrimage south to Santa Ana, slightly high on Vicodin.

The concert experience in the OC could not be more different than it’s LA neighbor; the line to get in was as wicked as the biting cold that night. Luckily, I know someone who knows someone, and we were whisked in to the comfort of the backstage dressing rooms where I could concentrate on staying upright.

IMG_1027When it came time for the Brats to play, we wandered near the side of the stage and settled in for a show that was as much about watching the crowd as the band (no discredit to the band, of course). There’s something about watching the enthusiasm of a young punk crowd that both makes me yearn for the days of reckless youth and touch my stapled head and wonder if I’ll ever be able to do a pit again. I watched so many failed attempts to rush the stage and jump off the speakers that I found myself wanting to encourage the young punks to keep trying.

Having just seen the Kubrick exhibit at LACMA and having a reinvigorated interest in A Clockwork Orange made this Droog-inspired band that much more entertaining that night. As they bounced around the stage, I restrained myself to not bang my head…which was no small feat.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

Horror Business: The Original Misfits, Iggy Pop, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Sublime, The Damned @ No Values, Pomona Fairgrounds, 6/8/24

“Too much horror businessDriving late at nightPsycho 78My bathroom is newYou, you don’t go in the bathroom with mePsycho 7812…

July 3, 2024

A New Level: Metallica, Pantera, and Mammoth VH @ SoFi Stadium Los Angeles, 8/25/23

“Now a new look in my eyes my spirit riseForget the pastPresent tense works and lastsGot shit on, pissed on,…

September 4, 2023

Gimme Danger: Iggy Pop & The Losers with Grace McKagan @ The Pearl Las Vegas, 4/29/23

“Gimme danger, little strangerAnd I feel with you at easeGimme danger, little strangerAnd I’ll feel your disease There’s nothing in…

May 29, 2023

Kill or Become: Cannibal Corpse, Dark Funeral, Immolation, Black Anvil at House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay 11/25/22

“Living out the days and nights in absolute fearNever knowing when and where thethreat of the undead draws nearThoughts of…

December 3, 2022

Looks That Kill: Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, & Joan Jett & The Blackhearts @ Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, 9/9/22

“Now, listen up She’s a razor sharp If she don’t get her way She’ll slice you apart Now she’s a…

September 19, 2022

A Dangerous Meeting: Mercyful Fate, High on Fire, Paradise Lost, Fugitive, Suicidal Tendencies, Bone Thugs -n- Harmony, Frozen Soul, Emperor, Mayhem, Carcass, and Wolves in the Throne Room @ Psycho Las Vegas @ Resort World, 8/19-21/22

“Oh, they should have knownNot to play with the powers of HellSome people have lost their waySome people have lost…

August 30, 2022

Among the Living: Anthrax 40th Anniversary Tour with Black Label Society @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, 7/28/22

“I’m the walking dudeI can see all the worldTwist your minds with fearI’m the man with the powerAmong the living,…

August 19, 2022

Mad World: Tears for Fears, Garbage @ Kia Forum in Los Angeles, 6/4/22

“And I find it kind of funny I find it kind of sad The dreams in which I’m dying Are…

June 12, 2022

She Sells Sanctuary: The Cult, Des Roc @ House of Blues Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay 5/8/22

“The sparkle in your eyes Keeps me alive And the sparkle in your eyes Keeps me alive, keeps me alive…

May 27, 2022

Rock You Like A Hurricane: Scorpions, Skid Row @ Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas 4/3/22

“It’s early morning, the sun comes out Last night was shaking and pretty loud My cat is purring, it scratches…

April 15, 2022