March 30, (3-30!) 2001
we played the legendary and soon to be demolished "Fireside Bowl"
in Chicago. This was the first day of our "OH YEAH!" tour and
we started it like we start every tour, with a stop at White Castles on
our way out of St. Louis. We played with the Retards from Italy, the Phuzz,
and our OH YEAH! tourmates Lawrence Arms and Big D. Not only did we get
to play a great rock and roll show at one of our favorite places to play
in the world, but we got to see our friends in the Blue Meanies and Alkaline
Trio and were treated to a special guest appearence by none other than
MIKE PARK who joined us onstage for "La".
April 2, 2001
despite a bit of hassle at the border, we are playing in Toronto, Ontario.
On March 31 (ted's b-day), we played in Valparaiso, Indiana. The show
almost didn't happen. We showed up at the American Legion Hall and the
woman in charge refused to let any of the bands in. The more kids that
showed up, the more difficult she became. She told the promoter that he
couldn't get his deposit back since he didn't have a signed contract.
Rock and Roll prevailed though as the promoter found an expo hall at the
state fairgrounds at the last minute. We had a great big convoy of cars
following us to the new venue.
|Tuesday April 3, 2001
to Montreal, Quebec
we played a very late and short but sweet set at the Kathedral in the
impressive city of Toronto. After the show we drove for about an hour
looking for cheap lodging and finally settled down for a chilly night's
sleep in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
April 6, 2001
It's a rainy day here in Amherst. We spent some
quality time today at the post office getting things ready for our tour
of Japan. On tuesday we played an amazing show in Montreal Quebec. Se
Bon, Se Bon. This was only our second time to Quebec and kids went crazy.
We played a lot of requests and made a lot of new friends. On wednesday
we played a second show in Montreal at a small punk rock club the Bar
St. Laurent. It was fun to see a lot of people come back again for more
rock. We can't wait to come
April 11, 2001
It's a hot
one here in "Hotlanta". We've completely bipassed Spring and
went straight to Summer. It reached over 90 degrees in our hometown of
St. Louis. It was almost freezing when we left just under two weeks ago.
Anyway we've played a bunch of great shows lately. On Friday we played
on the 11th floor of the student union at UMASS in Amherst. There were
a few bad apples at the show who tried to spoil everyone's fun but generally
it was a good show. We drove to Boston afterwards and stayed at the big
Big D house. On Saturday we played two shows. The first was a matinee
in Boston at Bill's Bar where we played a quick set to an amazing crowd.
Big D had a party that night but we had to miss it. Right after our set
we got off stage, we got straight in the RV and drove for six hours to
Long Island for show # 2. We barely made it in time to get our set in
before curfew. On sunday we played with our good friends Cooter in Hartford.
After the show we drove for a couple of hours, finally stopping to sleep
at the "Turnpike Inn" in New Jersey. This place is a little
bit scary. We played a small show monday at American University in our
nation's capital, Washington DC. In Atlanta the OH YEAH tour went mohawk.
After Chris Diebold cut his hair into a mohawk twelve others on the tour
including Dan and Gerry, showed their support with cuts of their own.
April 13, 2001
we were in the Big Easy, Crescent City, New Orleans. We played a small
bar called the Mermaid Lounge. Unfortunately New Orleans no longer has
an all ages venue. Sorry to everyone who couldn't come to the rock show
because of age restrictions.
On the road eating is a very important and fun thing to do. Last night
was no exception. After the show we all got shrimp and oyster po' boys
at one of our favorite places for food, Verdi Marte in the French Quarter.
With our bellies full and the clock reading about 3 am we hit the road,
drove for about an hour and a half and went to sleep in a highway rest
April 17, 2001
After two nights of overnight driving we've settled into a motel for showers
and real sleep. We just finished a four day run through the state of TEXAS.
Our first show was on Friday the 13th in Houston with the legendary Mighty
Mighty Bosstones. Fitzgerald's has two stages and the "Oh Yeah"
tour played downstairs while the Bosstones and 30 foot fall played upstairs.
We were a little bit worried that people wouldn't bother with the downstairs
but we couldn't have been more wrong. The Bosstones were great and after
the show Gerry and Dickie did some catching up. Gerry eventually wound up
picking up Dickie and crushing him just like he used to do when Skankin'
Pickle toured with the Bosstones.
The next night we played in Austin with our friend Jerm of Tall Dark and
Lonesome. We were a little disappointed that we couldn't eat at another
of our most favorite places "Tamale House # 5" the next day since
it was closed on Easter. Tamale House has hands down the best breakfast
tacos anywhere! We settled on another good mexican restaurant and headed
to Dallas. Dallas is always fun because we get to see Dan's brother Chris,
his wife Tracy and Dan's nephews Gabe and Noah. Gabe is a big fan of the
"power skank" and loves to imitate Gerry ripping his shirt off.
After this show we drove through the night, trying to take a chunk out of
the 13 hour drive to El Paso, eventually stopping in Wickett (like the Ewok)
and sleeping for a couple of hours in a truck stop parking lot. We played
a small but fun show in El Paso. Dan from Big D broke his wrist trying to
ollie his skate board off a retaining wall. Ouch!
April 22, 2001
Oh Yeah! We're
in California. The heat of Texas and Arizona subsided and it got a bit chilly
once we hit the border. We played a very small show in Mira Mesa outside
of San Diego. Thursday we played the Troubadour in Hollywood with our friends
Slow Gherkin. We all stayed at James from Slow Gherkin's parent's house
and were treated to some great home cooked food. Nothing tastes better when
you're on the road. We also got to see the new Asian Man Video sampler for
the first time and the long wait was worth it. MU330 contributed the "Tune
Me Out" video as well as "Hoosier Love" live in Tokyo. Mike
Park hopped in the RV and rode with us for the next few days, giving Gerry
neck massages and buying us all burritos. The Anaheim show on friday was
great, probably the best yet for southern California. On saturday we actually
drove through snow on our way to Berkeley. The show at Gliman Street was
a lot of fun. Our friend Jason Thihn's band, Short Round, opened up the
show. It was good to see a lot of our friends especially everyone from the
April 25, 2001
The OH YEAH tour
spent the past two nights surrounded by the bright lights of Las Vegas.
On tuesday night we were supposed to play an all ages show at the Junkyard,
but a few hours before the show the police threatened to shut down the club
if there were any minors present. Since almost everyone who showed up was
underage we moved the show outside to the parking lot and all the bands
played soft accoustic sets, horns and drums included. This was definitely
one of the most interesting shows on this tour. The tour made a whopping
$68.68 from donations so we came up with a plan. We decided to bet $69 on
black at the roulette table at midnight. That's what we did and we lost
it all!! Fun, fun, fun.
May 1, 2001
Lake City, Utah
We're back at
the motel 6 after playing a great show at the Kilby Court. After uploading
this we're going to hit the road for nice 10 hour night drive over the mountains
to Denver. Now a quick recap. After Vegas we played a nice stretch of shows
with Slow Gherkin in San Jose and Santa Cruz. Our friends Yoko and Guts
from Japan were out visiting and hopped in the RV for a few days. Guts even
joined us onstage rocking the guitar on La.. There was plenty of good eating
while they were with us.One morning Mike Park's mom took us out for Korean
BBQ and twice we ate at the best American style taco stand "Taco Bravo".
After the second show in Santa Cruz we hung out with the guys in Slow Gherkin
and went for a 3 am bike ride along the coast.
|Thursday May 3, 2001
||Colorado Springs, Colorado
It's SNOWING!!! Once again we had a long overnight drive from Salt Lake
to Denver and I gave up the reigns to Gerry at about 7 in the morning
in Rawlins, Wyoming. I woke up an hour later to see we were driving through
a heavy snowstorm. Fortunately it wasn't sticking but the snow kept up
for the next two days through Denver and Colorado Springs. The Denver
show was a lot of fun. We were joined on stage by our old sax player matt
knobbe's alter ego "guitardo" who rocked the six string on "la".
The shows in Colorado Springs have always been good and the promoter eric,
super nice. This time was no exception. A couple of guys showed up at
1:30 am while all the bands were loading out. When they found out that
they had missed the show they sped off totally pissed off. Maybe they
should get out of bed a little earlier.
|Saturday May 5, 2001
||St. Louis, Missouri
Back home! After Colorado Springs we drove through the night to Lawrence,
Kansas for an afternoon BBQ that our booking agent steve was throwing for
all the bands. Lawrence is like a second home to us. Our first out of town
shows were at the a place called the Outhouse which was an old brick tractor
barn in the middle of a cornfield five miles outside of Lawrence. We had
some great shows there including the historical Skankin' Pickle / Blue Meanies
/ MU330 bill where all three bands first met each other. Our recent show
probably won't be seen as influental but it was still fun. The show was
supposed to be all ages but we found out at the last minute that it was
18+. Sorry to everyone who couldn't get in because of that. On saturday
we played at St. Louis University for our hometown CD release. Jenny Kavanaugh
and her band of outlaws opened up the show. John Skavanagh our old singer
plays guitar in this country rock band. One of the highlights of the show
was an onstage chainsaw fight between Gerry and Vigo from Big D. After the
show Chris had a big party for everyone. OH YEAH!!!