Saturday, March 18, 2017

RIP Chuck Berry

The first record of my parent's that I totally wore out was Chuck Berry's "School Days". I can remember rocking through the house with a tennis racket for a guitar and the stereo CRANKED for hours on end. The originator of Rock N Roll guitar. All I ever wanted to do was play guitar like Chuck.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Parade of Mules

Some film footage of Rich, Steve and I riding around in the hills outside of Ventura in 2007. This was for a movie our friend John Weckworth was going to make.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Annual "Unofficial" Chico Dirt Bike Team Reunion... and a weekend in Panamint Valley

Met up with the Chico Dirt Bike crew in randsburg last week. These guys spend a week every year since college riding around the Randsburg area. This year they got high class and got an Air BNB in town. Neat place!

The Air BNB cabin in Randsburg. 

Property for sale!

Oz's cabin.

Started to rain on the way up and the trail was a little more technical then I thought it would be. Truck did great in 4 Low even with the dirt bike on the back. 

"Me Lonely, Hell No! I'm half coyote and half wild burro!" Seldom Seen Slim's gravestone. 

Ballarat Cemetary

Great trip. Blew a brake line a few miles from home but other than that the truck did excellent even with the added weight of the bike. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Stipjes

Thanks for reminding me about this one Brett! 1996 Punk Rock.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Gabby and the Cadillac Tramps

In 1994 my Dad drove me, Mike Avila, Steve Klett, John Mcpherson and Simon Bodeaux to see the Cadillac Tramps. I had just turned 16 a few days before the show but the old man was smart not to give me the car. Still rules that he drove us though. We had to sit through some band called Korn that I still can't believe went on to be so much bigger than the Tramps. The Tramps were in my opinion THE BEST Rock N Roll band in Southern California at that time. There was nothing "PUNK" about it to me. Their songs were Rock N Roll and at a time when all I wanted to hear about was negativity, everything Gabby sang about was positive. I had no idea how much of an effect it had on me then but I do now. Years later Rich Silva and I would open up for one of his bands and I can't tell you how stoked we were. We spoke several times over the last few years about booking Manic Hispanic or Flock for Born-Free but sadly his health was never too great around the time of the show so it didn't work out.
Gabby's legacy to me has little to do with anything about Punk Rock and everything to do with being a positive force in this life. I know several people that have told me without him they would not have made it through their drug and alcohol addictions. He helped so many through rough spots in their life and from the outpouring of emotion that I have seen this last week it's safe to say he impacted thousands more in a positive way. If you ever went to see any band that Gabby was in it was way more than a show. You knew you were gonna have fun! You knew you were gonna laugh! I never had a bad time or saw a bad show with Gabby in it. His sense of humor on stage and showmanship is something I will always remember. RIP Gabby and thank you so much for all of the great music!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

XMAS to New Years Mojave Run E.R.R.C.

Just Add MOTOR!

Something big ate something smaller!

Clearly marked: No Steve Klett!

The three amigos??? No. 

After a full week in the Mojave I headed for Lake Arrowhead to meet up with Tiffany and the Carltons!

Great trip with a spectacular ending and New Years in the snow! Thanks Steve and Kevin for joining me in the Desert!