Well… our recent tour, as the name actually suggests, blew up right in our face. Our first show at Blue Cafe, it rained and hardly anyone showed up, although the homies were there so that was cool. The next night at Taco Beach was a LITTLE better. The place was crowded, typical for Taco Beach, and we got off to a good start, but in the middle of the third song LG broke a string and being the broke little mutherfucker he is didn’t have an extra set of strings, or guitar for that matter, so we had to borrow one from Halfton, who also had equipment problems that night and had to cut the show short. Our third show at the Broke Ass Cantina is when the real Atomic disaster struck.

Our drummer Andy just didn’t show up… no phone call… nothing. I couldn’t believe it, but we salvaged our set with an acoustic montage from LG. Suprisingly the rest of the show was awesome and Plan Anarchy and The Lowclass really saved our ass with killer performances. We had been at the races all this weekend promoting for the Brokeass, and Rhythm Lounge shows and having him just not even show up was inraging. Well not to be topped by saturday night at the Brokeass, the show at the Rhythm Lounge was twice as bad. During the race on Sunday Andy calls and says he is for sure gonna make it to the show. Well its show time and we are waiting for him and of course… he doesn’t show. Not only does he not show up but no one doess. The place was quite empty while Libations and Fuzzymoto took one for the team and rocked their sets. Now after that bullshit Andy pulled you know we had to kick him to the curb and with the show at Que Sera looming we started our desperate search for a drummer.

Luckly LG knew some old rock guys and we convinced Jeff to stand in for the last three shows. I guess Jeff used to play with Great White, and with 30 years of experience we decided he was the right guy for the job. We got 2 practices in before the April 15th show at Que Sera. The funny part is that this show turned out the best so far for us. The vibe was good and the other bands did their thing. Plan Anarchy stepped up again to rock it out, as well as This Love Machine who did a rare acoustic set that turned out a great crowd. All in all it was a good show. Picking up a bit of momentum we practice a few more times before the diPiazza’s show on 420 and with Libations and Raised Under Reagan the show was off the hook. We all got blazed and drunk, as it should be, and then went home after a show well done.

When LBPP booked this tour we had 10 shows planned with a sick closing show that would have been this weekend, but instead we cut it short to 7 shows and ended it at the Brokeass Cantina and in hindsight it was the best decision we made. When we got on stage the crowd was small, but reassuring and after 5 songs for the first time I felt proud to be part of a band. After our set the surprise of the tour, Freddy’s Four Fingers, took over the stage and it was phenomenal. I had only heard them on Myspace, like most of the bands on the tour, but the stuff they have up there did NOT do them justice. Closing the final show was Halfton, who had to cut their set at Taco Beach short, and with a second shot they brought the fucking house down. I was very impressed with their show and so was the crowd after they threw down a cover of Regulate. We got much love at the Brokeass that night and it was the perfect way to end a tour that began inbetween a rock and hard place. I think we have learned alot from all this bullshit and like when you were young and daddy pushes you into the lake it’s either sink or swim…. I would say we doggie paddled our way home.

 In closing LBPP would like to thank all the bands; The LeperKhanz, Fuzzymoto, Madlibs, Halfton, The Lowclass, Libations, This Love Machine, Raised Under Reagan, Plan Anarchy, Live Genius, and Freddy’s Four Fingers, as well as all the venues for their hospitality, hard work, and talent.

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of LongBeachIndependent.com and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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