(Added Mar. 2002) – This was our big chance to play with a band from Epitaph Records! We did well but our dreams of impressing the big name band and getting signed never even came close to materializing. Still a good show though.
(Added Mar. 2002) – Hmmm. Don’t remember much about this one. I will say that of all the bands we met in N.C. that Railroad Earth was the coolest and most down to Earth band we ever met. I doubt they will ever see this but we really respected them and wish them the best.
(Added Mar. 2002) – Rumors was your stereotypical Southern rock bar. Metallica and Kiss posters on the wall and a jukebox full of Pantera. They actually had a backstage area which had this nasty old couch in it covered with stains and dirt. The promoter of the show walked in while we were mocking his couch and told us “Boys, don’t you laugh … Warrant sat there.” A priceless moment to say the least. Only in Hickory, NC can you find that sort of pride.
(Added Oct. 2001) – I really don’t remember anything about this show so I will mention how much I used to love the Pink Collar Jobs. The band was great but the coolest thing was how they worked to promote the Boone and N.C. punk music scene. They should have been awarded a medal.
(Added Mar. 2002) – I vaguely recall someone at this show putting a lighter on Dave’s pants while he was singing. I also remember Dave kicking that person in the back of the neck and dropping them to their knees. Aside from the violent side of Dave I remember being really impressed with the Pink Collar Jobs. We sounded so old and slow compared to them. I still feel that way with some of the bands we play with today. Maybe there is a theme here? (Note: After discussing it w/ Bald Steve we decided that the person with the lighter was a girl name Rebecca! Way to go Dave … kicking a girl!)
(Added Oct. 2001) – I’m almost positive that we played this show with Damage Done. Furthermore I think it was their first show ever. Also, if I recall this is the show where someone dry humped Dave’s bass amp and then stuck their head inside Bryan’s bass drum while he was playing! Later in the set someone ran into Bryan’s drums while he was playing and toppled the whole set onto the ground.
(Added Mar. 2002) – When I think of a stereotypical wild college party this is the one that comes to mind. There were literally between 200-300 people at this little house just out of the Boone city limits. We played upstairs for about an hour and a half and people went absolutely nuts the ENTIRE time! We played every cover we knew and the place just went off. Circle pits, shouting along, throwing stuff, broken bottles, broken windows, you name it. The best part was that there were so many people upstairs that the floor permanently warped into a U shape. Seriously! The ceiling below was concave the next morning! If I recall this was the night that Rick from the Husbians presented us the lyrics for his hit song “Diapers”.
(Added Oct. 2001) – I always loved Dock 1002. The guy who ran it was awesome. The place was huge and had a light up disco tile floor. So bad ass to play at! If I recall the drummer of the other band had a really expensive drum set that Bryan made fun of.
(Added Oct. 2001) – Oh man … this was our first (and last) battle of the bands showcase. We paid $40 to play because the winner was promised a record contract. We know now that this is a scam, but at the time we thought for sure we would win and get signed. Nope. I remember being really impressed by Punchin’ Judy. We still have some of their stickers on our equipment and in our van.
(Added Oct. 2001) – There was a big storm on the way to this show and we were forced to drive 2 cars. Not too many people came out because of the crazy mountain weather. The show was so-so but the drive home was nuts! Dave had a Jeep Cherokee with all the gear and I was driving a little Honda Prelude with 5 (!) people in it. The aforementioned storm dropped something like 2 feet of rain an hour for the entire time we played. We came to find out the road on our way home was closed by the police and there was a curfew in effect. We were left to find another way home and to make a long story short we drove an additional 3 hours across downed power lines, over trees, through rock and mud slides, and drove through streams and puddles so high that it seeped through my car doors! The whole time we were avoiding the police so we wouldn’t get ticketed! That meant stopping and turning the lights off at the sight of any oncoming traffic. We ended up staying with our friend Sam on Sugar Mountain and arrived there just before dawn. It was such a crazy drive because everything was so messed up due to the flooding and storms. Downtown Banner Elk was flooded like I’ve never seen before. Another amusing story about this trip is that the next morning was the day that Bryan’s hair was so big when he awoke that we all laughed ourselves to tears. Literally it was like a 3 foot tall bushy afro. He ended up shaving it the next day.