I hung out with Corey
about 2 weeks before this night and promised her “the Peters Family
doll” when Duane got into town with U.S. Bombs!
U.S. Bombs first
entered my life in 1996 on the crime free streets of San Jose,
California! I had just returned from a party in Santa Cruz where
Assfort (Japan) had played and BJ, Terri & I was stumbling down the
street on a late afternoon, nursing our daily intake of alcohol. In
otherwise keeping a steady buzz to last us all night! Anyway as we
walked back to third street house we bumped into Cari & Wade! I just
recall saying “you boys aren’t from around here”! They said “NO”
with a giggle and some humorous smirks! “But our band is playing
tonight so come check us out”!
We summoned all the
rodents we could back at the Rat hole a.k.a our friends. Since this
was a Sunday night we knew we would have to lead them with some
sharp cheese (illegal and sometimes deadly substances).
I called people even
to come check out these boys that were in town. (I am always good
for getting a crowd)(I should be a car saleswoman)….hehehe..
My girlfriends and I
hung out with the boys, Cari &Chuck (RIP) fought over my syringe ink
pen! Chuck won it! It was probably the Thunders hair and that he was
less than 5’6. I love short boys! Duane was a complete MESS! Wow was
I smitten! But not in a sexual way but in a “FUCK YA” way!
The place had only
about 25 of us, 20 I had brought, Chronic Joe got kicked out 2 or 3
times and I picked up Duane up off the ground, there was beer, sweat
and udder chaos!
Duane was angry at the
fucking world! He did not speak to anyone; he just went up played,
fell and then left! Anyone that was in Duane’s presence at this
time knew that he was the true ‘One Man Army”!
All the guys hung out
after except Duane he of course disappeared into the gutter or
To date I have seen
U>S Bombs a dozen (even when I was 7 months prego) or so times, The
Hunns even more and Duane started to recognize me after the second
or third show and with his sobriety came alot more of a approachable
man! I have interviewed him for skate videos (lost in masses?),
traded punk shirts with him, and bring him offerings of nostalgia.(
Our friend had bought us a Sid Vicious shirt in Germany and it had
the craziest colors on it and I decided to give it to Duane and have
seen him wearing it in different videos etc… Only Duane could wear
that shirt and make it look good!).
When The Gunfight
played Santa Cruz with Circle Jerks Duane and I had a great heart to
heart just about life and our children. He had asked me what I
thought of his movie?
I told him “ I am glad
they made it while your still around to enjoy it’, and am glad they
didn’t focus on all the Duane shit but on the great things he has
done”! When I had found out him and Corey had hooked up I thought it
has to be the centuries best fucken match!!! Two gorgeous creatures
doing great things and now making more cute creatures! I guess when
you grow up you get more of a thrill outta your mentors making a
difference instead of slamming dope and being fucked up!
Which now brings me
back to El Corozone, Christina was camping so I trekked this one
solo! As I walked up I bumped into Cari we caught up, I then found
Amber on the ground of the doorway looking like she’d had a good
time. I walked in time for The Hollowpoints which are based outta
Seattle and are a tight bunch o’ kids.
I entered the 21+
rooms and saw Duane sitting in a booth with a friend, so I walked
over and he hugged me, I then presented him with his wrapped
creation and some photos I had snapped in the past.
He seemed to LOVE
them! We chatted a bit and I sat at the table and his friend
introduced himself as Steve Turner (yeah MudHoney) and I met this
lovely couple, I chatted here and there!
It was soon time for
U.S. Bombs to blow up! They started surf sounds and then out of the
dark appeared Duane and the place went crazy! Bezerk!
This had to be the
BEST I have ever seen ‘em! A cute young lad has joined ‘em and Duane
was celebrating his 45th birthday!
Cari & him did the
acoustic SID song (I love that Song)
Duane got down on his
knees while the young birds danced around him!
The set was finished
and I walked into the 21+over room, Cari, asked me to sit with them
for an interview while I waited for Duane. (I needed to take photos
of him with the doll and he asked to do it after the show), he got
me a sprite instead sparks and chatted about him living in NY and I
listened in on their interview!
Duane never showed up
inside, so Cari took me outside and we waited out there along with
The Briefs, and some boys!
Finally Duane appeared
with Steve and went in the motor home to change, I went in and
talked to ‘em til he was ready. You can tell without any words
spoken that Duane is happy! I mean content I think his life is
flowing in the right direction instead of through his veins.
Images were snapped
and he hugged me and said, “I love you”! Which was just swell..haha!
I started walking to
my car and then there they were again Duane & Steve they
then escorted me to my car! Goodnight! Til next time!
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