October 9th, 2002 The Lava Lounge, Hollywood CA
Wednesday 9 October (Lava Lounge, Hollywood, CA):
Arrived at Sunset Blvd. After watching the hookers for awhile, we got
a room for $100, less than a block away from the club at the Day's Inn - ate
at Subway, then Dan-O went to a Cyber Cafe to ostensibly check email and/or
the website. He returned to the room with
reports of more good reviews from past shows, which got us all pysched to
lay it down at the Lava Lounge later than night.
Dusty arrived at around
7pm & took us to Amoeba Records - a huge record store with a surf section &
just about everything else where we unloaded our wallets on some cool stuff.
Then it was off to Pinky's Diner where some of us ate more (not me) & then
over to the club where the Hawaiian music duo was just beginning. After
them, The Volcanics took the stage wearing almost-matching blue cardigans &
looking very similar to the Finks except for the color of the sweaters.
rocked the Lava Lounge with some cool & very obscure trad surf & originals -
it was a great surprise to have them on the bill. The club really began to
fill up & random, non-scientific head counts conducted by independent fans
attendance between 70-100 at various times of the night, which in that small
tiki venue, really fills the room out. Since a few people were anxious to
see us and couldn't stay out too late on a Wednesday, The Infrareds let us
go on after The Volcanics, which we found out 2 or 3 songs before the end of
their set - meaning super quick set up for us.
The Nebulas took the stage
next, dressed in our slightly damp Star Trek uniforms & had another great
show - this one probably was the best of the tour, at least equal to the
previous Sat/Sun & Mon shows. The drums stayed in place & since the guitar
players changed to heavier gauge strings, none seemed to break - which was
good because they stopped using the less-powerful spare Jag.
in tonight's crowd - Big Tiki Dude, Ted from The Detonators, Dano Nichols
from the Dynotones, Art from Musick Records, Dusty on his day off &
countless others, including, as we found out later, William Shatner's
personal assistant who was taking some Polaroids. I'm sure ol' Bill will be
relieved to pull his head out of a scotch bottle to see someone as fat as he
is now wearing a shirt that he wore 35 years ago.
Highlight of this show
was being joined on stage by original Nocturnes sax player Jim Frias for
"Third Star" & "Journey to the Stars" - superfast version of the latter.
The Infrareds then took the stage & kicked it up a notch - if that's even
possible for them. Halfway through, Rory
broke a string, so our very own Rudy Rodriguez took the stage & they blew
through another great rendition of Journey to the Stars. After the show,
dined with Big Tiki Dude and Mr Frias at Mel's Diner for breakfast.