tour diary

*****!!!!!!TOUR DATES!!!!!!*****

 

Sun. April 24th, 2005 Finally back online.

Did anyone notice how there were lots of updates on the Ska is Dead tour.. at least one a day, and then all of a sudden NONE FOR THE REST OF THE TOUR! Well, it turned into the laptop is dead tour. My computer took a 2 1/2 month nap, but it's up and running again. Hooray! Sorry about the lack of updates, but there wasn't much I could do. The rest of Ska is Dead II was rocking, and it was really good to make friends with the Voodoo Glow Skulls and Streetlight Manifesto. They are all super good guys and I can't wait to see them again! Did I mention the rest of the tour was rocking? Well I'll say it again, because that sounds like the understatement of the year. It honestly was probably the best tour that MU330 has ever been a part of. Super fun. It was 8 weeks long, and I wish it could have kept going. Big Thank You's to Mr. Matt Porter (aka Matt-Don) who did an amazing job at filling in for Chris Diebold on the bass guitar. He rocked the parts and was the probably the only real voice of reason most of the time in MURV (MU330 Recreational Vehicle) In addition to driving the bus the entire tour (by "driving the bus" I mean playing the bass - We were not on a bus, and Matt was not allowed behind the wheel once the entire tour) Matt taught us how to harvest coconuts in FL by smashing them caveman style on a parking curb behind the Factory in Ft. Lauderdale.

I'm on a plane right now headed from Tampa to St. Louis. I just finished up playing four solo dates with Mustard Plug in FL. They were all really good shows, and Mustard Plug is great to tour with. I basically flew in to Orlando, took the bus to the club, met Mustard Plug, and then they let me hop in their van and sleep on their hotel floors for the next four days. I felt like an honorary Plug!

This next week is going to be exciting. I'm going to be practicing with MU330 all week, trying to finish up writing the rest of the new MU330 record. We're a little over half way through writing it, and I'm hoping that this week some of the song structures and horn lines will start to take shape. A lot of the songs we've been writing lately are "Monster" themed... almost enough for a whole record. I'm still not sure where we're going to go with it. So far, there's a songs about Zombies, Aliens, Wherewolves, Vampires, Floating Green Heads, a Haunted House, Fear, and Skeletons. While I was down in FL I started working on a Frankenstein song that I'm pretty excited about too. The thing is, I'm a little worried about doing another "Themed" album like the x-mas album because people automaticaly think it's going to be cheesy, but the monster songs actually ROCK! and they go so well together... We also have a handfull of songs that don't fit the Monster/Halloween theme, so it could turn into 2 whole albums. We will see. I'll have a better idea I think by the end of the week.

This Thursday we're playing at the Creepy Crawl, and on Sat at the "Ska Weekend" in Knoxville. I'm super excited because none other than the Mighty Chris Diebold will be returning on the bass guitar for those shows! OH YEAH!

Sat. Feb. 5th, 2005 On the Turnpike

MU330 refueling at the Waffle House.

  We're on the turnpike on our way to Albany, listening to Gerry's Jerky Boy's tape. Last night in Buffalo was off the hook. Sold out. Over 600 people. We had a great show. There was a giant circle pit. great burger place next door too. My only regret is that we didn't get there early and go to Niagara Falls. Somehow in all our touring, we've never been there. Next time. See you at the show in Albany.

Wed. Feb 3rd, 2005 Hello Cleveland

Last night in Detroit was totally sold out at Alvin's. What and amazing show. Big D. was on the show last night, and it was amazing to see them. They rocked it, of course. Tonight in Cleveland was really fun too. This tour diary is starting to sound like a broken record, or the weather it Hawaii... I like that though. I guess when you have bad shows and things go wrong, it makes for more interesting reading, but I could get used to having good show after good show.

Actually, something did go terribly wrong this show... Gerry's chainsaw wouldn't start. Hilarious. He had already ripped off his shirt, and was pulling on the cord over and over, but the darn thing wouldn't fire up. So there he was shirtless in front of 500 people with a chainsaw that wouldn't turn over. Poor guy. Sounds like a bad dream to me. I'm pretty sure Gerry is feeling like retiring the chainsaw after tonight's show. Please post on the message board and beg him not to hang it up! I see it every night on stage with him, and it's still my favorite part of the show.

Later, during the last two songs of the Voodoo Glowskulls set, Gerry went up on stage wearing this rubber Voodoo Man mask and matching gloves. It was funny because the gloves didn't fit him and he kept making these funny hand gestures on stage while wearing this funny mask. When I asked him what the hell he was doing, he said "Casting Voodoo Spells, of course!" Of course. I should have known. Probably a subtlety that was lost on most people watching the show (myself included)

Buffalo NY tomorrow. I can't wait. I'm really excited to tour on the east coast. It's been so long since we've been there. Our last 5 week tour skipped over a good chunk of the east coast, so I'm glad we have lots of dates in New England this time.

Wed. Feb 2nd, 2004 Calling all jumpers.

Hey, did anyone watch the national jump rope championship on ESPN 2 a couple weeks ago? It was incredible. We taped it and watch it over and over again in the RV while we're rolling. For some reason when I recorded it, there's no sound on the tape, but it's still fun to watch. Anyway, we're trying to find some of the kids that competed in the competition to be in a new MU330 video. If anyone out there knows anyone who is an exceptional rope skipper, please have them e-mail us and we'll try to get them in to any of the shows on this tour. Thanks. See you at the shows. -Dan P.

Wed. Feb 2nd, 2004 Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'!

We're on our way to Alvin's in Detroit. Last night we drove after the show in Milwaukee and stayed at a really filthy hotel somewhere in IN..The floor was sticky and stained and there was plaster laying all over the rug and in the tub. There was a tape measure laying on the pillow of one of the beds when we walked in. The plaster and the tape measure would leave you to believe that they were doing some work in that room, but we couldn't figure out exactly what it was they were doing. There was some kind of crusty stuff on the tub that kind of looked like dried blood, or ca ca. Very scary. The whole room was heavily stocked with DNA. I probably would have asked to switch to be moved if we hadn't already piled six people into the room.

The other night we played at Pop's in Sauget, IL.. which is right across the river from St. Louis. Odly enough, it's one of the few clubs in St. Louis that MU330 had never played at.. in fact the only time I had ever set foot in the place was to go see the Outhfield (Josie's on a vacation far away!!!) Pop's had been known for years for being one of those clubs that old washed up bands always play at... like metal bands that had a hit and still play small clubs every once in a while. Lately they've been having more all ages shows though, and the staff was really nice, and the stage is really big and they have great sound there too. Hopefully we'll be back soon.

So far so good as far as the weather goes. I was really pretty nervous about driving through the northeast in early Feb., especially places like Buffalo. There's snow on the ground up here, but none on the road. The RV is running like a champ but last night on the way to the hotel, our headlight swithch started going out, and the headlights started flashing and going out. Gotta get that fixed today. Gerry is driving (of course) and we're listeng to Soupy Sales. See you in Detroit.

Sun.. Jan. 30th, 2004 Sauget/ Election Day

The Ska is Dead tour is on. Last night was the first show at the Metro in Chicago, and it was totally sold out. It was a great show. Thank you again Chicago! Chicago is easily our favorite city to play shows in. Amazing. This tour is going to be a hoot. Lance and Amy let us stay at their apartment in Chicago last night, and I'm just getting a quick entry in before we have to leave for St. Louis. It's early.. about 8:45 I think, and we need to hit the road soon. See you at the shows.

Wed. Jan. 26th, 2004 Turbulence! Keep your seatbelts fastened!

I'm on a plane right now with my buddy Matt Porter. We just went through a really rough stretch of clouds. We were bouncing all over the place, and it's hard to stay focused on the screen. Thank you's to Shannon Toombs who woke up ridiculously early and drove us to the airport in San Jose. We're on our way to St. Louis for a couple of days rehearsal with the rest of the band before we hit the road with Voodoo Glowskulls and Streetlight Manifesto on the Ska is Dead II tour.

Matt will be filling in for Mr. Diebold on the bass guitar for this tour. Matt plays in a band from Santa Cruz called the Huxtables and used to be in Slow Gherkin. Diebold fans do not fear! Chris is still in the band and we have been rehearsing and writing new songs together. He's just not able to tour right now because of his job situation.

Matt and I have been running through the songs together for the past few months, and tonight will be the first time we get to play with Ted and Rob and Gerry. I can't wait to fire up the amps and let it rip. I'm making a resolution to really keep on top of this tour diary, so keep checking back, OK? See you in Chicago on Sat. for the first show of the tour on Sat. at the Metro.

Thurs. Sept. 16th, 2004 City Museum

The tour is all finished up, and I've been hanging out in St. Louis with Ted, writing songs for the new album. I went to the City Museum today. It's absolutely amazing. It's the most fun museum I've ever been to in my life. If you are ever in STL, you must go there! It's almost as much fun as an MU330 show.

The rest of the tour was great. Highlights of playing in TX included Gerry dropping his pants onstage in Houston, sharing the bill with our friends in Colossal, and the Total Foxes in Austin, and playing a great club in Dallas called the Gypsy Tea Room.

The show in STL at the Creepy Crawl was a great homecoming. We were about two or three people from selling out. What a sweat-fest! It was a hot one at the Creepy Crawl. My mom came out to the show and managed to make it through the whole thing! What a trooper. Mr. Diebold was back on bass with us, and was solid as ever. It was great to have him back on stage with us doing his little "crab-dance."

Big thank-you's to Brendan, who did an amazing job filling in for the last few months. He is an incredible musician, and jumped in and covered Chris' parts like a pro. He is also a super nice, laid back guy that is a pleasure to have on the road. I'm going to miss skipping rope with Mr. Brendan.

The last show of the tour was in Bloomington, IN at Rhino's. It was easily the best turnout we've ev er had for a show in IN. It was so fun! We got on stage to play our first song, and I tried to start singing, and nothing came out but a squeak! My voice was totally blown. I started getting sick in TX, and the driving overnight to STL didn't help. Anyway, the crowd in Bloomington was so amazing. We just turned it into"MU330 Karaoke Night" and different people from the crowd would just jump up on stage and sing the words themselves! It was great. Thanks for helping out. Hopefully I will have my voice when we come back!

Mon. Sept. 6th, 2004 Po Boy Central

New Orleans was a blast. A two-Po boy-day, and an amazing show to top them off. It's good to be back playing shows and drinking hurricanes instead of running from them.

Sun. Sept. 5th 2004 Campfire Quiz

OK, Let's imagine for a second that you are Gerry Lundquist, and you are camping on the Panhandle of FL, and the ranger comes by, and lets you know that they are evacuating the park, and you have to leave in the next couple hours. It is the middle of the day, and it's hot and sunny, and you've got five or six logs of firewood left. What do you do with the wood?

A) Throw them in the RV and save them in case more shows get cancelled and we go camping again.

B) Leave them at the campsite for the next campers to enjoy.

C) BURN THEM ALL IMMEDIATELY!

Please post your guesses in the Guest book.

 

Wed Sept. 1st 2004 Another day, another Waffle House

Athens, GA - The 40 Watt
Last night we played the 40 Watt. I was psyched to play there. I've heard about the club for years, but we had never played there for some reason. The people working at the club were so nice. I feel bad that it was the smallest show of the tour. The sound there is great on stage. The monitors were amazing. It's too bad more people didn't show. Anyway, we got to play with two bands from New Jersey that both start with the letter "F"... For Felix and the Finals. It was cool playing the last few dates with For Felix. Hopefully we will run into them on the road again. The Finals have a great t-shirt with a drawing of Lionel Ritchie on it. Beautiful.

After the show we drove through a bunch of crappy GA state roads trying to get from Athens to an interstate. We hit tons of construction, and didn't get to a rest area to pull over and sleep until after 5 am. I am very tired now. We're on our way to Gainesville. I hope the hurricane that is headed for Miami decides to stay out in the ocean and just spin up the water a bit. I really don't want to have to cancel any shows.

Mon, Aug 30th 2004 A-Team

Rain, rain rain! It's pouring in North Carolina. We will soon see if all the patchwork we've done in the last few days to the roof of the RV actually keeps out the water. Ted and I have both patched cracks on the roof with caulk and tar, and Gerry drilled holes and put bolts through the corners of the front panels above the cab to bring them together. They were seperating and water was coming in and rotting the wood away. The front end looks pretty Frankenstein now, but it should keep out the water. It really felt like one of those scenes on the A-Team where BA Barracas finds an old bus in a tractor shed on a farm somewhere and weldsWe're headed to Carrboro, NC to play at Cat's Cradle.

Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
This show rocked way harder than I expected. It was a Sunday night in Ann Arbor, so I expected it to be kind of quiet, but the crowd went off. Nice one. It was great to see Colin Plug at the show, and of course Mr. Rick Johnson. After the show I ate at a really good restaurant around the corner where they made this big mess of hashbrowns, veggies, and feta cheese. Yum.

Detroit, MI, Alvin's
Detroit was kind of small, but OK for a Monday show. The owner and all the people at the club were all super nice (except for the soundguy, who once we started playing, went outside for our entire set), and we closed the bar down, drinking shots and doing pushups with the opening band. It was a treat to see John Bunkley from Gangster Fun at the show. He's been working on some new music with John Ferry (t-bone player from G-Fun and Bim Skala Bim) so I'm psyched to hear that when it comes out. I thought Gangster Fun was great.

Cleveland, OH
Cleveland was our last show of the tour with Suburban Legends. We had a little BBQ outside the club. Hot dogs, Veggie burgers, chips, and dip. Good times. After the show we drove to Youngstown and slept at a Motel 6, then got up and drove to Bald Eagle State Park in PA to camp for a couple days. Camping was really fun. We BBQ'd and made Smores and went canoeing on the reservoir. It was a nice break from driving and lugging gear around.

Boundbrook, NJ - Hamilton Street
We played in Bound brook with ASOB from LI. It's been a few years since we've played with them, and it was good to hook up with them again. It was a sweaty show in NJ. Great energy from the crowd, and really fun. Now that we're on the East coast, it's gotten really humid, and the 330 shirt that I wear every night on stage seldom is dry when I go to put it on the following night.

Cromwell, CT
This was one of my favorite shows of the tour so far. We played in the middle of the lineup because some of the other band's members were late... which was fine by us. We like playing in the middle and then having time to hang out and check out the other bands. CT rocks. Everybody in the place was skanking. It was a total skank-fest. It was really amazing to see from on "stage". Big thanks to Mike and all the other people who helped out with putting on the show. Nice one.

Potomac, MD
This show was at a Church hall. It was kind of small, but everybody there seemed like hardcore MU fans, and were totally rocking out. Big thanks to Ben and everyone who helped out. You put on a really great show. Thanks for the Pizza. I like pizza.

Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Quote of the night from Gerry Lundquist, when setting up "Close to You"- "This is a really old song, we wrote it yesterday. We hope you enjoy it."

Thur, Aug 26th 2004 Bald Eagle

We're camping today in Bald Eagle State Park somewhere in the middle of PA of the 80. Well.. sort of camping. The RV is plugged in and we've got AC and electicity. It's kind of like having a little house in the woods without running water. We're going to go canoeing today. There's a really big lake here. I'm pretty excited about that.

Sun, Aug 22nd 2004 On the way to the Pig

We're on our way to Ann Arbor. Some people just drove past us on the highway, and they were honking and holding up a bunch of MU330 CD's. Crazy. I don't know how they knew it was us. We don't look like a band at all driving around in our old RV. More like an old retired couple with me and Gerry sitting up front.

Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
Playing the Bottleneck is always fun for me. It's a great stage setup, and it always sounds good on stage. The crowd was great this time too. Really fun. We had a jump rope a competition during LA. We picked a guy out of the crowd and laid out this challenge: "If you can skip rope throughout the entire duration of LA, and mess up less than 2 times, we will give you all 7 MU330 CD's for free. Our entire catalog!"
I really didn't think anybody in the building could do it, but as soon as we started, this guy was not only skipping rope like a champ, but he was doing tricks too! Cross steps and double unders... Amazing! He messed up once, but then just kept on going. He rocked it, and won all 7 CD's. Good work.

Duluth, MN - The Red Lion
This was MU330's first time in Duluth. What a cool town. It's right on Lake Superior, and it's really beautiful. Lots of cool old shops and stuff along Superior St. The bar itself was the kind of place MU330 grew up playing at... kind of a dirty, midwestern bar with a little PA and a tiny stage, and lots of people dancing and rocking out. What a great show. We went out for pizza after the show.yum!

Mini-Apples, MN - Triple Rock
We've been to Minneapolis tons of times, but this was our first time at the Triple Rock. The club is run by rockers, so they are extra nice to bands, which is strange. I like it. I could even get used to it I think... plus, they have amazing food there! The guy that came up to skip rope in Minneapolis tried really hard, but didn't really come close to the jump-rope champion in Lawrence. After the show, we went back to my friend Brian Gadell's house and hung out and took showers... I mean, we didn't take showers with Brian.. just at his house. Anyway, it was good to catch up. We hung out until about 1 in the morning and then started driving to Chicago. that night we slept at a truck stop somewhere around Beloit.

Chicago, IL - Fireside Bowl
The Fireside is easily in my top two favorite places to play of all time. Chicago has always been a second home for MU330. Last night was no exception. They've put up these walls that keep people off of the newly redone bowling lanes, and it has reduced the capacity to about 200. Because everyone is mushed into a smaller space, it seemed like the crowd just exploded when we played. What a rush! they've cleaned up the bathrooms too, which is weird. I'm so used to holding my breath when I need to take care of business at the Fireside. I'm not sure yet if it's an improvement or not.

 

Wed. Aug 18th, 2004 Hays, KS

We're driving through KS right now. A good time to type and catch up on the tour diary. We just turned over 6000 miles for this trip so far. The last show I wrote about was Phoenix, so I'll pick up from there, and go straight to..

Las Vegas
We played at Jillian's which is right downtown on Fremont street. Cheers to Josh for putting on an amazing show. We ran into our old friend Brian from the band Weaker Youth Ensemble. What a blast from the past. It was really great catching up. It was cool to see so many people out at the show, especially all the familiar faces from the last time I played solo in Las Vegas. I got eaten by an escalator outside the club. I was trying to run up a down escalator in flip flops, which is actually a terrible idea. Ouch! I put a big gash in my shin and sliced open my toe right before the show. I am not very graceful, but I'm working on my coordination by skipping rope every day.

Gerry has been having bad luck all tour with things going wrong with the RV, so his luck was bound to change in Vegas.. and did it ever. He got 4 of a kind four times in one night!

San Diego
This show was at a place called "Canes." It's a cool venue because it's literally right on the beach. The only bummer is that they wouldn't do an all ages show, so it was 21+. A group of kids showed up that couldn't get in, so before the show we played an acoustic show outside the club for them. I brought my acoustic on this trip, and Ted played his snare and Gerry and Rob blasted away. It was fun. It was amazing to play with Buck-o-9 again. They are such nice guys. They went on their first US tour ever with us and Gangster Fun about ten years ago. Hearing those songs really brought back tons of great memories. We stayed at Jonas' house and stayed up late looking at old tour photos.

Hollywood
The amazing Chris Murray organized this show. What a great night. Great bands and great people. It was amazing to catch up with our friend Jorge from the Decepticonz (now playing bass for the Pietasters) and it was cool to meet Thomas from Streetlight Manifesto. Big D totally had a rocking set. Maybe the best I've ever seen them. After the show we camped out in the RV right outside the Knitting Factory. How many people can say that they've actually camped out in Hollywood?

Anaheim
Another sold out show at the Chain Reaction. Good stuff. This was the first night that fans brought their own jump ropes to skip rope with us. Keep em coming! We've all been skipping rope on this tour and keeping track of it on a little chart that we've posted inside the RV. Recently though, we've achieved a new level of nerd-dom. Brendan has plugged all our stats into excel, and has made all these bar graphs and 3-D pie charts mapping our jump-roping progress. We hope to have the charts up on the page within the week.

San Francisco
After the Anaheim show, we drove to Santa Cruz and had a couple days off. We bbq'd at my house (thanks Shannon and Joey!) and the next day went kayaking in Moss Landing at Elkhorn slough. We saw sea otters and seals and tons of different birds. What a great day off! The next show was at Slim's in San francisco. What a great place to play. Amazing sound and great food and big stage. Big thanks to all the Santa Cruz friends who drove up to the show. Also, big thanks to Peter and Erin for letting us stay at their place in Alameda!

Stockton
Go Lemur Society! Thanks Middagh. Another fun show at the Caffeine Den. We played upstairs, which is a lot better than playing in the scary basement. Overall, I feel like this CA trip was probably one of our best ever. All the shows were really good. After the show in Stockton, we drove straight to..

Portland
...and stayed at Gerry's sister's house. Wow, what a place. She's got a giant barn and 23 horses. We didn't have time to ride any of them, put I got to pet them a little bit. She bbq'd up some burgers and dogs for us and made a big pasta salad. yum!
As far as the show goes...Arrr! Welcome to Davy Jones' locker! ..the sweatiest, dingiest, dirtiest little hole of a club this tour! So fun! Thanks to Jed for putting this one on. I bought little bicycle from the shop next door that fits in the back of the trailer. I've got wheels.

Seattle
I love the pacific north west. I need to get up there and play more shows. There's just something about that part of the country. We played at a place called "The Hideaway." The strange thing about this show was that it felt like most of the people there were from the midwest. Seattle is a long way from the heartland! There was a guy at the show that used to see us 10 plus years ago at Bastille's. We used to call him "Dancer." I still don't know his real name. I just know him as "Dancer."
Anyway, after the show we went to a great bar that had old school video games, pinball, AND vegi-chili dogs. I've got to get up to Seattle more often. After hanging out there for a while we walked into a bar down the street and stumbled into a Sebadoh show. Fun! Thanks to Tomo from Asahi for letting us sleep on your floor. You rock the house.

Salt Lake City
Drive, drive drive! That's what we did on our day off. All day and straight through the night. We got to Salt lake at about 2 in the afternoon and I walked around until I found a bike shop and bought new tires for the ride I picked up in Portland. The show was really fun. We had never played the Lo Fi Cafe before, but the people there were really nice and served up some good grub. It was great to play with SLC's Insatiable. I don't think I've seen them play in ten years! It was good to catch up and see that they are still at it. Go Satiable! I can't get enough!

 

Denver
Drive, drive, drive! Another overnighter. Anything over 7 hours we've been driving overnight. The RV is comfortable, but it goes really slow.. especially up mountain passes. We creep at about 25 to 30 mph. We showed up in Denver at about 1 o'clock in the afternoon, so we had some time to kill. I helped Gerry change the oil on the generator and rode my bike around downtown a bit. The Suburban Legends showed up with jump ropes! It's contagious! Everybody's skipping. Bring a rope out to the show and we'll skip rope with you. Rob and Ted could show you some tricks too. The Denver show was at a cool place called the Larimer Lounge. It was pretty packed. Lots of requests and singing along. Really good energy at the show.
So that brings us up to the present. We're STILL driving through KS, but we're considerably closer to Lawrence than when I started writing this journal. Whew hoo! It's an early show tonight at the Bottleneck.. Doors are at 3:30. Wow.

 

 

Tuesday Aug 3rd, 2004 On the way to Phoenix..

Teddy is driving, and I'm sitting in the passenger seat getting ready to type whatever he says for the page. Here goes..

Ted: "I don't know, Oh boy. Better watch what I say. So did you guys watch Seinfeld last night. Did you get that?"
OK, that's not working so well. I won't type exactly what he says, but we'll write this entry together. We should start off with all the back breaking hard work that Gerry Lundquist has done to keep the RV running the first week of this tour. While working on the generator, he cut a four inch gash in his knee on the tail pip e.. Ouch! Seriously, without his hard work, we would never have made the last few shows.

Oklahoma, OK!

Our first show was in OK City, OK at the Green Door. It felt good to be back in the RV together and back on the road in the US. We started the tour of right before the show by skipping rope. Rob has turned us all on to skipping rope. We're trying to each skip rope for 5 to 10 min. every day. We even put up a chart in the RV to track our progress. We have been watching Buddy Lee's video, "The Magic of the Rope." Buddy Lee is amazing. Muhammed Ali once said to Buddy Lee, "Man, you're the best jumper I've ever seen!" We're hoping that by skipping rope everyday that it will improve our flexibility, coordination, endurance, and explosiveness on stage. We highly recommend skipping rope to all of our fans. Just five minutes of skipping rope a day will drastically improve your skanking in just three short weeks. If you're planning on coming to any of the upcoming MU330 shows, come out early, and bring a rope! You'll probably see one of us skipping rope outside the venue by the RV.

The show at the Green Door was fun. We brought someone up from the crowd to play guitar on LA, and he totally rocked it, and shredded a solo at the end too! We met some really nice people that have been waiting a long time for an MU330 show. We haven't played OK in a long time. Special thanks to the guy in OK who bought one of everything!

Lubbock, TX

When we came out on stage in Lubbock, before we started our first song I let the crowd know that "the last time we played in Lubbock was in 1994.. It's been 10 years!"
Someone in the crowd shouted back, "We don't care!"
Then I shouted back, "Neither do we.. that's why it's been 10 years!" and then we busted into Tune Me Out. The show was great. Lots of circle pit. It was super hot, but fun to not play last for a change. Thank you Lubbock! We'll be back in 2024.

El Paso, TX

We showed up relatively early to the club, parked up the RV, skipped rope, and patched holes in the roof of the RV just before a big downpour. The first day of the tour on the way to OKC, we found out that there are a bunch of leaks in the RV on the roof and around the windows. I think we've got them all sealed now, though.
We played with Treephort again, and once again there were more circle pits... Maybe there's some kind of connection?
I feel like I should mention here that the promoters of the show did an amazing job. They had been flyering and hanging up posters for three months before the show. Amazing! Because of their hard work, we had easily our best show ever in El Paso. Thanks, guys!
I should also mention here that in El Paso, Gerry had a particularly good end of the show rant before "Close to You" and "Get Away From That Table." When it's really nice.. we play it twice! Good stuff.
Thank you's go out to Jonathan for letting us come back to his house and take showers. We smell better because of it.. at least we did until last night's show in..

Santa Fe, NM

We met up with Suburban Legends last night. We're looking forward to rocking the next couple of weeks worth of shows with them. Warehouse 21 is a great all ages place. It's right next to a rail yard. Before the show, there was a guy operating a hydraulic crane and he was lifting these giant telephone poles off of a train car and loading them on to a truck. They weren't your average sized telephone poles.. they were huge, and they would creak really loud under the stress of being picked up. It was really exciting to watch, and Gerry and I kept waiting for him to drop one by accident, but he never did.
That night we stayed at this guy Dillon's house. He's super nice. We ate some of his home made pickled eggs. Yum! Dillon also gave us an amazing gift for the road. He gave us a "Hollywood Hulk Hogan" book on tape read by Hulk Hogan himself! We listened to the whole thing today on the way to Phoenix. There are some great parts where he talks about how difficult Mr. T. was to work with. At one point he also talks really openly about his steroid use. Good stuff! Thanks, Dillon. You Rock!

Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts

What can I say? Modified Rocks! Scott is a really nice guy and a great promoter. I'm really sleepy right now, so I'm going to stop writing. Good night. -dp

 

 

 

Tuesday July 6th, 2004 That's it for Europe.. US tour coming up fast!

OK, time for a quick catch-up. After a morning/early afternoon of high ropes and zip lines in Lyon, we drove to SCHAFFAUSEN, Switzerland and rocked a s show at the Orient. Our friends the Peacocks came out to the show, so it was good to see them and catch up. The next day we drove to Chur to play at the Safari Beat Club, which is becoming one of my favorite places to play in Europe. The people at the club are so nice, and they feed the bands dinner at a restaurant on the roof of the club. The view from up there is stunning. Chur is an amazing old Swiss town that is surrounded by giant Swiss Alps on almost every side. The mountains just tower around the town, and there's a raging mountain stream the sweeps right through town. The shows are always great as well, but the backdrop is just incredible.

After the show, we drove straight through the night and caught the ferry back to the UK and made it to Brighton before 3 in the afternoon. A new land speed record for driving across Europe! Nick, our driver was a trooper.

We played the last show of the tour in Brighton at the Hobgoblin. It was another "strap on your helmets" kind of show, where there is no stage and the crowd is dancing and flying into mics and you really have to keep an eye on things or you're going to get your teeth knocked out! It was really a great way to wrap up the tour. The whole night really rocked.

After driving all the way across Europe, practically, on the way back to buzz's house, we ran out of gas! Funny. We finish the entire tour, and then on the way back to the house on the last day of the tour, we ran out of gas. Buzz, Nick, and Rob went on a hike to the gas station to get fuel, and the rest of us stayed in the van and had an end of tour party with Em, a jar of pickles, and a bottle of vodka that we brought back from Russia. Good times.

The rest of the band has all flown back to the states for a couple weeks break before the US tour, and I'll be in the UK for the next two weeks playing solo shows as "Electrodan." I miss the rest of the MU330s already! I'll be writing more tour diary stuff on the Dan Potthast page, and will start back up writing on this page once the US tour begins around the 29th. Big Thanks to Buzz and Em in Brighton, Ian at Hidden Talent, Alex, Dimitri, and Distemper in Russia, and all the nice people who have helped us out this tour by loaning us gear or letting us sleep on their couches/floors or by putting shows on. We had a great time and can't wait to come back. Love, Dan P. and MU330

Friday July 2nd, 2004 When we get to Paris... a feather for your hat.

This tour, we had our best French show ever in Paris. It rocked! The show was on a boat on the Seine river in the middle of Paris. It was like a punk rock pirate ship.

There are these touristy, fancy, restaurant boats with glass windows that cruise up and down the river filled with nicely dressed rich people that wave at everyone on the banks of the river as they dine on caviar. Some of the kids on the punk rock pirate ship would wave back and get their attention, and then moon them! Quality entertainment. Anyway, the belly of the ship where the show took place was scathingly hot, and we had some amp technical troubles, but the show was really packed and super high-energy. I was shocked to see so many people singing along to all the words. Good stuff. I can't wait to come back.

The next night we played in Lyon at a club called the Blue Banana. The bands play on the second floor of this kind of western theme bar, and the floors are all really slanted and uneven. It was another scorcher of a show. One of the hottest shows we've ever played. Great crowd too. Two for two in France!

Yesterday we had the day off in Lyon, and pretty much just spent it walking around Lyon eating Vietnamese food and Ice Cream. We walked up to a really cool overlook and discovered a High Ropes course, so we went the next morning and did a full course of zip lines and swinging on ropes, Tarzan style. It was super fun. If you get a chance, ask Rob about swinging into the cargo net!

 

Tuesday June 29th, 2004 MU330- first ska punk band ever to tour Russia

So we're back from Russia and are on our way to Paris. How was Russia? Wow. Where do I start. First of all, I need to back up to England, and the King's Lynn show, which was super good. We played at this place called Blue and Gold, which is a pub that is actually under the steps of the King's Lynn football stadium. It was a total "Strap on your helmets" kind of show as Rob Bell likes to put it. No stage, so the bands play right on the floor with the crowd right in your face and flying into the microphones. Good stuff. It was great to see our friends in Vanilla Pod.

After the show, we drove straight to Heathrow airport, and flew to Domodedovo airport in Moscow, so we were up all night. No sleep. When we got off the plane we were all exhausted and excited and totally delirious. Because it was our first time ever to Russia, we really had no idea how things were going to go at immigration and customs. Luckily, there was no problem getting through, and Alex, (The guy that I set up the tour with- I've been trying to decipher broken English e-mails from him for the past five months!) the drummer from Distemper, the guitarist from Distemper, and the guitarist from Private Radio were there to meet us when we came through customs.

What a relief it was to see some friendly people there to pick us up. We walk out to the van, and they greet us with a bottle of vodka, and a jar of pickles! I had never had a pickle chaser before, but when in Russia..

The ride from the airport to the Hostel where we were staying was really exciting. We were all really in disbelief that we were actually in Russia, and it all felt like a weird dream. At this point, reality seemed more than a little skewed. 1 part lack of sleep, 1 part repeated toasts of vodka and pickles, and 1part inhaling obnoxious amounts of exhaust spewing from all the vehicles on the highway. Just a guess, but I imagine the acceptable amount of vehicle emissions are slightly different in Moscow than they are in CA.

When we got to the hostel, there was some confusion with checking in. When we came through immigration, everyone except Rob had gotten this "Departure Immigration Card" stamped by an immigration officer, and for some reason that was a problem for Rob. He couldn't stay at the hostel. After a good amount of arguing, they just decided to have Rob stay at the drummer from Distemper's house.

We went to eat at an all you can eat buffet, and then walked all around Moscow. We saw the Kremlin, and Red Square and Lenin's tomb, and St. Basil Cathedral. Another factor adding to our delirium was that it never really got totally dark. It seemed to remain twilight forever. It was a great night, and we got lots of good pictures that I hope to have up on the page really soon. I'm not sure what time we got back to the hostel, but I know it was really late, and I was out of my mind tired. Gerry and Brendan were troopers and stayed up even later and went down to the bar in the lobby of the Hostel and made friends with some Italians.

It felt so good to lay down in a bed. All morning there was someone jack-hammering a few feet from our window, but I barely even noticed. We slept until about 1:00 and it felt like I could have kept going. the next day we went out to eat at a Mongolian BBQ place, and then did more sight seeing. We went to a park where there was a huge WWII memorial, and there were lots of tanks you could climb on. I'd thankfully never been that close to a tank before. As we walked around that day, we kind of put it together that we were leaving for St. Petersburg that night at around 8:30. It's about an 11-12 hour drive. I thought it was only about 6, maybe 7 hours, but boy was I wrong.

We drove through the night. More sleep deprivation. The seats in the van reclined a little bit, but there was no laying down. We all managed to catch little naps, but for the most part, it was impossible to sleep because we would be driving and you'd be starting to fall asleep, and then, BAM! We would hit these potholes that would just rock the entire van. Usually the driver would see it coming, and would be able to slam on the brakes or steer out of the way just in time, but that was usually enough to keep me awake.

At one point we got pulled over for speeding. I was pretty stressed after what I had read about Russian police being totally corrupt.. especially if you're a tourist. The officer was standing outside his car and waved us over with his little speed gun, and we pulled to the side of the road. Instead of the police officer walking up to the vehicle, two members of Distemper jumped out of the van and walked back to the police car. They would probably get shot if they tried that in Missouri! Anyway, we waited in the van, and their trumpet player got into the police car, and came back about 5 minutes later. Here's a conversation that followed when he got back in the van.

Brendan: What did we get pulled over for?
Distemper Trumpet Player (sorry, I don't remember his name!): Speeding.
Brendan: Did we get a ticket?
DTP: No, I paid him.
Brendan: What!?! How much?
DTP: He wanted ten, but I gave him 5, and he let me go.

So, evidently, the cops just sit on the side of the highway, wave people to the side of the road, and steal money from them. I guess 5 bucks is a pretty cheap speeding ticket. Crazy!

We got to St. Petersburg at about 9 or 10 in the morning, and they took us to an apartment. I'm pretty sure a member of the St. Petersburg ska-punk band Spitfire lived there. We slept for about an hour, and then they took us to an afternoon festival that we got added on to at the last minute. The festival had somWhen we showed up, it was a big outside stage, and there were over 1000 people there already at about 1:00 in the afternoon. By the time we went on, I'm guessing that there were about 2000 or so people there. We were super excited to be playing such a big show. It turns out we were the first American band to ever play at that festival. When the announcer came out and introduced us right before we went on, he of course introduced us in Russian, so we couldn't make out what he was saying, except for "USA," and right after he mentioned where we were from, a small portion of the crowd erupted in boos. We started up our set, and I'd say about 1/2 the people there were really into it, about a fourth of the people were really angry at us, and the other fourth just didn't know what to make of us. There was a circle pit for a good part of our set, while a group of skinheads just shouted at us constantly a flipped us off.

After the show we went to the Red Club in St. Petersburg and sound checked. Two shows in one day w/ no sleep! Oh yeah! We finally got to see Distemper live, and they rocked it. Their vocals are similar to the Mighty Might Bosstones, only sung in Russian! Very fun show. The crowd in St. Petersburg was great.. about 200 or 250 people, and they went off. The show was intense. Kids constantly jumping on stage, knocking over mics and stage diving and just having a great time. It was a perfect show!

After playing two shows in one day we were completely wiped out, especially after getting only one night's sleep in the past three days! I was hoping to be able to stay in St. Petersburg that night, but we had to get back to Moscow the next day for a show, so our options were to either ride back overnight again in the van, or take an overnight, 10 hour train ride. After the van ride there the night before, the train sounded great. A first class ticket was around 20 bucks but you get a bed, so we were all about that. We went to the station to get tickets, but there were no first class ones left, so we bought the cheap ones, which were only about 7 dollars.

We basically were on the ghetto-car train ride from hell. There were no windows or vents on the budget car, and it had to be 95 to 100 degrees with no ventilation. The seating situation could best be described as torturous. The seats were arranged in sections of four, where two seats would face two other seats, and they were so close to each other, that your knees had to be interlocked with a stranger for 10 hours. They did serve beer on the train, which was a relief for a few hours, but when it came time to finally try and get some sleep, there were a few people in our car who just didn't know when to quit, and basically kept the entire train car awake for the entire trip. Brendan is probably the best person to ask about the train ride from St. Petersburg to Moscow. He was sitting by these two guys that kept him awake all night. He could tell the story much better than I could.

When we finally got back to Moscow, we were all completely fried. That brought our sleep ratio to one night of sleep in four straight days. We rode the Moscow subway (Which is totally amazing- all marble and fancy mosaic- each station looks like a museum) and then took a bus to Mitri's house, (The guy who put out Ultra Panic in Russia) and actually got about two or three hours sleep, and got some food in us, and then went to the club Apelsin in Moscow.

There were about 250 people at the show in Moscow. They video taped and recorded the show for a split release with the Russian ska/punk band Distemper. It was a really fun show, but the club was really big, and Alex, the guy who brought us was expecting more people... about 700! Distemper usually draw at least that many people on their own, but there was a problem with promotion, and posters never got put up around Moscow, so I don't think most people knew about the show. Either way, it was really fun and kid's went mental and danced all night and we did two encores. All three shows we played were really good, it's just that the schedule was really physically demanding.

That night after the show was my favorite night in Russia. We all slept at the drummer from Distemper's house, and they made us a late night dinner and we really got to hang out and relax and talk. Distemper's story is pretty amazing. They have been a band in Russia since 1989! We were asking them about life before Glasnost and Perestroika, and they were saying that before the country opened up, rock shows were illegal. The police would come and bust up shows and throw the bands in jail, and/or beat people up! They were saying that this didn't really start to change until about 1994. They were rocking behind the iron curtain! Amazing. It's so easy to take things for granted in the US. I have total respect for Distemper for being so passionate about playing music.

 

 

Wednesday June 23rd, 2004 On the road to King's Lynn

We're in the van on the way to the show tonight in King's Lynn. The show last night in Plymouth at the Phoenix was great. No comply had a date cancelled in Liverpool, so they were able to hop on the show. It was great to see them. They've gotten so much better since the last time I'd seen them. They totally rocked it. The people that run the Phoenix are really nice. It's seems like there's a really closely knit little scene in Plymouth thanks to the people at the Phoenix, No Comply, and a hand full of local Plymouth bands.
It's been rainy the past couple days, so I'm starting to go a little stir crazy. We got to the club early in Plymouth, and I was hoping to walk around town a little bit and do some exploring, but it pretty much rained all day. We're headed to King's Lynn right now, and it's been raining for the last three hours or so. Tonight the guys from Vanilla Pod are putting on the show, so it should be a really good time. We won't be able to hang out after the show though, because we'll be driving to Heathrow airport right after we're done with our set, to catch a plane to Moscow. I'm getting more excited about going to Russia the closer it gets.

Tuesday June 22, 2004 Plymouth, England

Last night we were at the Cavern in Exeter, England. I think it's the third time we've played there. The guy that runs the place is a super nice guy. He always feeds the bands the same thing; pizza, a bowl of chips, and fresh greens. It's kind of nice pulling up to a club and knowing what's for dinner. The show was really good.. A little small since there was some confusion on the date that the show was booked on, and it only got straightened out the week before, but still a super receptive crowd.


We asked for a place to stay tonight from the stage. I can't remember the last time we did that. Funny! This really nice guy named Ben let us come back to his house and sleep on his floor. Cheers Ben! You rock.

Tonight we're headed to Plymouth to play at the Phoenix and I've heard rumors that old friends No Comply are on the bill tonight. I sure hope so. It would be great to see them, especially in their home town.

 

Monday June 20, 2004 Brighton, England

We're back at Buzz's house watching "The League of Gentleman" after another rocker of a show at the Concorde 2 in Brighton, and a stop at the All Night Diner. I love playing the Concorde. It's right on the seafront, and the stage is really big, and the sound is great, and Brighton crowds are always amazing. Tonight we had two contestants from the crowd come up and have a guitar-off to play with us on "LA", and it ended in a tie, so we had a competition to see who could lift Gerry off the ground. The first guy actually managed to lift him about 6 inches off the floor. I was amazed. I've done it before, and thought I was going to die. Then the next guy (who happened to be wearing a skirt) somehow managed to lift Gerry up on his shoulders and hold him there. It was amazing! I couldn't believe it. It had to be pure adrenalin.. like when people have fits of super-human strength and manage to lift a car off the ground in an emergency. Who knows. Then, while he was playing LA, someone jumped onstage and pulled his skirt down around his ankles. Quality entertainment.

I'll do a little re-cap of the shows so far to catch up.

Tuesday June 15, 2004 Leicester

This was the first show of the tour. It went really well, except that we had to play as a three piece, since Gerry and Rob missed their connecting flight and were stuck in Chicago. It was crazy to play as a three piece, especially because it was Brendan's (bass guitar) first show ever with us. I felt like we pulled it off, and Brendan totally rocked it, but it was sure nice to pick Rob and Gerry up at the airport.

Wednesday June 16th, 2004 Sunderland

After the show in Leicester, we drove straight to Gatwick airport and parked at a service station and slept for a couple hours. It was great to see Rob and Gerry, even though their luggage got lost by the airline. We drove straight up to Sunderland after picking them up at the airport. Sunderland was the first show with the whole band. It was a little rough, but not bad for the first show. After the show, we went back to our friend Hutch's house. Hutch is a friend of this guy named Erl who drove MU330 on our first three UK/Europe tours. That night we hung out with Hutch, Jeffa, and some of their friends until the early early morning. It was what I consider a classic night on tour in the UK. It brought back such great memories of our very first UK tour in 1997.

Thursday June 17th, 2004 Leeds

Leeds is the hometown of the amazing Dale! (The guitar player from John Holmes, and the bloke who drove MU330 around the UK and Europe and introduced us to the Devil on the Bridge in Prague!) It was great to hang out with him and catch up on things. Oh yeah.. the show was fun too! Before the show, Brendan and I were playing football (soccer to americans..) and we saw a bunch of people sniffing glue in in the park. That's pretty much all I saw of Leeds. That and the club, Joseph's Well, which is a really cool room to play. Well, not physically cool.. It was probably the hottest club of the tour so far, but the crowd was really good.

Friday June 18th, 2004 Cambridge

The Man on the Moon is a tiny club in the back of a pub in Cambridge. The stage is really small, and the crowd is right up in your face. It's a great place to play, and the gig was going great until a fight broke out towards the end of our set. Fighting is no good. Don't fight, please.. especially at our shows! "Too much fighting on the dance floor!" We played a couple slower songs after the fight and tried to keep things mellow and then called it a night.

Saturday June 19th, 2004 London

Last night we played the Underworld in London with The Adequate 7, Bosseye, and Weight Loss. i like the setup of the Underworld. It's a cool stage with room to move around. I always feel like I have a better show when there's room to move around a little bit. I felt like the show in London was a wind sprint. We really blew through the songs super fast, and it was the first night of the tour we did "Close to You" and "Get Away" and Gerry ripped his shirt off. I showed Brendan both songs literally right before we went on stage.

And that gets us all caught up. We have three more shows in the UK, and then we're off to Russia on Wednesday. Rock!


Monday May 14, 2001 Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Ohaio Gozaimasu means good morning. It's 9 am here and i've been wide awake since 4. For once the jetlag works in our favor. We arrived in Japan yesterday at Tokyo Narita airport and were greeted by our friends Guts, Koba-san and Ichikawa from Potshot. After checking into rob eats raw liverour hotel we went to Izikaya which is a bar-restaurant where your table is served and shares many courses of food. For example last night we all had soup, tofu, tuna sashimi, fried chicken, eel tempura, raw liver, raw whale, clams, sea urchin, fried fish cakes, chinese rice, beer and tea. By the time we were finished we had been awake for over 30 hours so it was time for bed. This morning Mike Park, Chris and I started walking around at 6am. Nothing was really open yet so I had a convinience store breakfast of rice wrapped in seaweed, green tea ice cream and ice coffee. Today we start rehearsing with our friend Yoko for our upcoming recording.

Tuesday May15, 2001 Shibuya-Tokyo, Japan

The first day of rehearsing went really well. We managed to get four songs done in only four hours. The practice space is the nicest I've ever seen and is right across the street from an arcade and a ramen shop. We're going to get to know this area really well since we have eight days of rehearsing in total.

Wednesday May 16, 2001 Shibuya-Tokyo, Japan


Mad, Mad, Mad. Our web page is down due to server errors. There's not much I can do from over here so we're currently without a website. More rehearsing yesterday and this timegerry, dan, and mike park we taught Yoko a cover of the Outfield song "your love". When we started MU330 back in 1987, Dan, Chris and I were really into the Outfield and if we would have known that fourteen years later we would be in japan playing that song with a japanese singer, we never would have believed it. Our friends Chucky and Michi from Potshot came and hung out with us for the evening.

 

Monday May 21, 2001 Gifu, Japan

Today is a driving day. We just stopped at a japanese Toys R Us to marvel at the aisles of Ultraman, Pokemon, and Kubrik figures that aren't available in the states. We played two shows so far with Potshot and both were amazing. On Saturday we played in the city of Shizuoka which is about two hours from Tokyo and near Mt. Fuji. The venue was pretty small and would have only legally held about 70 people in the U.S., yet over 250 kids crammed in and rocked out despite the intense heat. We were all soaking wet by the time our set was finished.. Last night we were in Gifu and played to a fun crowd. Rob, Gerry and Chris posed for a lot of pictures (shashin).

Saturday May 26, 2001 Kobe, Japan

To be honest I haven't been writing in this thing too much since I know the site is down. This stuff will be up eventually so I'll write about what has happened so far. On tuesday we drove south and crossed the longest supension bridge in japan from the mainland to a large island and the city of Takamatsu. On wednesday Koba-san, the drummer from Potshot drove some of us to the outside of the city where we had some of the best udon noodle soup in the world. I can't believe sometimes how crazy the crowds of kids can get without anyone getting hurt. From the first note everyone from the front to the back is jumping and singing along to words they don't even know. So much fun. The next day we were in Hiroshima city. During our first trip to japan we visited the Atomic museum and the Peace Park located at ground zero where the first bomb was dropped. It's not an experience that's easy to digest. Walking through the park that's now filled with trees and memorials, I felt an almost undescrible sensation. It was like a physical weight from the feeling that something heavy had taken place here. It's interesting that there isn't a feeling of resentment towards americans here. This is a city rebuilt with the hope of world peace and the end of atomic weapons. This was a great place for a show. I know it sounds idealistic but music connects people in ways that nothing else can. On thursday we played in Fukuoka. I don't really understand the physics behind it but each show we play is somehow better than the last. After our first show I didn't think this would be possible but I'm amazed night after night.

Saturday May 26, 2001 Kobe, Japan

Famous for it's very expensive beef, Kobe is a city surrounded by beautiful mountains. We drove over eight hours from Fukuoka and it seemed like most of it was through tunnels. Those tunnels come at a price too. It was nearly $200 in tolls for an eight hour drive! For this show we were joined by two more japanese bands, Storm and New Rote'ka. It was great making new freinds.

Monday May 28, 2001 Nara, Japan

On sunday we played in Osaka, the second biggest city in Japan at the Bayside Jenny which is located right under the largest ferris wheel in the world.There were 1200 people crammed into this place and it was so hot it made it difficult to play. It was such a rush seeing that many people jumping around the second we started into "the Punisher". We played a bunch of new songs and even that didn't stop the crowd from trying to sing along. I really don't know how they lasted through four bands. I was ready to pass out at the end of our set and the crowd matched or exceeded our energy level every step of the way. Amazing!gerry makes someone's day Once again Gerry and Rob were mobbed outside the venue after the show for autographs and pictures.

We spent today sightseeing in Nara, the oldest city in Japan.gerry gets friendly with the native wildlife As we were driving to Nara park where a majority of the old Shrines and Temples are located,we noticed wild deer everywhere. It's almost like a petting zoo but these are wild deer who have become twin buddhasaccustomed to being fed by humans. Gerry fed a few some of his "pretz" snacks. We visted the Todai-ji temple which is home to the second largest Buddha in Japan. To give you an idea how large this is, an averege person could pass through the Buddha's nostril. This statue is housed by the largest wooden structure in the world,built in the 18th century. On the left Gerry and Rob stand in front of a statue of one of disciples of Buddha. Here we are in front of Kofukuji Temple Pagoda.

 

Monday June 4, 2001 Shibuya, Japan

Tonight we are playing the largest show of the tour. This is the third show in the Tokyo area. (Tokyo is so big that it has a few different downtown areas). On Saturday we played in Yokohama and walked around it's famous Chinatown. Mr Kitajima-san from UK project took us to an amazing lunch. Sunday we were in Shinjuku and played at the new LOFT. Space Shower TV, a music program, filmed this show for later broadcasting. They even gave us a huge arrangement of flowers that looked like it was for a funeral. It was a very nice although creepy gesture.

Saturday June 9, 2001 Shibuya, Japan

Our last night in Japan. It's hard to believe that it's been a month. Time flew by. Today we played on a japanese television show called "Factory". We played in front of about 150 people like a real show but it was filmed at the Fuji Television Station. This has to be one of the coolest looking buildings ever. It's completely silver and has two main towers. Near the top between the two towers is a huge metal sphere like the deathstar with windows around the equator. As soon as I scan my pictures I'll get a copy up here. As for the set it was really fun. Ryoji, the singer for Potshot, came up and played guitar on LA. It was kind of strange having cameras completly surrounding you but at least there was an audience. This has been by far our best tour ever. Potshot are so much fun! And our new friends in New Rote'ka and Storm as well. Everyone has been very helpful and very hospitable.

Wednesday June 13, 2001 Campbell, California

In some ways it feels good to be back in the 'states, but I miss being able to get fresh sushi or noodles from one of the ten or so convienience stores within walking distance from whereever you are. We're staying at a suites motel in the heart of silicon valley. There is nothing (literally) for miles except for computer companies. The recording for the YOKO project ( i don't know what else to call it) is going really well. Today, only our second day, we finished the drums, bass and most of the guitars for 15 songs. We're recording at Soundtek Studios, where MU330 recorded the self titled album. This isn't a bad place to be. Taco Bravo, the best american style taco stand, is within walking distance and has filled us up the past few days.