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Krissie

I've been a Suicidal fan for well over 10 years now... ever since a kid at school turned me onto punk rock. Now at the age of 25 I've had a couple tickets to shows, and for whatever dumbass reason or another something terrible would happen beyond my control and I would miss the show. Bullshit I know!

So, I'm dating this guy that loves music as much as I do... Rowdy... and he runs into Efrem of Death By Stereo and they decide we're going to Las Vegas on Dec 16th for the show. Completely random. I took a couple days off from work and we high-tailed it to Las Vegas. Just to see SUICIDAL!

We get there, check in, take the tram... we meet some guys from Chili that came to see Suicidal on the tram and I was trying to speak Spanish to no avail... the show was AMAZING. SxTx had so much energy! I couldn't help but feel compelled to get a little crazy... I was looking at the circle pit and HAD to get some!

I went around a few times... came out... drank a beer and went back to the front of the stage where I like to be. They started playing a song from the new album and I was REALLY feeling it! So I went back in the pit again... fell down... got picked up... and ran around a couple more times. Just as I was about to make my exit - someone came flying right onto my leg and crushed my ankle. I limped over to Rowdy and told him I was hurt! haha! Now I never broke a bone before, but it sure happened... and it happened at the House Of Blues Las Vegas in the pit with Suicidal jamming new material! I seriously wouldn't have it any other way! When we got back to Orange County everyone thought I was a mad-woman because I was sort of bragging that I broke my foot in the pit. I will never forget that show... I will always love the ST family... and I can't wait till my foot is all good again to get my ass back in the crowd where I BELONG! Love you guys!
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Jon and Zac Crooks

I have been listening to ST since 7th grade.  Now they are my son's avorite band, who is 15 now.  I took him to the concert in Chicago at
the house of blues.  Not only did they put on one of the best show's hat I have seen but they let my son and I and a few other's on stage
for Pledge then my son got a drum stick from the drummer.  After that we ent and bought some merchandise and while we were leaving we noticed
that Mike was actually out talking to people and giving autographs.  I ook my son down to him and he signed my son's hat.  When we left my son
Zac said it was the best night of his life.  I want to say thank you to he band.  What they did shows that they really care about their fans
which is so cool because of all the concerts I have been to this has ever happened or you  had to pay $30 to get an autograph.  ST has class
and we will always remember that night.  One thing though, a message for he fans for future concerts please when they let you on stage give them
some room and don't knock stuff over, including the drums, which did happen.  Everyone will get their chance to shake his hand, so just be
patient otherwise you'll scare them from letting the fans come up there again!!  Again thank yo ST and stay pyscho!!
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Gina

The KC was awesome!!! Yes, it was my first show.  Yes, I got to meet Mike Muir and I acted like a complete DORK!  Yes, I was star struck!
So...my apologies to you, Mike,for not being able to speak like a normal person would. Anyways, I grew up in south Tejas, Edinburg to be exact.
I was introduced to you guys by my brothers who were skaters & BMXer's at the time. Growing up down south was great but the parents had decided to move to KC when my grandmother got sick.  So away to KC we went.  Moving to KC was such a culture shock for me.  No matter what I did I could not fit in.  Meaning that I was a half breed, 1/2 mexican and  1/2 gringo. :)  Anyway, being light skinned, my brothers were the brown ones, I didn't fit in with the latinos here because they thought I was white and I didn't fit in with the whites because I acted to "mexican" for them.  All assholes, so I kept close with a few who were like me.  Anyhow...we all jammed to ST all the time.  It pissed me off that people were so closed minded and hateful.  Anyhow... I said fuck them and I made myself...fuck those people.  They are the ones that create our local governments, our upper level management, etc. they are the ones that break us down...But not me.  It held me back for a while, but not anymore.  I got my scholarship and I finished college while having a full time job, kid, my own house and marriage all at or before the age of 23.  Now I know the game...the system...and I worked to get where I am today...a Scientist for the FEDs.  Its funny still, because my bros run Streetrider hydraulics in KC and have been featured in Lowrider magazine and are apart of the Majestics CC of KC.  They are mexican in each and everyway, and then there is me, people act differently towards me because they think I am white.  Sorry I got off of my topic...I was ecstatic to see the concert and go back stage.  Mike was very respectful and the band played great.  It was a memory trip and I felt all of that anger/frustration inside of me again, in a good way.  So keep it up and don't forget to come back...and I will try to keep my part of the world a clean and safe place to live.
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Raymond King

The ST show at the beaumont was awesome, energenic, and aggresive, everything a suicidal show should be. My party at the beaumont consisted of my daughter Brittney, one of my best friends David, and my wife Becca. We had an absolutely great time. They played a lot of old songs, which judgeing by the crowd, was just fine because they seemed to be old die-hard suicidal fans. Long before ST got on stage we got a place right in front of the stage. When ST hit the stage it wasn't easy defending our position up front, it was crazy i loved it. At the beginning of the show, a girl and her boyfriend tried to get in front of us, i put my arm out so they couldn't get in front of us and the girl hit me in the face.  i looked her square in the eyes and told her, " You hit me again i'm going to hit you back."  Both of them quickly dissappered into the crowd as i held my  daughter back screaming, "I'm going to beat that bitch's ass!"  I told her to calm down if we see them later we'll get 'em.  Later on, about mid-way through the show a blonde guy was getting a little obnoxious trying to get in front of us.  I pushed him back and told him to back off you're not getting in front of us, we stared each other down for a second and he backed off. About the same time of the show, there's a crew that was obviously with ST that were stage diving.  When me and my daughter got kicked in the face by one of them i tried to pull him back by the leg but the crowd was taking him the other way, so i took his shoe and the guy beside us took his black stocking cap.  The blonde guy came back and got in front of my daughter.  I told him to step back and he started to mouth off so I headbutted him 3 times and got pulled back by security. When the blonde guy took a swing at me, my daughter started punching him in the face, by the time the security guard let me go, there were a bunch of people fighting. This concert was the best show i've taken my family to.   My daughters favorite part besides punching that dude was getting a pick of the guitarist.  Can't wait for you guys to come back to KCMO.
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eddie aldana

first of all i want to say whats up to all my
suicidals locally and around the world...and that me
in the left of the picture with MIKE MUIR.... i
remember suicidal tendencies when i was a kid going to
middle/high school and there was a time in my life
when things around me werent going to good with me and
everybody was wondering what was wrong and at that
time i needed to figure out things on my own and then
there was this song by ST "institutionalized" and that
really touched me because i can relate to that song
100% of my life at that time.....so they are people
thats goes through times like these i said...i have
all the albums of ST and it feels like i can really
say that ive been growing up maturely through each of
their albums because they tell life just like it
is....

im 28 yrs old now as of 2005 i remember about 4 years
ago ive worked different trades but always getting
paid shit!!! i was always complaining about work and
how i should get paid more and this and that and never
did anything about it...until i heard "i want more"
fuck that was the song that motivated me to look for
another job and stop kissing my bosses ass and feeling
like i was in that cage.. so now im at a well paid job
were i dont really do shit and everybody hates but i
need to thank SUICIDAL TENDENCIES for coming into my
life when i needed you guys the most.....

suicidal for life,
eddie aldana

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POLO

In the beginning
an Suicidal travel...

an ST american gig for a french cyco:

At our arrival in L.A., we headed straight to ST's tattooshop at Venice Boulevard. Except for some crazy-ass tattoos, you can also get piercings in a very clean and professional atmosphere. On the walls, you will find almost every ST-LP /single ever released. When we were at the shop, Jason "Clown"Brown was tattooing one of his clients. We also met 2 young ST-fans who
showed us the way to the ST-concerts in San Francisco one day later.

In fact there was not much ST-merchandise available except for a few T-shirts… Of course we could not go to LA without having visited ST's tatoo-shop and walking around on Venice Beach. At one moment we thought to have noticed Mike Clark walking around in Santa Monica with his family...but actually we were not sure about this. For one moment we even thought bout meeting Cyco Miko in Venice and that he would invite us for a small chat and a drink but in the end we could only dream
about it...

It was an ultimate experience seeing ST play in the US on the 1st of September 2000 in San Francisco at the Maritime Hall. After a 10 days. Nevade/California sight-seeing tour, we finally arrived at San Francisco after a 5hours car drive. We first bought our tickets and arrived at the Maritime Hall around 6 PM. The tension mounts. Fortunately I met 3 ST-members while Titi and my brother were waiting in front of the hall. First of all we watched the support acts which was pretty boring. Finally it was SUICIDAL-time once again. As this was ST's firt gig of
the West Coast tour, they seemed to be in top form this evening. As usual they started off with "You can't bring me down..." followed by "Pop songs" brought forward as a Christina Aguilera punk rock interpretation. The audience was crazier than ever. There were at least 30 "Mike Muir" lookalikes participating in a huge mosh-pit and with my 80 kg I seemed to be the skinny guy this evening. The cyco punx were definetely messing up the place! Although not everyone seemed to be fully satisfied, this was an extraordinary experience for all of us.

STraight from the heart:
this my story for STraight from the heart, my cyco vision "The cyco vision": I got to know Suicidal Tendencies through my eldest brother back in 1991 right after the release for Lights ...Caméra...Revolution which was a superb revelation for myself.

I found out that Suicidal was the real stuff as it was not only bout music but also a way of life! Moreover I found out that it was never ST's intention to force their opinion onto no one but to spread a message that's about standing up for yourself and trying to grab things by the throat before they go wrong.

No drugs, no artificial paradise but reality that's what really
impressed me with ST. Indeed, it's easier to point the finger at the "system" and others but it's more important to take life into your own hands! Some magic philosophy that was also a lesson in life for myself.

Musically speaking, despite the numerous line-up changes, I think that ST still disposes of super musicians. I also really appreciate their live performances. Unfortunately I had to wait for 6 long years before I first saw them play for the first time in 1997 at Strasbourg. It was quite some experience after a 1000 miles drive in a small Clio with 5 passengers aboard. Meanwhile I tried to recoup my loss in the scope of my job and possibilities...

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