suicidal for life,
an ST american gig for a french cyco:
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.
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
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...