U.K. Subs 1997 Tour Journal by Nicky Garratt

Day 3

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01. A Massive Return
02. Set List

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01. Day 01
02. Day 02
03. Day 03
04. Day 04
05. Day 05
06. Day 06
07. Day 07
08. Day 08
09. Day 09
10. Day 10
11. Day 11
12. Day 12
13. Day 13
14. Day 14
15. Day 15
16. Day 16
17. Day 17
18. Day 18
19. Day 19
20. Day 20
21. Day 21
22. Day 22
23. Day 23
24. Day 24
25. Day 25
26. Day 26
27. Day 27
28. Day 28
29. Day 29
30. Day 30
31. Day 31
32. Day 32
33. Day 33
34. Day 34
35. Day 35
36. Day 36
37. Day 37
38. Day 38
39. Day 39
40. Day 40
41. Day 41
42. Day 42
43. Day 43

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Back To Bands

Chick & CarlyWoke up at 7.45am and juiced some carrots before getting on the road to the first of our two shows today. Our first stop is Headline Records in Los Angeles where around 40 people gathered to watch us play in the store. We played a short set featuring a bunch of the new songs. Anti-Flag were not play the in-store, giving us plenty of time to get to the Corona show which was sold out. The Corona show was a large venue which had young fans already crowding outside to see a seven band bill. Aside from Anti-Flag, the bigger openers were “Mad Parade” and “Padded Cell” the place was buzzing. My guitars were already in pretty bad shape from the first few gigs, both necks were wobbly, the strap locks were loose at the back of both Stratocasters so I took the practice amp straight upstairs to the dressing room as we unloaded the bus ready to change the strings and fix them up a little. When I came back with the guitars the amp was gone so I reported this to the management. After maybe half an hour the bouncers had tracked down the guy, one of the cleaners who was a bit of a hippy, who had, it turned out, had stashed the amp behind the sofa with plans to stealing it later - they beat the crap out of him in the dressing room. I was pleading for them not to kill him. They didn’t but they did mess him up and kicked him out. Later I freaked Pat (Anti-Flags pacifist drummer), out by passing off a couple of cashew nuts as the guys teeth. Chick was getting sick.

The gig was chaos again, my strap locks pulled out, the guitars went badly out of tune because the necks were slipping and I broke two strings - The crowd went wild! At the end of the show I did a back flip into the drum kit. Dave was rightly really mad at me, but I didn’t think about it, I just did it. Merchandise sold like crazy.

Outside the show as adrenaline filled punks poured out onto the street the cops were getting paranoid and actually gave Justin (Anti-Flags singer), a J walking ticket. We stayed in a Motel that night and got in really late.

Nicky & Alvin. Outside Headline Records. Los Angeles


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