by Larry Stern
AT FUN FUN FUN
by Ramona Chrome
get out much anymore, so small wonder two of my most anticipated
bands of FFF were bands who no longer perform regularly. I went
to work in my rock-n-roll pants Friday morning and arrived at Auditorium
Shores just as dark fell, wired as hell on four iced coffees and
just a couple minutes late for the Murder City Devils' scheduled
start time. I stopped in at the first huge beer tent for Heineken
and directions (by the way, kudos, FFF, on your abundance of bartenders-I
never waited more than 45 seconds for a drink all festival long),
then headed to the black stage but couldn't get past the sound booth
there before claustrophobia set in. Some of the crowd was probably
in position for the Danzig debacle, but most seemed to be fully
immersed in the Devils, including the little kids backstage ("kids"
meaning age 6 or 7, not 25 or 30). The sound was great, the band
sounded tight, they played my favorite song ("...she switched from
rum to whiskey...."), but somehow it didn't click for me. I saw
the Murder City Devils a couple of times during their relentless
touring heyday and remember those shows as a glorious drunken mess,
shots and giggles. Maybe it was the sober talkin. So I split to
the bar, discovered the Road House (again, kudos, FFF bartenders),
and hustled to the blue stage.
to my old friends. We were catching up and then Public Enemy took
the stage and then I ignored you completely. I've never seen PE
live, despite having been a fan since high school (pretty damn early
days for the band). Chuck D and Flava Flav sounded every bit as
strong and righteous as I would have expected back then in the early
part of the set. The middle brought a couple of awkward moments,
such as Flav referring to their new DJ as Terminator X, then bending
over backwards to correct himself, and the uncomfortable set by
his godson, an extremely green performer. Just as my attention was
wandering, Chuck came back out and rallied the crowd in support
of the Occupy protests, launching into a barrage of classics, sadly
not including "By the Time I Get to Arizona", but culminating in
"Fight the Power." The plug was pulled just as Chuck rapped, "Elvis
was a hero to most, but he never meant shit to me..." Me neither,
Chuck-it was you that kept me lifted on that long cold walk into
FUN FUN FEST ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2012 EVENT AT AUDITORIUM SHORES
defining tone of the festival was friendly, chaos-free…communal
–Rolling Stone Nov, 2011
year, we wondered if they could pull it off with much bigger bands,
crowds and stakes. They absolutely did. They should start selling
tickets to next year today.” – Austin American Statesman
TX (December 8, 2011) – Fun Fun Fun Fest announced today that
it will be hosting the 7th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium
Shores on November 2, 3, and 4 in the fall of 2012. In 2011, the
3-day event was the largest in its six-year history, showing over
35% growth in attendance and over 700 total jobs created. Festival
organizers reported that the event growth helped add $5.35 million
in tourism dollars to the local economy.
the 2011 move to Auditorium Shores, festival promoters were able
to work with an increased footprint, larger capacity, and more central
location – while maintaining the intimate feel of the festival.
In this move, they also were successfully able to increase bike
usage, decrease parking pressure on the neighborhood, improve line
wait times, and improve sound attenuation by day.
are very excited to solidify our move to Auditorium Shores and continue
hosting Fun Fun Fun Fest in downtown Austin – this is where
we live and work every day” said James Moody, Festival promoter.
“I am an 11 year resident of Bouldin Creek, and I look forward
to working with stakeholders to make this event better for the community,
year after year”.
Fun Fun Fun Fest has grown every year since its inception, focusing
primarily on new music discovery, underground acts, and throwback
favorites in a wide range of tastes and genres, including indie,
hip hop, folk, comedy, punk, metal, and more. Ticket sale reports
from 2011 confirm that 2011 was the biggest year ever, drawing 45%
of attendees from Austin, 41% from Texas, 13% from the U.S. outside
of Texas, and 1% from other countries.
FFF: Fun Fun Fun is an independent genre based festival that was
founded in 2006 in Austin, TX. It is well known for being custom
booked for the most passionate underground and progressive musicians,
comedians and fans around the world.
Matt Mandrella / Transmission Entertainment / Matt@TransmissionEntertainment.com
Kari Rosenfeld / Transmission Entertainment / Kari@TransmissionEntertainment.com
William Mills / Giant Noise / firstname.lastname@example.org
Claudia Blanchette / Giant Noise / email@example.com
friends, hope you're keeping well. Today, we're thrilled to announce
the dates for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 -- Nov. 2, 3, and 4, 2012 --
the press release is attached for all the details.
other news, I have a few events coming up that I want to share:
On Wednesday, December 14th, I’m super stoked to present The
Release show at The Mohawk. You can check out their new single
“The Way You Came” via
BandCamp. The talented local outfit formed in San Marcos during
the founding members’ time at Texas State University. Now
based out of Austin, they recorded Old and Touchin’ Blue with
Lars Goransson at Sounds
They’ll be preceded on stage this evening by fellow San Marcos
Dunk and Little
Radar. Doors at 8p.m.; cover is $6 ($8 for minors).
If love you dogs and Iggy Pop (and you should), come down to the
29th St. Ballroom on December 17th. I
Wanna Be Your Dog II, a benefit for Austin
Pets Alive, features a dog pageant hosted by Mike Wiebe, complimentary
treats from Frank,
and plenty of classic Stooges tunes as covered
by a whole host of local bands. And hold off on your holiday shopping
until you take a stab at the stellar items up for grabs in the silent
auction. There’s also a raffle where you could win two wristbands
to SXSW. Doors at 8 p.m.; chaperoned pets welcome.
Free Week is almost upon us! Austin
Music Weekly and I have teamed up to put together a diverse
lineup consisting of many of our local favorites -- come on down
to Red 7 on Thursday, January 5th and check out Hard
Proof Afrobeat, Hundred
and Feathers, Zlam
Cameron Folkcore, and The
Nouns, all for free! Music starts at 9 p.m.
Finally, the latest episode of Soundboard focuses on Chico Jones
at Ohm Recording
Studio -- check it out here.
Thanks as always to Shoot
Good Media, my proficient partners on this project.
free to spread the word and hope to see you at some of these.
D Generation – FunFunFun Fest, Austin,
Mid-afternoon in the scorching Austin,
TX sun on a big ass festival stage, not the ideal setting to see
one of my favorite East Coast Punk Rock n’ Roll bands, but I’ll
take it any way I can get it. D Generation formed in the Big Apple
in the early 90′s and brought to the table their blend of
punk, glam, and garage rock. The groups sound is heavily influenced
by by east coast bands such as Ramones,
NY Dolls, Dead Boys, Reagan Youth,
etc. After releasing only three major label studio studio
albums, each earning high critical acclaim but never the desired
sales, the band split up in the late 90′s. It should be noted
that Degeneration did help spark an entire wave of great punk rock
n’ roll that started at the tail end of the “grunge movement” that
featured acts such as The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, Electric
The band recently reunited the original
lineup – Jesse Malin (vocals), Richard
Bacchus (guitar), Howie Pyro (bass), Danny Sage (guitar), and Michael
Wildwood (drums) - in August to perform
for the first time since their breakup. The group did shows in San
Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, New York, Seattle, Austin and a few
select dates in Spain.
Band leader and founding member Jesse
Malin stormed the Black Stage at FunFunFun
and appeared to be somewhat overdressed for the heat. Malin
sported his usual formal attire and Bacchus has his leather coat
zipped up to his neck. After a blistering version of Degenerated,
Malin soon decided he could either succumb
to heat exhaustion or remove some layers of clothing. Off came the
coat and shirt. In true ’77 rock fashion, Marshall Amps cranked
to 11, the band ripped through “She Stands There”, “Feels Like Suicide”, “Capital Offender”, and “Cornered”.
It was at this point in the set, I
noticed panties dropping all around me, however, it wasn’t because
of my charisma or Degeneration, but rather for the band’s newest
fan, Ryan Gosling, who was standing just off to the side of the
stage singing along. Wow, an A-lister with decent taste in music. Smack my ass and call me
By this point, the original crew was
good and heated up. They continued to pound their way through the
set with vicious renditions of “Working On The
Avenue”, “Vampire Nation”, and “Frankie” all off the self-titled
debut record. After a brief introduction of the band the band finished
up with “Scorch” from their sophomore album, “No Lunch”, and wrapped
up the set with an extended version of “No Way Out”, the opening song from the self-titled
The original lineup pulled off what
they originally set out to do upon inception, blister it’s fans
with a set of high-energy punk rock n’ roll. Well done Jesse and
crew. I certainly hope this isn’t the last we have seen of them.
The band two more dates scheduled as opening act for the Guns and
Roses tribute band known as “Guns and Roses”, featuring original
singer, William Bailey aka Axl Rose.
I hope in a move of punk rock excellence Degeneration takes the
stage two hours late.
- Degenerated – (D Generation – Reagan Youth cover)
- She Stands There – (No Lunch)
- Feels Like Suicide – (D Generation)
- Capital Offender – (No Lunch)
- Cornered – (Through The Darkness)
- Working on the Avenue (D Generation)
- Vampire Nation – (D Generation)
- Frankie – (D Generation)
- Scorch – (No Lunch)
- No Way Out – (D Generation)
the course of the first day of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011, many people
I talked with shared my excitement in seeing Glenn Danzig. Here
was possibly our only chance to see Danzig perform with the members
of Samhain, as well as his Misfits bandmate Doyle Von Wolfgang Von
Frankenstein! To hear him rip through some of the Misfits' classic
songs would have been a great cap to an awesome day of bands on
the Black Stage at Auditorium Shores. Unfortunately, this was not
crowd gathered to watch the Murder City Devils on the left half
of the Black Stage, and they did not disappoint. At this time I
was backstage and started hearing unfortunate rumblings from the
Danzig camp about last minute demands that Glenn was imposing on
Transmission Entertainment, the producers of Fun Fun Fun Fest. Evidently
he needed space heaters to be put on stage so he wouldn't get too
cold. Also, he wanted tarps erected on either side of the stage
to keep the cold wind off him, lest he get the sniffles. Things
came to a head when his people insisted that everyone be cleared
from the Murder City Devils sidestage. This meant yours truly also
had to head out into the now impossible crowd.
exactly an hour later Danzig finally came on, after several false
starts with his band members being on and offstage for almost that
entire time. Meanwhile Danzig's security guard stomped around backstage
huffing and puffing, while threatening people who refused to leave
the area. Anyway. So Glenn finally came onstage, and he sounded
great! He was however sucking on Jolly Ranchers while singing so
the lyrics were somewhat jumbled. The band tore through many classic
Danzig solo songs, and then the lights went out while the Samhain
set was readied.
came back onstage wearing what can best be described as a bondage
mask and thus began the Samhain portion. The crowd seemed to enjoy
favorites like "Unholy Passion" and "Horror Biz",
though it did seem most came to see him do the Misfits songs with
Doyle. We ended up getting six good Samhain songs, and then it was
time for the Misfits portion of the evening!
crowd was still excited as Doyle stomped onstage and the strains
of "Death Comes Ripping" tore through the crowd! Things
seemed okay, and the band began "Vampira", though it looked
like Glenn was angry about something we were soon to hear about.
Sure enough, power was cut at 10pm in order to comply with the Austin
city ordinance. Danzig, ever the diva, was quick to blame the promoters
and remarked that the stage looked like it was set up by "Wile
E. Coyote with stuff bought from Acme." Inside info: Danzig's
crew set up his half of the stage, not the festival crew. He proceeded
to rant and rave, even going so far as to try and incite a riot.
Totally ridiculous. He berated the Transmission staff, the city
of Austin, and everything else he could think of without ever taking
responsibility for starting his set an HOUR late.
in closing: fuck you Glenn! I will always enjoy your music, but
you are a horrible person, and you deserve whatever becomes of your
career. Good luck EVER getting booked in Austin again. What could
have been a historic performance was ruined because you've turned
into something even Mariah Carey would raise an eyebrow over.
more photos by Jerry Milton
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