December 17th 1987. Exodus/Anthrax/Celtic Frost in Tampa Florida. The show was at Expo Hall, Celtic Frost went on first and the crowd was pretty tame. When the lights went out and Exodus hit the stage opening with Bonded, the place went insane, shit loads of people came rushing from the back crushing all the fuckers up front. I was at this show, drunk as fuck with about 6 of my friends. Mike, Joey, Rick and Henley and a few others that I can’t remember their names. I was fucking wasted, I drank vodka like it was water and ate pills without even asking what they were back then, I was a crazy, 19 years old and with a death wish, I never or did any of my friends then think I was going to make it to 25. We rushed the stage and all of a sudden the barrier collapsed. A security guard was under it and when the mayhem subsided a little they dragged him up onto the stage, the bone in his thigh was coming through his skin and even through his pants, it was insane. Exodus stopped and the show ended at that point. Then about 15 cops came out onto the stage and lined the front. They were telling the crowd to sit, they got pelted with bottles, and cans and anything else people could throw. Anthrax came out and told everyone to be calm and they got booed and shit thrown at them too, the crowd was rabid. There was no barrier and Anthrax actually tried to play, I think they played 3 songs and a cop that was standing on the front of the stage got pulled into the crowd, all he did was hand off his gun to another cop, the rest of his stuff got taken. At one point I saw my friend with the cops radio saying help into it and laughing, a girl got handcuffed to the monitor barricade, they destroyed cars outside and broke all the windows out of the cop cars parked outside. Crazy show.
I went to Toyqube last week to an art showing of some crazy art by the Elite Gudz guys. It was amazing and I got a new kid robot toy. I also had dinner with all of them and heard some great stories, it was fun as fuck. Those guys are awesome. I spent the rest of the week writing and working part 2 of my own comic book.
This past week I tattooed my knee, I got Darth Vader with half of his mask gone and a creepy skull behind it, it was done by JR Maloney at Vanguard Tattoo, NY. I went and saw Coheed and Cambria in central park in NYC. I got a new Michelin pilot2 tire on my RC51 and fuck the thing handles like a monster; I guess that’s why the tires cost a lot more. I did some riding with my buddy Alan Tecchio from Hades and his buddy Eric Putter who is a writer. I also went out with my buddy Lenny who I did a 14,652-mile road trip with and tore up Westchester and got up to 157. Our album hit the stores this week and I leave for tour next week, we start rehearsals and I can’t wait to start playing all the new songs. Talk to you guys again soon, maybe I will search through my burnt out brain for some other concert stories.