OC Punk Rock Picnic - Oak Canyon Ranch - 4/28/12
The big hitters of the day all did their part to show that they are still as bad ass as they all were in the '80s. Circle One has a new singer, but he is a bad ass one. Besides that, the rest are original members, and no one is really going to care about that stuff when "Highway Patrolman" is done.
The Yeastie Boys stole the show with their much-loved clown-ified covers of punk rock classics such as "Abolish Barnum," but not before inhaling a fair share of carcinogens from the meters of colorful aerosol silly string used as props.
The headliners tore it up on the main stage. The ever-cheerful Casey Royer from D.I. shared his endearing punk rock gospel, "We appreciate what you are, what you'll become or what you'll never be." The Crowd followed, performing all of their famed Beach Blvd compilation classics such as "Living in Madrid."
But really, everyone paid to see Jello Biafra, hoping to hear him to perform any old Dead Kennedy stuff. And he did -- "California Uber Alles," "Too Drunk To Drunk" and of course "Holiday in Cambodia." But each song was interwoven with new ballads like "John Dillinger," a song about abandoning the three strikes law. Seconds after Biafra's last song, Ving Lee of FEAR exploded into "I Love Living in the City." He even had a saxophonist to aid him in the performance of "New York's Alright if You Like Saxophones."
Trash cans were thrown in the air and the pit was at its largest as the sun went down and FEAR concluded the night. It was a good punk rock picnic.
Critical bias: I was hit on by a MILF before getting in. Therefore, I strutted around like a boss and probably saw everything through a boss perspective.
The crowd: Punk rock nuclear families.
Overheard in the crowd: "Good afternoon, fuck you and I hope you die."
Random notebook dump: Mission Brewery's Shipwreck IPA is way too sweet for an IPA.
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