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Megadeth/Testament/Exodus Concert Review 032610

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Wow.  Where to begin.

I love Testament.  While I haven’t liked all of their albums, they are one of the best live bands I have ever seen.  Friday’s

Exodus

show was I think the 7th or 8th time I have seen them since 1987 when they opened for Anthrax on the original Legacy Tour.

Let’s go back a little further with Megadeth.  I first saw them in 1986 on the Peace Sells tour with Overkill opening up on their Taking Over Tour(!!!).  What a night that was!  Friday’s show was my 5th(?) time seeing them and I’ve never been disappointed.

So a few months back when this tour was announced, I was pretty excited.  Two bands that I love to see live and one that I have never seen, albeit not a major fan of either.  While I like Fabulous Disaster and Pleasures of the Flesh a lot, Bonded By Blood and all of their other albums never did a thing for me.  But, I was going to get to see them.  They are legends, even with only 2 original members left.

When I purchased tickets, there was a meet and greet package available and I figured what the hell, I’ll drop the cash on it.  Why not?  Either I misread the original advertisement or it was misrepresented when I bought my ticket, but I thought it was for all 3 bands, not just Testament.  Don’t get me wrong, Testament are badass dudes and Chuck Billy is nice as hell.  I met him in 2000 on The Gathering Tour at Jaxx in Springfield, VA.  So yeah, I paid the bucks to meet Testament.  Whatever.  Early birthday present to myself.

I had to be in line for the meeting before 5pm on Friday and there were a few others ahead of me.  I really expected it to be a small crowd of people who bought the special pass but it ended up being about 35 or so.  Good for Testament.

random fat guy with Testament...ok, it's me.

Dudes can’t make money on albums anymore, so make it through these kinds of deals and through merch.  Good on ’em!

Met this cool dude from Oklahoma City who saw them the night before in Houston.  We hung out most of the show and I lost him during Megadeth.

We get to the backyard part of Stubbs and get herded like cattle through the line to get our shit signed.  We were given a poster that the band could sign and most everyone brought other personal stuff.  of course I had “the book” with me.  As we’re going through the line, Glen Drover signed the poster and I spoke with him briefly about seeing him with King Diamond several years ago and how much I liked the first Eidolon CD.  I also saw him with Megadeth 2 years ago.  Eric Peterson and Greg Christian were next and I had them both sign their photo in the book.  I got the usual reaction, “What the hell is this and where do I find a copy?”  Got to Paul Bostaph and had him sign on the Forbidden Evil section.  Seems to be a relatively quiet dude.  When I got to Chuck, he saw that he had signed it and asked when and where.  I told him it was at Jaxx in 2000 and the other guys in the band all said, “Jaxx!  Fuckin Jaxx!”  It was pretty funny.  I told Chuck that my first Testament show was the Legacy Tour at the Boathouse in Norfolk, VA.  “We played that place a lot over the years.”  Yes, I know.  I was there for almost every one of them if not all of them.

Anyhoo, we get herded again to do photos with the band and then a couple of shots with the band and the whole meet and greet group.  One cool thing was that we got to get to the merch booth before they let the crowd in.  We were able to buy one t-shirt for $10 and one hoodie for $20, as opposed to the $35 and $60 they were priced.  I bought one of each.

As we were sitting in the venue waiting for them to let the crowd in, I saw my friend Jay West who is an incredible rock photographer.  His brother is the guitar tech for Exodus.  Jay worked some magic and got the Exodus page signed by Tom and Gary.  Jay grew up in the Bay area and knew those guys when they were still just a local band.  Pretty cool.

I live next door to the venue and took my swag and the book back to my place.  Didn’t want to lug it around all night.  Luckily I know one of the security guys and he let us get right back in the venue without having to wait in the long ass line.

So the crowd gets let in and it’s a sold out show.  Austin’s been getting a lot of good metal shows lately.  Kreator was last night!  I didn’t go.

Exodus hit the stage while the sun was still up and in general they sounded great.  I only recognized a handful of songs but their performance was great.  As the new singer was introducing the band, he noted that Lee Altus was one of the guitarists.  HEATHEN?!?!?!  Shit!  I should have had him sign the book as well.  Dammit.  Oh well.

When Testament was getting their drums soundchecked, you could tell that they were having some difficulties.  Unfortunately their sound was shitty for the whole show.  All you could hear was mostly drums and some semblance of guitars.  I could, however, hear Drover’s solos and he sucked.  Learn Skolnick’s solos.  You’re playing the whole Legacy album…LEARN IT!  Overall, They were good, from the best that I could tell.

Mustaine as shot by Jay West

They never disappoint live.

I ran home to change shoes between bands.  Stuffs has an unevenly sloped gravel floor and it was killing my feet, knees

Megadeth

and legs.

Megadeth hits the stage and were great.  Mustaine is a guitar god.  Love him or hate him he’s a badass when it comes to guitar riffs.  I’m in the minority, though, in that I never cared for Rust In Peace or anything else from the Friedman era.  He bored me with Megadeth and Nick Menza’s drumming was the most boring.  Shawn Drover did a good job imitating it but sounded great on the other Megadeth stuff.  Dave Ellefson just returned to the band and was great.  I’m such a fanboy.  Chris Broderick’s solos were spot on as well.  Of course I would like to have heard more from Peace Sells, Killing is My Business and So Far So Good So What, but there just wasn’t time.  Megadeth delivered again, though.  Love em!  They also played a song from the new album that Dave stated had not been played live before that night.  Sweet!  The new album is great.  Go buy it!

Apparently after the show the Testament and Exodus guys were hanging out at Headhunters with my pal Billy Milano.  Had I know they were there I would have grabbed the book and got Altus’ signature in it.  I LOVE Heathen’s first 2 albums.  Oh well, hopefully they’ll come back again.

It was a great show and a fun night altogether.  Shows like this bring everyone out.  Ran into Rodney from Devastation which is always cool.  I was really glad that testament was able to do more than 25 minutes like the last time I saw them.

Megadeth

gift picks. why does Chuck Billy have his own pick? haha

Megadeath setlist:

She-Wolf
In My Darkest Hour
Skin O’ My Teeth
Holy Wars… The Punishment Due
Hangar 18
Take No Prisoners
Five Magics
Poison Was the Cure
Lucretia
Tornado of Souls
Dawn Patrol
Rust in Peace… Polaris
Headcrusher
The Right to Go Insane
Trust
Symphony Of Destruction
Encore:
Peace Sells

Testament setlist:

Over the Wall
The Haunting
Burnt Offerings
Raging Waters
C.O.T.L.O.D.
First Strike Is Deadly
Do or Die
Into the Pit
Souls of Black
Alone In The Dark
Apocalyptic City

Exodus setlist:

Bonded By Blood
Iconoclasm
Children of a Worthless God
Piranha
Braindead
Deathamphetamine
Blacklist
War Is My Shepherd
Strike Of The Beast
The Toxic Waltz

I think I got the setlists correct.  Someone please let me know if I missed something.

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March 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Megadeth/Testament/Exodus Concert Review (sort of…)

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I’ll post the full review tomorrow.  But for now…

Dave Mustaine is one of the greatest metal guitarists ever.

Period.

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March 26, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Voivod Concert Review – 3/20/10

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March 20, 2010

Voivod

Live at the Galaxy Room, Austin, TX

Three Voivod shows in 4 days.  There was a show on the 18th as well but I didn’t make it thinking it was a badge/wristband only show.  Unfortunately it wasn’t and only about 40 people showed up from what I was told.  Oh well.

Yesterday’s show was pretty cool.  The Galaxy Room was an old closed venue that got a quick facelift and a coat of paint to host shows for SxSW.  This show was sponsored by Brooklyn Vegans and “M is for Montreal”.  Vegans.  Alrighty.

This particular show featured Roky Erickson (of whom I am still unfamiliar with), Andrew WK, Voivod and a bunch of other bands I have never heard of…mostly hispter bands.  I was there for Voivod, of course.

I arrived about an hour before the show just to make sure I had a place in the venue.  These SxSW shows can get filled pretty quickly sometimes, no matter who is playing.  The band arrived shortly after and I got to have a few drinks and talk with them a bit, especially with Dan Mongrain from Martyr who is a cool dude and a great guitar player.

It was oddly cold outside yesterday and had rained earl in the morning.  It was 75 for a good solid week and then a front rolled through and it was in the 40s all day.  Sucked.

The band got introduced by some dude from Montreal who is apparently pretty famous up there.  He ran through a quick repertoire of Canadian metal bands.  Voivod was slated to play at 315PM but the bands were running behind.  I think they went on around 345.  This was to be a short set, only 6 songs.  Unfortunately technical problems cut the set by one song.

As with the other shows the band was great.  They all looked to be having fun again until the amp/chord issue happened.  After tha was resolved they had time to do one final song, Astronomy Domine.  At that point they were a little more frustrated.  They were slated to leave for Canada by bus immediately after the show.  When they finished their set I helped them load off of the stage, said my thank yous and goodbyes and went foraging for food.

As stated in my first of these Voivod reviews, I was never a big fan of the early work, but after seeing them live 3 times this week, I’ll do my best to see them anytime that I can.  Great musicians, nice guys, good times all around.  No need to post more pics of them, you know what they look like!

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March 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

Voivod Concert Review – 3/19/10

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March 19, 2010

Voivod

Live at Scoot Inn, Austin, TX

I’m having a blast during SxSW this year.  Just saw legendary DC area doom band Iron Man.  Not too bad at all.  But at 5PM today I saw my second Voivod show.   Just wow.

Before the show, each one of the guys in the band asked me if I was hurt badly at the other show a few days ago.  Very nice of them.  And for my vast audience, yes, I’m fine.  No worries.

We saw a few bands before Voivod his the stage…locals Iron Age and NAAM from Brooklyn, NY.  Both bands sounded great.  Right at the end of NAAM’s set, Jeff and I worked our way into the light crowd and got front and center like we did for the 3/17 show.

After a quick soundcheck they went into the song Voivod.  Sounded great.  They are a very solid band and I wish I would have had the chance to see them years ago.  Dan Mongrain is a very competent guitar player…it’s surely a requirement to play in this band.  They have some good riffs and I really wish I could enjoy their early work a little more.  However, hearing/seeing them live is great.

They changed their setlist up a little and said that tomorrow’s set will be a little different again.  Sweet! 

I was happy to see that they had some merch today.  Do I need more black t-shirts?  Well, it’s not always a question of need is it?  They had a Nothingface shirt.  Unfortunately they were out of XXL.  I should lose some weight so I can own some cooler t-shirts.  Yeah?  I instead bought the Killing Technology shirt.

The band seems to enjoy playing live.  Lots of movement, lots of glances, laughs and smiles at each other.  I’m really excited to see them again tomorrow for the 3rd time this week.

Enjoy the picks from today.  I’ll try to get some video up soon as well.

Snake

Blacky

Dan

Voivod Concert Revew – 3/17/10

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March 17, 2010

Voivod

Live at Red 7, Austin, TX

Voivod.  Usually when I hear the name all I can think of is the song Cockroaches.  I was never a big fan.  Their breed of techno-thrash was just a tad too rough for my ears.  Then came Nothingface, Angelrat and Outer Limits.  Those album were a little more melodic and I’ve always liked them a lot.  I’ve gone back and tried listening to stuff like Killing Technology and Rooooaaaaarrrr but it does nothing for me.

I found out a month or so ago that Voivod was coming to Austin to play the SxSW.  Even with me not being a big fan, I’ve never seen them live so I figured I’d go.

I’m so glad that I did.

After leaving another show where LA Guns and Faster Pussycat were getting ready to go on, I ventured over a few blocks to Red 7.  This whole show was part of the Relapse Records showcase.   I caught the last song by a band called Tombs.  Forgettable stuff for me.  Saw a good friend up front and weasled my way to stand next to him at the front of the stage.

As the band got set up, there was a short comedy set by metalhead comedian Brian Posehn.  It was pretty funny.  The

Brian Posehn

energy in the room was pretty good.  Lots of people there to see Voivod.  It was cool to see their real fans there.

After Posehn’s set, the band comes out and fires into the song Voivod.  The crowd went apeshit.  So did I.  The setlist was right in front of me and I only knew maybe 3 songs.  Cockroaches wasn’t on the set and the only thing from the 3 albums I liked was their cover of Pink Floyd’s Astronomy Domine.  But it didn’t matter.  They sounded great.  They were lively.  The crowd loved it. They added one extra song but I don’t know what it was.

Some minor mosh pit action happening behind me.  There were a

Boot to the head...Metal, sometimes we bleed for it.

few stagedivers, one of which kicked me in the head and drew blood.  He was just some hipster douche who I don’t think even knew who Voivod was, he just wanted to be “cool” and stage dive like the other 2 dudes did.  I wasn’t really pissed about it but I found him after the show and put the fear of god in him.  I think he almost pissed himself.  I told him if he was still there when I turned around that I was going to kick his ass.  He took off.  Funny.  Anyone that knows me knows that I don’t have a violent bone in my body.  Luckily my looks and my size are intimidating to most people that I don’t get bothered much.

Blacky and new guitarist Dan Mongrain, from the Canadian band Martyr, both handed me a pick.  Pretty cool and good ones to add to my collection.

Blacky and Dan's picks

Blacky and Dan's picks

I got to see a good local friend that I haven’t seen in a while as well, and that’s always a good thing.  VoiVod is playing 2 more FREE shows this weekend within walking distance of my place, so I will try and check them out.  I sort of regret not going to see last night’s Motorhead show as I heard it was a small crowd.  Oh well.

Below are some pics from the show.  Enjoy.  I sure did.

Snake

Away

Blacky

Dan Mongrain

Setlist

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March 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Motorhead Concert Review – 3/16/10

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March 16, 2010

Motorhead

Live at Stubb’s, Austin, TX

I’ve been in Austin since November 2006 and this is my 4th time seeing Motorhead.  Three times have been at Stubb’s and the other time was in

Photo by Jay West

San Antonio.  This was my 7th show overall since 1993.  Today I am tired.  The SxSW music festival gets into full swing today and there are thousands upon thousands of visitors here.

I don’t like to miss Motorhead when they play.  All of their shows are pretty consistent and every now and then they throw a few older gems into the setlist.  When I saw them last year, it was the first time I was ever even slightly disappointed in their show.  They had Matt Sorum on drums and it gave such a completely different vibe.  Last night it was great to have Mikkey Dee back behind the kit.  The dude is awesome.

When I got home from work I just sat down to decompress for a little bit.  Then I heard Motorhead soundchecking.  I opened my window and could hear Cradle to the Grave clearly.  Sounded great.  I was excited that it was going to be in the setlist!

An hour later I went to the venue and met up with some friends and hung outside while Year Long Disaster played.  I couldn’t really tell whether I liked them or not.  I couldn’t hear the crowd cheer after any songs either.  Weird.  We went in as The Sword started.  I’ve seen them before and I’m not a big fan.  I did think it was cool that their second to last song was Thin Lizzy’s Cold Sweat.  They did a good version but it was weird hearing it played tuned down.

Motorhead came on and did a great show.  They were steady, not overly fast…tight.  Lemmy was funny and it was nice to see Phil active on stage.  Last year he looked terrible.  He stated that he was sick last time, so that made sense to his previous performance.  Lemmy did his typical “this song came out before most of you were born” line.  His statement was very true.  Lots of younger folk in attendance these days thanks to VH-1 Classic, Rockband, Guitar Hero, etc.  It’s really put metal and classic metal back in the forefront.  That’s a good thing.

In the last show I saw in Virginia, Lemmy said, “Don’t forget us” before starting their final song, Overkill.  He’s done it consistently since then.  It always makes me feel like he’s on his last leg saying, “It’s almost over…don’t forget us when we’re gone.”   He’s no spring chicken these days but he still seem to be pretty mobile.  His brain is certainly still sharp.

Overall it was a great show.  Here’s the setlist:

Iron Fist

Stay Clean

Be My Baby

Rock Out (I think it was this song…it was from Motorizer)

Metropolis

Over The Top

One Night Stand

I Got Mine

1000 Names of God

Cradle to the Grave (!)

In the Name of Tragedy

Just Cos You Got the Power

Going To Brazil

Killed By Death

Whorehouse Blues

Ace of Spades

Overkill

I think I am missing a song between Tragedy and Power.

March 16, 2010

Motorhead

Live at Stubb’s, Austin, TX

I’ve been in Austin since November 2006 and this is my 4th time seeing Motorhead.  Three times have been at Stubb’s and the other time was in San Antonio.  This was my 7th show overall since 1993.  Today I am tired.  The SxSW music festival gets into full swing today and there are thousands upon thousands of visitors here.

I don’t like to miss Motorhead when they play.  All of their shows are pretty consistent and every now and then they throw a few older gems into the setlist.  When I saw them last year, it was the first time I was ever even slightly disappointed in their show.  They had Matt Sorum on drums and it gave such a completely different vibe.  Last night it was great to have Mikkey Dee back behind the kit.  The dude is awesome.

When I got home from work I just sat down to decompress for a little bit.  Then I heard Motorhead soundchecking.  I opened my window and could hear Cradle to the Grave clearly.  Sounded great.  I was excited that it was going to be in the setlist!

An hour later I went to the venue and met up with some friends and hung outside while Year Long Disaster played.  I couldn’t really tell whether I liked them or not.  I couldn’t hear the crowd cheer after any songs either.  Weird.  We went in as The Sword started.  I’ve seen them before and I’m not a big fan.  I did think it was cool that their second to last song was Thin Lizzy’s Cold Sweat.  They did a good version but it was weird hearing it played tuned down.

Motorhead came on and did a great show.  They were steady, not overly fast…tight.  Lemmy was funny and it was nice to see Phil active on stage.  Last year he looked terrible.  He stated that he was sick last time, so that made sense to his previous performance.  Lemmy did his typical “this song came out before most of you were born” line.  His statement was very true.  Lots of younger folk in attendance these days thanks to VH-1 Classic, Rockband, Guitar Hero, etc.  It’s really put metal and classic metal back in the forefront.  That’s a good thing.

In the last show I saw in Virginia, Lemmy said, “Don’t forget us” before starting their final song, Overkill.  He’s done it consistently since then.  It always makes me feel like he’s on his last leg saying, “It’s almost over…don’t forget us when we’re gone.”   He’s no spring chicken these days but he still seem to be pretty mobile.  His brain is certainly still sharp.

Overall it was a great show.  Here’s the setlist:

Iron Fist

Stay Clean

Be My Baby

Rock Out (I think it was this song…it was from Motorizer)

Metropolis

Over The Top

One Night Stand

I Got Mine

1000 Names of God

Cradle to the Grave (!)

In the Name of Tragedy

Just Cos You Got the Power

Going To Brazil

Killed By Death

Whorehouse Blues

Ace of Spades

Overkill

I think I am missing a song between Tragedy and Power.

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March 17, 2010 at 8:08 am

Lemmy: The Movie – A Review Of Sorts

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Let’s go back to Norfolk, Virginia 2004.  My friend Jeanne introduced me to Marco who had been doing some tattoo work on her.  She kept telling me, “You should meet this guy.  He’s big into Maiden and Motorhead like you are.”  So at some random show we were introduced and just started talking about music.  When the conversation turned to Motorhead, we both stated that our favorite was the Another Perfect Day album.  That album seems to one that many people love to hate.  I think it’s flawless.  Marco said, “If I could find someone who’d let me put that cover on their back, I’d do it for free.”  Instantly my compulsive side kicked in and I said I’d do it.

So in April 2004 we started work on this major backpiece.  I clearly remember during the first session, which lasted 6 hours, Marco said he ultimately would love to get a pic of my back, him and Lemmy together.  After 88 hours of work over the course of about a year and a half, we finished it.  There were some pretty brutal sessions for both of us.

I moved to Austin, TX in 2006 and after tonight I will have seen Motorhead 4 times since I moved here.  We tried to get this photo with Lemmy 2 years ago and didn’t get it as I was balled up on the floor of my bathroom from a kidney stone.  Marco was at a titty bar with Lemmy trying to call me…no go.  Last year we got backstage at the Motorhead/Rev. Horton Heat show and I thought I’d get the photo done, this time without Marco being in town.  Again, no go.  Lemmy was elusive once again.

So last summer the producer of the The Lemmy Movie emailed me and asked my tribute band to do Ace of Spades to potentially be in the movie.  Of course we obliged.  The producers, Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoshi, was going to piece together a bunch of the tribute bands doing Ace.

A month or so ago I found out that the movie was doing the world premier at Austin’s SxSW Movie Festival.  Sweet!  The theater was 4 blocks from my house.  I called Greg to ask if we made the final cut and he said he had to trim the tribute band stuff out due to time constraints but that it may make the DVD version in the extras or something.  No worries.

So with the movie premiering here, Marco booked a flight to come in to see it and the concert.  Film Festival passes range from $500 and up.  I had no inclination to buy one of those.  The theater released some tickets for $12 with no guarantee of admission.   Festival badge holders had first come first serve right to see all films, but I figured if we got in line early enough, we may still get in.  We got in line at 4pm for the 6:45PM screening.  We were 4th and 5th in line.  The faithful!  The badge line was getting really long, going around the block and I was getting worried that we wouldn’t get in.

Lemmy, the band and the movie producers rolled up in a limo and did some interviews out front on the red carpet and then the SxSW folks let in the badge holders.  We were told that they thought everyone who wanted in would get in.  As the movie started and to the end there were still some vacant seats.  I was a bit surprised.

The movie itself was quite enjoyable.  It wasn’t so much of a chronicle of Lemmy’s life but more of the last 3 years, however there were some good flash backs to the Rocking Vicars and Hawkwind.  Lots of good cameo interviews, especially from Dave Grohl and Billy Bob Thornton.  There were a few moments when Lemmy was sitting with his son that were quite personal and nice to see.  Scott Ian has some really good stuff to add.  It was nice to see Fast Eddie and unfortunately there wasn’t a Philthy interview.

There were a few moments where you saw some emotion come from Lemmy.  It was cool to see it.  It was captured well.  The movie really shows his awesome and witty sense of humor.  When you see it, just remember, “Don’t worry, be happy.”  One of the funniest things I have ever seen.

It was also verycool to see his apartment.  It’s small, unassuming and simple.  Full of his WWI/WWII collectibles and just stuff.  Lemmy has a lot of stuff.

The only thing that I can say that I didn’t like about it was all of the Metallica footage.  I completely understand why it was there, but my long-running dislike for that band just makes me cringe when I see them talk or perform.  But…they are huge fans of Motorhead and have always been vocal about it for as long as I can remember.

So after the movie they did a quick Q&A with the producers and the band.  You could see how excited that Greg and Wes were, as they should be.  They’ve worked on this for 3 years and things like this become a labor of love.  Good work, guys!

After the Q&A, Marco and I just hung out in the theater to see if we could get the photo that we have been trying to get for years.  I was getting nervous.  I’ve been told that I “may” have backstage access for tonight’s show, but it’s not guaranteed.  I caught up with Greg and asked if he could set it up really quickly.  He told us to hit the side exit o the alley as that’s where the band was.  Security had already stopped a few folks from exiting through that door…but we made it.

The band was standing in the alley just talking and making a few jokes about the movie and Marco and I just stood a few feet from them.  Their conversation stopped and I looked at Lemmy and said, “Lem, I’ve got Another Perfect Day tattooed on my back and this is the guy who did the work.  Can we get a photo or 2?”  Thankfully he obliged.  I removed my shirt and he said, “Motherfucker.  That had to fucking hurt.  Looks great.”  We snapped 2 photos, thanked him then headed back to a bar to do a celebratory drink.

I was elated.  It felt like a weight was lifted off of both of our shoulders.  Both Marco and I endured a lot in doing this tattoo and in trying to get this photo done…and finally…por fin…done.  Boom.

So tonight…Motorhead at Stubb’s.  Can’t wait!

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March 16, 2010 at 9:55 am