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On Tour With The Vandals, Part 3

Apr 17 2008 / Thursday

More Vandalism from Joe
All photos - Austin Brown

"Adelaide, South Australia," or "How I won $500 from Fletcher"

Things are starting to become eventful. We flew to Adeleaide for our 4th show in a row. This is a sleepier town with a distinct multicolored brick based architecture on all the traditional structures of which I can't get enough. I've never seen it duplicated in the States.

Every band had a good show tonight.

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Bowling For Soup know exactly how to entertain a room full of punkers.

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Sum 41 are a perfect young punk band and it is clear why they will be here long after the other major label pop punkers that exploded on the scene during the early part of this decade are long forgotten. Simply put, they have a large quantity of excellent songs that are catchy as hell and rock way beyond what you would expect from such youngsters. They deserve all their success and more. They also get the award for most amazing Punisher of the trip standing on the side of the stage with the green shirt. I hope there is video of him somewhere.

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Pennywise had a solid show uninterrupted by any punishers, militant organizers (which actually happened in Sydney), or local radio personalities. However, Fletcher and Randy's fighting did spill over into their set at one point. Of course it was funny because we all know they love each other.

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The Vandals show finally delivered what the "take it off" crowd wanted thanks to Warren's Aussie Flag Speedo and mystical leg bruise the exact shape of South Australia.

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I uploaded the last song onto youtube right after from the dressing room for your low-res and low-fi enjoyment. Watch it here.

Jim from P.W. Convinced me to stay late at the venue to have a drink and philosophize for a bit while multiple gambling dens errupted in the other dressing rooms. Then a spontaneous lobby bar party got underway at our Sebel Playford Hotel.

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This is where it became interesting. I arrived in the bar with a drink Pennywise T.M. Aaron Lisi made me at the venue. That is key information. As soon as I encountered Fletcher he was holding the false tooth and retainer he somehow got out of Chris the big guy from Bowling For Soup's mouth, where he wears it.

Fletcher then declared that I needed to "take my medicine." Meaning he wanted me to let him place it in my cocktail (pineapple, cranberry, lime, Stoli).

With Fletcher's challenges you have to make a split second decision if you are going to accept because if you make a big deal about it, it just gets worse for you. Within a few seconds I had downed the drink and dumped the tooth and a few ice cubes on the table. I think Randy almost vomited from seeing this up close.

No big deal, but the next morning in the bus to the Adelaide airport Fletcher was holding court and explaining that I drank a glass of beer with Chris's tooth in it.

That some how made it sound a little less cool to me than it actually was so I corrected him that it was really a mixed drink.

For some reason, the type of drink it was became a huge controversy with Fletcher indignant that I would suggest there was a need for a correction to any of the details of his story. He suggested a bet. We both agreed immediately on a "net worth" wager.

He then began soliciting witnesses to bolster his version of things and sieze all my assets and make me his slave. It wasn't going all that great so he suggested we reduce the wager to a flat $500 USD. I agreed.

He continued to quiz witnesses when a bomb dropped on him. Someone on the bus produced a video recording of the entire incident. It was indeed a cocktail and not a beer. I would never drink a beer with someone's tooth in it.

From then on, this drink Lisi made me (pineapple and vodka with a splash of cran and lime) has been known as the Aussie 500. Thanks Lisi.

Joe...

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