Joe's final remarks
All photos - Austin Brown
Just got back from quite possibly the best Australian tour we've ever done. These are long flights but Qantas made it so much easier; best in-flight entertainment, anywhere, for sure.
The last couple days we spent in Perth and they were the most memorable. No, Fletcher still hasn't found a way to pay me or wiggle out of it. But, after all the Perth jokes like "Perth Girls Are Easy" or "Perth Crisis" we finally arrived in one of the only English speaking parts of the world in which we have never performed.
It was very heartwarming because you could tell they had been waiting patiently for decades. They were probably the most wildly responsive of all the crowds. It's amazing to sit and ponder how cool these people are to live on the other side of the earth and still find your music; can't wait to go back there.
Warren did double duty tonight as he did a pole dance on a square column in the middle of the dance floor after parting the Red Sea of Perthlings and got himself some new bruise shapes. Then he played "Pain For Pleasure" with the super fun and talented little Fraggle-Rock stars, Sum 41. I shall miss them the most, along with everyone else, that I miss the most.
As far as tourism, we visited Scarborough Beach with Dan from Sum 41's crew and the day of the show I took a train to Fremantle and visited the cemetery where Bon Scott from AC/DC was laid to rest and had a tasty roo filet at the Sail and Anchor pub. I paid my respects to Bon and to Heath Ledger by not asking the groundskeepers where their actual graves were. The truth is I rented a scooter and was running out of places to take it.
The night before the Perth show was the real fireworks because the Vandals, Austin, Lisi, Aysha, Rhino, Randy, Byron and his hot wife Lori, Darren and Nick from the tour all went to a Teppan steak house for a night off celebration.
Everything was going fine until the end when Warren exploded because they never gave him and Randy their steaks.
Dave said "it's because you didn't order steak."
Turns out they didn't but he says because they were being hurried by Dave. Randy came along for the ride in what was a screaming match to put his and Fletcher's battles to shame. If they let me, I will post a youtubian documentary of the whole thing. OK, as I write it, it sounds lame but I tell you, it was something to behold. Warren puts his heart into things like no one else I know. The worst was when they asked him how he wanted his steak, which he did not order, cooked.
After the show in Perth, everyone scattered.
Sum 41 went to Japan. Bowling For Soup went to Beijing. Pennywise went to Long Beach for the Grand Prix of Scroungathons. The Vandals went back to our lonely lives of desparation as alcohol distributors, drive time radio hosts, musical writers, and pro-drummers. See you in San Diego on May 3, and at the House Of Blues Anaheim on May 18. Then Warped.
Thanks to the crew: Austin Brown, Aysha Martinez, Mike Griffen, Rhino, and Aaron Lisi. Thanks to Bowling For Soup, Sum 41, Pennywise, A.J. and everyone at KMW productions, super manager Kris Martinez, super agent Stormy Shepherd, super drummer Brooks Wackerman, Indie 103.1 for letting me go, the people of Australia, and etnies for posting this blog.