Day 1 - Jerry's Pizza, Bakersfield, CA
There is no tour flyer, because the show was very poorly promoted, you can read the paragraph below for more details. I also wasn't able to get any pictures/video.
We left Cypress, CA around 3pm, stopped at a food 4 less to grab some snacks & drinks for the long drive to Bakersfield, CA. I had the go pro set up on the dashboard to record us & the long drive so I could make a cool time lapse for the tour video. The drive took a little over 2 hours to get to Jerry’s Pizza, our first venue of the tour. I had never been to this venue before & I was a little skeptical at first, because it was in Bakersfield & there’s really nothing out there. Once we arrived we checked out the venue before the show so we could get a feel of what the vibe was going to be like. It was about 4 or 5pm when we arrived & the show started at 7pm. It was a cool pizza place, the venue part was at the bottom of the place, it was like a basement type room, but it was cool none the less! We hung around the venue waiting for people to show up & that’s when we learned 3 of the 4 bands playing that night had dropped. We weren’t sure what to do, we called the other guys who were still on the road & they wanted to play regardless of how many bands were playing. There were 2 bands including First Degree & no one showed up. The guys decided to just use the “show” as a practice. The show was poorly promoted even though it was booked for 4 months in advance. The guys & I were not happy. It felt like a waste of our time after driving 2 hours away from home & not being able to have a good tour kick-off. That night we got a motel room & let me tell you, it stunk! I’m not sure what died in there, but it was horrid. Once we got over the disgusting smell we had a great time just hanging out in the room. My stomach hurt from laughing so much. I think we fell asleep around 1 or 2 am I can’t quite remember.
Day 2 - The Workshop, Ceres, CA
After sleeping in motel 6 for the night & getting roughly 4 hours of sleep we checked out of the motel at 12pm & tried figuring out where to get breakfast at. It’s hard deciding on where to eat with 7 people that’s cheap, quick & just downright good. After talking about it for like 10 minutes we decided on Denny’s. Thankfully it was close to the motel & right by the freeway. Sadly, breakfast sucked as well! We were just super bummed out by this point, the drive was only 2 hours to Ceres, CA from Bakersfield so we weren't sure what to do since we would get to the venue 4 hours before the show even starts! We got to the venue & were kind of shocked by what we saw. It didn’t look like a venue; it was almost like a house/shack in the middle of nowhere! Once the other guys came we were like, let’s go get our room for the night & just hang out there until the show starts, so we went to Quality Inn & it was all booked up. Free WIFI, Free HBO, & Free Continental Breakfast for $45 or something like that; no wonder it was all booked up! So we tried a Howard Johnson which did have a room & it was SO nice! When you walked in the room smelled like roses, the beds were like clouds, there was FREE Wi-Fi, a mini fridge, a microwave & a TV that didn’t look like it was from the 90’s. We hung out in the room for maybe an hour & then we had to head to the show. We had been looking forward to this show the most because it was promoted so well & the line-up was amazing!
We got to the venue & it was packed with cars & people, what a relief that was! We parked the car & looked for Nick Kott the promoter of the show, talked to him for a bit & then set up the merch.
The show hadn't started yet, but there was a secret set or something happening before the show & people were getting down for them, the night was off to a good start! Everyone was hanging out at the show, having a good time when an Ice Cream truck blasting hip hop pulled into the venue. That just made the night even more awesome! After the show finished, we got invited to a party by a band called These Streets; we wanted to grab some food first because we hadn't eaten since breakfast. We went to Taco Bell & it was closed. Sad Face. There was a Carls Jr. across the way so half of us headed over there & they were still open, thank god! We got our food & just hung out at Carls Jr. after talking to everyone we decided to not go to the party so we could shower & try to get some sleep. Of course we didn't get as much sleep as we wanted & checkout was at 11am so that made things even worst!
Day 3 - Chinatown Youth Center, Fresno, CA
We were all awake by like 9am since checkout was so early, after everyone finished getting ready & showering if they needed to, we started packing up our stuff & then a firetruck & an ambulance showed up, we weren’t sure what was going on, but they were blocking my car so we couldn’t leave just yet. Jake (the fill-in drummer) found this weird door that lead to an underground storage area? I’m not really sure what it was, but Jake wanted to pose in front of it so we took a bunch of pictures of him & I busted out my Polaroid camera that I forgot I brought on tour. I gave him one of the polaroids & I kept the other.
We tried eating at a Denny’s near the hotel, but it was crazy busy, so we tried a different one & it was cleaner, smaller & nicer looking than the Denny’s we had on the first day of your. The drive to Fresno from Ceres, CA was a little over an hour so we didn’t wanna leave too early, but of course we got there 5 hours before the show was supposed to start. We contemplated on going to a Zoo, Museum, Laser Tag, Water Park, anything that would kill time. We drove up to the venue & it was completely empty & sketchy looking. We decided to drive to somewhere to hang out at for a couple of hours. We ended up at a Jack In The Box & hung out there for a while, once the other guys came, we headed to Walmart & wasted a LOT of time in there.
Jake took a scooter & was riding around the store with it.
This picture doesn’t do it justice, it was so funny watching them try to pose & look hard, it took a good 5 minutes. Once we finished our Walmart shenanigans we went back to the car & watched Zombieland on my laptop until around 5:30. We had agreed upon meeting back at the venue so we could set up the merch & what not, but when we got there, it was just like before, a ghostown. The promoter was a no show & we were just sitting in the parking lot waiting. A car finally showed up after about 15 minutes & it was one of the bands on the bill. We waited another 20 minutes & decided to go get some food. When we came back there was still that one car from before. Around 6:40 the promoter showed up & opened up the door so we could check out the venue. It was pretty cool! There was a ramp on the wall, couches everywhere, posters plastered on the wall, not to mention ‘KISS’ was tagged on the wall & couches. It was a real punk venue. They gave us a door to set up the merch on, that was definitely different!
Since i had my polaroid out now i decided to take a picture of every guy in the band & gave them a polaroid as a tour gift saying thank you for letting me tag along, they all seemed stoked about it!