Clarkie had told me a while back that I could go to
any upcoming Epitaph concert near me, so when I found out that Pennywise
was going to be playing four hours away I got excited. I have liked
them for a while, and saw them play at the Warped Tour last year.
Then when she told me I might be interviewing them I was a little
nervous to say the least. At first there was some question (due
to my age) weather or not I could handle a professional band interview
but Clarkie had faith in me even when I didn't, and set it all straightshe's
pretty good setting people straight!
Hector, from Epitaph, sent me the newest Pennywise
and The Deviates' CDs, posters, and some stuff to read up on. That
was awesome of him. My mom was super rad about the whole situation,
she let me skip school for the day, to drive to Columbus with my
friend Dan. When we got there I was even more nervous, until I introduced
myself to Stewart, the road manager. The fist thing he said was
"Real Skate; fuck yeah!" Right then I knew it was going
to be a pretty laid-back fun time.
The interview went really well I thought. The guys
were really nice, and let us chill with them backstage. We also
met a couple of the guys from The Deviates. The concert itself was...
WOW. The show was kick-ass. It was amazing to see the energy of
the fans when Pennywise first got on stage, and at the beginning
of every song they played after that. You can definitely tell that
both on- and off-stage these guys are completely real and are ALL
about their fans.
The going home part sucked.... Dan's car got impounded.
Too bad the tow truck driver didn't go "They're from Real Skate,
fuck yeah!" It was a late night, and we walked about a mile
to and from an ATM machine. Clarkie's all keeping me on the cell
phone during our walk until we got back to our car and on the road
(in case she needed to set anyone straight you know) and telling
me not to talk to bums begging for money. I got home around 5 in
the morning then went to school that day and took all my exams.
It was worth it though! But, here's some concert-going tips for
If you go to a concert in a strange town and
don't see a sign saying 'no parking,' your car can STILL be towed
Keep at least $100 cash on you because impound
yards don't take plastic
Don't talk to strangers on the street
If you ever run into trouble, call Clarkie at
this number...(just kidding Clarkie)
And, last of all, go see as many Pennywise
concerts as possible!
Hope you enjoy the INTERVIEW!