The Warlocks...FINALLY!

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5 May 2008, 19:28

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A Very Special Evening with The Warlocks on May 3rd, 2008 @ The Smell

After being a fan of The Warlocks for quite a few years I finally had the opportunity and luck to attend one of their shows. Oh what a night it was.

I was able to capture some decent shots of the show which can be see on my Flickr set, as well as some videos I recorded which are posted below. It wasn't the best lighting for the camera I used so they came out a bit dark.

The night started off great. Made it to the venue just in time as they started setting up their equipment. Didn't really bother to check out the art posted from local artists, just went straight to the stage.

The Warlocks played an incredible show. It was simply amazing. Despite the rather lame crowd they played their hearts out and I loved every minute of it. It really didn't seem like many of the attendees were actually there for the Warlocks. My guess is that most of them were leftovers from the art show. Either that or they just weren't huge fans of the Warlocks. I'm sure that's the case because a couple of people kept asking for them to play "Hurricane Heart Attack." The typical "best of" for most people. I know it's a great song but The Warlocks have so many better tracks. I fought off the urge to request my favorites "Left and Right of the Moon" and "Song for Nico" from their debut album Rise and Fall.

The entire show there was some dude close by that looked like he was disco break dancing. It was very weird! Whatever moves he was pulling off did not fit with the music and atmosphere that The Warlocks create. He looked like a 5ft tall beefcake bald metrosexual in his late 30s. I'm just surprised he manage to not bump into or hit anyone near by. There was a certain grace to his madness. He's obviously pulled those moves off before and was just showing his skills.

Towards the end of their set the Warlocks carried on the usual walk off that many artists partake in for the inevitable encore. I've never understood why bands do this. Most of them just come back within a minute or two. Hardly enough time for them to actually rest before the final few songs.

This show was a perfect example of why it shouldn't be done. Apart from very few people lightly clapping the entire venue was dead quiet. It seemed as though no one wanted to be the first to shout or even clap excitedly for the Warlocks to come back. I wanted to shout "We know you're back there!" thinking I might get a few laughs from the crowd or even from the Warlocks when they were back on stage...I'm a coward though. lol

Not until Bobby was seen coming back did anyone start clapping at which point Bobby said into the mic "that was awkward..." They played the remaining songs and were done for the night. The lights came on and everyone started heading home. Knowing they were just a small distance away I told my brother we should go try our luck. We went to the back of the stage and sure enough they were there just sitting in the darkness resting and chatting. It looked like they didn't really want to see anyone but I blame the lack-luster audience for that.

First person I noticed was Mustachio (drummer). He was drenched in sweat and looked EXHAUSTED! I asked him if he wouldn't mind taking a picture with me but he seemed sort of stand-off-ish so I let him be. Then Bobby came by. I went over to shake his hand and to tell him "You guys were amazing" to which he replied "Thanks!" I saw an opportunity and asked him if he wouldn't mind taking a picture with me. He was very kind and said "Not at all." He doesn't seem like a picture kind of guy but he was very cool about it. I had a rush of emotions just kicking my ass a the moment the picture was taken. I told him I would remember that moment for the rest of my life. Shook his hand one more time and walked away with an enormous smile on my face which lasted for hours.

I've met Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek of The Doors, all four of The Stevenson Ranch Davidians, and even Alex Mass of The Black Angels but this...this one tops them all!

Videos:
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(didn't recognize the above track, sounds familiar though)

Zombie Like Lovers


Come Save Us


Isolation


We Need Starpower


So Paranoid

(songs cuts off towards the end, battery died)


Unfortunately those are the only videos I have. The battery died. What sucks even more than the battery dying is that a couple of songs after "So Paranoid" they played a new song. Just my luck.
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  • THX7168

    Here is the new bassist for The Warlocks. Image 1 Image 2 If I remember correctly, Bobby said her name is Jana. They also had a guest. Her name is Sasha and I think Bobby said she flew in from Europe to play that night. Pretty cool. Image

    5 May 2008, 20:05
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