Misfits, Dickies, DI, and Total Chaos Rule in Riverside
Saturday, November 15, 2014 – The Riverside Municipal Auditorium is an excellent venue for a show. Open french doors and balconies allow for fresh air or cigarette opportunities. It has a large floor area backed by several rows of seating, as well as a balcony. The courtyard provides tables and seating for relaxing pre or post show as well. The sound was good and the crowd was ready for Misfits, Dickies, DI, and Total Chaos!
Total Chaos opened the night with some punk rock to get the crowd going. They waxed nostalgia over the locale between songs, telling the crowd of times past when they would panhandle and get wasted at the Tyler Mall. These local boys did a good job of getting the night going.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen DI but DAMN they did not disappoint! Song after song was excellent and this is when the pits really began to take form. It was awesome to see Eddie Tater of the Dickies play with DI; his energy is difficult to deny. Several fans were there with their spawn and could be seen in the pit or around the edge giving a full punk-rock education.
Music Icon News are huge fans of the Dickies; they never let us down! If punk rock and puppets is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Always love to see Leonard messing with the other bandmates during the sets. Adam Gomez didn’t miss a beat even with an inflatable doll being violated on his drum set. Eddie and Dave take their pseudo punches like champs, and Stan shreds despite Leonard’s sweaty towel being thrown over his head. Also have to give props to Leonard’s assistant who always has puppets, swim masks, and inflatable dolls ready to go.
By the time the Misfits came on there were two valid pits going on at any given time. Although there was the baker’s dozen of complete asshats to be found, it was a night of true fans moshing it up and helping those who fell to the floor. The Misfits played for a good two hours with a long set list to rival all set lists. When is the last time you saw a two column set list?
One squawking fan was pulled from the audience to sing Teenagers from Mars with the band. Lucky bastard! Good Times!
The best part for many fans came after the show when Jerry Only came down to the barrier to sign autographs or otherwise interact with all the fans. One woman had him sign next to her misfits skull tattoo on her ribs and darted away. I’m fairly certain that might now be a tattoo but would love to have confirmation of that! He climbed over the barrier to see a fan in a wheelchair as well as spending true time with the fans. It was not your typical grip-n-grin event. I was even swept up in it and got my snaps in as well.
If you have a chance to see a show at Riverside Municipal Auditorium I highly recommend it! Not only was the venue a pleasure but everyone who worked there was easy going.