The two days ‘off’ in San Diego were well deserved and my voice definitely needed a rest. I woke in a hotel car park and set my mind on a swim in the pool. Four hours later – still in the tour bus having finished up emails, meetings and organising certain logistics we decide to go to the beach. Great.
We make it there easy and coincidently bump into Kenny. We’re in his home town. We say hello and then carry on down in search of seafood. We find somewhere with a massive queue and decide this is the place for us as it’s happy hour. Hmm…an hour later we’re snapping at each other debating about a move when eventually we get a seat. We order beers but find our driving licences are not viable forms of ID. The food better be damned good! It is. We leave happy and full and head back to the hotel for a swim in the pool. Bed early.
Next day off = massive
Shopping trip and washing. Dan Hep needs a spare guitar in case he snaps a string in front of 20,000 people (you would not believe how stressed we have been over that). His stomp box (the old suitcase) is becoming more and more battered too so we go in search of another case. Hours later we have been successful. Max returns with astro turf for our shop too and a trolley to make life a little easier. Great – another swim and Mule has done the washing.
Now it’s time to head to the charity bowling gig. We haven’t read our emails so haven’t booked in to have a bowling team but Kevin sorts us out a lane with his wife and daughter.
They all laugh at our terrible bowling skills then it’s time to head home for some Mexican food from another band Breathe Carolina – we head over there and there’s only one lad still awake (though pretty incapable of talking due to copious amounts of whiskey consumed) – thanks for helping out Casey!
I wake up to a stressful dream which I find out the other’s had too – maybe the food?!!! We’re back on it and by 10 am we’re all set up, eaten breakfast and ready to get ready for our show. We’re opening up the main stage again so all good. Once we play we can work on the shop and life is sweet. The gig is great and within minutes we have circle pits and also a sort of circle of dancing max has named a ‘jig pit’. Great fun.
We do a signing at the Crochet Kids charity tent then I also get a chance to watch our fellow bus companion Matt Toka and his mates. He’s amazing – complete madness jumping around the stage, getting in amongst the crowd, popping his eyes out all crazy. The bass player Elliot is cool too he’s got some great rock ‘n’ roll moves! I get hot then and decide to cool down on the water slide. By 7pm things calm down on the shop and we all wind down , take showers and get ready for the evening’s BBQ. It’s like doing a days shift then able to kick back and relax. Ahhh. We can safely say it was another good day on the Vans Warped Tour. Phew.