By Metal Dave
Before “Fun Fun Fun” became the name of an annual three-day, alterna-punk-metal festival in Austin, Texas, it was the title of a song by seminal hardcore band, the Big Boys.
Likewise, before Austin musician Chris Gates became a friend of mine, he was the bass player in said Big Boys. On the eve of this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, I asked Chris to take me back in time using this photo as a point of recall. Take it away, Chris …
“I think this picture was shot by Bill Daniel and was taken in San Francisco in the summer of ‘82 or ’83. We had played Denver and driven through the Rockies to get to San Francisco where we played with MDC at this basement called the Tool and Die. The Dead Kennedys showed up and played a short set as well. Later that night, someone broke into our van and stole the only thing left in there − my suitcase. I spent the rest of the tour in those pants. Luckily, people gave me new T-shirts when I got too stinky.”
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