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Friday, August 15, 2008

Bad Dudes, Black Eyes, and Broken Feet

posted by on August 15 at 11:01 AM

Total Fest. 44 bands over three days in beautiful Missoula, Montana. Thursday was the kickoff - a bit smaller than the nights to follow (only two stages instead of three), but a solid opening night nonetheless. The first highlight of day one: LA’s Bad Dudes. They just played in Seattle Wednesday night at the Holy Mountain on Eastlake, but I had no idea what was coming when they took the stage in Missoula. I actually mistakenly thought they were Rad Dudes, that band comprised of a guy and his 5 year old son. Nope, these guys are a ridiculously talented 5 piece that, even though they won’t cop to it when asked, are writing triumphant, harmonizing NES video game music, complete with a keyboardist properly versed in the art of Rick Wakeman. For anybody who ever heard the Advantage and thought, “It would be awesome if these guys actually wrote their own songs,” Bad Dudes are the answer.


They were followed by a particularly revved up Black Eyes and Neckties, on their first night of a two week tour. These guys always dominate the stage, but last night they destroyed it. There was the usual thrashing and flailing, but by the end of the set the band took to climbing. Guitarist Josh Holland made it up to the top of the PA before realizing there really wasn’t much he could do up there, handed his guitar down and hopped off. Singer Brad Lockhart however had climbed up onto a 15 foot ledge and was now faced with a difficult decision: “Now that I’m up here, what do I do?” The answer: Jump. He chose…poorly. Always the showman, Brad opted not to hit the couch below him and go straight to the floor instead, which he crumpled onto like so much bloody laundry. He broke one of his feet and sprained both of his ankles. Holland ripped off his shirt and toppled over his Soldano amp. His back was covered in blood. The first night of a two week tour. Sorry for the shit luck, Black Eyes, but if it’s any consolation, it was a hell of a spectacle, and a hell of an opening night.



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the band with the guy and his son is called MONSTER DUDES. i guess there's a documentary coming out about them.

Posted by ben | August 15, 2008 11:20 AM

First show of the tour: one break, two sprains. Damn.

Posted by trent moorman | August 15, 2008 1:27 PM

jesus they usually sacrifice themselves on stage, but holy christ a broken foot Brad? Kudos. Love you kids.

Posted by T$ | August 15, 2008 2:19 PM

I knew it was something dudes. Is there a rad dudes?

Posted by Jeff Kirby | August 15, 2008 3:09 PM

Jeff You rule for mentioning The Advantage! *You're* the rad dude.

Posted by godsactionfigure | August 15, 2008 4:17 PM

I wanted to go to Total so bad. Please more posts, Sir Kirby! Please, please, please!

Posted by KELLY O | August 15, 2008 6:43 PM

Might be time to lay off the mac 'n cheese Brad. Just sayin'.

Posted by Miss Oula | August 18, 2008 1:47 PM

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