Friday night was the first night of official Punk Rock Bowling club shows, so after already being in Vegas for three days, I was itching to get this thing started! It all started with a night of cover songs, featuring Manic Hispanic & Me First and the Gimme Gimmes at Bunkhouse Saloon.
Before the show, we had a Dying Scene game-planning meetup at the Nugget, and you know how punks do with meetings. So, needless to say, I was a bit late to the show, and missed the first-ever show by The All Brights (Sean Sellers of Good Riddance, Dave Hause). Some of my friends who made it said it was a great set though, so I’ll take their word for it.
We got there shortly after Manic Hispanic started their set. I had never seen these guys live, and it was quite the… experience? They busted through some punk rock classics, of course, with the words changed. I’ll admit, I don’t listen to Manic Hispanic much, but it was comical to hear them changing the words to songs like Rancid‘s “Ruby Soho” (“Rudy Cholo”) and The Vandals‘ “Urban Struggle” (“I want to be a cholo”). Kind of like a punk rock/Chicano Weird Al vibe. Fun stuff.
The main attraction, though was Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Everyone’s favorite punk rock cover band switched up the lineup for this performance. Instead of Fat Mike (who was chasing waterfalls with his daughter) on bass, it was Jay Bentley from Bad Religion. Brian Baker (also from BR) filled in on guitar for Chris Shiflett. Baker was pretty quiet most of the set, but Jay Bentley seemed to relish the chance to break free from his more “serious” role in Bad Religion. He was cracking jokes seemingly non-stop, and even did some background dancing when Spike Slawson gave the band a break to do some Uke-Hunt songs solo on the ukulele. It was quite entertaining. Spike was in his normal frontman form, flying through “the hits”. For me though, I think he did a few too many cover songs…
Check out my photos from Manic Hispanic and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes below.
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