BAD CHOPPER PRIVATE CONVERSE SHOW IN CHILE ON MAY 30,
This review of the show is written by Martin
Photos are taken by: Andrea Miranda Atenas.
Saturday, May 30, 2009, the night was cold but my heart was warm and
trembling about seeing CJ Ramone for the second time in less than a
Last year, 2008, Bad Chopper performed a show including both Ramones and
Bad Chopper songs in front of a small crowd that left their souls on
the venue, this time everything was different since it was a private
show at Industria Cultural in Santiago de Chile hosted by Converse, only a few invitations were
regular people and I was lucky enough to win one of them, I can't
imagine what should I've done this saturday outside the venue.
The Venue was an abandoned factory and was filled with a crowd of
around 300 people. Once inside, me and my girl were pretty anxious,
and suddenly a friend calls me by cell phone and invites me to
backstage, all of a sudden I was in front of CJ Ramone himself, he was
so humble and took time to chat with us and even signed us a Bad Chopper
7', that John Evicci, Bad Chopper drummer and owner of
ACME Records brought for me, we
placed the transaction via e-mail a couple of days
before the show. It was great to see how CJ takes time to talk with
the fans, always with a big smile and even make a toast with us.
With the signed 7' single we took our place in front of the stage,
waiting for Bad Chopper to assault the stage with a full Ramones set. A
few minutes past midnight, Bad Chopper hits the stage and without much
introduction CJ announces Blitzkrieg Bop, counts 1,2,3,4 and the
party started, the crowd went crazy, the last chorus was an
overwhelmig singalong and without too much words between songs the
party continued, he played not only Ramones hits, but lesser known
songs for the regular audience, those were the most exciting moments
for the good amount of true fans that enjoyed every single note,
stage diving and pogo dancing for more than 45 minutes with songs
like Swallow My Pride, Sitting In My Room and It's A Long Way Back To
Since the show started late, there wasn't time for an
encore, CJ apologized for that saying that he had to take the plane
back to the US.
Between songs CJ took time to talk a bit, remembering Joey, Dee Dee
and Johnny, throwing water to the audience, it's Fall here, the night
was so cold, but CJ and the Ramones songs were responsibles for making
the venue hotter than hell. The songs were played according to the
records pace, not Loco Live's style (speed).
Bad Chopper did a great job performing Ramones tunes, they sounded
like a bomb, despite some technical problems that were finally
overlooked because the show was intense, and at the end of the day,
you don't see CJ singing Ramones songs everyday.
Brian Constanza on guitar, and John Evicci on drums did a great job,
but of course all the atention was focused on CJ, his Mosrite
signature bass and his unique and great voice.
Like their past show, they ended the gig playing R.A.M.O.N.E.S., a
perfect song to finish a show, people were flying, beer was spilled
all over the floor and sweat was everywhere.
After the show was a party, but I didn't care about that, in my big
head there was only room for a great HEY HO! LET'S GO!
It was weird that only show in South America was this one in
Santiago de Chile, Converse really treated the fans with this
exclusive show (show in Buenos Aires, Argentina got cancelled). The
band left the States on Friday, arrived here on
Saturday and flew back to te US after the show.
Thanks to Bad Chopper and CJ for making our lives happier one more
time. CJ deserves all my respects, he really keeps the Ramones spirit
- Blitzkrieg Bop
- Cretin Hop
- Judy Is A Punk
- Beat On The brat
- I'm Against It
- Swallow My Pride
- I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
- Endless Vacation
- It's A Long Way Back To Germany
- Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
- Teenage Lobotomy
- Sitting In My Room
- I Wanna Be Sedated
Thanks Martin Nunez and Andrea Miranda
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