Monday, funny Monday
Among the revelers at the Roxy on Monday night were Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt, Cypress Hill rapper B-Real, the Cult's Billy Duffy and Bad Religion guitarist Greg Hetson, who all turned out to partake in the rock 'n' roll shenanigans of the great potty-mouthed comedic artistes Metal Skool, who perform at the Sunset Strip club each Monday.... We caught up with Newport Beach surfer-musician Steve "Crabby" Cabler, who survived the Bali bombing of October 2002. Cabler has formed a new band, the Uprising, which he says is very Pennywise-esque, circa "Unknown Road." You can see the Uprising on April 16 at Club Rain in Costa Mesa.... And speaking of Pennywise, singer Jim Lindberg slipped me an advance of a new track the Hermosa Beach band cut called "Fox T.V.," a scathing non-ode to the Fox News Channel.
A hard goodbye
Marko 72, the guitarist from Sugarcult, says the close-knit Santa Barbara music community is reeling from the loss of Derrick Plourde, the drummer of such bands as Lagwagon, the Ataris and Bad Astronauts. Plourde was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head March 30. "He had a magnetic charisma that made people want to be in his world," says Marko, who had known him since junior high.