The Blizzard Bizarre Tour launched from Volcom headquarters in Costa Mesa with Tweak Bird, Kandi Coded, and the Volcom bus followed filled to the brim with with snow team riders and goodies, and after crazy shows at Detroit Bar and on the sun deck at Big Bear, the tour pulled into Sin City for some gambling and SIA fun.
We spent the first night running around the Orleans casino, placing bets and downing shots and cocktails, and then Kandi Coded invaded the bowling center and spent hours battling for bragging rights. Jack Endino gave a good chase to Jamie Lynn, but in the end Jamie beat the pack and came out of the alleys victorious.
On night number 2 we hit the buffet at Planet Hollywood and crawled our way to the service elevators to sneak our gear to the 2nd floor of the Miricle Mile shops where the Volcom Store is located. After stuffing the elevator with drums and cabs we rode up and pushed all the equipment to the store and began setting up right in the front window. People started flowing into the store and into the hallway and continued to grow thicker and thicker until it was elbow to elbow all around us. We turned on the gear and Tweak Bird began making noise drawing everyone in even closer and tighter..."Where's Wooly? We are not starting without Wooly!" We let the guitar ring some more while we had some beers, the front window was shaking so hard I thought it was going to break. We saw that everyone was accounted for and Tweak Bird exploded into a heavy set.
Some folks had massage chairs set up in the hallway, and they knocked on the window to get my attention. I looked at them and they yelled, "We can hear it out here!" I responded, "Yeah, I know."
After about 25-30 minutes I saw security starting to enter the store and talk to the team, "This is the last song." So after the last song, (stretched out of course), it was over and hundreds of super stoked rock fans cheered in euphoric happiness...
Long live the noise....MarkG