Dirty Heads Tour Diary Episode 6: Mega-Fun Tour Ends With Strippers, a Reno Wedding and a Sold-Out Hometown Show
[Editor's Note: For much of the summer, Dirty Heads floated across the U.S. and Canada on a pungent cloud of reggae, hip-hop and rock, and as they and tourmates the Expendables made the rounds, the L.A. band was nice enough to file diary entries from the road. In this, the final installment, the dudes bring it all back home to Cali for a sold-out show before thousands of fans, but not before partaking of Portland's finest strip club and attending a Reno wedding. So long, Dirty Heads. It's been real!]
Have you ever seen a woman in a nun outfit wearing a gas mask and wielding a fake machine gun with a bright pink dildo attached to the end? Me neither ... just kidding. I totally have.
This is what we witnessed five or six tours ago, when we played Portland and decided to go to a strip club called Sassy's. And ever since that fateful night, we have been making it an annual thing. I've seen Matty O get his nose busted by a dancer's butt on his birthday, and I've seen a midget doing naked back-flips. So needless to say, now we get offstage and go straight to Sassy's when we are in town. This time was a little more mellow, since it was a Tuesday, but at the actual Portland show, you wouldn't have been able to tell if it was a Tuesday or a Saturday night!
The crowd was amazing. That's kind of been the story of the tour. You think sometimes your gonna get a skunked show due to the day of the week or a holiday or a big sporting event in the area, but this summer tour is not like that at all. Monday through Sunday all the shows were going off!
Also, this tour should have been called the Summer of Love tour. We have had three fans ask us to help them propose to their girlfriends onstage, and all three times have been successful! Three engagements is a pretty cool thing. Having someone wanting to share a memory that important with us means a lot. Congrats to all three!
And to add to the love and engagements, before we headed home for a day off, we played Reno, where fellow tourmate Big B took the plunge and eloped at a wedding chapel! It was exactly what you'd imagine when you think of eloping in Reno: small room, your limo driver also marries you and it takes five minutes. I thought it was great. They are planning a huge reception at home for friends and family, which for everyone other than the couple getting married is what it's all about. A good old drunken reception party!
After Portland we headed south, back home for a well-deserved day off. After the day of rest and Xbox, we played a string of shows starting with a private event for the U.S. Open of Surfing. Pacifico beer sponsored it, and it was a cool, more intimate show. Lots of smiles and free beer. We headed to AZ next, which never disappoints. Arizona has been such a big part of the foundation of this band. We have had so much love so early on in our career from AZ, it's like being at a home show. And speaking of home shows, we finished the three-show string with an all-ages show at the O.C. Fair, and hands down, it was the biggest headlining show we have ever played, let alone sold out. I think it was over 7,000 tickets sold, and usually I hate home shows, but that night was insane! One of the most memorable shows I've ever played, and I couldn't have been more stoked to have it be at home. Thanks to everyone who came. Let's keep it going!
Overall, this was the most fun, most positive and most successful tour to date. Starting in New Orleans and ending in Huntington Beach it was a beautiful ride. Huge thanks to Diffuser and thanks for reading our tour diary and coming along with us for this Cabin by the Sea tour! See you at a show soon!