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Christos: What up KC?!!! Last time I wrote we were in LA. We're in Phoenix now. But I'm gonna give you a rundown of what happened when we were in LA. We'll just call this entry "Escape from LA".
As soon as we arrived in town we turned the news on only to see Michael Jackson being rushed to the hospital by ambulance. A few hours later he was pronounced dead. That immediately killed the whole excitement of being in Hollywood. Still we pressed on and got ready for the show that night.
We were scheduled to perform at a Spot Called Planet Blowed. So we're driving looking for the spot, and the neighborhood's landscape started to shift. I wasn't quite sure what area we were in but I knew it wasn't Hollywood (or the glamorous part of LA). So I called my uncle (the one that was supposed to be driving for the tour), and told him we were in Lameirt Park. He was like, "Oh you're in South Central."
I can survive anywhere, but there are some places you really want to make sure you have some sort of escort with you -- at least to show where to go and where not to go to avoid certain situations.
After it settled in that we were in South Central we adjusted our minds to a 43rd and Prospect mentality and got our heads back in the game. We got to the venue and waited outside for the promoter for two hours. Dude never showed. There were about 20 concert goers standing outside as well. So in short, the LA show was a bust. But while we were in town, we took the opportunity to promote and meet some taste makers and set up some gigs for the next go round.
We hit up Fat Beats LA and got some stuff set up. Here's an interesting side note: we stayed with my grandfather, James Tutti Gadson when we were in LA. Google him, and you'll understand the significance.
As I mentioned in an earlier entry, the whole town had a weird vibe after Mike died. So after doing a little promotion the next day we hit the road for Phoenix. Oh yeah we did hit Sunset and get our "Sunset Floss" on. It was crazy to be in a place where the street is a stage. I say that because Sunset Blvd is where you go to see and be seen.
I guess that was our little glamor escape from the realities of real life on the road. The next show is tomorrow in Tempe, AZ, at a spot called the Stray Cat. Hopefully we can make up for LA there. If not, the next entry will be from the side of the road because we ran out of money for gas.
Yo Jason here's the links to the LA footage.