Hollywood Alley is a venue that somehow manages never to die. Owner Ross Wincek is as adept a marketer as he is restauranteur, and he has made the Alley into something of a venue that is all things to all people... just not on any given night. From well-attended foodie nights replete with Anthony Bourdain on the projector to good ol' metal on a Saturday eve, the Alley finds a new way to entertain whenever an existing trend dies off.
I had performed at the Alley in 1996 with Scoobacca and then served as soundman for a Misdemeanor show on the same stage in 1997, so I was plenty familiar with the accommodations. Sonogasm ended up making several stops at the Alley during the band's active period, the first a mere month after our opening show at the Vine.
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Venue: Hollywood Alley
Location: Mesa, AZ
Vocals, Bass: Mike Bahr
Guitars: Jeff Mink
Drums: Chuck Prime
Other act(s): Vern's Revenge, the Apartment Bound Hounds
2. 21 Months
4. Winter Moon
5. The Truth Will Set Me Free
7. Blue Instant
8. Schism (Tool)
This was a wildly inconsistent performance, ranging from downright respectable to cover-your-eyes. Props to our buddy Justin for doing a good job videotaping the show -- the drummer angles are particularly nice.
Our third show was also the third in a streak of our first six shows in which we debuted at least one new song. After that streak ended, there were only a couple of new songs added to the setlist for the entire remainder of the time the band was active. The principle at work here is that a band must spend sufficient time in the woodshed to produce a broad slate of material -- otherwise, the band runs out of novelty.