Steve Soto of The Adolescents Celebrates His 50th Birthday with Punk Rock Style

Posted: August 27, 2013 in Bar, Events, Long Beach, Music, Punk Rock
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When such a legendary musician celebrates an important occasion, you can expect many other big names in the industry to show up and support. Last Friday, The Adolescents bassist Steve Soto turned 50 years old, and in celebratory punk rock fashion, he participated in a two-night punk rock show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. As one of the most influential bands in punk rock history, punk rock fans worldwide recognize The Adolescents and would never pass up a chance to see them in action. For this special occasion for Steve Soto, many bands that he had a significant impact on over time have joined together to play this weekend of punk rock, and many more band members came to support and enjoy the music. Individuals from bands such as Hari Kari, Death Hymn Number 9, Agent Orange, and Bad Religion all made an appearance throughout the night, and I believe many more bands also showed up that I did not spot. This post in particular will focus on Friday night’s show.

First up, we have Rats In The Wall. As the night’s hardest band, they most resemble street punk at its hardest. Lead vocalist Eva commands a vast amount of energy on the stage, and lets it all out with her furious voice, especially when she starts to sound like a post-hardcore vocalist. In fact, I see a little bit of Punch in Rats In The Wall. If you have not seen a female screaming vocals, you definitely have to check out Rats In The Wall.

Next on stage, we see The Crowd set up. After last seeing them play with The Adolescents back in April, I had anticipated that they would already garner a large audience by now, which they easily accomplished. For a night of old school punk rock, true fans knew to arrive by now to see the night get better from here on out. The Crowd’s old school sound resembles that of other great old school bands, such as T.S.O.L. With unrelenting poise and style, The Crowd delighted the fans, and got their energy up and riled to set the mood for the rest of the night.

Up next, The Middle Class stepped up to the stage. As another original punk band that got started even prior to The Adolescents, seeing The Middle Class again brought back many memories of the good old days. After 36 years since inception, The Middle Class still brings the punk rock intensity original fans grew up to. With more of a classic sound, they did not play as fast as The Crowd, so The Middle Class did not see as large a pit as The Crowd saw. However, the entire room totally got into the music, and appreciated every second of The Middle Class’ performance.

By this point in the night, I had spotted members from a few local bands in the audience. Everyone anticipated The Adolescents by now, and virtually no one could contain their excitement. Of course, The Adolescents chose the one song to start with that would incite the crowd the greatest. Also, not one to sit out on his own birthday, Steve Soto joined in with the band too, although since they had started after midnight, they technically started to play the day after Steve Soto’s birthday. Once they strolled on stage, the entire audience rushed the stage, while the band had not even started to play. This initial surge had knocked down vocalist Tony Cadena, but this did not daunt him, as he kept singing while on the ground. Throughout the set, other band members made special appearances on stage, such as Agent Orange and Bad Religion. The initial set ended after 1:45am, when the bar had already made a last call. This did not allow The Adolescents to complete their encore, but they went on to play Sonic Reducer anyways.

Saturday night’s show took what transpired on Friday and elevated it to a new level. More fans showed up Saturday night, and more famous bands showed up to support. One would think that after a weekend full of punk rock shows, the fans would start to feel exhausted. I still do not understand how some people managed to attend every show in Long Beach this past weekend. Remember to check out this week’s shows from yesterday’s list of this week’s events, as plenty of punk rock shows will play out this weekend, with more to come in the upcoming weeks as well.

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