Played CBGB last night. A hardcore band that had just gotten signed to Interscope played before us. They had a pretty big hardcore following, and the energy in the place was getting kind of dark and weird. They were NOT an ideal opening act for us. Our stuff is colorful fun punk stuff. We were getting a kick out of it though - our opening peice is an intentionally obnoxious accapella thing that starts "I don't smoke pot, I never shot dope - I don't even drink on New Year's, my body is not, a work of art and not a one of my nipples is pierced....etc". Well to make a long story short - we were being video taped with a couple of cameras for editing purposes. One was panning throgh the crowd, the other on us. We had a pretty decent crowd there and ourselves and the energy seemed great. We were totally getting off on it. People were throwing plastic bottles at us and ashtrays and stuff and it added to the fun. They were real loud, we played a great gig - and we all went home kinda happy. I got home with the video tape of the crowd, and I was shocked. We couldn't hear a lot of the noise from the crowd while on the stage - but in the video I saw the hardcore bands friends chanting the other bands name, and screaming that we sucked! The bottle throwing was from them out of anger or stupidity, not OUR fans. A lot of the noise and stuff that was getting us going, was their dumb assed negativity - it worked in our favor though. People had told us when we were done that we handled those assholes pretty well, but we didn't know what they were talking about. I guess we did. Althouh things went well, I couldn't help thinking about it today. What the hell is wrong with people. I'm glad in a way that they did what they did because it proves we somehow made them feel threatened, but that's such lame ass garbage. One of the guys yelled into the camera "THIS BAND SUCKS!!!!", but was really polite to me backstage. I'm no JWC, but if I'd have seen the video while he was there I'd have loved to smash his hardcore face. He was very nice to my face, but had a real big mouth when we were up on stage. I'm not a fan of hardcore but I respect that people are different. I don't like people sometimes. Just felt like ranting a little.