Danzig/Accept/Armored Saint/Intrinsic 6/8/89 – The Graduate – Santa Barbara, California. I went to this show on the UCSB campus at The Graduate in Isla Vista, California, and helped advertise for it on my “Hot Metal Soup” radio program on Live 95, KPGA.
My memories of this show are first, that local central coast rock band Intrinsic had a solid set as they always did. Then Los Angeles band Armored Saint kicked ass, playing selections from their “March Of The Saint” album from Chrysalis Records. But the most vivid memory had nothing to do with the band sets at all. There was a dispute as to who was to headline: Danzig or Accept. Apparently the promoter had told each band they were the headliner. I met with Accept, and they had vocalized the issue of stage set up, as their equipment would take much longer to set-up than Danzig’s and that it didn’t make sense for them to go on before. Glenn Danzig didn’t care, and actually he was kind of a prick about it, coming to the door of his tour bus and rallying his fans to voice their displeasure. He even talked some shit about Accept. I understood each band being upset about being promised the headlining slot, but Danzig had virtually no staging at that point. There were many people there just to see Danzig, but if they didn’t want to see Accept, obviously they could have left before their set. Glenn Danzig refused to play if he couldn’t headline, no matter who was trying to appeal to his sensibilities. Accept ended up getting back on their tour bus and leaving, just stating that it wasn’t feasible for them to set up and tear down before Danzig’s set. Danzig put on a good show, as “Mother” was a huge song at that point, but it was too bad Accept didn’t get to play too.
I did go back to Armored saint’s hotel after the show, partied with the guys, and had a great interview with Joey Vera in a separate, quiet hotel room. They were so accomodating, and left me with nothing but positive memories.
Armored Saint photos:
Danzig tour bus photos:
photos courtesy: Chris Polowy