The following is an excerpt from the book No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens by Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven DiLodovico. Photos by Ken Salerno
D.O.A./Meatmen/fIREHOSE - March 14, 1987
Joey Shithead (D.O.A., vocalist): That was a great show. The Meatmen were playing before us. They came out and were wearing these furry outfits that would make them sweat profusely. The pants were cow skin or something, and Tesco Vee was all done up in all this fur and leather. He looked like the illegitimate, lost brother of Rick James.
Tesco Vee (Meatmen, vocalist): I remember those shows with D.O.A. being really great and really well-attended. A lot of those ‘80s shows were.
Joey Shithead: It was the most bizarre-looking thing. He gets up there, and it was fucking hilarious because we had never seen them, but we had been hearing about them for a long time. Tesco gets up there and said, “All right people, Joey Shithead may think he’s the most macho singer of all time, but I’m going to show you that I AM!”
Tesco Vee: Wow. I don’t remember a lot of what I said onstage back in those days. I think it’s because you’re in the moment and you’re kind of rolling with it. I was getting pretty stoned back then too, which is neither here nor there, but it does affect your memory a little bit.
Joey Shithead: The band had this whole thing with their album Rock and Roll Juggernaut, which we thought was the greatest title of all time. Tesco kept going all night, “So who’s more macho: Me or Joe Shithead?” He kept screaming at the crowd. They were such a great band and Tesco is nuts. They really destroyed it that night, and they were really fun to play with.