Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Flipp Video: 1999 Flipp Appearance in "Terror Firmer"

*Flipp appear briefly, playing "Wow" live in an absolutely out of control party scene in this crazy ass 1999 gross-out fest from the good people at Troma Films. If you pick up a copy of the 2DVD Directors cut (and really now, why wouldn't you?) when you play some of the "bonus features," you will catch the song burried in some of those as well.

2DVD Directors Cut Edition
1999 Terror Firmer (2DVD Directors Cut Edition)0001

Free "Bonus" Poster - note Flipp featured in list of bands near the bottom.
1999 Terror Firmer (2DVD Directors Cut Edition - Poster-Top)0001
1999 Terror Firmer (2DVD Directors Cut Edition - Poster-Botto0001

*See also:
01/21/00 Flipp @ Terror Firmer Premiere, Columbia Hights, MN

Sunday, February 26, 2012


*Added at Concert Review from City Pages to the 01/24/99 Teenage Rampage II @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN page.

*Added a great group photo to the Woodstock 1999 page.

We have tickets! Thanks to frequent contributor Debi Taylor for sending the following trio of ticket stubs! These have each been added to the appropriate show pages as well:

Everclear/American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp
@ The Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
07/09/01 Everclear/American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp @ Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI

Everclear/American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp
@ I.C. Light Amphitheatre, Pittsburgh, PA
07/12/01 Everclear/American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp @ Pittsburgh, PA

Everclear/American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp
@ Trump Marina, Atlantic City, NJ
07/13/01 Everclear/American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp @ Trump Marina, Atlantic City, NJ

...also added to the 07/13/01 Atlantic City show page, another great photo from Debi T. of the outside of the venue with an ad for the show flashing on the electronic marquee.

07/13/01 Everclear/American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp @ Trump Marina, Atlantic City, NJ(Marquee)

05/18 & 19/02 A Festival Of The Heart & Soul @ Warehouse District, Minneapolis, MN

05/19/02 A Festival of the Heart & Soul, Minneapolis, MN
(Image via: The Grant Lindberg Collection)

05/18 & 19/02
A Festival of the Heart & Soul

/W/ Joan Jett/ Flipp/ The Neville Brothers/ Delbert McClinton/ Cowboy Mouth/ Sista Monica/ G.B. Leighton/ Guy Davis/ Tommy Castro/ North Mississippi Allstars/ Mick Sterling and the Stud Brothers/ Keri Noble

@ Between 7th & 10th Avenues North on Washington
Warehouse District, Minneapolis

*Flipp played their Festival of the Heart and Soul set on 05/19/02.

More Information:*A Festival Of The Heart And Soul Official Press Release
*"A Festival Of The Heart And Soul" by Ray Stiles @

Saturday, February 25, 2012


*Added a concert review from to the 07/02/02 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ Salt Lake City, UT page.

*Added 3 small photos to the 07/12/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ Pittsburgh, PA page.

*Added an Everclear crew pass found on Ebay and a concert review from to the 07/14/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi /Mayfield Four /Flipp @ Asbury Park, NJ page.

*Added a concert review by Dawn Greer to the 07/29/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ Anaheim, CA page. An additional, uncredited review from an unknown"archived" website has been added as well.

*Additional shows have been added and several corrections have been made to the "List Of Offences" page.

07/13/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ Trump Marina, Atlantic City, NJ

Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp
@ Trump Marina, Atlantic City, NJ

07/13/01 Everclear/American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp @ Trump Marina, Atlantic City, NJ(Marquee)

*Text by Debi Taylor
*Images via Debi Taylor Collection - used with kind permission - thanks, Debi!

*Dedicated to the memory of Flipp fan Vinnie Amato.

"I actually flew over to the US just so I could follow Everclear around for 16 consecutive nights (where they headed to the next city by tour bus and I caught planes). The first Everclear concert I went to, where I first saw Flipp was on the 10th July 2001, in Grand Rapids, MI.

This was about the 5th night (I recall it Friday July 13, 2001) and I arrived in Atlantic City all pumped up to meet a bunch of fellow Everclear fans that I had met online over the past few months. When I got there, they didn't seem very enthused or excited that I'd flown 10,000 miles to finally meet up with them. Granted, I discovered they were mostly 14-19 year olds and I was a bit older.

Before the show, I managed to get right down the front. Stupidly of course, because the night before in Pittsburgh I'd been in the moshpit and was actually black and blue all over. But I could not resist the excitement down the front.

There was this mouthy guy in face-paint on the stage, Brynn. All I could remember was him constantly yelling out, "Rock out with your cock out". Apparently, Flipp was chosen to be the opening act because Art Alexakis had seen then previously and liked what they did.

The audience was getting a bit boisterous and there was this random guy standing next to me shouting stuff back to Brynn. He was annoying me, so I told him to shut up or something like that. Every one around us all looked back at me with weird looks on their faces. I didn't know why, until the guy called back while laughing at me... "hahaha.. listen to her funny accent!" That was the beginning of my friendship with Vinnie.

I later found out that Vinnie was a huge Everclear fan and that he had been following them for years all up and down the east coast from Miami to Maine. He was a real character and it seemed that everyone who also was a hardcore Everclear fan knew Vinnie from at least a concert or two in the past. Apparently it was Vinnie's thing to try and get noticed in the audience down the front and then get called up on stage. I was even lucky enough that evening (July 13th in Atlantic City, NJ) to get up onstage with Everclear and sing local god... with a dozen other girls.

07/13/01 Everclear/American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp @ Trump Marina, Atlantic City, NJ
Ticket Stub

I recall seeing Flipp again the next day at Asbury Park (July 14th) and then maybe a day or so later in Hartford, CT which was a show at the Webster Theatre.

07/14/01 Flipp - (Debi Taylor)

Flipp fan Vincent Amato joins the band on stage in Atlantic City, NJ
07-14-01 Flipp @ Asbury Park, NJ (Brynn-Vincent Amato)(Debi Taylor07)

07-14-01 Flipp @ Asbury Park, NJ (Brynn-Vincent Amato)(Debi Taylor05)

07-14-01 Flipp @ Asbury Park, NJ (Vincent Amato -w- Brynn Guitar)(Debi Taylor06)

07-14-01 Flipp @ Asbury Park, NJ (Kilo-Vincent Amato)(Debi Taylor04)

Their best concerts I think were at Atlantic City and at Asbury Park. Must have just been the crowd that day as I remember they had the place pumping. But at the other places the crowd was somewhat subdued.

I actually bumped into Vinnie again at the Asbury Park show the next day, and again a day or so later in Providence RI where met on a Greyhound bus heading to Hartford. Vinnie told me that he had been to hundreds of concerts all over the place and that it was his 'thing' to try and get up onstage and either play with the band or just act like an idiot and jump around. He was only 18.

07-14-01 Flipp @ Asbury Park, NJ (Freaky-Vincent Amato)(Debi Taylor03)

07-14-01 Flipp @ Asbury Park, NJ (Freaky-Vincent Amato)(Debi Taylor02)

07/14/01 Flipp (Freaky) - (Debi Taylor)

07/14/01 Flipp (Kilo) - (Debi Taylor)

The next day was my last day in the U.S. and before I caught my plane back to Australia I visited NYC and Vinnie met up with me and took me to see the World Trade Center, just 3 months before 9/11.

From 2001, Vinnie kept in touch and rang me at least every month and told me what concerts he'd gone to lately. I recall he later attended a few Flipp shows and managed to get up on stage a few more times. He was just really persistent.

In Sept 2007, I won a Google scholarship which included a trip to Disney in Orlando, FL. I decided to take the opportunity to make a side-trip on my way there, and go visit Vinnie in New York. At the time he was stationed in North Carolina and said he would drive up to meet me. He'd since joined the marines and was due to go to Iraq the following January so this would be our last chance to meet up in person for a while.

A couple of days before I arrived, one of his Facebook friends contacted me out of the blue to tell me that Vinnie had been killed in a car accident in NJ on his way to NYC. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of Vinnie and how he would somehow just be up on stage rocking out. He was a great person and everybody's mate.

Vincent Amato meets Brynn Arens backstage. This photo was taken by his friend  Debi Taylor either on July 17th in Providence, RI - or on July 18th in Hartford, CT.
07-14-01 Flipp @ Asbury Park, NJ (Brynn-Vincent Amato)(Debi Taylor01)

R.I.P. Vincent Amato

Friday, February 24, 2012

07/09/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ The Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI

Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp
@ The Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI

*Venue box office poster - Flipp not listed.
07-09-01 Everclear/American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp Tour Poster (@ Grand Rapids, MI)
(Images via Debi Taylor Collection)

Ticket Stub
07/09/01 Everclear/American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp @ Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI

Flipp Audio: 1996 Hollywood Records "Totally Board" Promo-Only Sampler CD

Various Artists
Title: Totally Board (Promo-Only Sampler CD)
Released: 1996
Label/Catalog #: Hollywood Records #PRCD-10567-2

*Track #2: Flipp - "Half A Brain"

CD slipcase - front
1996 Hollywood Records Totally Board Promo CD0001

CD slipcase - back
1996 Hollywood Records Totally Board (Back Cover)002

1996 Hollywood Records Totally Board Promo CD003
(Images via NYCDreamin Archives)

12/29/43 - 06/28/10 R.I.P. William (Bill) Aucoin

*This post was originally published on 06/28/10 on my other blog, ThisAintTheSummerOfLove.

1998 Bill Aucoin 13 Classic Kiss Stories CD Booklet
1998 - Bill Aucoin "13 Classic Kiss Stories" Interview CD
(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)

Old school members of the Kiss Army are learning today of the untimely passing of the group's original manager, William "Bill" Aucoin. Aucoin, who was 66 years old, passed away just after 9:00am this morning after suffering complications during a surgical procedure to combat prostate cancer which he had been battling recently.

Bill Aucoin was frequently known as "the fifth Kiss" while he managed the group from 1973 until he was dismissed by the band from his managerial duties in 1982. After Kiss bassist Gene Simmons pestered him all through the early part of 1973 to come see the band, Aucoin finally took Simmons up on his offer and the story goes he "discovered" the band playing at the run-down Hotel Diplomat in NYC on August 10, 1973 and soon found himself managing what was soon to become one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970's. Along with his then-partner Sean Delaney (also deceased - 04/13/03), Aucoin helped develop Kiss' stage act to become one of the most theatrical and flamboyant shows of it's era.

Aucoin was also a shrewd businessman and marketer. Sensing the almost limitless marketing possibilities with Kiss, he soon formed Niocua Merchandising and released a barrage of Kiss related and officially liscensed products onto an unsuspecting world throughout the late 1970's. Who can forget the Kiss action figures, trash cans, trading cards, and the Kiss Radio?

During the 70's while he was working for Kiss, Aucoin managed several other groups as well, including Piper (with a young Billy Squier on guitar), the amazingly talented Spider (featuring a young Anton Fig on drums), and Starz, possibly one of the most over-looked/long forgotten bands to come out of the 1970's. At some point in 1982, Bill was "released" from his duties as Kiss manager. He bounced right back into managing other bands including a brief stint as manager of a then-just-starting-out Manowar and later on managed Billy Idol briefly. During the past decade or so, Aucoin was still heavily involved in the management of several recording artists and groups including Flipp, Crossbreed, Lordi, The Early Strike and Dreaming in Stereo.

Aucoin leaves behind his domestic partner of the past fifteen years, Roman Fernandez and two sisters, Betty Britton and Janet Bankowski. Funeral arrangements are pending and there may be a memorial service in NYC at some point but details are still being worked out.

Bill Aucoin Autographed CD Case

Back in the early 2000's, while Aucoin was managing Minneapolis area glam-punks Flipp, I was fortunate enough to meet him a few times through a friend of mine who did some road-crew work with Flipp. The first time I met him was at a Flipp concert in Minneapolis. He seemed to be a very nice guy, taking time to say hello and talk for a few minutes to a complete stranger who was introduced to him as "another one of those Kiss fanatics."

Several months later, I was busy at work one day (I was working for an independant music distribution company in those days) and this nicely dressed middle aged guy goes walking past my desk. I was looking at him - knowing I knew who he was but I just couldn't place the face. He disappeared and I kind of shrugged my shoulders and went back to my task. A minute later it hit me - "Was that Bill Aucoin? Nawwww...couldn't be."

I continued working and a few minutes later, here he comes, walking past my desk again, this time with one of our sales guys walking and talking with him. I looked up and said, "Hey, Hi, Bill." The sales guy looked at me like "How in the HELL do you know who this guy is?" Aucoin responded pleasantly, "Hello," and I mentioned I'd met him a few months prior at a Flipp concert. He didn't seem to remember me (and really, why would he?) but he brightened at my mention of the band and told me he was in town to see them presented with some local Minneapolis Area Music Award later that evening. He was obviously proud of them. Since I was at work, I didn't have a ton of Kiss merchandise with me...but I was thinking quickly. I grabbed an empty CD case (we had millions of them) and asked him if he would mind signing it for me, "I have that "Bill Aucoin's 13 Kiss Stories" interview CD," I told him. He laughed and said I really must be a big fan to have purchased that obscure CD. I assured him I was, since age 8. "Ahh, you were one of THOSE kids huh?" he joked. As he was signing my CD case, I grabbed a blank shipping label and asked him for one more autograph, one I could stick in the front cover of my Kisstory book. He was happy to sign one more item for me. I asked him why he happened to be at my place of employee and he mentioned to me that he was there shopping yet another music project, looking for distribution for his latest discovery, this guy who called himself "Glampire." He handed me a promo CD and said I should check it out. I still have it. We talked Kiss and Flipp for a few minutes and then, being the busy guy he was he was on his way. As he left, I stood there not believing I'd really met the guy - again - and at my work of all places. The memory of that brief meeting is a bit more special to me today... - end (NYCDreamin)

...and on 07/15/2010 from ThisAintTheSummerOfLove:

As previously reported HERE, rock and roll super manager Bill Aucoin passed away at age 66 on June 28th. On July 8 there was a memorial for the man held at Le Tub in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, reportedly his favorite restaurant. In attendance were Bill's longtime partner Roman Fernandez, photographer/author and ex-wife of Kiss drummer Peter Criss Lydia Criss, her significant other, Richie Fontana, Peter & Gigi Criss, Ace Frehley and his girlfriend Rachel, Richie Ranno & Joe Dube of 70's rockers Starz, former Kiss security chief "Big" John Hart, and Brynn Arens and Chia (Kii Arens) Karaoke of Minneapolis glam-punks Flipp.

Lydia Criss and Brynn Arens have both posted a few photos from the friends-only gathering:

#1 - Lydia Criss/Roman Fernandez/Richie Ranno
#2 - Lydia Criss/Richie Ranno
#3 - Peter Criss
#4 - Ace Frehley
#5 - Members of Flipp & Starz
#6 - Roman Fernandez & Friend



I've gone through my other blog, ThisAintTheSummerOfLove, and picked through all of my previously published Flipp concert reviews there and added the comments and/or reviews to the appropriate pages here:

*The 11/14/00 Blow It Out Your Ass CD Release @ Best Buy, Richfield, MN page
*The 11/25/00 Blow It Out Your Ass CD Release @ Quest, Minneapolis, MN page
*The 12/16/00 Flipp @ CD Warehouse, Burnsville, MN page
*The 06/09/02 Urban Sprawl Festival @ Minneapolis, MN page
*The 08/10/02 "3-Garage Tour: Show #1 - Mpls, MN page
*The 03/30/02 Teenage Rampage @ Quest, Minneapolis, MN page
*The 03/10/01 Flipp/Hawaii Show @ Quest, Mpls, MN page

*The 2002 "I Still Love Rock 'N' Roll Video page. We also updated this page with a cleaner, higher quality copy of the video as well.

*The 07/14/01 Everclear/Flipp/etc @ Asbury Park, NJ page has some additional photos courtesy Debi Taylor - thanks Debi!

07/14/01 Flipp (Freaky) - (Debi Taylor)

07/14/01 Flipp (Kilo) - (Debi Taylor)

07/14/01 Flipp - (Debi Taylor)

*This cool photo of Chia getting off the bus on 07/18/01 in Hartford, CT has been added to that page - thanks again to Debi Taylor!
07/18/01 Flipp - Chia Karaoke (Debi Taylor)

07/28/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ UCSD Price Center Ballroom, San Diego, CA

Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp
@ UCSD Price Center Ballroom, San Diego, CA

*Notice on this poster "Flipp" is misspelled as "Flick."

07/28/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/Mayfield Four/Flipp Tour Poster @ UCSD Price Center Ballroom, La Jolla, CA
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

09/19/99 Flipp @ Garage Show, St. Cloud, MN

@ Garage Show, St. Cloud, MN

She Cloned Me/ Unreal/ I Don't Care/ Bleed/ Schizo Boy/ Hairdo/ Oh Yeah/ Another Boring Day/ Change/ Leaving On A Jet Plane/ I Wish I Was A Planet/ Half a Brain/ Times Of My Life/

Review from: St. Cloud Daily Times - 09/20/00
by: Kyle Hopkins & photos by: Paul Middlestaedt

09-20-99 St. Cloud Times - Flipp (
09-20-99 St. Cloud Times - Flipp (

Minneapolis band plays for 14-year-old essay-contest winner.

Surrounded by friends, family and a handful of unfamiliar music fans, Jon Theis waited in his driveway for the evening's entertainment to arrive. "Typical Axl Rose style," said Theis, a 14-year- old Apollo High School freshman. Minutes later, the four members of the Minneapolis band Flipp-Freaky Useless (formerly of St. Cloud), Brynn Arens, Kilo Bale and Chia Karaoke Arens-strolled up Theis' driveway and picked up their instruments. Formed in the mid-90s, Flipp has graced the stage at Woodstock '99 and appeared in MTV videos.

On Sunday evening, the band played for Theis and a ton of friends to make good on a contest run on the group's Web site, The group's last performance was at the Mississippi Music Fest in May. Jon Theis won a one-paragraph essay contest asking Flipp fans to explain why the band should bring its mix of punk and rock to his garage in north St. Cloud. He doesn't quite remember what he wrote. Something about how good their last St. Cloud show was, and that they should do another. And so they did. Wearing fluorescent hairdos and pajamas, Flipp played for more than an hour and a half Sunday as teens gathered against the garage, neighbors sat in lawn chairs across the street, and the band playfully performed a set of songs from its current and up-coming albums.

"After this, we're going to roof the house," Arens quipped to the crowd. To finish the evening, Jon Theis' band, StaleFish, which includes drummer Andy Keller and guitarist Luke Uran, played a four-song, 20-minute set.

"I wasn't used to the big powerful amps and stuff, so when I first turned on my guitar, I was like...'wow'," Jon Theis said. As Flipp performed, singer Brynn Arens made his way into the crowd, serenading a fan one minute, inciting everyone to jump around the next. Jon Theis and others crowd surfed. Members of Flipp tossed fans the group's trading cards. About midway through the performance, StaleFish members climbed on the roof and poured boxes for cereal on the crowd below.

Flipp's use of cereal in its performances is infamous. In 1997, the band gained national attention on the TV's "Hard Copy" for renting a helicopter to dump a half-ton of cereal on fans during the Edgefest outdoor concert in Wisconsin. Tama and Greg weren't concerned.

"People say, 'Are you nuts, or what?,' but my kid is so excited. There is no way I could say no," said Tama Theis. In preparation for Sunday's performance, the Theis family gathered neighbor's signatures on a petition for police to block off the street. Jon Theis distributed fliers around the neighborhood, advising the block a noisy night was approaching, and to come check it out. One officer gave the family his beeper number. Two neighbors sitting across the street form the performance said they had no problem with the show.

09-20-99 St. Cloud Times - Flipp (

"It's something to do on a Sunday afternoon," was a common response. Greg Theis borrowed a neighbor's Huffy bike to cruise around the block and check out the sound. Loud, he said later, although not as loud as he thought it would be. Bret Wieseler, a student at St. Cloud State, attended both Flipp's Saturday night show at the Red Carpet in downtown St. Cloud and the garage show Sunday. One year, he recalled, the band pulled up to the Minneapolis post office on tax day and played a midnight show.

"They get pretty wacky," he said. Flipp usually plays two garage shows a year, said Katie Dunham, who was selling the band's merchandise.

"We've been to garage shows where they've played two songs and the cops will come and shut them down," she said. The St. Cloud show never seemed to be in danger of ending early.

"These guys are great. They were fun," said Greg Theis, who visited with the group after the performance. Flipp signed autographs and listened to StaleFish, while one of Theis's neighbors treated the crew to a round of hamburgers and bratwurst.

"I expected a lot of them, and they came through just like they always do," Jon Theis said. - end
(Images via

07/17/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI

Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp
@ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI

Review from: - July 2001

Flipp, The Mayfield Four, American Hi-fi, Everclear at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Providence RI 07/17/2001

A few weeks ago I got another package from a record company that caught my eye. The band was Flipp, and the package had not just the usual bio, photo, and CD, but also a video. The video was called "Rockstar" and since Lizzy wasn’t home I figured what the hell and slapped it into the player. I kinda remembered their name and their photo had a guy in sorta Two-Face/ Joker half black, half white make up so I figured it was either cool or a bad ICP rip-off. To make a long story short- it was pretty fucking cool. Not really TRL fare since they sing, "If you want to get to the top of the pops/ ya little slut/ you put the cock in your rock/ and make a lot of money," but a riot to watch.

07-17-01 Flipp @ Providence, RI (Photo-Flipp Central)01

According to the Flipp bio they were on a "Glamtastic U.S. tour" with Everclear because Art Alexakis had seen one of their video’s and decided that he must have them open for his band. Quote from Art, "Flipp is the real deal." Ok, so I gave their new CD, "Blow it Out Your Ass," a spin and went looking for their last one in the whatever stash. Besides "Rockstar’s" ode to the pee-pee they also do "Cock Rock" to make sure you understand how important they feel that rock includes some cock- not dicks or limp bizkits, but some real cock to go with the rock. Songs like "Wow" are a glam rock kinda sports stomp that have some great licks, while others like "La De Da," are just cool. I was really in the mood for something fun and Flipp delivered it to my door.

So I set up the deal to go see them at Lupo’s. I was told to get to the show early and they meant it- I got to the show at like five after seven and they were already going. Lupo’s was pretty crowded for Tuesday (kudos to Everclear), and the kids were all packed around the stage watching Flipp run through some stadium size moves complete with effects, lights and crowd participation.

Cursing Link Almond and his fucking bridge repairs I got my camera out fought to the front like a freak and shot like a mad man for a few songs. I didn’t keep a set list, but Flipp tore up their allotted half-hour. It was refreshing to see guys who could play as big as their ego’s. They might look like a cartoon, they might have their own trading cards, but these guys can play.

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Lead singer, Brynn Areas, uses the portable microphone, which allows him full range in moving about. After Freaky Useless lit up his jet pack Brynn pulled up two local girls to have then jump and play his guitar into a screaming finale. He also handed his guitar around the audience and ended each song by flipping the bird. The kids seemed to really get into their set and Flipp let them have it.

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Check out If you want a copy of "Blow it Out Your Ass."

The Mayfield Four were next up. They were grunge and fairly good. These guys are from Washington state so ya know their grunge had heart. For their last song they did a cover of the Who’s "Baba O’Riely" that had the kids singing the ‘teenage wasteland" lines in earnest while the singer, Myles Kennedy did the Townsend windmill.

American Hi-Fi came out to a packed house. Lupo’s was hot but tollerable. American Hi-Fi is a local band sorta- they’re from Boston and the singer was drummer for Letters to Cleo. Their song "Flava of the Weak" is all over radio this summer so the boys are enjoying some interest from the ladies. Jones waved to people in the crowd and did his best to be heard clearly. American Hi-Fi have some big rock moves, but also did some more melodic stuff too. I don’t have their CD, but they got a good reaction being local, and they worked the folks over pretty well.

I didn’t see too much of Everclear’s set. I ran into Chia Karaoke from Filpp and managed to get my interview with three of them on their bus. We did return for the last half hour and I saw them do "You Make Me Feel Like A Whore," "Father of Mine," "Santa Monica," and the encore with Flipp and American Hi-Fi a sloppy but fun version of David Bowie’s "Suffragette City."

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(Images via

I watched them from the side and could only take photos during the encore, so sorry about not getting more photos. Art brought a bunch of ladies up to dance on stage and Lupo’s was full of sweaty kids reaching to shake the bands’ hands, or catch one of the many flying guitar picks that they threw out.

Art said that by far this was the best reaction Everclear has gotten, and he gave a shout out to anybody who saw them at Babyhead back in the day. He brought Flipp out and also got into a little wrestling match with Stacey Jones from American Hi-Fi. Stacey lost.

I gotta say this was a pretty good show. This summer has been full of high priced tours and this was four bands for $25 bucks. Definitely more bang for your buck.

11/??/02 Flipp/ Crashmatic @ The Red Carpet, St. Cloud, MN

Flipp/ Crashmatic
@ The Red Carpet, St. Cloud, MN

Review from: - November 2002
By: Nissa Billmyer

"Fans get ‘Flipp’ed"

Excited faces lit up the room and the energy was ubiquitous. Behind a black curtain the stage hid, waiting to unveil what would be a high-voltage rock show.

Flipp took the stage of The Red Carpet Friday night, opening with riffs of the first single of its recent album Volume, “Clone Me,” which lead straight into the ear-deafening “Psycho Babble.”

Crazed fans saluted Flipp with the earned middle-finger salute and an occasional belted beer at lead singer Brynn “Schizo Boy” Arens.

Flipp fans continued to rock to the sounds of Flipp, which can be described as Kiss meets Iggy Pop. Fans tried to body surf, mosh and just plain rock out, but security made sure no one went home injured.

Flipp is no stranger to the stage. The band has been around since the late 1990s and recently toured the country opening for national acts like Cheap Trick and Everclear. The band has released several independent albums and has recently become the first band on Everclear frontman Art Alexakis’ label, Artemis records.

But Flipp is best known for their general mayhem and chaos. The band is currently on tour in support of its latest release, an album co-produced by Arens and Alexakis.

“St. Cloud! Good to see you!” Arens said to the sea of fans in the main room of the Red Carpet.

Fans responded with a retort of middle fingers and screams. Worked into a frenzy, Arens lit up the stage with Flipp’s newest release “If I was a Rock N Roll Star.”

Flipp, composed of members Freaky Useless, Chia Karaoke, Kilo Bale and Schizo Boy, are four guys dedicated to the fans and the love of music. At one point, Arens pulled a long-time fan on stage to play part of “Hair Do.”

Those fans who have seen the legendary guitar Arens uses will agree that it looks as though it could peel the skin from your frame, or worse yet, behead you in one fell swoop. The guitars were actually custom-made for the lead guitarist of ZZ Top. He didn’t like them and decided to get rid of them. That’s where Arens stepped in and bought them. He has three, in red, black and green.

The body of the guitar is the best-known symbol for Arens’ look — it resembles a fat lightning bolt. Arens also teased fans by standing over the crowd with the axe-like instrument, barely out of reach of anxious fingers.

Arens wasn’t the only one pulling fans on stage. Chia brought a musically inclined fan on stage to play his guitar. Crash, with spiked pink hair and leather pants, broke out into a rendition of Van Halen’s “You Got Me.” *

At this point, one fan worked into a lather, chucked beer onstage, which hit Arens. The fan was promptly removed and the crowd sent him off with a one-fingered salute.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun than I’m having at this concert now,” said fan Mike Robideau. “If you even remotely like rock n’ roll, you haven’t seen a rock show until you’ve seen Flipp.”

Chia broke out the famed Flipp cereal and tossed it into the crowd as the band played The Who’s “My Generation.”

Arens, having riled up the crowd, announced that the band had a mission.

“(Chia) needs to body surf to the bar, get four beers and body surf back!” Arens said.

So, despite the previous action of security to stop any body surfing, Chia jumped into the crowd and surfed all the way to the bar. He got four beers, then surfed back to the stage with the beverages open and did not spill a drop.

“They made it back too!” Robideau said. “How cool!”

After two more songs, Flipp grabbed feather pillows, ripping them open and chucking them into the crowd, sending feathers everywhere and the fans went crazy.

“On behalf of the Red Carpet and chickens everywhere, thanks for having us,” Arens said.

After running off stage, the crowd rallied up and chanted “Flipp” until the band came back on stage for one last song, playing past closing time.

“This was the most amazing concert. No band I have ever seen has done a better job at pulling the crowd into their show as Flipp did,” Robideau said. “This is a true rock show.”
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Flipp bassist Freaky Useless in action at The Red Carpet in St. Cloud, MN.
11/??/02 Flipp @ Red Carpet, St. Cloud, MN - Freaky
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10/28/00 Flipp/ Zebra 3 @ The Red Carpet, St. Cloud, MN

10/28/00 Flipp/ Zebra 3 @ The Red Carpet, St. Cloud, MN (Mary Kessler Collection)
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Flipp/ Zebra 3
@ The Red Carpet, St. Cloud, MN

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June 2002 Album Network Magazine - Freak Single/Volume CD Info

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November 2003 Spin Magazine - "Volume" CD Review

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08/04/01 Cancelled - Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ Spokane Motorsports Complex, Spokane, WA

08/04/01 - CANCELLED
Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp
@ Spokane Motorsports Complex, Spokane, WA

*This show was originall scheduled to take place at a venue called "The Playfield." It was moved to the Spokane Motorsports Complex. On show day, due to problems with late stage construction and permit and paperwork hassels, the show was CANCELLED. This was Flipp's final scheduled show on the Everclear tour. The band returned home to Minnesota while tourmates Everclear, American Hi-Fi and Mayfield Four traveled on to one final show in Portland, OR on 08/05/01.

07/20/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC

Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp
@ House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC

*Sold Out

07/29/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ Sunbowl, Anaheim, CA

Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp
@ Sunbowl, Anaheim, CA

*Show was originaly scheduled to take place at San Bernardino, CA.

Setlist (partial):
Half A Brain (with Art Alexakis from Everclear)

Image © Vaughn Youtz Photography - used with kind permission.

Image © Vaughn Youtz Photography - used with kind permission.

*The following concert review by Dawn Greer is "undated" and may NOT be from this show. But, through some research, I found mention in the "Freaky Useless Summer Tour 2001 Road Diary" of Everclear bassist Craig Montoya having his head shaved into a mohawk on this particular evening, as is mentioned in the following review as well. Craig's new mohawk is also mentioned at length in the second, uncredited review that follows Greer's.

Flipp/The Mayfield Four/American Hi Fi/Everclear
by: Dawn Greer
Submitted to Rolling Stone and Hit Parader

Flipp was the opening band and went on way too early. They went on every night before 7pm, so unfortunately the band did not have as much crowd reaction as they should have. A lot more people need to see this band. They are highly amusing. Flipp catches the audience with their songs such as "Cock in Your Rock," "Mr. Potato Head," and "Hairdo" among others. The band has some similarities to various bands such as Faster Pussycat, the Ramones, Kiss, and Alice Cooper.

Flipp's stage presence and antics are highly abnormal. Let's describe the characters: Brynn Arens, singer/guitar player has bright yellow bleach blonde hair, his face is painted half white and half black with bright red lipstick on his face and he wears a black and white pinstriped suit. Freaky Useless, the bass player wears a black leather outfit and has a purple mohawk and has a jetpack on his back which shoots out flames during select songs. Chia Karaoke, guitar player is bald and wears big oversized sunglasses. Kilo Bale, the drummer has bright green hair and is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain from Nirvana.

Once Flipp hits the stage you can't help but laugh and clap along to their songs. The band definitely has crowd reaction. They bring up a girl onstage during one of their songs and she gets to play guitar and sing and Arens makes her a part of the set. Flipp is one band who we are sure to see a lot more of in the future. They are definitely a band you will want to check out if they come to your city. They just got signed to Art from Everclear's new label.

Flipp can always be seen watching the other bands and you can always get a chance to talk to them. They are really good to their fans. Be sure and buy their CD and check out

The second band of the evening The Mayfield Four took the stage and got the crowd all pumped up. The Mayfield Four have been through enormous changes over the past three years since their first CD was released on Epic Records. The band fired guitarist Craig Johnson and remained a threesome adding Alessandro Cortini to play guitar during the tour. The band also fired their former manager and changed producers and mixers to add a different type of sound for their second release "Second Skin."

The Mayfield Four was handpicked by Everclear to tour with them due to the fact that Art and Craig from Everclear grew up in Portland and the Mayfield Four were from Spokane and Seattle, pretty close to each other, so both bands knew each other before either of them were signed to a major label.

The Mayfield Four singer Myles Kennedy, who will be appearing in the upcoming movie Rock Star in September, hit the stage belting out songs from their Second Skin CD. He sang songs that caught the audiences eye such as "Sick and Wrong," "Lyla," "Loose Cannon," and their first single "Eden Turn the Page." The band also did a cover of the Who song "Baba O' Reily."

Bassist Marty Meisner and drummer Zia Uddin really put their all into every song. They looked a lot like they were their to make music and entertain the crowd. Meisner moved around a lot, and he and traveling guitarist Cortini made magic chemistry onstage together. It is always good to see band members smiling and communicating to the audience while they are playing. Uddin pounded the drums and his talents were fully spotlighted by the crowd's response. He looked like Animal from The Muppet Show.

Meisner and Uddin are a highly composed rhythm spectacle, and Kennedy steps up to the microphone and belts through his repertoire frequently reaching deep into his heart to find a note, his eyes constantly scanning the crowd.

One thing that set the Mayfield Four apart from the other bands was that they always came out after their set and signed autographs at their merchandise booth. They signed everything fans wanted and stayed until everyone who was there got an autograph. You did not have to win a contest or have a backstage pass to meet the band. The band always made sure to sign stuff no matter how tired they were. Too bad more bands don't follow suit, especially since it is the fans who support the band by buying tickets to the shows and CDs and merchandise.

The only complaint anyone could say about the Mayfield Four was some technical sound difficulties, but other then that the crowd surely got their fair share of hard core edgy rock and roll. A band that surely everyone will see more of in the future.

Next up in the evening was American Hi Fi. Boston based American Hi Fi had the crowd singing a long and waving their hands after the very first song. They have an amazing way of getting fans involved in their set. Most of the younger fans were there with their parents and you could tell people were there to see them.

Everyone waited to hear their single which has gotten tremendous amounts of airplay "Flavor of the Week." In addition to that song, the band played 45 minutes worth of music from their debut Island Records CD. Songs included "Surround," "Wall of Sound," "Scar," "I'm A. Fool," "Blue Day," "A Bigger Mood," "My Only Enemy," "Another Perfect Day," and "Don't Wait for the Sun."

Singer Stacy Jones and guitar player Jamie Arentzen look like they have been doing this band all of their lives. They mesh so well together. Add the bass playing of Drew Parsons and drumming of Bryan Nolan and you will have a band that will more then likely be doing their own headlining tour by the end of this year. The incredible energy this band displays onstage is what more bands need to imitate. The face gestures and the expressions combined with the powerful rhytym section are what sets this band apart. the band has massive potential. A fourty-five minute set is just not long enough. This band could play two hours and have a crowd wanting more.

The headlining band of the tour Everclear finally made their appearance and the audience went nuts. This is what the crowd was waiting for all night long. Basically Everclear has been around for quite some time and has many hit songs, which the audience really wanted to hear. They started out playing newer songs and then went into old and new favorites such as " AM Radio", "Wonderful", "Rockstar", "You Make Me Feel Like A Whore", "Strawberry", "Everything to Everyone", "I Will Buy You A New Life", "Father of Mine", among many.

The audience was in for quite a surprise when Criag Montoya, the bass player hit the stage....he was sporting a brand new red mohawk, courteousy of his tourmate Freaky Useless of Flipp. Still the audience was in awe at their set. Singer Art Alexakis and drummer Greg Eklund along with Montoya poured their energy into their hour and a half set.

The band got audience participation towards the end when they brought many people onstage and had them sing along. Alexakis actually was quite rude to this one girl. She had told him he had embarrassed her and he said something to her like "Bitch I don't care if I embarrassed you I am here to rock and roll." Still the audience did not mind and the show was a huge success.

Overall the bands were well worth the money people pay to see them. Four amazing bands and four bands who know how to rock a crowd. -end

07/29/01 Everclear/Etc. Anaheim Concert Review
by (Unknown)

I have to say that this show wasn’t quite as good as Saturday’s show. It’s not Everclear’s fault at all though. I felt like the audience wasn’t quite as good as the one in La Jolla, regardless of what the lead singer of American Hi-Fi might say (he said that the La Jolla audience sucked and the Anaheim one was better). In La Jolla, everyone was jumping around and moshing and crowd surfing and just seemed to be having such a great time while in Anaheim people kinda just stood there and only really jumped around when Art told them to. I was in the second row the whole time which was pretty cool.

I did enjoy Flipp a lot more this time around though. They were a lot of fun and I think that the sound was better for them than in La Jolla. During Flipp’s set, Art came out and started playing the beginning of Santa Monica just for fun and then they all did part of Cat Scratch Fever. That was a nice surprise. Of course Craig was on the side taking pictures so hopefully they’ll be up on the official site soon.

Mayfield 4 and American Hi-Fi were about the same as in La Jolla. I really enjoyed Everclear’s show, regardless of the crowd’s lack of enthusiasm. They played all the same songs that were played in La Jolla. They actually seemed to be having a better time. Craig got a Mohawk! It is so awesome. It was funny because he did it right before they went on. When he was out taking pictures during Flipp he still had the same hairstyle as before but when they came out he had the Mohawk. It really surprised me. Everyone from Everclear kept making fun of him the whole night. Art patted it and then drew his hand away as if he was in pain and went ’ow!’. And then during Strawberry Greg came up to do backup vocals with Craig and he put his hand on top of his head with all his fingers sticking out, like he was trying to imitate Craig’s Mohawk. Also, at the beginning of Santa Monica Craig and Art and Davey were all lined up and they were moving their guitars back and forth at the same time and both Art and Davey were doing the same thing with their hands that Greg had been doing during Strawberry. It was very funny. I was standing right in front of Craig the whole time and during one song (I believe it was Wonderful) he saw me looking at him and he smiled at me! It was such a beautiful thing ; ).

I also got a Craig pick though it wasn’t given to me by him. After the show was over there were still some left on his microphone so a crew guy just handed the rest of them out. So now I have that one and the Art one I got in La Jolla on a necklace. I got Davey water! At the end of the show he threw out an open bottle of water and some of it splashed on me. That’s pretty much the highlights of the whole night. I’m probably a little biased because of the great time and all the great things that happened to me in La Jolla (you can read that review too on my site) but I just felt that it wasn’t quite as good. Don’t get me wrong, I was by no means disappointed in Everclear’s performance. I just wish that the crowd would have been a little more enthusiastic. -end

07/16/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ (Venue N/A), Portland, ME

Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp
@ (Venue N/A), Portland, ME

Setlist (partial):
La De Da

07/12/01 Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfield Four/ Flipp @ I.C. Light Amphitheater, Pittsburg, PA

Everclear/ American Hi-Fi/ Mayfied Four/ Flipp
@ I.C. Light Amphitheater, Pittsburgh, PA

Setlist: (partial)
La De Da

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