Mike Watt on Touring: "I Guess You Pick Where You Want to Gruel"

The night before Minutemen played in Denver for the first time in 1984, at the now-defunct Rainbow Music Hall with Black Flag, the punk progenitors made up of singer and guitarist D. Boon, bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley endured what Watt called a "seventeen-hour hell ride" right after a gig in Minneapolis. Watt says ten of them crammed into a van, and he was on the top shelf with drummer Bill Stevenson, who played with Black Flag at the time, and roadie Steve "Mugger" Corbin.

"You couldn't lift your arms up to read the books so you're just laying there, awake," Watt says.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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