Friends Forever Elude At Heliotrope; Show Up Today At Ye Olde Zoo Ruins
Having seen a questionably amazing documentary about the band Friends Forever a few years ago, I had great intentions of watching them play last night and asking them a few rapid-fire questions. It would likely have gone down something like this:
ME: Assume Nate can paint a van in three hours, and Josh can paint a van in two hours. How long would it take to paint the van if Nate and Josh worked together?
FF: Using x as a variable for time it is easily seen that 1/x is equivalent to 1/3 plus 1/2, or 2+3/6. Standard algebraic cross-multiplication yields the number 6/5. As such it would take 1 and 1/5 hours, or precisely 72 minutes if we were to both paint the van.
In reality the evening went something like this:
- We went to il corral
- No bands were playing.
- We left and had margaritas at el conquistador.
- Stopped and took a swinging break at a tree which was essentially underneath the 101 freeway
- We returned to il corral.
- Two bands had played.
- Friends Forever were rumored to be the fourth and final band.
- We went to 4100 bar for 30-ish minutes.
- We returned to the il corral.
- All bands were done for the evening.
The Friends Forever VW Van was in the courtyard behind the venue, covered in t-shirts. The show had ended but a crowd remained. Girls in bathing suits hawked shirts.
The legend grows. Will I ever witness the live show!? I’m at work, but my next chance will be today, somewhere between 1 and 5pm. They’re apparently playing near the LA Zoo at “the old LA Zoo Ruins”…a free show with a few other bands.
So take note, unemployed Angelenos: you have a few hours to get your act together and get to the old LA Zoo ruins in Griffith Park to witness a punk band lay down the rules of rock from inside their van. Not to be missed. They may not be back in town for another six weeks…six months…or six years.
I did in fact make it to the old zoo ruins by 4pm. FF were there, but I did not see them play. I did however see a band from San Francisco called ’Animal Birth Control’ perform in and above one of the abandonded bear caves. They were followed by a few people who basically just made really loud feedback noises with footpedals. Good times in the park.