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  • Rock On, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 30, 2001

    We were waiting for this show for sometime…our friend Siu Pak and Wong Chi Chung spoke to the organizer of this annul rock festival in Hong Kong and asked them if we could play this year. So the organizer agreed and we were pretty excited to play…

    Finally, we got to the show tonight and the sound was amazing. The lighting and even the staff handling everything were friendly! Not many staff members of sound companies are very friendly in Hong Kong – especially Tom Lee staff! They’re so rude…this was the first time that the Tom Lee staff were very friendly to us and were helping us out with our sound. After rehearsal all 3 of us were confident that this show was going to be fun…everything was perfect! The sound, lighting, equipment…everything!

    Finally, 7:30pm came and we were told to stand-by. Our good friend Wong Chi Chung was the MC tonight so I was even more happy because he knows our music, lyrics and purpose really well. So when he introduced us it seemed like people were happy that we were playing. Then when we went on stage and set up our equipment – people just sat. We asked people to stand up, but they didn’t move. Like stones, they sat watching the show.

    It was no use trying to make them move…

    It was sad for me to play this show because this audience was TRULY a Hong Kong style audience…stones. Not many show venues in Hong Kong allow the audience to stand up – this venue allowed them to stand up, but they didn’t. They just sat staring…sucked.

    It was a terrible audience to play too…at least the sound was good and me and Alex turned the microphones around and looked at Ming (drummer) through the whole show…it was more exciting to watch him play 100% then to watch an audience watch us at negative 100%.

    We have 2 shows next month…a bit worried about those shows because the venue has bad regulations for the audience…

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  • Rained out

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 24, 2001

    I think about 5 bands played last night…2 bands before us and then torrential rain, and the show was cut…sucked! Anyway, it was actually a really fun night…I was a little upset that it rained and that we couldn’t play because almost EVERYBODY in the audience were NEW! I couldn’t believe how many people were there that I had never seen at bandshows before…for many of them it would have been the first time to see us…anyway, hopefully they’ll show up next week….

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  • JUNE 24, 2001

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 24, 2001

    I think about 5 bands played last night…2 bands before us it rained torrentially and the show was cut…sucked! Anyway, it was actually a really fun night…I was a little upset that it rained and that we couldn’t play because almost EVERYBODY in the audience were NEW! I couldn’t believe how many people I have never seen at bandshows before…for many of them it would have been the first time to see us…anyway, hopefully they’ll show up next week….

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  • Show tonight

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 23, 2001

    We have a show tonight…see you there!

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  • Shenzhen Skateboarding

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 18, 2001

    I got back last night from skateboarding in Shenzhen. I had to do a skateboard demo outside a shopping center in Shenzhen’s “Dong Mun” area. This shopping center has one shop that sells my magazines – I did not know. I didn’t put them there and have never met the boss…my friend Mark and a couple of my workmates told me that they saw the latest issue of my zine being sold at a shop in Shenzhen for $25 RMB! Hahahaha…I was laughing so hard! Some poor business man thinks that people actually WANT to buy my magazine up there!

    Anyway, I went up to Shenzhen and I told Mark that he HAD to show me this shop and sure enough, when I walked in through the door I saw my magazine laid out on a rack as if it was something kids would die over. Funny stuff…

    Anyway, the skate demo was right outside on the street and I don’t know how many hundreds of people were there staring but it was pretty cool anyway. I’m typing this back in Hong Kong and I can’t help but be sad – China is a beautiful place and is a place that SEEMS more suitable to people like me who find happiness in things like music and skateboarding. In Hong Kong, the living standard is so high that bands in Hong Kong cannot survive just by playing in  a band – even HUGE bands like LMF must find other jobs so they can live. If you are a skateboarder in Hong Kong then don’t EVEN EVER think that you will be able to live just by skateboarding. Since the living standard is so high everyone MUST work in order to pay phone bills, rent, pay for food, clothing…since we are working so hard to live, we must sacrifice the things that we all REALLY WANT to do. In China, things are the opposite. Because China’s living standard is lower it gives bands, skateboarders, bikers, etc. more opportunity to take their lives to a professional level. Bands in China can survive by playing shows and tours. Skateboarders can survive skateboarding EVERYDAY because they can make money doing skateboard demonstrations and entering competitions. Its sad for us I think…we sacrifice our happiness so we can live. Which means, for us to live we must be unhappy…hmmmm….

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  • JUNE 18, 2001

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 18, 2001

    I got back last night from skateboarding in Shenzhen. I had to do a skateboard demo outside a shopping center in Shenzhen’s “Dong Mun” area. This shopping center has one shop that sells my magazines – I did not know. I didn’t put them there and have never met the boss…my friend Mark and a couple of my workmates told me that they saw the latest issue of my zine being sold at a shop in Shenzhen for $25 RMB! Hahahaha…I was laughing so hard! Some poor business man thinks that people actually WANT to buy my magazine up there! Anyway, I went up to Shenzhen and I told Mark that he HAD to show me this shop and sure enough, when I walked in through the door I saw my magazine laid out on a rack as if it was something kids would die over. Funny stuff…anyway, the skate demo was right outside on the street and I don’t know how many hundreds of people were there staring but it was pretty cool anyway. I’m typing this back in Hong Kong and I can’t help but be sad – China is a beautiful place and is a place that SEEMS more suitable to people like me who find happiness in things like music and skateboarding. In Hong Kong, the living standard is so high that bands in Hong Kong cannot survive just by playing in  a band – even HUGE bands like LMF must find other jobs so they can live. If you are a skateboarder in Hong Kong then don’t EVEN EVER think that you will be able to live just by skateboarding. Since the living standard is so high everyone MUST work in order to pay phone bills, rent, pay for food, clothing…since we are working so hard to live, we must sacrifice the things that we all REALLY WANT to do. In China, things are the opposite. Because China’s living standard is lower it gives bands, skateboarders, bikers, etc. more opportunity to take their lives to a professional level. Bands in China can survive by playing shows and tours. Skateboarders can survive skateboarding EVERYDAY because they can make money doing skateboard demonstrations and entering competitions. Its sad for us I think…we sacrifice our happiness so we can live. Which means, for us to live we must be unhappy…hmmmm….

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  • 很厉害的周末WHAT A WEEKEND…

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 8, 2001

    The candlelight vigil last Friday was incredible as always…I’ve been going for so many years and each year it is such a painful and emotional reminder of what happened many many years ago. Some people want people to just move on and stop looking at history, but every time I hear this stupid fucking shit, I always want to say “If you don’t study your history, how will you know what mistakes you’ve made? If you don’t study your history you’re bound to make those same horrible mistakes again”. 上个礼拜五的烛光悼念集会都是跟每次一样很感动。。。我已经去了那么多年,我还没试过一次没有很感动很想哭的感觉。。。每次去都马上会记得我当时就是一位十二岁的小朋友在家里在我电视上看着这个事情。。。我只有一个很surprised的感觉。。。想不到。。。我知道有些人喜欢说“我们为什么要看以前的事情?不要看了吧!只向前走!”但是我很想问这些笨蛋的人 – 你为什么不想看以前的事情?如果你不看那你肯定不会有机会学者东西。如果你不学那下次有这个事情的话你肯定会又做错东西。

    This was also the first time I was confronted by someone weird. It wasn’t at the vigil. It was outside of my school. One of the cleaning staff asked me where I was going. I told him I was going to CWB. He started laughing “Why? To be a part of the protestors?” I replied, “Yes”. He stopped laughing right away and said “Why? You’re not even Chinese!” I said “I’m not Chinese but I am a human being. What happened impacted everyone who saw it with their own eyes and all of us who saw it on TV!” I couldn’t believe this guy’s attitude. It seemed like he was totally brainwashed. But he lives in HK! How can you be brainwashed in HK regarding what happened? It’s so weird…But I was really surprised by his ignorant attitude. Only Chinese people can participate in this candlelight vigil? What about those compassionate non-Chinese people who like me were 12 years watching it unfold on our television? I will never forget that day. I sat staring at the television completely shocked with what was going on in a city not so far away from HK. 这次是我第一次我要经一个很奇怪的对话。我刚下班准备过去铜锣湾参加这个集会,我学校外面见到一为学校的本地同事。他笑着跟我说“你去哪儿呢!” 我回答他“我现在准备去铜锣湾” 他笑着跟我说 “哈哈哈。。。你去铜锣湾干嘛?去示威吗?哈哈” 然后我望着他说“对”。 他马上变了脸 “你为什去? 你不是中国人!” 我跟他说 “我不是中国人,但是我是一个人!我是一位很有良心的人!我为什么不会参加?”

    我听他的反应真觉得很奇怪。

    Anyway…it was a beautiful night as always…反正那晚上真特别。。。跟每次一样很特别。。。

    The next day Alison and I found a place that we’re going to be living in after we get married!!! :-) Yeah!!! Very excited to be starting my new life with this wonderful person…第二天我跟我女朋友找到了我们结婚之后在哪儿住!!!很期待这个七月开始我们的新生活! :-)

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  • Gun Gui Dei Bar Shenzhen, China

    Posted by Riz Hardcore on June 2, 2001

    Like I mentioned in our NEWS section for June 4, we played TWO shows in one night at BOTH Gun Gui Dei Bar’s in Shenzhen. There are 2 bars and we have never played in the NEWER that opened a few months ago. The newer bar has nicer equipment but the mood and atmosphere is pretty bad…we only played 3 songs then left to go back to the old bar. We were hoping that the old bar would be just as exciting as it ALWAYS is…both us and FatJob love playing at the older bar – the environment inside is warm, close and personal…

    We went back to the old bar around 11:30pm! We didn’t know we had to play a show at the new bar so EVERYONE from Hong Kong came to the OLD bar at 9pm!!! That’s what we were told also so we posted that information on our website. Anyway, when we got there we met some friends of ours who had waited for the last 2 hours for us to show up! I felt bad but there was nothing we could do…anyway, we were there and we were ready to go crazy for all our friends…

    Something didn’t seem right with the guitar amp again so I didn’t think the sound was that good…but it was still fun. I will admit that it wasn’t as good as the 2 other times we played at this bar…those times were great. They were some of the best memories we’ve ever had – last nights show wasn’t that great…
    So anyway…our next show is coming up soon so come check us out if you have nothing better to do…peace…

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