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A day in the life of Schizo...
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1985
mid-'85, Manila, Philippines - just graduated from high school (and from breakdancin'..hehehe!)...a friend told me about this way-cool radio station called "WXB 102" (The Station That Dares To Be Different!), that despite its very weak signal, tried it & got hooked on it...transforming me from an occasional "Top 40" dude to an open-minded "alternative music" freak...hence, it was the turning point of my LIFE.
 
1986
mid-'86, Greenville Subd., Tandang Sora, Quezon City - along with my friends Mark "newt", Sonny "toilet", Joel "esca", Chelton & Chito, we formed a mobile DJ crew called, Sonic Options. With limited budget & low-tech equipments, we provided the best in "New Wave" (with a little bit of "Top40") for the partygoers of Tandang Sora & Novaliches. - [ business card ]
 
1987

June 9 Tue - WXB 102 closed down - [ read the story ]

June 20 Sat - "102 CLUB Dance Party" @ The Palladium, Makati, Metro Manila - [ ticket ]

July 25 Sat - "Breakout" (An Afternoon New Wave Dance Party) @ Pulse Disco Lounge, Makati, Metro Manila - [ ticket ]
Featuring DJs: 102 Mobiles

Oct. 31 Sat - After about a month of test broadcasts, NU 107 FM (The Home of New Rock) goes on air with the "alternative" format. Around the same time, dance music station DZBM 105 switched to "alternative", thus they became "new wave radio rivals."

Nov. 21 Sat - "Blast Off" (Concert Dance Party) @ Metropolitan Theater (Main), Manila, Metro Manila - [ poster ] [ ticket ]
Featuring: Identity Crisis / Khumb Mela / Mohawks / DJs: 102 Mobile / Eyeball Dub / First Release
...this was my first ever rock concert!

Nov. 28 Sat - "102 MUSIC at HOT GOSSIP" (an afternoon dance party) @ Hot Gossip Disco, SM City North EDSA *, Quezon City, Metro Mania - [ ticket ]
* originally called as "SM City", since it was the first and only SM City then

 
1988
January
- The first issue of "The Score" (The Edge In Alternative Music) is released. Check out 102 Club member #383 on the list on page 49...hehehe! - [ list ]

Feb. 20 Sat - "Nemesis" (an afternoon dance party) : @ Dreams Alternative Club, International Food Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila...the first issue of "Newswave" (102 Club's official publication) is released - [ ticket ]
Featuring: DJs: Eye Ball Dub / First Release

Mar. 17 Thur - "Shambhu" opening free concert @ SM City North EDSA * (Car Park Plaza, rooftop), Quezon City, Metro Manila - [ poster ] [ ticket ]
Featuring: Dean's December / Pagan Away / Violent Playground / Nursery Rhymes / Identity Crisis

May - The Dawn : "I Stand With You" album launch free show @ SM City North EDSA (parking lot), Quezon City, Metro Manila - [ review ]
...I saw The Dawn do their sound check!

May 20 Fri - "Ethereal Rapture" (A benefit concert for the Score Scholarship Program) @ SM City North EDSA (Car Park Plaza, rooftop), Quezon City
The Dawn / Betrayed / In The Dark / Pagan Away / Silos / After Image / Violent Playground / Ardourn Delirium / Introvoys / Mere Mercy / Advent Call / Khumbmela / Dean's December / plus an unannounced/uninvited (?) set by I.O.V., which was cut-short due to "extreme violence" in the crowd
[ poster ] [ ticket ]

June 16 Thur - we migrated to Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A....barely two days in America & not knowing a thing, I missed the historical Depeche Mode's
"A Concert for the Masses" at the Rose Bowl, which was about 3 miles away from me! what a bummer!!! -
[ ad ]

After about a week in the US, I finally discovered LA's pioneering alternative radio, 106.7 FM KROQ.

Nov. 4 Fri - Siouxsie And The Banshees : "Peepshow" Tour, (special guest: House of Freaks) @ Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA
...this was my first ever concert in the US!
 
1989
Apr. 25 Tue - Depeche Mode : "101" concert film exclusive advance screening (sold-out!) @ AMC 14 Theatres, Century City Shopping Centre,
Century City, CA. Depeche Mode was there, as well as KROQ jock, Richard Blade...I got to tap Martin L. Gore on the shoulders..hehehe!

Apr. 28 Fri - I had to come back three days later to see "101" - [ ticket ]

June 18 Sun - New Order : "Concert: North American Tour 1989", (special guests: Public Image Ltd. / The Sugarcubes)
@ Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA...this was where I snuck in a camera for the first time! - [ ad ] [ ticket ] [ review ]

Sept. 8 Fri - The Cure : "The Prayer Tour", (special guests: Love And Rockets / Pixies / Shelleyan Orphan) @ Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
[ ad ] [ ticket ] [ photos ] [ review ]

Nov. 7 Tue - Public Image Ltd. : "9" Tour, (special guest: Flesh For Lulu) @ Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA - [ ad ] [ ticket ] [ photos ]

Nov. 8 Wed - The Waterboys : "Fisherman's Blues" Tour 1989, (special guest: Laughing Sam's Dice) @ Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA...In the middle of "The Whole of the Moon", they experienced some technical problem & stopped playing. After a few minutes of break, they came back & did a different song instead. - [ ad ] [ ticket ]

Nov. 14 Tue - The Alarm : "Change: North American Tour 1989" (World Tour), (special guest: The Kevin McDermott Orchestra) @ Wiltern Theatre,
Los Angeles, CA - [ ad ] [ ticket ]

Dec. 30 Sat - The Psychedelic Furs : "Book Of Days" Tour 1989, (special guest: East of Eden) @ Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA...In one instance during their set, Richard Butler was being heckled by someone in the audience. He stopped singing & the band walked off the stage. After a few minutes of cooling off, they came back strong with "Heaven." - [ ad ] [ ticket ]
 
1990
Feb. 1 Thur - The Jesus and Mary Chain : "Automatic Tour", (special guests: Nine Inch Nails / The Nymphs) @ Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA - [ ad ] [ ticket ]

Feb. 22 Thur - Tears For Fears : "The Seeds Of Love" Tour 1990, (special guest: Deborah Harry) @ Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA...this was where I first successfully "illegally" recorded a show!
[ ad ] [ ticket ] [ audio recordings: Tears For Fears / Deborah Harry ]

Mar. 20 Tue - Depeche Mode : In-store appearance @ The Wherehouse, Beverly & La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA...One of the biggest in-store ever in history & there was a riot! - [ photos ] [ news article ]

May 11 Fri - The Mission UK : "Deliverance 1990 Tour", (special guest: The Wonder Stuff) @ Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA - [ ad ] [ ticket ]

June 20 Wed - Midnight Oil : "Blue Sky Mining: North American Tour 1990", (special guest: Hunters & Collectors) @ Universal Amphitheatre,
Universal City, CA - [ ad ] [ ticket ] [ audio recordings: Midnight Oil / Hunters & Collectors ]

Aug. 1 Wed - Nitzer Ebb : In-store appearance @ Moby Disc, Pasadena, CA - [ ad ] [ autographs ]

Aug. 5 Sun - Depeche Mode : "World Violation", (special guests: Electronic / Nitzer Ebb) @ Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA...plus a special guest appearance by the Pet Shop Boys during Electronic's set - [ ad ] [ ticket ] [ audio recordings: Depeche Mode / Electronic / Nitzer Ebb ]

Nov. 6 Tue - Pet Shop Boys : In-store appearance @ The Wherehouse, Sunset Bl., Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA...too bad cameras were not allowed!
[ ad ] [ autographs ]

Nov. 17 Sat - Gene Loves Jezebel : "Kiss Of Life" Tour, (special guests: Special Beat * / The Posies) @ Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA
* featuring members of The Specials & English Beat - [ ad ] [ ticket ]

Dec. 9 Sun - "KROQ Trash Patrol" with Big Dave @ Sycamore Grove Park, Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA

Dec. 16 Sun - "KROQ Trash Patrol" with Big Dave @ Brookside Park, Pasadena, CA
 
 
 
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