Then & Now!
Then: Fullerton's Club 369 put on great rock shows.
Now: Club 369 is a salseria.
Then: The Felt Room was a crappy pool hall off the 22 freeway in Westminster.
Now: The Felt Room is a crappy pool hall off the 22 freeway in Westminster and the new home of the Club 369 team.
Then: Lit was called Stain, and they played quite frequently at Club 369.
Now: Lit is called Lit, and they played quite recently at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
Then: Irvine Meadows Amphitheater was called Irvine Meadows Amphitheater.
Now: Irvine Meadows Amphitheater is called Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, but people still call it Irvine Meadows Amphitheater.
Then: Koo's Art Cafe was one of the few venues to consistently put on all-ages shows.
Now: Koo's, Chain Reaction, the Hub, and the Back Alley consistently put on all-ages shows.
Then: Ska was supposed to be the Next Big Thing, though many people wished it dead.
Now: Ska's still around, though many have proclaimed it dead.
Then: Eric Stefani had just quit No Doubt to pursue his career as an animator.
Now: Eric Stefani just sat in—for the first time in five years—with No Doubt. He played piano on "Trapped in a Box,"which the group performed on VH-1's Storytellers.
Then: Gwen had platinum hair.
Now: Gwen's hair is pink and platinum with black tips. Some of her fans still sport blue hair, though, which is so Gwen '98. The OC Weeklyscoffs at them.
Then: Board in OC, which later turned into the Warped Tour, was supposed to be held at UC Irvine. OC officials didn't want what they feared came with the show; the show was moved to the South Bay, hence Board in OC and Board in South Bay were both held in the South Bay.
Now: Warped Tour was held a few months ago at the Arrowhead Pond—in the parking lot.
Then: There was no Hootenanny.
Now: There is.
Then: There was no This Ain't No Picnic.
Now: There is.
Then: There was Lollapalooza.
Now: There isn't.
Then: Save Ferris bass player Bill Uechi wore that bear hat.
Now: He doesn't.
Then: Tazy Phillips was doing The Ska Parade.
Now: Tazy Phillips is doing The Ska Parade.
Then: Dr. Dream Records was a local label with a ton of punk bands on their roster, such as the Cadillac Tramps and Manic Hispanic.
Now: There is no Dr. Dream Records.
Then: Linda's Doll Hut booked one pop night per week and the rest were punk.
Now: Linda's Doll Hut books one night of punk per week and the rest are pop.
Alison M. Rosen
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