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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