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Dead End Stompers walk the line at Phil’s Radiator

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PUEBLO, Colo.—Dead End Stompers stomped a music-infused mud hole at Phil’s Radiator, on April 6. They were the headliners, Owen Mays & The 80 Proof Boys was the opening act and The Ditchrunners was the direct support.

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Carlos Cochise Gomez is the vocalist and guitarist, Chico “Cabra” Struck is the drummer and Jimmy “Spoon” Blazek is the bassist of Dead End Stompers. Struck and Blazek also provides backup vocals.

Gomez greeted the crowd, before Dead End Stompers began their recital with “There Will Be Blood”. He thanked the other bands on the bill, before he continued to let his guitar screech through the monitor. Struck accompanied him and Blazek followed suit.

After mentioning and performing “J.R.C.”, Gomez stated it was written for Johnny Cash. He invited the venues owner, Mark Lovato, on stage. Gomez joked how Lovato would only let Dead End Stompers perform if Lovato was able to perform with them. Blazek made room for Lovato and had him sing into his microphone, as the band covered Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”. Spectators soon gathered closer to the stage and sang.

Prior to “Bombshell”, Gomez thanked everyone for coming out to the show. He mentioned he had work in the morning and was going to work both of his jobs, starting at 8 a.m. An onlooker shouted to neglect his jobs and had a fair share of words for his workplaces. Gomez said he would have joined in and later pointed out his boss in the crowd. To make light of the situation—Struck stated if the fan was to buy them $50 worth of drinks, he could say anything they wanted about Gomez’s superior.

Blazek asked the spectators if they wanted to hear one more song from Dead End Stompers. He informed the audience Mike Ness, vocalist of Social Distortion, celebrated his birthday recently. He asked if there were any fans of Ness’ and the crowd cheered. To celebrate the occasion, he invited Lovato up to the stage again and performed Social Distortion’s “Story Of My Life”. Then—a spectator, Haven Torres, jumped onto the stage, sang alongside Lovato and closed out the performance.

“Digging Up Her Grave”, “Oi, Oi, Oi”, Rancid’s “Tenderloin”, “Green Eyes”, Motörhead’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll”, “Mental”, “Pissing On My Leg”, Sam The Sham And The Pharoahs’ “Li’l Red Riding Hood” and “I’m Sick Of You” were also a part of Dead End Stompers’ set.