Tonight we saw an Oingo Boingo tribute band featuring two actual band members: Vatos and (my namesake) Sluggo
Tonight Magic Mountain had a free concert: an Oingo Boingo tribute band which featured two actual original members of the band: Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez and Sam Phipps. The band was actually really good, even if the sound mix wasn’t great.It was nice to hear (and sing along with) some of my favorite songs again live. There was a modest-sized but very enthusiastic crowd. And it was fun to be with Dave Cobb, who’s an old Boingo fan… he sang along too! The lead singer of the band actually sings for a Boingo tribute band on a regular basis, and he’s pretty darn good. (He even has the flaming red hair.) When I was a teenager, I had a big crush on Oingo Boingo’s sax player, Sam Phipps, who went by the name “Sluggo.” For a long time. Anyways, between him and the comic-strip character from “Nancy and Sluggo,” I was inspired to create my first online screen name: Sluggo, Jr. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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