The Tubes: Beautifully Rebellious
By Melissa and Wes Anderson (ROCKwellUnScene.com)
Photography: Rockwell Anderson Media
Posted 5/13/13 11:48 PM EST
It is not very often that you get to see legends on stage and take a quick trip back in time, but when The Tubes took the stage at M-15 in Corona, CA, that is what happened. However, they were not the only band to grace the stage this night. Warming up the stage for the headliners, the West Coast Rock School band Shot in the Dark opened the evening with three songs performed by kids 17 & under that had all in attendance on their feet and wanting more, followed by The Sedans who've been playing together since 1983 and kept the party going with a tremendous Classic Rock set.
The Tubes have a long and colorful past, starting in the San Francisco bay area in 1973. In a way, they were Punk before Punk, or at least that is how I and others have described them. Thanks to the M-15 (the House of Blues of the Inland Empire) it was a great night for fans who wanted to see great new/young talent mixed with Legends whose songs they could sing along to. This all ages show not only let fans that have followed the band since the start to see them on stage, but a whole new generation of people of young Rock fans also.
If you are not familiar with The Tubes, here is a quick history. The Band got its start in San Franscico in 1973. The hit "White Punks on Dope", off their first album, The Tubes, was a single and one of their best known hits. In 1973 the Tubes Opened for the New York Dolls at the Matrix, Iggy Pop at Bimbos, and Led Zeppelin at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.