I have lived in my current house for near two years now. Besides the occasional homeless guy screaming outside or the crappy garage bands playing past 11 or so, I use to think this was a pretty nice area to live in.... Unfortunately, O'Connell's dive bar has turned this neighborhood into just another trash filled ghetto comparable to a Florida trailer park.

I understand supporting local bands and giving them a place to play, but could you at least have security check the patrons for guns before letting them in? How about hiring more security or doing something else to clean up the place? It's pretty sad that I get woke up every weekend at 2am due to fights outside that dump, but this past weekend was worse because someone brought a gun to the show. I'm sure that happens a lot, but how does security miss a Hispanic kid with a gun in the middle of a skinhead concert? It's funny how much the media leaves out of a story.. too bad this one barely was reported at all. It's sad that someone died over a racial fight in San Diego of all places..

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Justhefax Jan. 12, 2009 @ 10:42 a.m.

A. Not all skinheads are racist or white supremicist. Please educate yourselfon the multi ethnic roots of skinheads born out of 1960's working class UK immigrant communities as well as Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice.

B. The headlining act comprised members of Jewish and mixed race decent.

C. Another act comprise members of Hawaiian and Asian decent.

Please don't not propigate half truths of this nature, this show was not a racist rock concert.

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jukebox_junkie Jan. 13, 2009 @ 7:53 a.m.

I am very much aware that most skinheads are not racist, But the group who started the fight and ultimately ended up losing a friend over it was racist.

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jukebox_junkie Jan. 13, 2009 @ 8:03 a.m.

ps.. what does a group of 20ish skins have to do with 1960's working class skins? NOTHING! I am educated on the subject because I came out of the 80's punk scene, and sharps are worse than any of them.. they beat up everyone who looks at them wrong or disagrees with them.

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Justhefax Jan. 13, 2009 @ 9:40 a.m.

You glanced over the point.

The main point was the show itself was not a racist show, as you know boneheads will go to shows and create problems matter who's playing.

As for the matter of 20 somethings relating to working class 1960s UK youth, I would say (being past my 20s) for me it was total dissalusionment with both mainstream culture, as well as a culture of punks with trust funds pretending to be homeless. From 14 on, I had to work labor jobs, eventually putting myself through college.

Now, older and an educator by trade all I can point to in the most simplistic of terms is tribalism and group think.

Sorry for typos posted via cellphone.

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jukebox_junkie Jan. 13, 2009 @ 10:09 a.m.

I get that.. The show may not have been racist, but the patrons attending it were.. or a lot of them anyways. It's just sad that someone died and for being ignorant. I have seen way too many fights outside this venue and it's getting really old.

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