Way To Go Bam Margera! I’ve Been Rooting For You

The “Jackass” star now has 120 days sober

Dave Tieff

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In the early 2000s, my band Laughing Colors was offered an interesting gig that we did not want to pass up. We had played on many stages — both opening and headlining — but this particular gig promised to be a “unique” experience to say the least.

We would be opening for Jackass.

For those who don’t know (or respect your intellect), Jackass was a popular reality show on MTV that featured a motley crew of characters who did crude pranks and insane (oftentimes dangerous) stunts.

It was all about the shock value — and Jackass had the goods.

Most of the cast was around my age, and while I hung out with a slew of jackasses myself, the show's stunts left me cringing — but suitably impressed.

It was a guilty pleasure, for sure, but it’s fair to say I was a fan of the show.

So when Laughing Colors was asked to open for Jackass we were all pretty psyched. They wanted us to do a 45-minute set at a big nightclub in Baltimorea renovated bank turned rave haven — called Redwood Trust.

Redwood Trust

It was a dance club (and one of my favorite places to do ecstasy) but the club had gotten local radio station 98 Rock involved to do a special live music event. Or — whatever this was going to be.

You might be wondering: How does a rock band ‘“open up’” for a TV show?

We were as puzzled as you are — and just as anxious to find out.

Laughing Colors in 2023

Minutes before we were to go onstage it was still just us (Laughing Colors) in the backstage area. I could tell from the nervous look on the club owner's face that the Jackass gang had yet to show.

I was looking forward to meeting the cast — Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, et al — but it was time…

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Dave Tieff

Alcohol Free (AF) singer-songwriter & cyber journalist. Here to discuss everything sex, drugs, rock, and culture🤘🍄🎙💋 www.davetieff.com