The interview with Lee was awesome, he was one of the humblest rock stars I’ve had the fortune of interviewing. He’s totally grounded and very respectful as well as very appreciative of his fans loyalty over the decades. I mean, he sang “Happy Birthday” to me which was a definite height of my life. Click on the audio player above to listen to my interview with Lee Ving.
I really wanted to interview Lee for a few reasons. I wanted to get his insight on the resurgence of punk in today’s world how it compared to the beginning of his career. Also, I was looking forward to getting to know the man behind the music that I and many others have loved for decades.
It was amazing to hear of the experiences of FEAR through Lee’s own words rather than reading it somewhere on the internet. It meant a lot to me that he was willing to take time out of his schedule and sit down to get up close and personal.
I have been into punk music for about 25 years now and started to listen to it as a disenfranchised youth. My early years as a skateboarder growing up in So. Cal. was filled with lots of angst. I grew up poor and struggling like and punk music really spoke to me in that it was an outlet for all the frustrations of everyday life. It was nice to know that I wasn’t the only one who was struggling.
Getting to hang out with FEAR backstage was another high point. Lee remembered me from the interview which I thought was cool as hell. He, his girl, my girl, and I had some cool things to talk about it was very organic sitting there on the couch just shooting the breeze as if we’d known each other for years.
I met Travis Barker and we talked about FEAR and what we both thought of their set the night before. He also is a very down to earth and humble guy who has been putting on many different projects for years now and MUSINK seems to be a baby he’s proud of.
I can’t wait to go back next year and do it all again. I recommend any young or old punk to experience the festival. It doesn’t matter if your punk, goth, metal head, tattoo enthusiast, low rider, or just an average joe, this festival has something for everyone. It’s rare to get such an array of people together and have it be a peaceful gathering but somehow Travis pulls it off year after year.