From Rock with Legends to Punk Rock Karaoke in Southern California

“Punk rock karaoke is awesome! According to my punk rock aficionado friend Vince Velasco. Another friend, who will remain unnamed here, rang the bell saying, “Sounds lame.”

Blade it is certainly not.

Punk Rock Karaoke is not karaoke in the traditional sense. It’s great because you swing with legends from the punk rock scene. When I say legends, I am not exaggerating. Imagine yourself on an intimate stage as the lead vocalist for a group consisting of guitarist Greg Hetson of Bad Religion / Circle Jerks, guitarist Stan Lee of the Dickies, bassist Randy Bradbury of Pennywise and drummer Darrin Pfeiffer of Goldfinger.

This is what punk rock dreams are made of.

I was able to check it out recently at Gallagher’s Pub HB where the raw energy was beyond anything I expected and some of the karaoke singers were really, really good.

After the last song ended, I left the room with my heart still pounding and flooded with fond memories of my youth. The spirit of the evening was great and I always rejoice how great this unique experience is, right here in Southern California. I highly recommend it, even if you are too shy to go on stage and sing.

Adam Barker, from Los Angeles, sings “21st Century Digital Boy” from Bad Religion.

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Four photos of members of the Punk Rock Karaoke Band playing guitar and drums

Clockwise from top left, Punk Rock Karaoke Band: Bad Religion / Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Hetson; Pennywise bassist Randy Bradbury; Goldfinger drummer Darrin Pfeiffer and Dickies guitarist Stan Lee;

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A man sings into a green light on a stage

Jorge Gonzalez, of Van Nuys, sings “Manny, Moe and Jack” by The Dickies at Punk Rock Karaoke at Gallagher’s Pub HB.

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People in the mosh pit at Punk Rock Karaoke

The mosh pit at Punk Rock Karaoke at Gallagher’s Pub HB.

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Anthony Hernandez sings on stage in front of musicians playing drums and guitar

Anthony Hernandez, from Redondo Beach, sings a Bad Brains song at Punk Rock Karaoke at Gallagher’s Pub HB.

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Two photos showing a man singing into a microphone into one and women in the moshing audience

At left, Darren Lubrano of La Quinta sings the song “Bro Hymn” by the band Pennywise. On the right, fans laugh at the song.

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Two women sign on stage

Rachel and Michelle sing “Bad Habit” by The Offspring.

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Mosh fans in the audience

Fans laugh at the song “Bro Hymn” by the band Pennywise, sung by karaoke singers.

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Passport photos of Punk Rock karaoke singers Adam Barker, Jessica, Rob Simundson and Vince Velasco singing.

Clockwise from top left: Punk Rock karaoke singers Adam Barker, Jessica, Rob Simundson and Vince Velasco.

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A man in a yellow shirt with a decorated collar and necklaces sings

Justin Cook of Fullerton sings “Gimme Gimme Gimme” by Black Flag.

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A man is dancing in the audience

Jorge Gonzalez, of Van Nuys, after performing “Manny, Moe and Jack” by the Dickies.

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