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South Bay music community grieves together after losing one of its own

By Sarah Quelland

IT'S AMAZING how many lives one person can touch. On Tuesday (Feb. 27), those close to the late "Rockin' Rob" Dapello gathered at the Cactus Club to celebrate his life and mourn his untimely death. Dapello seemed to live and breathe music and was one of this area's biggest supporters of local bands. He himself was in the band Uncle Lucifer and frequently wrote for Zero Magazine. On Feb. 24, the 33-year-old suffered a fatal brain aneurysm while attending a show at the Cactus Club. It's fitting that the club was filled to capacity on Tuesday.

On this night of healing and bittersweet remembrances, people shared stories and traded memories about Dapello. Early in the evening, the mood was extremely somber as members of this area's music community looked to each other for strength. The music of some of Dapello's favorite bands played overhead, and flowers and photos served as a makeshift shrine. The official farewell concert will be held March 18, 3-11pm, at the Cactus Club. Proceeds are slated for a posthumous release of material Dapello recorded during his life. The remaining members of Uncle Lucifer will go on that night as a three-piece, and original members of True to Form, Not Hot, Caustic Notions and Slick 50 will reunite just to perform at this memorial show. Pimp Sticks (featuring Dave Baisa, Joey Meyers and Mike Bellardes), the Secrets (featuring Damien Zubrod and Sean Packer), BB Gun Suicide (featuring Loren Fergusen) and What Four (featuring Greg Orpeza, Joey Meyers and Mike Bellardes) will also give special performances. Other bands confirmed include the Odd Numbers, Clay Wheels, Krenshaw, Curbside, Outtaline, the Shitkickers, Small Time Napoleons, Gary & Babs, Shadow Cabinet, Grindstorm and Aggro. Call Zero's Larry Trujillo at 408.971.8511 for more info.

Rumor has it Papa Roach could swing through the South Bay in early May as part of its Raid the Nation tour with Fear Factory and Alien Ant Farm. No dates have been officially announced yet . ... It appears former True to Form frontman Ron Taniguchi has officially joined Stitch as its second guitarist. The band is holding a ROCK4AWARENESS concert March 31 at the Cactus with Movement, Luxt and Breach. Artists Against Racism, Planned Parenthood, the Gay Straight Alliance Network and other organizations are scheduled to attend. ... Stunt Monkey, the Timeouts, Short Round, 5606 and Lender are holding a benefit for the Southwest YMCA's youth programs this Friday (March 9) at 7pm at the Los Gatos Outhouse. ... This weekend (March 9-11), the Cactus Club is hosting the California Soul Spectacular. The three-day event features live performances, international DJs and a rare soul record swap and sale. ... East Bay rock band Venus Bleeding holds a CD-release party, for its new disc, Fakelore, this Saturday (Mar. 10) at Bottom of the Hill. Slender and Crazy Crosstops also perform. ... Great American Music Hall in San Francisco is hosting a huge battle of the bands called Exposure on March 11. The big event runs 11am-midnight, and tickets are $12 in advance. Bands scheduled to participate include PEN15, the Spark Plugs, High Octane, the Locals, Wrong Trousers, Distraught, Emotion Sickness, Howard vs. the Camel, Firesight, Anyone for Tennis, Miso Militia, Buttronics, Lab Rats, Genghis Con by Summers Arrival, the Snugoogluhraing, Afraid of Winter, the Lawnchair Outlaws, Forever Your Doorstep, Choreophobic, Subcoma, Triple-O-Zero, the Fadaways, Sidekicks, Volvos, Orion, Starscream, Barking Gizzard, Fallout Shelter, Dystopia and Holly Mollie. ... Fuel and Metro present Cuba's Adelberto Alveraz y su Son March 29 at the Usual. Tickets are $18 in advance and available at www.Ticketweb.com or by calling 510.601.TWEB.

PLAN AHEAD: Duane Peters and the Hunns, Dork, Uncle Lucifer and Neon Lobster, March 8 at the Cactus; Monkey, the Slackers, Firmé, Sneaky Creekans and Venice Shoreline Chris, March 8 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz; Slow Gherkin, the Slackers, Monkey, and Firmé, March 9 at the Lost City 23 Club in Brisbane; Time Spent Driving, the End of Julia, Olympic Year and Mala Vita, March 10 at the Fishbowl in Sunnyvale; AFI, March 10 at Palookaville in Santa Cruz; Hayride to Hell and the Shitkickers, March 15 at the Usual; John Lee Hooker, March 15 at the Icon Supperclub in Palo Alto; the Muckrakers, La Limpia and Dexter Danger, March 15 at the Cactus; Kasey Chambers, March 21 at Slim's in San Francisco and March 22 at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz.

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From the March 8-14, 2001 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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