You might hate him, you might like him, but you can’t deny that Duane Peters in the original punk rock skateboarder. One look at him and you can tell he’s a character who’s been around the block. He’s been pro since most of us were in diapers and now sings for the U.S. Bombs. I had a talk with him while he was wolfing down a burrito.---Jerry Mraz
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST BRAWL YOU’VE EVER BEEN IN? I’ve been in so many fuck’n brawls-I’ve been getting beat up in punk rock since ’77, but I can beat myself up better than anyone.
WHAT’S YOUR WORST INJURY? I’ve had so many injuries, I don’t know which is the worst one. I’ve recovered from them all, weirdly. I got into stair diving about two years ago. I’ve dived down almost every set of stairs in America. I’ve done Coney Island High, Maritime Hall in San Francisco, everything. I don’t know why, I just get drunk and think that I’m Evil Kenevel.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR WORST INJURY SKATING? I get hurt skating more than playing. I’ve broken my collar bone 16 times, 8 times on both sides, both my ankles several times, all my fingers, all my toes. I jumped out of a four story building and bent my knee the wrong way. That was probably the worst injury. It was about a three year recovery because I didn’t have surgery.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY? We’ve played thousands of places. My favorite would have to be Mt. Ridley in England. We were the only American punk band to get an encore in 20 years. I met all my old heroes over there, though they were all pussies. Sorry I keep spitting on you, I don’t have any teeth.
THAT’S OK. We played in front of 17,000 people. It was pretty cool. I fell off the stage, got really hammered. I also had a good time in Kansas City playing for 13 kids in a back ally way singing through a guitar amp.
INFLUENCES? All the old stuff, I love GG Allin, Neal Guthrie, Frank Sinatra, The Clash, I love The Clash, The Pistols, The old Sex Pistols, Frank Black, Sham 69, Some New York, some
L.A. IS THAT WHERE YOU’R FROM? Uh Huh, Orange County.
ARE YOU GUYS SETTLED DOWN? We all do our thing. I got a girl back home, I’m getting married. I love her to death, I write songs about her, she’s on all our records.
ARE YOU STILL ON BEER CITY? Uh Huh, I was just there yesterday, I’m the oldest guy in the world. I’m turning 39 next month and I can still outskate most of these kids and a lot of the pros unless they get switchstance or whatever, but I can outskate them in a pool.
IS THAT YOUR FAVORITE THING TO SKATE? Yeah, I’m into style I invented a lot of tricks so I stick to what I know.
WHAT’S THE ALBUM? Bombs The World.
WORDS OF WISDOM? Yeah, don’t take life so seriously, take it to the most, you gotta follow your dreams, punk rock is individuality, don’t believe in adults telling you that you gotta do what they want you to do-it’s a lie-you gotta do what you want to.
Joepiped On: May-15-2002