Butthole Surfers at Day for Night

Words by Mario Rodriguez

After the tight set Unknown Mortal Orchestra gave, it was finally time to witness the infamous San Antonio punk band Butthole Surfers.

 Courtesy of Philip Cosores

Courtesy of Philip Cosores

Now, let’s keep in mind these guys are going on before Travis Scott, so you have a huge mix of different people coming and trying to get a decent view for both sets. So there are people shoving and people faking their way to the front saying “I lost my keys,” but we all know they didn’t. People are packed like sardines and it is only the calm before the storm.

Butthole Surfers started about 20 minutes late, but with Day for Night going until 2 AM, it was no big deal. Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary, and King Coffey came to the stage and looked psyched to be up there. They started their set with “100 million people dead”, from there 2002 compilation album and then went into “hey” from their debut album Butthole Surfers.

After a couple of songs, Haynes brought his son out to play a song with them. It was heartwarming to see them having some fun on stage. Very punk rock.

When they played “Lady Sniff,” the crowd went crazy. Mosh pits on both sides of me and I was not safe… which was awesome! It was at that point where you could feel the tale of the Butthole Surfers come to life. Even though they did not have any cheeseburger filled mannequins, dye filled condoms, or any nudity it was the crowd that brought the punk energy, and you could tell they were feeling it.

“Lady Sniff” then transitioned into “Pepper” and the sing-along began. Now I’m not going to lie, I didn’t catch the transition until the chorus kicked in.

While performing, Haynes kept signaling to the sound guy to turn up his mic, but unfortunately, it never happened. Nevertheless, it was a great set. A lot of people seemed to enjoy all the feeling of nostalgia it gave them. Definitely a highlight from Day for Night.

 

SET LIST:

100 million people dead

Hey

Rocky

Cherub

Pittsburgh to Lebanon

Creep in the cellar

Dum Dum

Fast song

Grave yard

Edgar

1401

Some dispute over t-shirt sales

Goofy’s Concern

Lady Sniff/Pepper

Who was in my room last night

Gary Floyd

The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey’s grave

Lou Reed (Encore)