It’s a Saturday evening in South San Francisco, and four friends have gathered at what looks like a shabby old administration building oddly placed between newer GenenTech offices. A simple sign out front hangs low with the words “Hit Wall Studios,” and a distant rumbling of an electric guitar solo can be heard coming from an upstairs window. Neal Engelhaupt, 32, Doug Richardson, 29, Nick Young, 29, and Sergio Vaquerano-Ramirez, 29, were all professional musicians just a few years ago, touring and making albums with Bay Area-based metal bands. Now they’re “all grown up”—married, some with kids, and working full-time in the tech sector—but they still gather once a week to collaborate on new music in an attempt to revive the meta scene that once permeated the Bay Area.
We're assuming we don't have to tell you what went down at Super Bowl 50. The Denver Broncos emerged victorious, Beyonce slayed the halftime show, and the UC Berkeley marching band made a surprise appearance on the field.
I do not get drunk. I get awesome.
Having not attended the entire week's worth of Metallica's fan club-only 30th anniversary shows at the Fillmore, I feverishly read everything I could about the total metal extravaganzas that they were (despite their foray into Lulu material). Needless to say, I was more than ready to drop everything and witness their final installment this past Saturday night. And guess what? San Francisco's lost sons didn't dare disappoint their once-upon-a-time hometown, playing as hard as ever and bringing out special guests such as Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.
Are local rockers are in mass exodus? Both Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Metallica's Kirk Hammett have sold their surprisingly tame Bay Area cribs. Hammet's Pac Heights mansion has been on the market since 2005 and sold for nearly $9 million, while Armstrong's Oakland hills home sold for $4.8 within months its September listing. Each comes with a private recording studio, of course. Roadies not included.