History of 2000 DS

The festival organizers had said we weren’t going to get any money but we would get food and drink, which was o.k. With 20 people working with us, it would have been nice to have been able to give them and ourselves a little cash for all our efforts. Anyway, Friday came and a lot of people started arriving and we were ready for anything.We were running a bar to try and make some cash, but with 20 people with us we end up drinking all the profit as usual. Friday night was a total disaster with most of us drunk and the guitarist and drummer fighting just as the set was about to begin. Saturday and everyone back on speaking terms and ready to blast. rechem2000DS+lp The show began with the Mad Cow (1500cc mutated motorbike) rode right around the site with Nigel on the back swinging fire when he got to the stage all the other fire jugglers and the band got going.It was a great show with 2-3000 people that were totally shocked. Sundays show was different, but it went down well. So after the festy we left for Bremen totally skint to do a gig in the Schlactoff (slaughter house).  We had already quite a following in Breman so we knew it would be a good gig, and it was. After the gig they asked us if we could play a gig in the local squat This was also a good gig but after the show we found a note in the dressing room from the bass player (Bastard) saying he couldn’t keep on with no money and no future (his girlfriend was also giving him grief). So no bass player again. After hearing the news the guitarist Alex also decided to go back to Italy, so the band fell apart again. With only G & P Disease & Osso left we decided it would be better if Osso went back to Italy to look for another bass player, before he left we did 2 gigs in Holland with the original bass player (Jones). The rest of the band & show went to Amsterdam to try and make some money. It was now September and we had some gigs organized in Denmark. We had contacted Osso in Italy and he had a bass player who was from the Basque country; they were to meet us in Copenhagen. We arrived 1/2 hours before Osso and Eugenio (the new bass player), so we picked them up and headed for Ungdom Huset. a semi squatted building used for concerts and cinema etc. We stayed and practiced for 3 weeks and found out that the tour had fallen through due to the tour organizer always on the bottle, but we managed to do a gig in Albourg where we had a huge fight with a gang of disco boys who were causing trouble smashing things up.

7 thoughts on “History of 2000 DS

  1. i lived in bovay st when you guys were there. im not ben death obvs but he is the one i remember best. he was the first person i ever met on e. i helped u guys rip out the radiators and the parque flooring. not sure if that was sold or just burnt. there was a remnant of the somerset stonhenge traveller family who had been brutalised by the gloucestershire police. this must have been around 87. met ben in 88 in the central cafe amsterdam, still in his top hat. i have to say most of the people at bovay street were selfish up themselfs arsholes. ben on the other hand was a sweet guy. btw if you want pix see if the daily mirror achcives have any. i let them in wghen i was on the door one night for £20 each :d peace and love and all that xx

    1. Nice on Ben

      I am going to put up a message board /forum so that folks can share their memories of Gary DS and the Wreck N Roll Cirkus. Hopefully we will have some re-releases coming out in the very bear future.

  2. Just found out about the death of Gary and friend? and members of his family. after checking out 2000ds stuff on utube. tragic and shocking, and upsetting, condolences to family an all those close.
    Kev-sax player from Phoneys

  3. My 2000DS story-
    It was 1991/92/93? I had just seen them at my house at C-Squat in NYC, & I had made my way to SAN Francisco. I got to see 2000DS play again at the Epicenter in The Mission. I was a dirty fucker back then, & was outside the venue smoking a joint w/ a good friend & a stranger. The cops stopped us & actually arrested us!! In SF!! We were taken to a substation. Handcuffed to the booking bench, they asked us if we had any drugs, needles or weapons. We all said no (my friend ate a sheet (100 hits) of LSD he had in his wallet (for sale) in the cop car en route as not to get busted with it). I thought about their question for a sec. Then I chimed in ” but we have lice and scabies”. The booking cop looked at me in awe. He left & went into the booking office. He came out a minute later wearing gloves. He grabbed our backpacks & threw em out the door. Unhandcuffed us & told us to get the fuck out & kicked me hard in the ass as I walked out the door. I got KICKED out of jail for being a dirty squatter. I was back at the venue just as 2000 DS started to play.
    Post script- My pal who ate all the LSD called me a week later in Alabama. He knew no one there. He somehow ended up there after a very long 100 hit trip.
    2000 DS Forever!!

  4. We used to go to the Fire Station squat parties I really enjoyed them
    I kept loads of flyers from the different venues around London
    I still have them after all these years in a box

  5. True that I didn’t play the main stage at Treworgey. I didn’t leave as such I was hiding in my tent tripping mi nuts off…
    I played with DS many times after that on and off including the WNC mentioned and played the love parade Berlin and several gigs in Belgium and Holland…
    I also toured Ireland with the band and was set to play the “Millennium Drone” in 1999 but sadly it fell through….

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