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Morris laughs about his last experience in Arizona. In March 2011, Morris, Coats, and Rubalcaba were arrested at Ono Hawaiian BBQ for taking used cooking oil from the restaurant's outdoor grease container. The band's tour van runs on oil, and though they didn't get permission to take it, they haven't had any problems with restaurant owners gladly donating the used oil in other cities (businesses usually are charged by companies to dispose of the oil).
"It was a citizens arrest in a parking lot of a shopping mall next to a fast food place," Morris says. "We got arrested for something that even the cops [that were called] were scratching their heads, like, 'Why are we dealing with this?' The whole scene was pretty . . . absurd."
The band managed to get the charges dismissed by doing public service — online, which was expensive, Morris notes — but never held the slight against Phoenicians or Arizonans. "Um, yeah," Morris deadpans. "I've been arrested in Arizona, and I'm actually quite proud. Normally when you get arrested, it's for doing something really stupid, but we were doing something that was geared toward the environment and recycling, and I have no bad thoughts about what we did whatsoever."
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OFF! is scheduled to perform Friday, September 14, at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale.
Henry Rollins is scheduled to speak Saturday, September 15, at Crescent Ballroom.
Morris and Rollins are, indeed, punk rock statesmen, defying the parental warning stickers that marked up Black Flag albums in the '80s by emerging as productive, thoughtful, and optimistic citizens. "I'm perhaps hopelessly naïve," Rollins says. "A lot of my ideas are hopelessly utopian, and my views are happy, hippie-dippie, but I really need to be able to depend on my fellow American, and they really need to some degree be able to depend on me."
Most importantly, Morris and Rollins' political tack underscores a philosophy that has guided their music, as well:
"I grew up at the beach [surrounded by surfers]," Morris says. "When they weren't surfing they were skateboarding, and when they weren't surfing or skateboarding and it got cold, and there was snow on the mountains, they would ski. The mentality was, you don't stand around looking at it, trying to figure it out, and think about what you're going to do, you just do it. You just jump on it and you go."