I went with Lars and some friends to this private vintage Adidas shop today in Argentina. Owned by the nicest guy, Carlos who was such a great host. He opened his shop up just for us. An incredible collection of Adidas gear from the 70's, 80's & 90's. It was pretty cool to look through his stuff. Lars & Cathy picked up some cool stuff! Yeah, I'm wearing Nikes in the photo. Hahaha great times in Buenos Aires so far! #Argentina #RancidSouthAmericanTour #VintageAdidas @millwallskin
"Took the 60 bus out of downtown Campbell..."
Punk rock/Oi! icon and Quakes anthem writer Lars Frederiksen (Rancid/The Old Firm Casuals/Oxley's Midnight Runners) is a long way from his hometown of Campbell at the moment, but his devotion as an Earthquakes Season Ticket Holder doesn't weaken when he's outside of the Bay Area, or even the country.
His legendary Bay Area band, Rancid, are currently touring South America, with stops in Brazil, Argentina and Chile to name a few. With a few days to kill in Buenos Aires before they rock Lollapalooza Argentina 2017, Lars & drummer Branden Steineckert, who most Quakes fans will remember from "Believe," the anthem he wrote for his hometown club Real Salt Lake, were given the unique opportunity to visit 78-year old Carlos Ruiz's mysterious sports shop in the suburbs of Buenos Aires.
Discovered by adidas Originals in 2014, Carlos' story and shop are now world-famous after a product research crew from adidas flew from the UK to examine his collection of vintage adidas gear from as early as the late 70s, ranging from sneakers to 80s tracksuits.
Known to be extremely hard to find and sometimes closed up to the public, Lars & Branden tracked it down and did a little shopping - all while sporting adidas' finest piece of modern work, the 2017 Quakes Primary Kit.
"Got a chance to meet Carlos today in Argentina. After some shoe shopping we went for coffee and ice cream. What a day. Gracias Carlos. See you next time," Lars wrote on Instagram.
On Friday, Rancid played to a packed Lollapalooza sideshow crowd at Teatro Flores, a warmup to the main event on Saturday, and the sharp new black & blue kit made another appearance, this time on stage, giving the "punkest team in all of MLS" some South American shine.
Rancid's South American tour wrapped up over the weekend and he'll finally have a bit of time to take in the sights at Avaya Stadium - starting this weekend vs. Seattle Sounders FC where they'll induct Lars' friend & Quakes legend Joe Cannon into the Hall of Fame.
"I'm just excited to get to see my first game of the season on Saturday. Haven't been able to go yet because of the touring and finishing the record," he told SJEarthquakes.com.
Rancid will play a hometown show in Berkeley on August 20.
Listen to the Quakes anthem "Never Say Die" by The Old Firm Casuals.