Friday, November 30, 2018


Today we hail and remember the legacy of Portland underground heavy metal band XINR. On November 30, 1984, as they rode back to their rehearsal house to practice for a show the following night, singer Tony Saiz and guitarist Shaun Tramel were killed on their motorcycle by a car that ran a stop sign at SE Woodward Street and 39th Avenue (now known as César E. Chávez Blvd.), tragically ending the ascent of what might have become the biggest local band since Wild Dogs. R.I.P. Tony and Shaun. Love to their surviving friends and families. Blast The Ghostly Galleon today and TRUST XINR

(L to R): Kenny Stocks (bass), Paul Dreyer (drums) and Roger DeCarlo (guitar) reunited for the first time in 28 years in September 2012 at East End for one very special evening.  Photo by Chris Hoard 

(The Gig That Never Happened): a somber moment on stage at East End as Roger DeCarlo displays the original flier for the XINR gig scheduled for December 1, 1984 that never happened due to the motorcycle accident that took the lives of Tony Saiz and Shaun Tramel one night earlier.  Photo by Anna Wilson.