Thrillist: Why Denny's?
Bryson Del Valle: Because of the meme, honestly. There was that meme of "What the fuck is up, Denny’s?" from that show at a Denny's in Texas in 2013.
So you were making an IRL meme, then?
Del Valle: Yeah, pretty much.
How did you approach Denny's about this? Did you just walk in and ask to speak to a manager or what?
Del Valle: Oh, I called them and then asked for a manager, and then once I got to them I was like, "Hey, do you think I'd be able to throw a show in a spare room or something like that?" and he was like, "Sure." I just had to pay them money.
So they were very chill about this.
Del Valle: Yeah, they were cool with the idea of a show. They didn't know, though, what kind of show it was gonna be because they didn't really ask any questions -- which is the sole reason the show was able to happen in the first place.
Was this a normal night of business? Were people there eating dinner at the same time in the other rooms?
Del Valle: Oh yeah [laughs]. Yeah [laughs more].
Did you cross paths with people on the way in? What was it like sharing a space with the usual Saturday night Denny's crowd?
Del Valle: Well, in the banquet area it was pure punks, and I honestly didn't even notice any other people throughout the Denny's. I know there were other, like, normal people eating there in the bigger area of the Denny's, but I didn't really see any reactions from them -- although that would have been hilarious.
What did it feel like to pull the thing off and be there for the show?
Del Valle: God, I felt so accomplished because I was super stressed out about it, because this show had been hyped up for months, and the fact that it was finally happening was just so crazy. I just wanted to make sure that WACKO played, even for like two minutes. I just wanted to get WACKO to play as soon as possible so it could happen.
The fact that management let this go on for 20 minutes, did that exceed your expectations?
Del Valle: Oh yeah. All of it exceeded my expectations. The fact that no one got arrested, or that I didn’t get arrested, was very surprising. That's honestly what I thought was going to happen, was some riot type shit, because it was like 200, 300 people at a fuckin' Denny's. A recipe for disaster.
If we can talk about the business side of this, did you make money? Did the band make any money at this?
Del Valle: I came out, I guess like 50 bucks richer from it because it cost me 100 bucks -- oh wait, shit, nevermind because of the damages. But it cost me $100, WACKO didn't even ask for money, they just wanted to do the show because they thought it'd be really fun. I mean I didn't really keep track of the business side of things; I'm just enjoying the music and shit like that.