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Rock Hall of Famer Gina Schock talks family life in Baltimore with Nestor on the Maryland Crab Cake Tour at The Beaumont in Catonsville.


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Nestor Aparicio, Gina Schock

Nestor Aparicio  00:00

One Welcome back. Totally you in st Towson, Baltimore. And Baltimore positive. I lost all control the program because Jean Jacques is here. We’re doing the Maryland crabcake torts are presented by our friends at the Maryland lottery given these way we had 200 Our winner last week it Coco’s. We’re gonna be doing our 25th anniversary at Costas, where she came the last time on August 3, and then on August 4, a truck city where I met her last year, two of our great Dundalk sponsors, sort of Radio Free Dundalk. I’ve had this radio station will be 25 years week from Thursday, August 3, my mother’s birthday and my Casper I love that. So I am, you know, I’m excited that you’re, you’re beautiful, you’re really kick off the anniversary, I mean, re buying was gonna be there. And when you said you couldn’t come two weeks from now because your west coast. So give me the East Coast West Coast thing for you. And when you come back to Dundalk and Baltimore, and it’s fair to say you’ve spent more time here in the last year than you have in a lot of years. Or maybe when your parents were ailing.


Gina Schock  00:57

No, because I brought my parents to live with me. Okay, I brought them to San Francisco. For the list. I did not know that I brought my mom and dad to San Francisco for the last six or seven weeks at six or seven less six years of their lives. I took him from Baltimore, brought him over to my house and took care of them. There.

Nestor Aparicio  01:15

Now, you got a story written I want to promote this because I hadn’t seen it when they gave it to me preserving your memory. This is a current edition of Gina shock the Go Go’s drummer, paused her music career to care for her parents beautiful picture of you. And you know, you’re coming out of your shell a little bit you I don’t you know, like talking about things that last December you came down to cost this and I remember John Allen coming home with me. And he’s like, Hey, man, she’s going through her parents dead parents stuff at her house, it’s Christmas, she’s gonna be emotional, she might not want to talk about it at all right? And you we taught you wanted to talk about you, like, I got to talk about it. And you got emotional, I gotta it’s Christmas time is a tree. And then nine months later, you’re telling the stories of something you’re really proud of?

Gina Schock  01:59

Well, you know, look, you’re looking at this, I’m going to tell you what I started, I started going to see a psychiatrist in the 90s. To talk to them to talk to someone I needed to talk to someone about when my parents would pass away, because I really, truly believed that I would die. When they passed. I didn’t think I could, I don’t think I could survive because they have been my rock they’ve been, you know, I mean, they allowed me to do they allow me to follow my dream, you know? I can’t say enough about them. I’m not gonna get on that. I’m not gonna get crazy and good. Get, you know, go down there. But But all I’m gonna say is that I had the greatest parents, they allow me to do what I love to do, and I am forever grateful and always will be.

Nestor Aparicio  02:50


I bet you had a lot of friends, girlfriends who had parents and never let her daughter off.

Gina Schock  02:55

No, I just thought I thought about it. You know, in retrospect, it’s like, oh my god, they were dying. They’re 21 year old. That was the baby to let me drive across the country with a friend of mine from high school, Babs Catholic high drive across county everything I own in that pickup my dad’s pickup truck. And they allowed me to do that and it must they must have been so mortified. But my I say this in the book. My mom said her last words which is like Please don’t Don’t join a cult. Cult I love that. parting words.

Nestor Aparicio  03:32

And just imagine like the neighbors.

Gina Schock  03:35

She says you can always come back. She said, Jeanne, if it doesn’t work, you can always come back.


Nestor Aparicio  03:39

But Your Honor, the neighbors knock on the door. They’re out in the community, whatever they want. And the gene or she’s out in LA trying to be Rockstar. You know what I mean? Like they

Gina Schock  03:47

Nestor they all knew me because I was the I’m my drums were set up in the bedroom. That’s the front room of our house with bay windows that my dad built. Summertime, those bay windows were open and I was banging on those goddamn drums. They all knew me and like somebody, they’d be oh, you know, what’s that noise? Oh, that’s genius shack up there playing drums back then nobody gave a shit. They were like, it was cool. You could play drum. It’s cool. You know, if you stopped by nine o’clock, you know, be respectful of your neighbors. But it was cool back then. Nobody cared. They’re just like, oh, that’s Jean up the street plan.

Nestor Aparicio  04:20

And that’s but but then you go to LA and the next thing you know you’re on MTV.

Gina Schock  04:24


Well then. It was kind of crazy because I went up there. You know, following my heart following my dream and it was only I got there in 79 and 81. I was in a band with a number one record. So there you go. It was He was sad too, because he was at 81 I think the end of 81 Certainly.

Nestor Aparicio  04:46

I was in middle school at Hollenberg then my boss went past your parents house every day. Yeah, literally made that made the turn across the black wall and they were

Gina Schock  04:53

so proud. It made me nuts because I’d come home and my mom would be like, Oh, here’s such and such stop. I was like Mom, do Not let people know where you live, stop giving your phone number out. Don’t do that. And then I was like, they’re so proud of me. They just, they’re bursting with pride, you know, and they let you go and I was worried about I was worried about you know, people coming to their house you didn’t ever know what’s gonna happen, right? So freak, you know.

Nestor Aparicio  05:18

So this piece here and take care of your parents. Yes. Describe a little bit about that process. I took her my mother died at 98 years old, right? So my son and I and take care of my son, his wife, they’re not having kids is because like, they took care of their mother, my mother, their grandmother, you know, they it is it’s a labor of love. So many people are, are going through that. Right. So this is this this is


Gina Schock  05:43

kind of what it’s about. Yeah, yeah. I think I mean, that’s the tip of the iceberg. That right what you are reading there in that in that article. And there’s so much more and so many folks are going through this and will continue to go through it because you know, Modern medicine has it so that we don’t you know, we don’t die of the things we used to now you just die of old age and that old age is like Alzheimer’s or dementia. Sure. So that’s sort of where it’s going. Dad was 97 Mine was my mom was 91 or 92 Wow, okay, she passed 92 I think anyway, Jesus Christ Yeah. Let’s talk good talk good.

Nestor Aparicio  06:24

Jean Jacques is our guests work the Beaumont your

Gina Schock  06:30

muscles and come back and

Nestor Aparicio  06:31


tell me how to shock real quick. Yes. Local shows. Yes. I want to come back

Gina Schock  06:36

and talk about that and I can talk about now because I have too much to say.

Nestor Aparicio  06:39 Oh, I’m gonna muscles. I’m going to eat back and talk we’ll take a break. We’re back for more. I have to Beaumont the muscles have arrived because by the middle of water winter nation stay with us

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