Wednesday, October 17, 2012
P.O.D.'s Bernardo is heart-broken Bolts fan
By Lynn Hoppes
Look how happy Noah "Wuv" Bernardo, the drummer of San Diego band P.O.D., is standing with a fellow Chargers fan at halftime of Monday night's game against the Denver Broncos.
Noah "Wuv" Bernardo shows some emotions next to another Chargers fan Monday night at halftime.
Bernando, whose band has been on tour for the past three months, went off tailgating Monday night. He lives right across the street from Qualcomm Stadium.
The Chargers were up 24-0 at intermission but eventually lost 35-24.
"It was my first game of the season and we were making the best of it. We had our beers and some carne asada barbecue," Bernardo said. "I'm talking to you looking out my window at the stadium. Then they broke my heart."
Bernardo couldn't even fathom how the Broncos came back to win. He hasn't given up his allegiance, even though it might be easy to do that.
"Dude, I've been a Chargers fan since 1973 and they break my heart every year," he said. "I'm used to it. It's my duty to back my teams. Padres. Chargers. Even the Clippers when they were here. I love them all."
Bernardo and P.O.D. (Payable on Death) are set to hit the road again to back their recent release "Murdered Love." The band consists of Bernardo, vocalist and cousin Sonny Sandoval, guitarist Marcos Curiel and bassist Traa Daniels, and they have have been together off and on for 20 years.
"This tour is more rewarding than anything we've done in the past," Bernardo said. "We took a break of four or five years and now we have that spark back. We have that hunger."
That wasn't the case just a few years ago as the band went through lineup changes and different thoughts on the direction of the music.
"We were about making money and the hustle and not focusing on the music. We had to take that break," Bernardo said. "I look at these guys playing in front of me realizing that I've worked with them for 20 years. God gave us a real blessing, allowing us to play music and having the fans enjoy that."