'The Devils Ride': Did Rusty Coones give Laffing Devils MC credibility?

Did the appearance of respected Hells Angel Rusty Coones add to the credibility of the Laffing Devils, or did it take away from the credibility of Coones and other MCs?

Rusty Coones, Hells Angel and president of a California chapter of the world-wide MC, appeared on this week’s episode of the Discovery Channel’s The Devils Ride. With all of the controversy that has flared over the show—are the Laffing Devils a real MC, or are they a made-for-television fictitious club—does Coones appearing on the show add to its credibility, or does it take away from MC clubs’ credibility overall?

In 2006, Bikernet interviewed Coones. The reporter was admittedly intimidated by Coones and the prospect of causing more trouble than he could handle, offering this as a way to assuage any future rumblings:

“I am a little nervous in taking on this task. I do not want to ruffle any feathers. On the other hand, I'm honored to interview the president of the Orange County Chapter of the Hells Angels.”

It is understandable, one would concede, that a person would be nervous about interviewing someone identified so completely with a MC like the Hells Angels, a notorious one-percenter club, capable of who knows what. The American Motorcyclist Association, coined the phrase “one-percenters” when they said that 99% of motorcyclists were law-abiding citizens, while the other one-percent were outlaws who subsequently gave all motorcyclists a bad name.

But, does the association with a television show like The Devils Ride take away from that reputation?

What Is Credibility for a MC?

It is interesting that so many critics of the show seem to consider the Laffing Devils to not be a “real” club simply because they are not one-percenters. Presumably, the majority of motorcylists would not be one-percenters—a full 99 percent, in fact. And, the fact that they never claimed to be a one-percenter club doesn’t seem to assuage the harsh feelings being thrown their way. No doubt anticipating this reaction, producers brought Coones--who also appeared previously on an episode of the FX show Sons of Anarchy--on board for an early episode, hoping this would give their club credibility; it has not worked for many viewers.

But, what does it do for Coones and the Hells Angels?

The Hells Angels are a world-wide organization, with various chapters; Coones was founder of the Orange County chapter and is president of the San Fernando Valley chapter—at least, he was president as recently as August of 2011, according to OC Weekly, where he gave an interview, and talked about how he found his love of motorcycles; his long history with local police; drugs and prison; the bike built for him by Jesse James; and his business, Illusion Motorsports.

It was via Illusion Motorsports that Coones came into the mix on The Devils Ride, giving the Laffing Devils a repo job to complete and, no doubt, prove their worth as an MC. They did complete the task; did it work?

Some Huliq readers do feel that having Coones “vouch” for them by appearing on the show as he did adds to the validity of the Laffing Devils, as comments on a recent story seemed to indicate:

Anonymous:

Maybe someone should give that question to Rusty Coones. It's pretty obvious that the LDMC antics have been endorsed and approved by the local 81's.

Gene:

The guy who sent them to get the bike is a hells angel. Now all u knob slobbers will change ur comments.

Anonymous:

Well, all you have to do is google Rusty, pulls up his business and his whole life. Pretty interesting reading. He is the real deal and it appears SOA closely follows his "former" activities...

But, not everyone agreed that Coones’ participation meant a reconsideration of the Laffing Devils’ credibility:

Anonymous:

So Rusty was on tv, therefore, FAKE as well...right? If Rusty is HA then the HA has also reached a new low and must be slobbin on the laffing devils knobb as well.

Whether or not the Laffing Devils are “real” or “fake” is hard to say at this time. And, perhaps the participation of Rusty Coones, notorious Hells Angel, does confuse the issue a bit. However, in the end, it is television, “reality TV” or otherwise, and ultimately meant to entertain.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: SOA creator Kurt Sutter tweets opinion of Laffing Devils

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think him being on the show, sends the message that they under the HA wing If the Club is real or made for TV is still in question. But if Rusty says it cool, then it's cool.

Submitted by Bulldog (not verified) on
I agree

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You guys missed the total point why Rusty did what Rusty did. MONEY, PUBLICTY, MONEY, HA's dont do anything that dont benifit them. PERIOD AND FACT! They dont care about you them they or us. They only care about maikn money ANY way they can. And if Rusty has to look like a suck ass to sell more bikes he will. Because in his mind, you cant call him a suck ass! Stop. oh please stop trying to figure it all out. This is only about money. Up and down the line. No matter who goes on that show its about $$$ and you people are dumb enough to buy into it. I will bet all you losers watch Jersey Shores as well.

Submitted by WiSeNhEiMeR (not verified) on
Hey Rusty not Trusty WRITER: You reap what you SOW my man ... Just by BEING here Just by COMMENTING YOU my "dear" are admitting your complicity to the DRAMA & Bovine Defecation :-) Of course it is ALL about the $$$$$ But, then, Y R U Here ??? There ain't no MONEY in it for YOU, is there ? So YOU are just a whore for the DRAMA too Trying to put yourself ABOVE it --- just gets YOU knee DEEP in the same substance ALL of the Hate & Discontent has just convinced ME to watch a Few MORE episodes & YES --- the PLOT seems to be digressing into an OCC Sr. vs Jr. soap opera So be it --- it got both U & Me here, right KNOB Globblers (female of course) WELCOME Richmond Indiana WiSeNhEiMeR @@@@@@@

Submitted by thehideman (not verified) on
Thing makes me wonder...rusty is def. an MC'er no doubt.. but 81 is very territorial, and you never seen him in his cut. 2.. did anyone notice the Mongols cut that was at their "party" its blurred but you can tell its a mongol colors. I still go back to...the whole prez wants a FOUNDING FATHERS colors, because he thinks he is just a "puppet". No.. ant no way... he'd got told to FK off. and to walk by a FF, or retired Prez and not acknowledge them. Everyone knows in the Biker Community its about 1 thing... RESPECT... the only thing that has been remotly correct is when gypsy says he started the club and will burn it the ground... ^5. But still thinking its a $$ fict. club.. I mean really who would let them film church?

Submitted by Keith1450 (not verified) on
I agree, He's doing this for money an free publicity for his business.

Submitted by thelaststripper (not verified) on
I believe you statement is right on the money.

Submitted by psycho (not verified) on
Mr. Rusty Coones was on the show (how much the LD pay to wear a patch in Cal.? probibly more then $650). But prez of LD having a car wash and making $650 to get his chapters respect ? I'll tell the lowest prospects old lady go get me $ 650 n she'll be back in couple hrs. Next they throwing body off boat, Thats when shut off show. Everyone a NOMAD? I understand they can't put California without startinga war. But need to show real NOMADS their respect, I see that patch well.............

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Ok number one billy the prez is a strait bitch..im from pa and that dude and club would gettn eatn alive...and what they did to gypsey is total disrespect..they put nomad on their cut becouse they all bitches fuck the laghing devils....L..F...F...L 36......IF YOUR GOING TO BE A REAL CLUB CLAI. YOUR STATE YOU FUCKN FAG FUCK ALL U LAGHING DEVIL CUNTS

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Wtf really I would have done nothing different even though GIPSY stepped down he didn't step out till he got plunked out by a lil bitch that was given power by the all mighty gipsy the FOUNDER of the club to be dissed ..... Really wtf ... Bitchez

Submitted by Bubba (not verified) on
Where I come from these guys would not be ALLOWED to wear a bottom rocker at all! It just wouldnt happen without allot of bad shit going down...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
you guys are tools. if rusty said to blow each other would you do that too? rusty was asked to play a part, got paid for it, got exposure from it. it's a tv show, just because he was on it doesn't make it real. if rusty did a cameo on friends is that real? what about Seinfeld? that would be real too? you all have zero common sense no wonder it's so easy for discovery to fool people

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Just a thought a wonder what sonny barger would think of this crap.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Just a thought a wonder what sonny barger would think of this crap.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
WHILE SONNY BARGER DID APPEAR ON SONS, SONS IS NOT BILLED AS "REALITY," SONS HAS ADVISERS FROM THE HA AND SONS IS NOT CONSIDERED THE JOKE THAT LAFFING DEVILS IS BECAUSE OF THAT SIMPLE FACT! THE HA DO NOT NEED HALF ASS MADE UP FOR TV CLUBS TO DO THEIR DIRTY WORK AND IT IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THEM FOR BEING INVOLVED IN THIS SHOW BECAUSE ANYONE WHO EVER THREW A LEG OVER A HARLEY IS LAUGHING AT THIS SHOW, GEE MAYBE THE DEVILS COULD START A CHAPTER IN CHICAGO OR TEXAS AND DO "CONTRACT" WORK FOR THE OUTLAWS OR THE BANDIDOS, YES THAT IS EXACTLY HOW STUPID THAT CONCEPT WAS!?!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Just a thought a wonder what sonny barger would think of this crap.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Just a thought a wonder what sonny barger would think of this crap.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Just a thought a wonder what sonny barger would think of this crap.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Just a thought a wonder what sonny barger would think of this crap.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Just a thought a wonder what sonny barger would think of this crap.

Submitted by Laffing My Ass off! (not verified) on
Did everyone miss that???? He was on the show to promote his band (cause obviously Evan Seinfeld (bio hazard fame) can't seem to score a record deal) That's cause you suck EVAN! Stick to watch you know... marrying ragged out porn stars.

Submitted by Bigmanxxx (not verified) on
Reguardless if this is real or not, I find is VERY funny that this anonymous guy bashing Rusty (which no where or no time said that Rusty is an Angel) and the show doesn't have the stones to say who he is, could it be what would happen to him from the HA's, hmmmmm. think maybe you are afraid of the angels, maybe just a littli.......... Much respect to the Angels, can't wait to hear a REAL HA's response to all of this!

Submitted by Bubba (not verified) on
Rusty Coones' appearance on The Devils Ride is just another attempt by the HA to make the "real world" think they are a bunch of stand up guys that give stuffed animals to children at charity events. The club he represents has been proven in the past to be made up of murderers, extortionists, drug dealers, etc. The LDMC is made up of actors and wannabes. They may not sport the 1% diamond but the producers sure want us to think LDMC is a 1% club. Coones' appearance on this TV show does not make him or HA good guys, and certainly does not make LDMC legitimate.

Submitted by MD (not verified) on
If Rusty has anything to do with the Laffing Devils then they must be the real deal, cause he for sure is

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Apparently the 81 is so weak in California and Nevada that they need to contract out work. Good job Rusty for undoing what your 81 forefathers worked so hard to achieve. I hope the powers to be are takeing notice.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
They'll do whatever they please to do. They have nothing to prove to the world. Much like any proper MC not made by posers.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
These guys are real, the show has some fabrications but the Club is 100% real. And it's not a 1% club, not even close.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
REAL LOW FOR BOTH CLUBS.....REAL JOKE !

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
So there not a real mc because they dont meet your idea of a "real club"? They sure look like a real club to me.i dont like the clicks and sht they have going on but they sure as hell function following the old ways of respect,brotherhood and watching each others back oh and RIDING! Its 2012 not 1970. Theres alot of clubs out there that earned there right to exist. Because there law abiding and actually ride does not make them a fake club.

Submitted by You're all IDIO (not verified) on
Rusty is a real HAMC member! FACT! People should get or know the real info beforehand! Another FACT! All of you would jump at the 1st chance of being on tv or film so own it!

Submitted by You're all IDIO (not verified) on
Rusty is a real HAMC member! FACT! People should get or know the real info beforehand! Another FACT! All of you would jump at the 1st chance of being on tv or film so own it!

Submitted by LurioLoco (not verified) on
I tried to comment...Discovery blocked me.Too negative I suppose.

Submitted by LurioLoco (not verified) on
I tried to comment...Discovery blocked me.Too negative I suppose.

Submitted by juice (not verified) on
what convicted felon juice goes to the shooting range,,on tv,, the law would be all over his ass. 2yrs mandatory time,, guess his record is fake too.

Submitted by Keith1450 (not verified) on
I thought the same thing when I saw it, also they have the cleanest cuts I have ever seen "LOL"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It's a real club that is not a one percent club they are real people who love riding just like a lot of other clubs out there .. the thing is the show screwed them the show made them out to be a wanabe one percenter .. that's the bs I'm jot interested in I'd rather see the day to day life of a 99percnt club The producers missed the mark we watch reality tv because we want some reality not this scripted bull crap enough with the tough talk and chest pounding let's see some real life ..hey if its a member dealing with slow work or a member going through a divorce its fine with me because its real I think that's what a lot of us want to see we want to see how a 99 percent club deals with life and stuff

Submitted by No chicken head (not verified) on
Why are some people calling Rusty a legend? is this just to make him feel like a man, Rusty was busted went to jail for drugs the men that did not rat got life so where is the legend?

Submitted by God of the USA ... (not verified) on
The God of the USA hells angels is proof Rusty and all the USA hells angels are Cowards that cannot take care of their own business.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The Laffing Devils are in no way real. They are made up for TV. Look at their cuts, they are all brand new!! If Billy was the president of my MC I would quit in total embarassment, he is a chump. Just watch the made-for-men soap opera if you enjoy it but don't be fooled into thinking that any of this is real.

Submitted by ILoveTheBlackAn... (not verified) on
How cum Rusty never wears his colors? In other news, this is the gayest show on television. There is entirely too much hugging, and what's up with the red Chuck Taylors? Also far too much talk about "brotherhood this" and "brotherhood that". Is it code of some sort? Sure seems like it. Gypsy's earrings would be ripped off in a fight leaving him with two bloody lobes. Totally gay.

Submitted by thehideman (not verified) on
good point on the cuts... never noticed till u mentioned it..

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree its all fabricated.. I will be in SD this weekend with my 10 year old,s Hockey team. Do I have to get permission to have the pee wee hockey team go over and take their colors. And the fact that you people throwing around the name of a high ranking Hells Angle member is retarded. HA or not he is somebody you don't want to mess with.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I just talked to a friend of mine associated with the show, here is the truth, The Laffing Devils was a club, megar in existence, the producers approached them and basically bought the rights to the club. The show is refered to as "highly produced" which basically means, FAKE. There is a script and extras are cast and actors are paid, there is no "reality" involved. The person mentioned was given an opportunity to promote his shop in exchange for credibility to the show. Trust me, the Red and White does not need to contract out to get things done. To sum it up, the show is a farce and the only people laughing are the "Devils", all the way to the bank.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This makes sense

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
all i can say is ya ok!!! associated with the show.........then your freind should be fired for opening his fat mouth,,,,,.shit your saying should not be leaked out!!!!!

Submitted by SickBoy (not verified) on
couldnt pay me enough to be a douch bag like those supposed bikers

Submitted by SickBoy (not verified) on
couldnt pay me enough to be a douch bag like those supposed bikers

Submitted by SickBoy (not verified) on
couldnt pay me enough to be a douch bag like those supposed bikers

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
THe laughing devils all looked like a bunch of inocent little boys, when they were in the same room as Rusty Coones,

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Obviously, Awe-honor and respect are a lost concept to commentor on 05/19/2012. With or without the cameras, they were in Hostile territory and Facing an Extremely Dangerous Individule. Anyone in that situation would look and act the same , if they plan on leaving like they entered.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
True.Rusty is a badass,true 1%er.Love the Music,but ya need another frontman besides Evan.BioHazzard rocks,but they got rid of him for a reason.So should Atikka-7,imo.But,yeah,the Squeelin Pigs were afraid as Hell when they went into Rustys Shop(TV or no TV).That dude is real.so if Chuck Zito can do TV,Rusty can do a little also.He would never wear his colors on that Show,and being it was Fake beginning to end,maybe thats the reason he contracted out the "work" to those chicks.But in reality and not on TV,Rustys Bros would never do that themselfs in the first place,and would do it the exact same way but with a real 1% Club that they control,because they wouldnt have legit ties to a non 1% MC unless it was for a Charity run etc etc...So them contracting out is nothing new or unheard of in the least bit,matter of fact,its widely done that way by all true Dominant 1% MCs that have control over smaller wanna bee MCs that are looking to up there respect with others.They(Rusty n Crew) would never put thereselves in danger as far as doint that shit.It will always go to an underling.

Submitted by Slapping Devils (not verified) on
More like a phone call. "Rusty wants his bike back". "NO" "You serious man?" "Um...It'll be there by morning."

Submitted by Bubba (not verified) on
Just which 1% club does 81 "control"?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Im in a credible MC club. And I refuse to say, anything further due to respect and not to bring un needed attetion. That being said. The L D MC clud doesnt exsists anymore discovery channel bought the rights to the club when they patched over to another club. Thats why the fomer pres. Made an exit and is doing what hes doing now.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Just out of curiousity what is the former Pres doing now? Admittedly I haven't seen the second episode yet.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
ah thats why there where only a few episodes.........season finaley is tonight at 10........gipsy freaks out.......lol..wtf?!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
ah thats why there where only a few episodes.........season finaley is tonight at 10........gipsy freaks out.......lol..wtf?!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I wonder if Rusty has any clue Gipsys wife is SDPD

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
or that Gypsy is a bounty hunter....same this as a cop in my book

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
They should change their name to "The Laughable Dirt Bags Motorcycle Club" Real motorcyclists (the ones that ride more miles in a month than these dirt bags ride in a whole year) laugh at these inept, xerox copy of each other, clowns. Their best rider would soon be a distant image in the rear view mirror as he tries to keep up on his 68 horsepower HARDLY ABLESON.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
sorry but this show is..... you filll in the rest these guys dont seem like 1% to me. to fake thet treat prospects like little kids....go grab me a drink ..o yeh and i'll buy you one also and then the patch holder says thanks to the prospect...wtf. only thing left to say is support your local 81 a real club from the beging to the end.. ride hard live fast and always be ther for your bros

Submitted by Bulldog18 (not verified) on
Just cause he was on the show means absolutely nothing. Doesnt prove or Disprove the LDMC one bit. He was on SOA so are they real? Hell no, just cause he was on a "reality show" doesnt mean they are real, just means he got paid to be on a show. Now there are Myspace and Facebook pages for guys claiming to be LDMC as far back as 2006...do the math, that sounds like 5 years of existance. Could they be fake, sure, could they be real, sure could. Not all clubs are 1%ers, but these guys definitely dabble on the edge if they are real. One thing I know for sure.....Billy's a bitch!

Submitted by LD joke (not verified) on
Watched show last night LMAO. Any one that knows anything about real MC's knows this show is a joke. Example last night a patch holder stands up and tells all his brother to F off. The patch holder disrespected his brothers with civilians around then disrespects his VP and P. this wouldn't happen in REAL MC. Wait there ole ladies are going out, let's send a prospect to watch them. Ole ladie cracks bottle over photo'ogs head bottle shatters, anyone that has ever hit someone with bottle knows it doesn't shatter into 1000 pieces.(fake) gypsy walks away from club cause he's booty hurt, recruits old LD members what happens when new club starts getting a little to scary, he gonna walk again. Club jumper punk. No loyalty. Brotherhood man learn what it means.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Have met him and the photog is a good guy. This was not made up. The photog WAS injured. He ended up getting some stitches, and is pursuing legal remedy for his injuries.

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