Dead Kennedys @ HOB in LA January 28th
Submitted on 2/18/06
Sorry to say, I can't let it go. I write
because I care. It was a $22.50 bet I made to the band in good faith.....
being a lifelong fan, having seen DK back in the day, true lover of
all the catalogue, (original Fresh Fruit on
white vinyl release, carved
their name in my arm, had the swastica Nazi Punks Fuck Off armband taken
from me by my eighth grade English teacher, etc...) I go way back as a
gotta say, unfortunately, the audience witnessed a shell of a band. Sure,
there are a lot of expectations and the
band was generally well received.
However, with false starts, wrong words, missed cues, sloppiness and a
of a front-man, I found it woefully apparent that the band was about
is evident what energy, captivation and overall power a creative activist
front-man brings to the table and inspires
After seeing the "Jelvins" recently at the Ford Theater,
I whole heartedley
looked forward to seeing DK. I am a non-descriminate fan, who finds himself
in the middle like a child during a divorce. I was pleased to
purchase the re-issues and the newest DVDs. I applaud
the efforts of DK to
continue doing what they do. But, after seeing DK, I began to wonder why?
new flock of punks are enjoying the 'old school' and it's novel for them
to be able to see the band. But, Who is
this vocalist and how is it that he
is fronting such a band? Shame. "We are just a band and can't change the
or "we've been sleeping for awhile, but we're back!", his rantings.
Dead Kennedys have already changed the world. If only to be part of the
American conciousness, shinning a light
on "the dark shattered underbelly of
the American Dream". Their influence has never gone away.
"message" I suppose is still there and it's better than doing nothing at
all. But the band has lost the flavor
and the righteousness that I knew the
band to stand for. It seems like they are resting on their catalogue,
uninspired performances and coming around to get the paycheck. I
had to see it to believe it and would not except
it any other way.
...I didn't feel like I won that bet or that it
was a "win - win" situation.
I challenge DK to work on new material
or even release an instrumental
record. A tour would even be fun without a singer and make it a sing along.
Of course, as a fan, we'd all love a reunited band with new songs and a
following than ever. I love the music and the creative force behind
well things crumble to an end. Hell we all die in the end."
sum is greater than the parts.
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