DEAD KENNEDYS AND WHY HALF MY FRIENDS DIDN’T GO

Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

It was sweaty, rampageous and slightly deranged as expected from these punk rock legends.

Quite predictable as well. Not necessarily in a bad way that is. It’s a formula, you follow it, you get your kudos -or not, and you make it through another show.

Stigma and Gulag opened the show, warming up the crowd. Ah, the crowd: Ex- mohawk devotees rubbing shoulders with the new generation of rebels. Making amends for all the nine-to-five wasted times.

The band, tireless powered through the show like there’s not tomorrow.  Ron ‘Skip’ Greer strolled around the stage with an exaggerated swagger as per usual while jumping down and crawling up the stage to keep up the constant physical interaction with the fans.

He lectured us on football and how we are doing it wrong by kicking around the ball in our underwear apparently, on politics, the current state of Greece and well, on the fact that we are evidently too old for pop punk.

As long as we are not too drunk to f*ck we’re good if you ask me, Ron.

H. Peligro felt the need to give a mini speech about how racism sucks. And then Ron shared his doctor’s diagnosis that he shouldn’t be performing but he is anyways. We are happy that you do Ron, as long as you are safe that is, and I’m sure that the rest of the world where you gave the exact same speech is more than happy to watch you perform as well.

 

Technically speaking, some pointed out that they were slightly out of tune but that is something for the musically educated ears to detect, I’m not gonna have a say and frankly I don’t really care.

Unlike the much-romanticized heavy-metal scene I like my punk rock raw, unrefined and as disordered as it can get.

It was a good show, I would go again to watch them cover Taylor Swifts ‘Shake it Off’ and Elvis Presley’s ‘Viva Las Vegas’ along with a few seconds of  “Sweet Home Alabama”.

 

So, why did half of my friends refused to go?

In one word: Politics. Man is a political animal (thank you Aristotle) and some people could not shake off the idea that the Dead Kennedys after all these years of anti-Nazi, anti-war, pro-resistance manifestos are performing in Israel. To them that was a sign of disrespect and impertinence. Respectfully so. If you feel that you are going to make a statement this way, do your thing.

 

The absence of Jello was a factor as well.

No band is the same without its original members but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not going to be equally good. Everything changes. Evolution is inevitable. To me the sole fact that deserves attention here is that people are still into music and unite through that, despite being or not being too old to pop-punk-rock.

Until the next one,

Chelf.

29 thoughts on “DEAD KENNEDYS AND WHY HALF MY FRIENDS DIDN’T GO

  1. Halan S. says:

    Punks are definitely not dead, these guys keep the scene alive politics or not. Great review thanks for sharing!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you for stopping by Halan!

  2. Simon says:

    Biafra cannot be replaced but like you said does not mean they cannot be equally good. Right?

  3. Aeerin Jones says:

    I wanted to catch their show on the Uk but didnt make it. They give they same speech every time ha? Glad you went to the show to report back Chelf. Good to see that you always speak your mind.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      You know it Aeerin !

  4. Sounds like a great gig – I’ve never seen them live but I’d love to! Brilliant photos too!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you! Glad you liked the pictures, we had very limited time to take the shots I’m just happy I ended up with plenty of material to work with.

  5. Vox says:

    Great photos! If your friends missed it, it sounds like they missed out on a real treat! A band of that lore is probably not going to perform often and it was great that you got a chance to see them. ?

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Well, no, actually I was sending them pictures and videos the whole time so that they wouldn’t feel like they are missing out. Now that I think about it I kind of missed it so that they wouldn’t 😉

  6. Jimmy says:

    Politics? I have a lot to say. To much to elaborate here. May I pm you?

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Sure. Use the contact form here or just pm me on messenger. I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.

  7. I’ve never heard of this band before, but I am a country music fan, so very different. Even if half of your friends didn’t want to go, at least you went and it looks like you had fun! I get it that political reasons could keep them away, but you also have to enjoy yourself.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      true that!

  8. Marjie Mare says:

    I can feel the energy just by looking at your amazing pictures.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Aw, thank you Marjie! Good to see you on the Chelfdom again!

  9. I don’t know enough about the band to understand why it would be a problem for them to be performing in Israel, especially if they’ve always been anti-Nazi. As a Jew, I’m not sure I want to get into this discussion.

  10. I’ve never heard of this band before. My music taste is pretty eclectic so I may look into them. It’s sad that your friends didn’t want to go but hey, it was their loss. Hopefully you got to enjoy yourself, from the images it looks like the atmosphere was very energetic!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Not a chance. Not a chance you never heard of the Dead Kennedys Gabbie. I’m in denial!

  11. I haven’t heard of this band in a long time. I do think reunion type tours do seem odd when the original members aren’t all there.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      most people would agree with you Rachel. As a part of my job I’m always curious to see the bands either way and frankly I try to be as objective as possible!

  12. Looks like you had a top time. Not been to see a band in agessss…shame some of your friends did not want to go too x

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I hope I got you in the mood to go to a gig this week Melanie

  13. I think it’s good when bands are political and help bring about change. Shame your friends didn’t want to go, but glad you had fun!

  14. Tereka McCollum says:

    I know nothing about Punk, but it does seem like a good time was had. Politics can ruin the mood for many. Oh well.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      It definitely did not ruin my mood, I had a blast and I would go again 😉

  15. I love your very unique description of the show…sounds great. I tend to avoid celebrities that get overly political all the time…if they are just gonna sing or act or play ball, I’m cool…if they are gonna lecture, no thanks!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Holly! You kind of expect these lectures from certain bands like the Dead Kennedys or Sacred Reich. It would not be the same without a mini scripted lecture 😉

  16. Kayla says:

    Sounds like an amazing gig!!

  17. I love your photos, they really capture the moment and energy of the show… I love live music and I’m not sure if politics would pull me away from going to a concert… but we all have our stances on things and it’s good to practice what we preach/believe in…

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