September 29, 2005

GERMS. NO BACKS or "I GOT A 45 GRAVE SINGLE FOR MY 17th BIRTHDAY, AND THE RECORD WAS OLDER THAN I WAS."

Um, ok I do not know why they are not calling this by it's real name: Antiques Roadshow (aka Old French Punx Paying Don Bolles Rent in 2006) Take the old stuff out, see how much it's still worth. "The chemistry was so undeniable that they decided on the spot that it was finally time to perform GERMS shows for the generations that never got the chance to experience the band in its heyday--even though they had all said it would never happen"-- hey, man, we're not mercenaries, we're just noble-ly fucking a corpse in public.

Soon, perhaps bouyed by the potential success of a full-US Germs tour, someone could consider a worthwhile idea like, I dunno, Black Randy and The Metrosquad re-uniting, fronted by Spencer Moody. Or The Urinals, or The Bags, or Rhino 39, or the Weirdos, for effs sake. Though, it being California and all, it'd just be like, the last living member, backed by members of Lagwagon. When I am 43, it it going to be Unwound reunions with Emilys Sassy Lime opening? If Bright Eyes is our Dylan, is he going to be touring casinos hard 37 years from now, Hold Steady opening, grizzled but still-genius, like N Young/Crazy Horse? Or will Conor Oberst be our indie Elvis, fat, old, woozy, rumpusing around the stage in a cowboy hat about some dude that was our present 22 years ago, and some woman that was his girlfriend 17 years ago? Anyhow, to the point:


L.A. PUNK PIONEERS THE GERMS REUNITE WITH NEW SINGER FOR TOUR TO COMMEMORATE 25-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BAND’S FINAL SHOW; LOS ANGELES PERFORMANCE AT LEGENDARY GRAND OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM SET FOR OCTOBER 29

Gossip has hit the street and for once it is true!


THE GERMS--PAT SMEAR, LORNA DOOM, and DON BOLLES--will be performing live for the first time since December 3, 1980 to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the band’s final show.

For their first live performance, THE GERMS will join Suicidal Tendencies, The Dead Kennedys, Marky Ramone and Flipper at the legendary Grand Olympic Auditorium for the “Waking the Dead” show on Saturday, October 29. In an unprecedented move, these punk rock luminaries will share a stage in a bona fide old school show at a venue known for holding the best punk rock shows in Los Angeles back in the day.

Actor, musician and star of popular television series E.R., SHANE WEST will be the frontman for the newly reformed and otherwise all original GERMS. This unlikely teaming was spawned from one those so-crazy-that-it-works scenarios:

It all started when WEST was cast in the role of late and legendary punk icon Darby Crash in the upcoming GERMS biopic What We Do Is Secret. Original GERMS members PAT SMEAR, LORNA DOOM, and DON BOLLES were consultants on the film, and at the wrap party THE GERMS performed with SHANE at the mic. Those in attendance were blown away--not only by the insane punk rock apocalypse that still happens when PAT, DON and LORNA play those songs together 25 years after the ball, but also by SHANE’s intense performance and uncanny similarities to original GERMS singer Darby Crash.

The chemistry was so undeniable that they decided on the spot that it was finally time to perform GERMS shows for the generations that never got the chance to experience the band in its heyday--even though they had all said it would never happen.

Now, THE GERMS’ line-up is: Original members PAT SMEAR (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) on guitar; LORNA DOOM on bass; and DON BOLLES (45 Grave, Celebrity Skin) on drums; and new addition SHANE WEST on vocals.

THE GERMS are one of the earliest pioneers of L.A. punk rock, and the accidental inventors of hardcore. Trouser Press describes the band’s lone proper studio album, 1979’s (GI), as “A revelation, a kinetic outburst of brute punk force…a manic punk locomotive speeding along with Damned intensity…the songs go by in a breathless rush, fueled by Pat Smear’s staccato fuzz guitar…A key album in the development of American hardcore.”

In a 4 ? star (out of five) review, All Music Guide says, “A blast of self-lacerating L.A. punk in its original glory, (GI) is simply classic; a commanding, rampaging sneer at everyone and everything infused with a particular, disturbed vision.”


These are the first Germs shows in 25 years so now you too can...CATCH THE
GERMS!

Watch for U.S and European tours coming soon!

Posted by Jessica at September 29, 2005 03:14 PM | TrackBack