Attention, old-school punk rock fans: SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, THE GERMS, THE DEAD KENNEDYS, MARKY RAMONE and FLIPPER will join forces at the legendary Grand Olympic Auditorium as the "Waking the Dead" show on Saturday, October 29. Doors are at 5:30 p.m.
In an unprecedented move, these punk rock luminaries will share a stage in a bona fide old school show at a venue that is known for holding the best damn punk rock shows in Los Angeles back in the day.
None but the DEAD KENNEDYS have played live in years. Co-headliner SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, the premiere skate punk band, have only played in L.A. for the "Lords of Dogtown" movie premiere in the past five years. Formed in Venice, CA during the early '80s, the group's leader from the beginning was outspoken vocalist Mike Muir. The outfit specialized in vicious hardcore early on — building a huge following among skateboarders, lending a major hand in the creation of skate punk.
The other co-headlining act, THE GERMS, broke up 25 years ago after the death of its singer, Darby Crash. GERMS guitar player Pat Smear is also known for playing with NIRVANA for their "unplugged" work, and later with the FOO FIGHTERS. Actor Shane West ("E.R."), who is playing Darby Crash in the upcoming feature film about THE GERMS, will sing with the original GERMS that night. West will be living a dream come true. He has previously played in several punk rock bands, and will now actually front the band he’s idolized.
The DEAD KENNEDYS are icons of punk rock. Hailing from San Francisco, they commanded the world of punk rock in the late '70s/early 80s as a politically important and influential force. Representing the East Coast, the last remaining original Ramone, Marky, will play a set comprised of RAMONES songs with his band. Opening the show will be San Francisco-based FLIPPER, who has only played two shows in the past ten years, both benefits for iconoclastic New York punk rock club CBGB.
The legendary Grand Olympic Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles housed most of the higher quality punk rock shows to come through town in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. Not many shows are done there anymore. And, since it has recently been purchased by a Korean church group, it is doubtful there will be many — if any — more punk rock shows held there after this.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at $26.00 each.