Charlie ‘Chalo’ Quintana has announced he is leaving SOCIAL DISTORTION. Filling his space on the drum stool will be Atom Willard, who has played with the likes of Rocket From The Crypt, The Offspring and Angels & Airwaves over the years.

Social D stated,

"After ten amazing years behind the drum kit for Social Distortion, Charlie “Chalo” Quintana has announced he’s moving on to explore other musical opportunities. Charlie had this to say about his departure, “Playing with Social D for ten years was a good time in my life. I was lucky to play on two Social D records and the second solo album, and I am proud to have been part of the band. We hit some spectacular heights which I will never forget – adios amigos!"


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THE CIRCLE JERKS are set to record a new album in June, despite Greg Hetson dismissing the idea of a new record just last year. Recently he announced,

"We have been working hard with Producer Dimitri Coats from the Burning Brides and are close to our goal of recording in June. We are all excited and think we have a classic sounding record that you will all enjoy. .Check out his band too…they rock!"

This will be the first new album from the Circle Jerks since 1995’s ‘Oddities, Abnormalities, and Curiosities’.


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The first Vive Le Punk festival is on this Sunday at Leamington Spa, The Assembley. Anti Nowhere League, the Members, UK Subs, The Lurkers , 999 , Varukers, Vice Squad and Section 13 all paly from 3pm till 11pm. Ticket info call the box office 01926 523001

See you there!!!!

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The New York Doll and Heartbreaker Johnny Thunders died 18 years ago on Thursday in a New Orleans hotel room. Altho passed off by the authorities at the time as drug-related, the cause of death has never been satisfactorily established. A pioneer of punk rock guitar, Thunders oozed both style and attitude, and was a life-changing performer if you could catch him on a good night. Rest easy, Johnny.

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Madness are joined by the Pogues , the Aggrolites and many more in Londons Victoria park on July 17th for their annual Madstock festival. More details at

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 ON 18 MAY 2009

FremantleMedia Enterprises are set to release SIOUXSIE FINALE: THE LAST MANTARAY AND MORE SHOW on DVD on 18 May 2009.

SIOUXSIE “FINALE” was the last show of the Mantaray and More Tour which took place on 29 September 2008 at London’s legendary KOKO club. (Siouxsie played the venue when it was the Music Machine several times between 1977 and 1980). The DVD features the entire concert performance, clocking in at just under two hours, from one of the UK’s most pioneering and iconic musicians : Siouxsie Sioux.

Resplendent with some wonderful costumes and costume changes the show features a great mix of Siouxsie’s new solo songs plus a selection of classics from her mind blowing 30 year career, a truly electrifying and striking performance, this DVD is a true must-see for any Siouxsie fan! The DVD also features an exclusive 30min interview between Siouxsie and artistic director Harvey Bertram-Brown.

The concert kicks off with ’They Follow You’ from her critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘Mantaray’, with Siouxsie glimmering on stage in a silver shroud, before moving into ‘About To Happen’, a guitar riff-tastic stomper also off ‘Mantaray’ The set then twists and turns through Siouxsie’s classics new and old such as ‘Hong Kong Garden’, ‘Here Comes That Day’, ‘Christine’, ‘Happy House”, ‘Into A Swan’, Spellbound’ and ‘Dear Prudence’, in there are also new covers only done on the tour of the The Doors’ ‘Hello I Love You’ and Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’. The concert climaxes with exhilarating performance of ‘Swansway/Reprise’, complete with a dramatic with a black-feathered headdress. Gold and silver catsuits, parasols and tutus are just a few of the moments that enhance this special performance and truly reflect the style and vision that has led to Siouxsie being one of Britain’s foremost performers with a three-decade spanning career.

One of the most influential British females of the rock era, Siouxsie Sioux’s career started with a live performance at the first ever Punk Festival at London’s 100 Club in 1976, she then appeared on the infamous Bill Grundy TV show with the Sex Pistols. Her first single in 1978 with the Banshees, ‘Hong Kong Garden’ immediately went into the UK Top 10. In total Siouxsie has released an astounding 16 studio albums and 41 singles in the UK alone (including 21 top 40 singles), and enjoyed chart success all over the world with the Banshees and as The Creatures before deciding in 2006 to record her first solo album.

Since the Banshee’s split in 1996 Siouxsie has also collaborated with Angelo Badalamenti on the film ‘Edge of Love’, Suede, Morrissey, John Cale, and recently with Basement Jaxx for the track ‘Cish Cash’ featured on the DVD. Her first solo album, ‘Mantaray’, was released in September 2007. Many outstanding artists such as Jeff Buckley, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Massive Attack and Tricky have covered or sampled her work.

SIOUXSIE FINALE: THE LAST MANTARAY AND MORE SHOW is released on 18 May 2009 on FremantleMedia Enterprises


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Rat Scabies joins in on Damned cover

 US BAND EAGLES OF DEATH METAL were joined onstage in London by ‘s drummer Rat Scabies last night (April 8) as they tackled a classic by the punk outfit.

The drummer made a guest appearance at the HMV London Forum on the last night of the band’s UK tour – playing on a cover of his band’s 1976 debut single ‘New Rose’, widely considered to be the UK’s first punk release.

Introducing Scabies, frontman Jesse ‘The Devil’ Hughes said: "One thing I love about playing in London is you can play with your friends too. Everybody, Rat Scabies."

The track was one of a series of covers featured in the set, along with Stealers Wheel‘s ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’, which famously featured in Quentin Tarantino‘s 1972 film ‘Reservoir Dogs’, as well as   THE ROLLING STONES1971 classic ‘Brown Sugar’,

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EL DUCE died April 19th 1997 , hit by a train while drunk.


El Duce was best known as the drummer and lead singer of the rock group The Mentors. He rose to national prominence in 1985 as a result of the U.S. Senate ( P.M.R.C. ) hearings regarding "obscene lyrics" in rock music, which named publicly the Mentors as the worst exponent of such lyrics in music. In addition to his musical career El Duce also was employed frequently as a bit player or extra in many motion picture, music video, and television productions. His comic visage and friendly manner made him a show business natural. In January 1997 El Duce had appeared on the Jerry Springer Show in a show devoted to Shock Rock, and in the National Enquirer and other tabloids domestically and internationally regarding his claim that he was approached by Courtney Love to kill Kurt Cobain. The last musical performance by El Duce was given on Friday, April 18th, at Al’s Bar in Downtown Los Angeles.

*Vive Le Punk does not condone any of this guys views.


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Tom Waits releases an exclusive ltd edition 7” single through Anti- Records on 18th April in support of ‘Record Store Day’. Waits, a firm believer in the importance of the independent record shop, had this to say; “The record store is the livery stable where I can tie up, feed and groom my ears.” Recorded during last summer’s critically acclaimed “Glitter & Doom” tour, the single features “Lucinda/Ain’t Goin’ Down to the Well” (recorded at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA) and “Bottom of the World” (recorded at the Edinburgh Playhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland) on the flipside.




‘Record Store Day’ is a celebration of the independent record shop. The event, which was launched in 2008, has now become an annual fixture involving 1000’s of independent record shops and musicians across the world. Supported by artists such as Jack White, Paul McCartney, Metallica and many others, the occasion features exclusive CD and vinyl releases, instore appearances and promotional products created especially for the event.




Waits, who is currently working on material for a new album, drew rave reviews during his European tour last year. The Guardian had this to say of his Edinburgh show; “Waits is an utterly magnetic performer…it seems less like you’ve bought a ticket to a concert than to a different world.” The Times concurred; “Waits wove a spell as intricate and engaging as that of any performer I can remember seeing on a musical stage,” whilst the Daily Telegraph declared; “For a couple of hours every night on the Glitter and Doom tour, with Waits as lightning conductor, whipping up the band, stirring up his demons and roaring up a storm, he puts on what is, quite simply, the greatest show on earth.”



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List all your gigs on for FREE. its easy-just check out the ‘List Your Gig’ section  on the left hand side of the sight-it allows to include an address-and will automatically include a map. Tell 10,000 rockers amonth about your gigs now!!!!! 

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To celebrate 30 year anniversary of the release and chart success of ‘ Two Pints of Lager’ (June 1980) and ‘Two little boys’ (Sept 1980) Splodgenessabounds will be touring the uk in the run up to the release of ‘ Tommy the christmas Tree’ , we plan to make Tommy this 2009s truly alternative christmas hit.  We have support from all areas of the industry with this and it should attract good media attention.

It is almost impossible to know how to begin describing the almost legendary Max Splodge and his exploits of the last 30 years.  He is a much loved and successful artist, famous not only for his talent, but also for his wild, weird and wonderful pranks and comic genius.
He is first and foremost a musician, having played in bands and solo worldwide in places as varied as the US, the UK and Europe as well as both the Czech and Slovak republics.
He has had two top ten hits with the self penned and universally known “Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps” and his own anthemic version of the Rolf Harris classic “Two Little Boys” as well as playing with punk legends the Angelic Upstarts for nearly 20 years.
He has written for and performed on television, radio and in the theatre and is also renowned for his stand up comedy routines and punk bingo sessions.
Max still performs regularly both solo and with his band Splodgenessabounds as well as touring every year with acclaimed Ska band Bad Manners.  He is in great demand in both pubs and clubs as well as on the festival circuit and never fails to please any crowd, large or small.
Booking contact – Sarah Pink
Simon Templer / 2 Pints Of Lager – Deram 1980
2 Little Boys – Deram 1980
Bicycle Seat – Max Splodge Solo – Deram 1980
Splodgenessabounds (The Album) – Deram 1981
Cowpunk Medlum Ep – Deram 1982
Mouth And Trousers – Razor 1982
In Search Of The 7 Golden Gussetts – Razor 1982
Delilah –  Max & Gal, The Brothers Gonad – Razor 1982
We Are The Fayber Brothers – Rca 1985
Live And Loud – Link 1986
Nightmare On Rude Street – Receiver 1990
I Don’t Know – Captain Oi 2000
The Artful Splodger 2001 – Captain Oi 2001
No Offence (with John Otway) – 2008


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There is a little less than 4 weeks until Mutiny Fest- the Pirates punk festival that will moor at the Spa, Bridlington on MAY 16TH. Sponsored by Big Cheese magazine , the lineup features Stiff Little Fingers, Neville Staple, UK Subs, Anti Nowhere League, Goldblade, Strawberry Blondes , Middle Finger Salute, Sonic Boom Six and more! Its for the Sophie Lancaster charity so get your tockets now at

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Punk icon JOHN LYDON used to sell drugs at HAWKWIND concerts.
Former band member Lemmy, who now fronts hard rockers Motorhead, didn’t have a clue who the Sex Pistols star was when he confronted him at a punk gig in 1977.
Lemmy tells Spin magazine, "I was standing at the bar, and this bush behind me said, ‘I used to sell acid at all-night shows…’ and I turned round and it was Johnny Rotten.
"I remembered him – he used to have long hair, with pockets full of drugs."



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Legendary weirdos Devo jet into Londond Forum on May 6th and will play their debut album’Q-Are we not men? A-We are Devo in its entirety! They are also playing All Tomorrows Parties festival. 1, 2 ,3 Mongoloid, he was a Mongoloid……. 

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Remember its less than 2 weeks to the first Vive Le Punk festival on April 26th at Leamington Spa -the Assembley . It runs from 3pm till 11pm and bands are-ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, UK SUBS, THE MEMBERS, 999 THE LURKERS, VICE SQUAD, THE VARUKERS AND SECTION 13. Tickets from or call 01926 523 001

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The greatest bubblegum punk rock singer ever, Joey Ramone passed away on April 15th exactly 8 years ago tomorrow. Joey-along with his brudders, Dee De and Johnny will always be mised by Vive Le Punk and everyone in the punk world! Hey Lets go!!!!!!!

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DOLLS R 100!

Following the announcement of the highly anticipated Todd Rundgren produced new studio album ‘Cause I Sez So’, released in the UK on Monday 4th May, the New York Dolls have announced a rare London concert at the legendary historic punk venue, The 100 Club on Thursday 14th May.

Tickets for the 100 Club show, which will accommodate an audience of 400, go on sale Tuesday 7th April at 9am.  Tickets, priced at £20.00, will be available on a first come, first serve basis and can be ordered from and 08700 603 777.

Read the full concert announcement here –

The 100 Club has promoted live music on the same premises since 1942. Originally a restaurant called Mack’s, the venue has gone on to become one of the most historical concert venues in Europe.  The venue’s heritage is legendary and has seen performances from acts as diverse as the Sex Pistols, Muddy Waters, the Rolling Stones and the White Stripes. 

In 1976 the 100 Club was host to the first ever Punk festival. Seen for the first time in London, on the 100 Club stage were the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, Siouxsie & the Banshees the Buzzcocks the Vibrators and Subway Sect. 

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 PENNYWISE FAMILY SUFFERS LOSS    KRISTIAN DRAGGE, BROTHER OF FLETCHER DRAGGE, PASSED AWAY LAST WEEKEND    April 10, 2009— Sadly, the Pennywise family has suffered another loss. On Sunday, April 5, 2009, Kristian Dragge, little brother of Pennywise lead guitarist Fletcher Dragge, tragically passed away at the young age of 39. He left behind his fiancée, Cindy Linn Groeneweg, and their 1-month old baby girl, Avery Nycole Dragge, as well as his mother Karen Dragge.    The following is from older brother Fletcher Dragge:    My brother Kristian has been a member of the South Bay punk rock scene since 1980 and was at one time the guitar player in the infamous Smut Peddlers. He was a legend in the punk rock community and was well know for his hell-raising antics, along with his fierce loyalty to friends and family. He will be greatly missed by everyone. He has been a huge part of the Pennywise family since Day One.    I remember him helping me hang the carpet to soundproof the garage that we formed Pennywise in. I also remember him lugging our equipment from gig to gig, starting mosh pits, as well as the fight he got into the very first time Pennywise ever played live.  It was a backyard party in Redondo Beach.  It was about four songs into the set when he was jumped by three guys. We all stopped playing, dropped our guitars and jumped in to help him, just like he would have done for any of us. That’s what Pennywise has always been about, taking care of family. That’s why we are setting up a trust fund for his month old baby girl Avery Nycole, in order to assure that she has everything she’ll ever need growing up.    Any donations at this time would be greatly appreciated. There is no amount too small, anything will help. Thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love and support in this time of need, it has been overwhelming.    KRISTIAN YOU WILL BE FOREVER MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN R.I.P.    Love your brother Fletcher.....Jim, Byron, and Randy.    The charity on behalf of Avery Nycole Dragge will be set up shortly in her name. More details to come.    
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