DEAD KENNEDYS frontman Jeff Penalty has become the third vocalist to leave the band, following Jeffo Biafra and Brandon Cruz. Penalty explained,
"I thought about quitting numerous times over the past year, but I officially did so on Thanksgiving when I found out that the band had been recruiting a new singer behind my back and had even played a secret show with one at a bar in my neighbourhood."
"My sincere thanks and apologies, go out to the fans that supported my participation in the band. And Jello, you’ve been wrong about a lot of stuff, but you were certainly right about not trusting those guys…"
Ron ‘Skip’ Greer, former singer of East Bay pop punks The Wynona Riders, has joined the Dead Kennedys as touring vocalist.
The Dead Kennedys have also announced a London date at the Camden Electric Ballroom on Wednesday 28th May.
X-RAY SPEX will reform on September 6th to play London’s Camden Roundhouse. The line-up will include original members Poly Styrene (vocals) and Paul Dean (bass). The gig is almost sold out so get your tickets quick!
Look out for a Vive Le Punk interview with Polly Styrene in coming months!
A new DVD of THE CLASH is out in April. ‘THE CLASH LIVE: REVOLUTION ROCK’ DVD is a tribute to the seminal band’s incredible live shows and follows the band as their gig develop, including footage from all stages of their career – from 1979 studio clips to gigs in cubs (London’s The Music Machine 1978), theatres (The Lyceum 1978, 1980) and climaxing with their legendary performance at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1982. It also includes rare footage of the band’s performance on various TV shows.
The US rockabilly legends THE STRAY CATS are bowing out with a huge European tour. They’re starting in Spain in August before heading to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Belgium before hitting the UK on 10th September. The UK dates are as follows:
September 10 – London Brixton Academy 11 – Manchester Academy 12 – Glasgow Academy 14 – Dublin Vicar Street
THE SEX PISTOLS and THE POLICE are headlining Saturday 14th June and Sunday 15th respectively of the ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL. Unfortunately Friday 13th’s headliner is Kaiser Chiefs, certainly unlucky for Vive Le Punk readers.
IGGY AND THE STOOGES will also play on the Saturday.
The Killing Joke original line-up has reunited for the first time in almost twenty years for a world tour and will hit the UK in October 2nd and 3rd for two shows at London’s Kentish Town Forum. On the first night they will play their first two albums (1980’s self-titled album and 1981’s ‘What’s This… For!’) and on the second night they will play 1994’s ‘Pandemonium’ album and the Island Records singles from 1979-80.