Dead Kennedys, Marquee Theatre, 9/22/12

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Photos by Melissa Fossum
Dead Kennedys perform at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.

Dead Kennedys @ Marquee Theatre | Saturday, September 22, 2012
For those not fully versed in the ins and outs of punk rock history, allow me to bring you up to speed: Officially, the iconic punk band known as Dead Kennedys perished back in 1986 due to in-fighting and the drama surrounding the controversial Frankenchrist obscenity trial.

I state this fact because the abomination that crept onstage at Marquee Theatre last night was not, and will never be, the true Dead Kennedys. Period. Its members may have looked and sounded like East Bay Ray, Klaus Fluoride, and DH Peligro, but without original vocalist Jello Biafra in the mix, it ain't the same band who personified early '80s punk and influenced thousands of punkers and hardcore kids worldwide.


See also: Dead Kennedys Are Coming to Tempe (Sans Jello)
See also: Concert Review -- Jello Biafra at the Clubhouse Music Venue
See also: DK Kennedys -- The same old punks, minus Jello Biafra, plus Brandon Cruz


East Bay Ray

You can call them the DK Kennedys (the moniker used by the band after their revival in the early Aughts) or the "world's greediest karaoke band" (a title coined by Biafra), but three-quarters of the original lineup and some dummy they've recruited to sing, which is currently Ron "Skip" Greer of The Winona Ryders fame, does not the Dead Kennedys make.

And believe me, Greer seems quite the fool. Like the other would-be Biafras that East Bay and company have sewn onto the corpse of DK over the last decade (including weirdo musician Jeff Penalty and former child star Brandon Cruz), the spasmodic singer thrashed about the stage, becoming a hyperactive, bug-eyed tornado who attempted to one-up Jello's epic stage antics during the band's heyday, but was nowhere near as captivating.

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Ron "Skip" Greer

Heck, an actual bowl of Jell-O would've been more enthralling than Greer's weak-ass performance. His vocals were both undermixed (and were hard to hear and times) while his clowning was over done. Greer's timing was also way off, the between song blatherings were pathetic and eye-roll-inducing, and his annoying high-pitched caterwaulings often matched Wall of Voodoo vocalist Stan Ridgway in terms of annoyance.

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Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

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iFX64
iFX64

I saw Jello Biafra and the GSoM a few weeks ago at the Cooly hotel on the Gold Coast, QLD, Australia... and I have to say it was the best show EVER!

Reminded me so much of the 1984 DKs live video... with people from the crowd jumping up on stage and dancing around Jello, with people constantly stage diving and Jello diving into the crowd about 5 times through the night - Mayhem, people going in every direction, it was awesome! :) felt like I was 18 again... great crowd, great band, and Jello - amazing! I couldn't believe, even though he's put on some weight as well as the years ;) He still sounds the same, acts the same, rants the same... Man I'd go and see them every week if I could.

They played Kill the Poor, California Uber Alles was the best... as was Holiday in Cambodia, Nazi Punks, Chemical Warfare... they were all GREAT! and yeah, loving the new stuff too.

Hluska
Hluska

@jasondfedorchuk @tirial I love and worship Jello Biafra, but East Bay Ray and Klaus Fluoride are legends....

Hluska
Hluska

@jasondfedorchuk @tirial I hate everything about that project, but honestly, I'd likely go and see them...

sbonneviIle
sbonneviIle

@jasondfedorchuk They should open for the Mike Love imposter-Beach Boys.

Tirial
Tirial

@jasondfedorchuk @hluska Really? Really?!?!?! That's like The Police without Sting in the lineup.

DottyPG
DottyPG

@phoenixnewtimes so true. I was working and it was depressing for me to see. Reminded me of working the "misfits" with Jerry only. Sad.

davebrook
davebrook

@PHXmusicdotcom I couldn’t agree more!

Westley Allen
Westley Allen

Agent Orange opened with "Police Truck" last night.....

Tirial
Tirial

@Hluska @jasondfedorchuk I stand by my analogy. The Police isn't Sting, Andy and Stewart are vital pieces, but Sting is viable alone.

jasondfedorchuk
jasondfedorchuk

@Tirial @Hluska That was the gist of the review. Without Jello, it’s like a cover band, but somehow…worse, given usual DK subject matter.

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