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Classic Punk Rockumentary ‘D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage’ To Hit Theaters and Blu-ray

Classic Punk Rockumentary ‘D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage’ To Hit Theaters and Blu-ray

D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage is the ground-breaking classic rockumentary about the origin of punk rock. The film will be coming to select theaters in mid-November, and will also be available in a collector’s edition Blu-ray + DVD package.

“High Times is pleased to finally uncover and restore this extraordinary, vintage film – D.O.A.,” said High Times owner and CEO Adam Levin.

The vision for the film can be attributed to two people: Tom Forcade (the founder of High Times magazine) and filmmaker Lech Kowalski (East of Paradise). The production centered around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the US, which ended with the group breaking up. Forcade and Kowalski followed the band with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars during their seven-city U.S. tour.

Mixing this with footage of other contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals and punks of all shapes and colors, the film makers captured a grainy, stained snapshot of the punk movement at its peak (which includes the now famous footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in bed) along with rare interview and concert footage of the late seventies punk rock music scene.

As John Holmstrom, Founding Editor of PUNK Magazine, writes in his liner notes:
“D.O.A., the original 1950 film noir and A Rite of Passage’s namesake, was about a dead man walking who wanted to get revenge on his killers. This aptly describes D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage, which was made by a man who killed himself a few months later, who wanted to get revenge on his tormentors: corporate and government control of rock music and youth culture.”

For Holmstrom’s complete story, go HERE.

With live performances by the Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, the X-Ray Spex, and Sham 69, along with additional music from The Clash, Iggy Pop, this iconic documentary is now available for the first time ever on disc!

Screenings:
11/15-11/16 – Phoenix, AZ – FilmBar
11/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hollywood Theater
11/17 – Dallas, TX – Texas Theater
11/21 – Baltimore, MD – Parkway Theater
11/29 – Iowa City, IA – FilmScene
12/1 + 12/3 – Boston, MA – Brattle (Cambridge, MA)
12/4 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theater
12/11 – Nashville, TN – Belcourt
12/18 – Maitland, FL – Enzian
1/3 – Yonkers, NY – Alamo Drafthouse
1/12 – Tulsa, OK – Circle Cinema
1/12-1/14 – Seattle, WA – Northwest Film Forum
1/15 – San Francisco, CA – Alamo Drafthouse
1/15 – Denver, CO – Alamo Sloans Lake
1/18 – Louisville, KY – Speed Museum

Bonus Materials:
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature
– Original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– 12 page booklet with liner notes written by John Holmstrom, founding editor of PUNK Magazine
– ‘Dead On Arrival: The Punk Documentary That Almost Never Was’ – A feature length documentary about the making of D.O.A. A Rite of Passage produced by award-winning filmmaker (and former MTV Senior Producer) Richard Schenkman (HD)
– Reversible artwork
– 2-Sided Poster included
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Limited Edition Retro ‘Video Store Style’ Slipcover / O-Card (First Pressing Only)
– Rare Sex Pistols photo gallery

Pre-order at MVDshop.com

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Abramorama Rolls Out National Theatrical Tour For ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’

Abramorama Rolls Out National Theatrical Tour For ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’

Green Day – Photo by Murray Bowles

Abramorama will kick off the national film tour of TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK with a week long run at the IFC Center in New York City on July 28, 2017 and exclusive one night only showings and week long runs in cities across North America in tandem with Green Day’s Revolution Radio World Tour. More than 60 theaters have already been booked with more to come.  See below for the current list and check  https://eastbaypunk.com/  for regular updates.  In a unique release strategy, Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk will “tour with the band” enabling theatres to be marketing partners with Green Day in promoting the film’s theatrical release and the band’s nationwide tour.

The feature documentary had its world premiere as the opening night film of the 16th SF DOCFEST on May 31st followed by a sold-out two week theatrical run at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco in early June.

Written and directed by Corbett Redford and executive produced by Green Day and Pat Magnarella, TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK  is narrated by Iggy Pop and  features Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Tre Cool (Green Day), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Jello Biafra & East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys), Ian Mackaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat), Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman & Lars Fredricksen (Rancid), Brett Gurewitz & Jay Bentley (Bad Religion), Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin) , Michael Franti (Spearhead, Beatnigs) and interviews with more than 100 artists and musicians from California’s East Bay punk rock music scene.

TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK spans over 30 years of the California Bay Area’s punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley’s inspiring 924 Gilman Street music collective. Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is the definitive telling of this vibrant story, drawing from a wide variety of voices and viewpoints and featuring the music of many of the most famous and infamous punk bands ever.

Theatrical Dates as of 7/12/17

Montreal, Canada – 7/25/2017

New York, NY – 7/28/2017

Red Bank, NJ – 7/29/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – 8/3/2017

Dallas, TX – 8/3/2017

Yonkers, NY – 7/29/2017

Berkeley, CA – 8/4/2017

Chico, CA – 8/6/2017

Houston, TX – 8/7/2017

Seattle, WA – 8/9/2017

San Jose, CA – 8/10/2017

Salt Lake City, UT – 8/10/2017

Sebastopol, CA – 8/11/2017

Denver, CO – 8/11/2017

Kansas City, MO – 8/12/2017

Cedar Falls, IA – 8/16/2017

Cedar Rapids, IA – 8/16/2017

Iowa City, IA – 8/16/2017

Elk River, MN – 8/16/2017

Oakdale, MN – 8/16/2017

Rochester, MN – 8/16/2017

Nashville, TN – 9/4/2017

Shakopee, MN – 8/16/2017

Waite Park, MN – 8/16/2017

Cape Girardeau, MO – 8/16/2017

Des Peres, MO – 8/16/2017

St. Charles, MO – 8/16/2017

St. Louis, MO – 8/16/2017

Austin, TX—9/10/2017

Bellevue, NE – 8/16/2017

Lincoln, NE – 8/16/2017

Omaha, NE – 8/16/2017

Columbus, OH – 8/16/2017

Pickerington, OG – 8/16/2017

Appleton, WI – 8/16/2017

Ashwaubenon, WI – 8/16/2017

Madison, WI – 8/16/2017

Menomonee Falls, WI – 8/16/2017

Oak Creek, WI – 8/16/2017

Huntington, NY – 7/29/2017

Chattanooga, TN – 8/18/2017

Indianapolis, IN – 8/19/2017

Omaha, NE – 8/20/17

Maitland, FL – 8/21/2017

Cincinnatti, OH – 8/23/24

Addison, IL – 8/30/2017

Bloomington, IL – 8/30/2017

Country Club Hills, IL – 8/30/2017

Gurnee, IL – 8/30/2017

Orland Park, IL – 8/30/2017

Philadelphia, PA – 8/302017

Chapel Hill, NC – 8/31/2017

Buffalo, NY – 8/31/2017

Coconut Creek, FL – 9/2/2017

Avondale, AZ – 9/7/2017

Mesa, AZ – 9/7/2017

Tempe, AZ – 9/7/2017

Moreno Valley, CA – 9/7/2017

Redlands, CA – 9/7/2017

Denver, CO – 9/7/2017

New Orleans, LA – 9/8/2017

Tampa, FL – 9/13/2017

Phoenix, AZ – 9/14/2017

San Antonio, TX – 9/14/2017

Winchester, VA – 9/16/2017

Los Angeles, CA – 9/18/2017

San Diego, CA – 9/18/2017

For more information on the film please visit: https://eastbaypunk.com/

About Green Day
Green Day is an American punk rock band composed of vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool. Formed in 1986, Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band’s early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie (released through Reprise Records) became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the United States. Green Day was widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States. Green Day’s follow up albums Insomniac (1995) and Nimrod (1997) each sold over two million albums and were certified Double Platinum, and Warning (2000) was certified Platinum. 2004 brought the band’s rock opera American Idiot which reignited the band’s popularity with a younger generation and sold over six million copies in the United States. Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class in what was their first year of eligibility for induction. On October 16, 2015, Green Day released the documentary Heart Like A Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot.  Green Day’s 12th studio albumRevolution Radio was released on October 7, 2016 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.  The band is currently on their Revolution Radio World Tour. www.greenday.com

About Abramorama
Abramorama is the preeminent theatrical distributor of music films in the US today and recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners.  An industry leader in marketing and promotion, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience. Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Brett Bern’s BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Jill Campbell’s Mr. Chibbs; Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga; Dawn Porter’s Trapped; Kim A. Snyder’s Newtown; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story Of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award®-nominated, Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog,Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-Nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017.  For more information visitwww.abramorama.com

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Concert Review: Punk Rock Bowling Invades Asbury Park, Takes No Prisoners!

Concert Review: Punk Rock Bowling Invades Asbury Park, Takes No Prisoners!

“This music ain’t your fuckin’ industry!”, screams Fat Mike of NOFX as they close out the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival at Asbury Park’s Stone Pony. The lyrics to “It’s My Job to Keep Punk Rock Elite” ring throughout the crowd as bodies bounce off of one another. Their set is only about halfway finished but it was at this exact moment that I realized how great of a weekend it had been. Despite a few minor setbacks, the weekend went exactly as planned, and it was filled with good tunes and great people.

More punk than you can shake a stick at!

The Punk Rock Bowling and Music festival began in 1999. The festival was put together by the Stern brothers from LA punk band Youth Brigade. It’s a three day music festival and bowling tournament that encompasses all things “punk rock”. Along with the main festivities there are pool parties, poker tournaments, afterhours club shows, and more. All of this takes place within walking distance of one another. If that isn’t enough, in more recent years the festival has toured and takes place in three different locations: Las Vegas, Denver, and Asbury Park; each location with their own unique lineup. I had the honor and privilege of checking out the Asbury Park show. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Bowling Tournament but from those I spoke to at the festival, it was an unforgettable time. I will definitely have to remedy this next year! As for now, join me as I walk through my time at the Asbury Park Stone Pony Summerstage for Punk Rock Bowling (Jersey Edition)!

DAY 1

My fiancée and I arrive in Asbury Park around 10:30 AM, doors aren’t until 2 but we wanted to explore a bit as it was our first time in the area. I must say, if you’ve never been it’s definitely worth the trip. The boardwalk is full of unique shops, bars, and even a small waterpark for the kids. What did trip me out is that it costs $8 to go onto the beach. You have to pay to go onto the beach? Growing up near multiple beaches in Maryland and Delaware I just wasn’t used to this situation. That being said, if you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. Now, onto the show!

While the doors supposedly opened at 2 there was a line full of guest list folks (myself included) that were being refused entry. Nobody showed up to check us in until 2:30, at this point the first band, The Vansaders, have already started (SORRY GUYS!). Everyone with a photo pass is getting checked in, however, all of our “plus ones” are being told to wait. Long story short, we didn’t get into the venue until about 3:20.

By the time we were let into the venue we were well into band number 2, The Ravagers, set. These Baltimore natives serve up a brand of tunes that I can only describe as “the Misfits if they kept making phenomenal punk rock and loved Troma films”. I believe I saw the guys describe it as “cemetery punk” at one point and I fuckin’ love it! This was my first time hearing them but I can’t wait to see where they go from here. They have two albums out right now that are available here: https://ravagers.bandcamp.com/ . Being involved with the horror community like I am and can see that there is a definite audience for these guys. I pray that they reach that audience soon because I can’t wait to see what the future holds. If you’re in the Baltimore area, they have a show at the Metro Gallery on September 16th.

Here was my most anticipated moment of the trip, finally getting a chance to see Crazy & The Brains live. If you haven’t heard these guys, go and seek them out now! Their catchy punk with a xylophone, which they’ve deemed as “Party Punk” is extremely addicting and you’ll be forever changed when you put them on. Vocalist, Chris Urban has an energy that is indescribable. This isn’t the angry punk band out to prove a point, this is an upbeat, dare I say, happy punk band ready to party and dance their assess off. They want to have a good time and they want you to have a good time. Support these guys and you won’t regret it! I got a chance to talk to both Urban and ,xylophone player Jeffrey Rubin after their set. It was loud so I didn’t get a chance to chat for long but they were the coolest dudes I’ve ever met. They love the scene and love the vibes they’re bringing into it. Hoping they play some more shows locally because driving out to see the Jersey natives is gonna cost a lot of gas money…but totally worth it. Check these guys out!

The next band up was New York’s own, The Templars. Honestly, I know very little about the Templars except that they are a Long Island “Oi!” band that is beloved by the community. I will say, I got introduced to them real quick! For the untrained ear, The Templars sound like they’re right out of the British Punk scene. First sound that came to mind, and it’s been noted by many others, is Cock Sparrer. It may have been my first time seeing them but it definitely won’t be my last.

Next up on the bill was PUP, a Toronto based “punk” band. I’m going to be upfront and honest, PUP was not my thing. Going into the show I grouped PUP into the hipster pseudopunk acts that surround the Vans Warped Tour stages in modern day. After the show…they definitely gained my respect. While the tunes may not be my thing, I respect their ability to put on a kickass show and lead the crowd in one of the largest singalongs of the day. Let’s be honest, me not leaving as a fan is not effecting this bands humongous fan base. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll put on a PUP record and smack myself in the face for being so dumb. Hey…I may just be being stubborn. You’d never know if I was listening to “The Dream is Over”, an incredible album by the band, right this very moment. You’ll never know!

The award for “band that got me to stash my camera and hop in the pit” goes to The Explosion. Holy hell did these guys bring back memories. I remember jamming out to “Black Tape”, the band’s second full length, in the backseat of my parent’s car while on the way to the beach. So you know damn well that as soon as “Here I Am” kicked on my ass was in the crowd! Originally hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, I credit these guys for being part of the “punk boom” in the late 90’s/early 00’s. At the time, due to the popularity of bands like Green Day and Blink, record companies were scooping up as many punk bands as they could find. Sadly the band broke up in 2007 but have been performing various reunion shows in recent years. Hopefully the love they received at this show will kick start them into making some new tunes!

Now here’s a band I haven’t heard from in awhile, Dillinger Four. It’s tough to discuss Dillinger Four because D4 doesn’t even care about D4. I mean that in the best way possible. These four gentlemen, from Minnesota, haven’t put out an album in almost a decade and turn down countless tours and festivals. It’s actually a miraculous thing that they performed…but damn was I psyched! These are four regular dudes, with regular day jobs, hopping on stage and playing phenomenal tunes that influenced an entire generation of punk kids. D4 never ceases to amaze me live, even if we’ve all given up hope for a new album.

Now, if you would’ve told me a few years ago that I would be seeing legendary funk/soul artist Charles Bradley in Asbury Park at a punk festival I would’ve laughed you out of the building, but damn was it pulled off with excellent execution. The best set of the entire weekend goes to Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. This was not just a concert, but an experience. Throughout the entire set you could feel each and every emotion shared on stage. The pain Bradley feels inside and the joy felt when it was discovered he was cancer free, this was a night to be remembered. Charles Bradley is a legend, there’s nothing else to say. When you’re finished reading this, go find out where he’ll be next and go there. Immediately.

Closing out Day 1 was legendary ska band, The Specials. Listen, it’ll get boring going through 4 decades of phenomenal ska music, so I’m going to let you do your own research when it comes to The Specials. Just know, that you’ve heard them before and they’re fantastic! Even if you don’t think you’ve heard them before, you have. If you have any interest in current forms of ska, and the many offshoots, then you have The Specials to thank as they were a part of the “original” 2 tone, ska revival. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of The Specials and ska in general, but this was probably my biggest disappointment of the weekend. The band was on point. Lynval Golding and Horace Panter, two of the three original members, were killing it on stage; putting on a great show. Then there’s Terry Hall. I know Hall is a legend and has his own share of personal demons, but my integrity requires me to be honest with you all. He really seemed disinterested in being there, barely looking up from the microphone. As someone who works in a classroom I understand that you have no idea what is happening in someone else’s life at that point. He could’ve just been having an off day, but it was definitely noticeable on stage. That being said, as much as I love the song, I might get annoyed playing “Ghost Town” over a million times as well.

Day 1 had a few setbacks, especially in the beginning with the delays in getting in. My only hope was that these issues would be remedied for the following day and all would be well.

DAY 2

My prayers were answered and we were let into the venue by 2:15. This gave us enough time to set up shop, grab some food, and prepare for our second long day of tunes that I love and my fiancée doesn’t (teeheehee).

The day started off with a bang, figuratively and literally. The first band up was Asbury Park’s own Hot Blood. Apparently, a week or so before the show, they’re lead singer fell off of a roof. Whether or not he’s a roofer, I don’t know. That being said, the guys pulled through and put on a hell of a show. Friend, Devin Walby covered vocals for the set. Hot Blood was definitely one of the heavier bands to play the weekend; almost breaking into “core” ground. This definitely started the day off right!

Next up was a band I’m not extremely familiar with, Bigwig. Bigwig, hailing from New Jersey, has been involved with the scene since 1995. Their brand of hardcore punk mixes melodic riffs with politics in a hard hitting show that needs to be seen. Vocalist, and last original member, Tom Petta led the band through their numerous hits throughout their decade worth of discography. While the band hasn’t released an album since 2006 they’ve toured nonstop in recent years. They’re playing multiple festival shows this summer and fall including notable punk festival, FEST 16. Be sure to check these guys out when you get a chance, they won me over instantly.

The third band up on stage for Day 2 was Philadelphia’s Posers. Whew, what can I say about these guys? Fast paced, in your face, lively punk rock straight out of the east coast. Led by front woman, Jade Anna, Posers has the ability to grab the attention of even the most distracted concert goer. All eyes were on the stage as the band tore through a plethora of angry, yet melodic tunes. If stage presence means anything, and it does in this scene, then these guys win out for the day. You could feel the raw emotion as it filled the festival grounds. They weren’t afraid to put it in your face either. Case in point being when Jade comes down from the stage to let out every bit she had on the audience. Eventually “collapsing” from emotional exhaustion. These guys put on a hell of a show and I can’t wait to see them again. Cannot recommend their tunes enough!

Oh what’s that I hear? Is that the sound of a horn section?! Aww yeah! The next band up on the bill is The New Darkbuster. Don’t be mistaken, this is still the Lenny Lashley led “Darkbuster” but around the summer of 2015 the group returned with a retooled lineup and, dare I say, a tighter live show. I’m all for “damn the man” political punk rock but I’m a sucker for feel good, party punk, and you’ve won me over even more with the inclusion of a bit of ska/ska punk. From reading that you can see that I’ve always been a fan of Darkbuster and this new lineup is just as incredible. Lashley hasn’t lost a step, and how could he with his inclusion in the Mike McColgan led “Street Dogs”. The only thing I can say after their performance is…let’s get a new album boys!

The horn section remains as we move into our next act, DC’s legendary ska band, The Pietasters. Now, if you happened to read my Reel Big Fish “Turn the Radio Off” album show review then you would know that I am a huge fan of these guys; I was one of the many in the crowd. While The Pietasters may have been the least “punk” act on the bill they were sure to rock the house. Now, when you go to a Pietasters show you know what you’re getting: groovy horns, Stephen Jackson’s sweet, sultry vocals, and songs about love, dancing, and…BEER! There’s honestly not much to be said about the Pietasters because their show speaks for itself. If these guys are in your area, and they play the east coast quite a bit, get your ass out there and see them!

How do you follow The Pietasters? Well, with Leftover Crack of course! If you’ve never listened to Leftover Crack then you need to reevaluate your life. While the controversial lyrics may not be your style, the music is most definitely enticing. I’ve never heard a band perfectly blend ska, punk, and death/black metal so seamlessly. Assisted by Kate Coysh, vocalist Scott Sturgeon (Stza) cackles his way through the bands extensive library of political driven anthems. I use cackling in the best way possible, they destroyed! I considered myself a casual listener of LoC but after seeing them I completely changed that. The Explosion put me in the pit on Day 1, and LoC put me in the pit on Day 2. “Nazi White Trash”, my personal favorite, had me skanking my way round the pit, hitting everyone in sight. Friendly hitting, of course. Leftover Crack isn’t for everyone, but everyone needs to experience their sounds at least once. Do it!

And now, the return of “Jersey’s Best Dancers”, Lifetime. Listen, Lifetime’s third album became the soundtrack of my life in the early 2000’s and you can imagine my excitement when I found that the Jersey boys would be playing PRB. Might I say that they did not disappoint. This was probably the most lively I had seen the crowd to this point. The band kicked off with the intro track to the aforementioned album, “Turnpike Gates”, and we were off to the races. This was most definitely the highlight of everyone’s weekend. As of right now there is no sign of a new Lifetime album but we can only dream, right?

The next band up was honestly the surprise of the weekend. While Charles Bradley was a strange booking decision turned masterpiece, the Buzzcocks had a very large influence on many of the bands on stage. That being said, I wasn’t quite sure of the response they would receive from the crowd. While this may seem a bit judgmental, the crowd seemed a bit too “hardcore” to appreciate one of the many originators of the genre. The Buzzcocks have been kicking ass in the British punk rock scene since 1976. With 9 albums under their belt, the latest coming in 2014, these guys haven’t skipped a beat. I felt as if I was taken back to the 70’s punk era as Pete Shelley led the crowd through four decades of punk greatness. That’s just what this was, a fantastic show put on by punk royalty. So much so that the legends went overtime, causing our headliners to come out late.

NOFX came onto the stage about 15 minutes after their set was to begin. Now, being a youngin’, this is the band that got me into punk rock. If it wasn’t for NOFX I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. Not sure if that’s saying much, but I digress. As soon as the band came out, to the “Time Warp” I might add, I knew we were in for a night of glorious debauchery. I wouldn’t have chosen a better three songs to be front and center for either. The band launched into “72 Hookers”, their commentary on suicidal bombers. Then they go right into “Murder the Government”, a song they would dedicate to our current political system. Finally, I finished my picture taken while the group launched into “Six Years on Dope”, the intro track for their newest album. Overall the set was fantastic, but it was cut almost 15 minutes short. I understand that they weren’t able to come on until late but to cut the set of the headliner was ridiculous. After viewing the setlist, about 4 songs were cut in total, including fan favorite “Separate the Church and Skate”. They put on a great show, but it was a bit disappointing to see the moment that we were all waiting for, abruptly end. There wasn’t an encore or anything. The band ended and presumably left the area. I don’t blame them, they’ve been doing this enough years to do that but it was a bit disheartening.

Despite a few setbacks on Day 1, and a shortened headlining set, this weekend was a fantastic time. I would definitely recommend the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival to all lovers of punk rock music and the culture in general. Next year I hope to generate a team early enough to join in on the bowling tournament. Not only am I a lover of music, but I’m also a pretty decent bowler. Hopefully the festival continues with three separate dates next year as the east coast has very little in terms of “punk rock music”. I’ll definitely make my way to the shows for years to come.

For more information, visit  www.punkrockbowling.com and follow PRB on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates and news!

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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Punk Rock Bowling Asbury Club Shows Have Been Announced

Punk Rock Bowling Asbury Club Shows Have Been Announced

More punk than you can shake a stick at!

Punk Rock Bowling, Asbury Edition, is coming up fast! The three-day festival kicks off on June 9th and runs through the 11th. Along with the main festival lineup, there will be multiple club shows taking place after hours on June 9th and 10th.  Please note that the tickets to the club shows are sold separately but tickets to all events can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/punk-rock-bowling-music-festival-nj-tickets-32107295786#tickets

PRB 2017 Festival lineup features: The Specials, Nofx, Buzzcocks, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Dillinger Four, Lifetime, Leftover Crack, The Explosion, PUP, The Pietasters, The Templars, The New Darkbuster, Crazy & The Brains, Posers, Bigwig, Ravagers, Hot Blood, The Vansaders

Late night club shows on June 9 and 10 will take place after the festival with Uk’s Conflict, The Dwarves, Stigma, Wyldelife, Sick Of It All, Street Dogs, Italy’s Giuda, Chuck Ragan, JJ Talcum and Jared Hart

For more information, visit  www.punkrockbowling.com, and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates and news!

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Unveils Misfits Jerry Only’s Bass and Vest

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Unveils Misfits Jerry Only’s Bass and Vest

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Misfits (note: the legendary punk band’s first gig took place on April 18, 1977 at CBGB in NYC), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unveils the latest edition to its permanent collection of historic punk artifacts…

Misfits founding member Jerry Only’s custom Devastator Bass and custom spiked leather vest—both designed by Only personally, and used at both of the Original Misfits Reunion Shows in 2016—now on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland!

Jerry’s artifacts are specifically displayed in the Hall of Fame’s Blank Generation: New York/London/Los Angeles case in their Cities and Sounds exhibit. This exhibit focuses on the music scenes in various cities (Detroit/Motown, Memphis/Sun Records, etc.). The Blank Generation covers the birth and enduring legacy of punk and new wave.

Meredith Rutledge-Borger, Curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says: “The Misfits have long been a favorite here at the Rock Hall among both visitors and staff. We are thrilled to add these unbelievably kickass and iconic items to our permanent collection, and are so grateful to Misfits’ founding member and bassist Jerry Only for his generosity in sharing the legacy of his genre-defining career. These artifacts will help us continue to engage, teach and inspire our visitors through the power of rock & roll.”

Jerry Only speaks about the inclusion of his vest and bass in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “Fame was not my intent. It was always the creation of something so unique that others would remain in awe of its design. I am proud to walk among icons who felt the same way. We changed the world!!! I am honored to have my Excalibur…’The Devastator’ and my ‘Fiend Battle Armor’ on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… May we one day grace its halls and exhibit a full arsenal of our weapons of mass destruction. Search -n- Destroy!”

This particular Misfits Devastator bass is very rare and unique for a variety of reasons. Not only was it used at both of the historic Original Misfits Reunion shows that took place at Riot Fest on September 4th 2016 in Denver, and September 18, 2016 in Chicago, but this particular Devastator also marks the first model ever made from authentic Louisville Slugger wood—as used in their world famous line of iconic baseball bats.

“I’m also very proud that this is the first Devastator bass made from Louisville Slugger wood, which is an American institution,” says Jerry Only. “For every home run in major league baseball hit with a Louisville Slugger bat, I don’t think any one ever hit a home run bigger than I did in Denver and Chicago with this bass. It may be the concert of the millennium. The reaction from our devoted fans, the fiends, was unparalleled and their blood lust is for more…”

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To the upper right of Jerry’s Devastator Bass is Dee Dee Ramone’s 1978 Fender Precision Bass, and to the lower right of Jerry’s Devastator is Johnny Ramone’s main guitar used from 1977-1996. Johnny himself wrote those dates on the back of the guitar upon retiring in 1996.  The black leather jacket above Johnny’s guitar is Joey Ramone’s, circa 1988. To the left of Jerry’s artifacts you can see a red Tama drumhead used by Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads, c. 1988, as well as the very first Talking Heads T-shirt, worn by Tina Weymouth in 1975. The Hall of Fame’s collection also includes original paintings by Dee Dee Ramone on loan.

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Danzig’s Announces Blackest Of The Black Festival Artist Lineup!

Danzig’s Announces Blackest Of The Black Festival Artist Lineup!

This year marks the first Blackest Of The Black Destination Festival. The brainchild of Glenn Danzig, the event not only serves as a music festival, but as a cultural experience: an escape. Coming to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA in Orange County on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 26th and Saturday, May 27thBlackest Of The Black will host two music stages, curated by Danzig, with performances by some of the heaviest acts around including Danzig, Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Atreyu, Vamps, and many more. The festival will be hosted by Full Metal Jackie and will feature camping, along with a number of sinister attractions including Castle Danzig — a fully immersive walkthrough experience of agony, ecstasy and more, all based on the music and graphic novels of Glenn Danzig.

Glenn Danzig says, “I first started Blackest in the early 2000s and finally my full vision is being realized. Get ready for sensory overload, from films to comics to Castle Danzig. This is going to be the real Blackest Of The Black.”

The music lineup for Blackest Of The Black is as follows:

Friday, May 26Suicidal Tendencies, Corrosion of Conformity, Suicide Silence, Discharge, Belphegor, Butcher Babies, 3 Teeth, and more to be announced!

Saturday, May 27Danzig, Ministry, Vamps, Atreyu, Venom Inc, DevilDriver, Fear Factory, Marduk, Combichrist, Ghoul, Ritual, and more to be announced!

In addition to the outstanding musical lineup, Blackest Of The Black will feature a slew of attractions including a Verotik/Comic Con area, a roaming freak show filled with contortionists, demons, and more, thrill rides, and a Sugar Skull Contest. The main attraction, Castle Danzig, is an interactive walk through with a number of activations. Within the vicinity of the eerie castle and courtyard, attendees will find a sacrifice altarbondage stagesuspension stageelectro stageblood bath, a padded cellstockscage dancers, and more!

Information on tickets, VIP packages, camping and more can be found at www.BlackestFest.com. Discounted 2-day Early Bird Tickets start at $66.66 plus parking and fees, while supplies last. Early Bird Single-day Friday tickets start at $39.00, and single-day Saturday tickets start at $49.00. Tent, Tent and Car, and RV camping spaces are available.

Camping is the easiest and most relaxing way for fans to immerse themselves at the Blackest Of The Black Festival. They can wake up just a short distance from the festival gates and stumble “home” after the show.

The campground check-in will begin at 2:00 pm on Friday, May 26. The proximity of the campground to the venue  will allow campers to walk to and from the festival grounds freely while event doors are open.

Camping spots are very limited, offering Tent only, Tent and Car, and dry RV camping spaces. Campground amenities include complimentary showers and restrooms, general store, food and beverage for sale, as well as games and activities.

Prices are $125 for Tent camping and $199 for Tent and Car camping.  Up to four festivalgoers can stay in one camping spot. Prices for dry hook up RV are $249 and up to six festivalgoers can stay in one RV.

*Festival admission is not included with camping spots.

A limited number of Friday/Saturday VIP packages will also be available for purchase for those over 21 years of age.

  • VIP Lounge packages for each day are $129 for Friday and $149 for Saturday, plus parking and fees. This includes admission for 1 to the selected day of the festival; a commemorative laminate; and access to the VIP Lounge, which will feature a VIP cash bar, access to a VIP viewing area near the front of the stage, VIP restrooms, cash food trucks, and comfortable areas to sit and relax.
  • Friday Meet & Greet VIP packages are $199 for Friday only and include admission for 1 to the Friday date of the festival; a meet & greet with the Friday artists; a commemorative laminate; access to a VIP viewing area near the main stage; and access to the VIP Lounge, which will feature a VIP cash bar, VIP restrooms, cash food trucks, and comfortable areas to sit and relax.
  • Saturday “Not Of This World” Ultimate VIP packages are available for Saturday only for $399. This includes admission for 1 to the Saturday date of the festival; an exclusive meet & greet with Glenn Danzig; a limited edition Blackest Of The Black poster; a commemorative laminate; a merchandise voucher good for one Blackest Of The Blackfestival t-shirt; access to a VIP viewing area near the main stage; and access to the VIP Lounge, which will feature a VIP cash bar, VIP restrooms, cash food trucks, and comfortable areas to sit and relax.

Sponsors for Blackest Of The Black include Modelo, Rockstar Energy Drink, Cosmic Fog, Musicians Institute, Blackcraft Whiskey, and SlideBar, with more to be announced.

For more information on Blackest Of The Black, visit:

http://www.BlackestFest.com
http://www.facebook.com/BlackestFest
http://www.twitter.com/BlackestFest
http://www.instagram.com/BlackestFest

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The Damned Announce New Album For 2017 Release, Launch PledgeMusic Campaign

The Damned Announce New Album For 2017 Release, Launch PledgeMusic Campaign

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The Damned (Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Monty Oxymoron, Pinch and Stu West) will be heading into the studio this winter to record a brand new album, their first since 2008’s ‘So, Who’s Paranoid?’, for release in 2017, with a pre-order link for the CD, colored vinyl, as well as exclusive merch (and experiences) available at PledgeMusic. The band have also confirmed a full North American tour, beginning April 6th in Los Angeles.

Cited as one of the most influential punk groups of all time, The Damned contributed vastly to the gothic rock genre and influenced an entire generation of future hardcore punk bands such as Black Flag and Bad Brains, with their fast paced energetic playing style and attitude. Along with the Sex Pistols and The Clash, they helped spearhead the punk movement in the UK. Now, four decades and ten albums later and still on the road, they continue to wave the flag for originality, stick two fingers up to mediocrity and celebrate a DIY punk ethos in the face of plastic entertainment and scripted reality. The band’s hugely influential classic debut single, ‘New Rose’, celebrating its 40th anniversary this month, is being celebrated with a limited edition 7” anniversary release on November 4th via BMG. Featuring original artwork, picture disc and exclusive fold out poster, it’s a must have collectable release of one of the most influential records of all time.

Stay tuned for forthcoming album details.

US SHOWS 2016:

October 27th – Los Angeles – Belasco Theater SOLD OUT
October 29th – New York – Gramercy Theatre SOLD OUT
October 30th – New York – Gramercy Theatre SOLD OUT

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES 2017:

April 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
April 7 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
April 9 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
April 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
April 12 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
April 14 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 15 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
April 16 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
April 18 – Salt Lake City, U – The Depot
April 19 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
April 21 – St. Louis, MO – Del Mar Hall
April 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
April 23 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
April 24 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
April 26 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Ctr.
April 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
April 28 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
April 29 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
April 30 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
May 2 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
May 4 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
May 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
May 6 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
May 7 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
May 9 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
May 11 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade/Heaven
May 12 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
May 13 – St, Petersburg, FL – State Theater
May 14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
May 16 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
May 17 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
May 18 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
May 19 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Outdoors
May 21- Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater

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‘Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy’ To Receive December Home Video Release

‘Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy’ To Receive December Home Video Release

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SAD VACATION is the latest documentary film by Danny Garcia (“The Rise and Fall of The Clash”/”Looking for Johnny”), which explores Sid and Nancy’s fateful trip to New York in 1978. It is a film that is dedicated to presenting the real facts; told as it happened by their friends and those who witnessed it. A film about the dynamics of Sid and Nancy’s tumultuous relationship, and how it all ended in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel.

SAD VACATION includes interviews with Roberta Bayley, Steve “Roadent” Conolly, Donna Destri, Kenny “Stinker” Gordon, Bob Gruen, John Holmstrom, Hellin Killer, Walter Lure, Honest John Plain, Howie Pyro, Cynthia Ross, Andy Shernoff, Gaye Black, Casino Steel, Phyllis Stein, Sylvain Sylvain; in addition to the late Leee Black Childers and three key residents of the Chelsea Hotel, Victor Colicchio, “Neon” Leon Matthews, and Ned Van Zandt, who had a lot to say about the events that took place on October 12th 1978. Drawing upon their reflections and a batch of newly-released Grand Jury documents, “Sad Vacation” presents a solid timeline of events for the very first time.

Narrated by Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin’ Criminals), SAD VACATION contains unseen photography of Sid and Nancy and music from The Heartbreakers, The Boys, The Members, Neon Leon, Pure Hell, Sami Yaffa, Luigi & The Wiseguys, Skafish, Corazones Muertos, The PrimaDonna Reeds, Supla, Silke Berlinn & The Addictions and Sid Vicious himself.

SCREENINGS:
11/6 – London @ Picturehouse Central
11/8 – Los Angeles @ The Regent
11/18 – Philadelphia @ PhilaMOCA
11/27 – Austin @ The North Door
11/TBA – Chicago @ Brew & View
12/8 – San Francisco @ The Roxie
12/9 thru 15 – Boston @ Regent Theatre
…more TBA

The DVD can be ordered at the MVD Shop or on Amazon.

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Sex Pistol’s Steve Jones To Release ‘Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol’ Autobiography On January 15th

Sex Pistol’s Steve Jones To Release ‘Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol’ Autobiography On January 15th

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Steve Jones – Photo by Davis Factor

Recognized as one of the key inventors of punk and celebrated as a living legend, guitarist and songwriter Steve Jones revisits his unruly, and often tragic, past in his upcoming autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol, due this January from Da Capo Press. Its release will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s platinum debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks,which set the world on fire in 1977.

In Lonely Boy, Jonesrecounts the nihilistic songs, amphetamine-fueled music, and influential anarchical fashion that turned a street urchin into a founding member of a genre-defining band. From his days of petty crime and havoc-wreaking in England, to his first impression of Sid Vicious and famously blowing off the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Johnny Rotten, Lonely Boy offers a portrait of a punk pioneer-a demigod to a generation of frustrated youth who identified with the band’s political and social condemnations of life for the working class.

Traumatic childhood abuse and neglect, meaningless sexual exploits, life-threatening drug addiction, and bottoming out on heroin-all are covered candidly in Lonely Boy. It brings us face-to-face with a Steve Jones neither seen on stage nor heard over the airwaves, a man who spent his youth at the epicenter of angst in class-ruled Britain, taunting and ridiculing the establishment, who later, through sobriety, finally learned to be comfortable in his own skin.

Steve Jones was born in West London in 1955. He founded QT Jones and the Sex Pistols with Paul Cook. The band eventually went on to become The Sex Pistols, and Jones was their guitarist until the band broke up in 1978. The Sex Pistols reformed in 1996 for a massive world tourwhich produced an acclaimed live album, Filthy Lucre Liveand again in 2007-2008. A musician, record producer, DJ, and actor, he lives in Los Angeles, where he hosts Jonesy’s Jukebox (http://www.jonesysjukebox.com/) on 95.5 KLOS FM and www.955KLOS.com every Monday through Friday between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. Ben Thompson is a London-based rock journalist and author. He has written books with Ray Winstone, Russell Brand, and Terry Gilliam.

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THE DAMNED Celebrate 40 Years With Sold Out Shows And New Album For 2017!

THE DAMNED Celebrate 40 Years With Sold Out Shows And New Album For 2017!

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The Damned need no introduction! Formed in 1976, they were the first UK punk rock band to release a single, the mighty ‘New Rose’, released October 22nd, 1976, swiftly followed by their debut LP, ‘Damned Damned Damned’, and were the first British punk band to tour the US. They quickly gained a reputation as the band that would always deliver an amazing live set, ever since they started playing in tiny punk clubs that same year.

Cited as one of the most influential punk groups of all time,The Damned contributed vastly to gothic rock and influenced an entire generation of future hardcore punk bands such as Black Flag and Bad Brains, with their fast paced energetic playing style and attitude. Along with the Sex Pistols and The Clash, they helped spearhead the punk movement in the UK.

Now, four decades later and still on the road, the band’s hugely influential classic debut single, ‘New Rose’, is being celebrated with a limited edition 7” anniversary release. Featuring original artwork, picture disc and exclusive fold out poster, it’s a must have collectable release of one of the most influential records of all time. Release is set for November 4th via BMG.

To cap their incredible 40th Anniversary year, which has already seen the band deliver a blistering three-hour set at a completely sold-out London Royal Albert Hall show this summer, The Damned will play three sold out US shows this month, which include LA’s Belasco Theater (10/27) and two shows at New York’s Gramercy Theatre (10/29 and 10/30).  Earlier this year, the band played a memorable set at Coachella, where LA Times raved; “The Damned’s no-future UK punk thrash sounded gritty and immediate” and Rolling Stone claimed their set as one of the “20 Best Things We Saw”.

Always unforgettable, The Damned continue to wave the flag for originality, stick two fingers up to mediocrity and celebrate a DIY punk ethos in the face of plastic entertainment and scripted reality. Original members Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible never expected to still be doing it 40 years later, but here they are – as their loyal following will attest, all simply because they are still an incredible live band who sound as fresh and exciting as they did way back in 1976.

The Damned will be releasing a brand new album in 2017 (details forthcoming), but you can pre-order (CD, colored vinyl, exclusive merch and experiences) from PledgeMusic. A full US Spring Tour will be announced soon.

See The Damned live – it will be a night out that you will remember for a very long time…

US SHOWS 2016:
October 27th – Los Angeles – Belasco Theater SOLD OUT
October 29th – New York – Gramercy Theatre SOLD OUT
October 30th – New York – Gramercy Theatre SOLD OUT

Follow The Damned:
http://www.OfficialDamned.com/

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