IN OVER 15 YEARS W/ 7SECONDS & NEGATIVE APPROACH - PRESENTED BY TRUST RECORDS
PHOTO BY ATIBA JEFFERSON
Here at ChiIL Live Shows, our enjoyment of Circle Jerks and 7Seconds predates the internet, social media and the births of many musicians influenced by them today. We've even still got a concert tee from a show in the 80's that hasn't disintegrated yet. If you missed them at Riot Fest in Chicago, they're coming back around. Check it out.
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Today punk legends - Circle Jerks - have announced their first and only North American tour in over 15 years, which is set to take place Spring 2022. The dates span both coasts and (mostly) everywhere in between with support from Negative Approach and 7Seconds who will be reuniting for the first time in over five years. Circle Jerks’ landmark record Group Sexturned 40 last fall. The band are on tour this fall with Adolescents, Negative Approach and Municipal Waste, in celebration of its anniversary and the commemorative reissue -- available now via Trust Records.
Circle Jerks’ current live lineup is vocalist Keith Morris, guitarist Greg Hetson (Bad Religion, Redd Kross), bassist Zander Schloss (The Weirdos, Joe Strummer) and drummer Joey Castillo (The Bronx, QOTSA, Danzig, BL’AST!, Wasted Youth). See below for a full rundown of dates. Tickets are on sale this Friday at 10AM local. Go here for tickets and keep up with updates from Circle Jerks on Instagram here.
Circle Jerks emerged from the punk underbelly of LA’s South Bay in 1979. After serving as a co-founder and lead vocalist of Black Flag during the recording of its essential Nervous Breakdown EP, Keith Morris joined forces with Greg Hetson to form what would become Circle Jerks, along with bassist Roger Rogerson and jazz drummer Lucky Lehrer. Unlike much of the unapologetic hardcore that seeped through the cracks of American suburbia, the music of the Circle Jerks was thoughtfully steadfast, yet relentless and ferocious in nature. Bringing together a potent, articulate rhythm section with earnest yet oftentimes derisive lyrics and themes, the band was thereafter heralded as a leader of the pack - and a force to be reckoned with.
Plowing forward with a relentless, tooth-cutting work ethic and a rousing stage presence, the band would soon find itself headlining shows at LA’s 5,000-capacity Olympic Auditorium and emblazoned in cult video classics like Decline of Western Civilization, Repo Man, New Wave Theatre, and The Slog Movie. Over the decades, Circle Jerks would release six studio albums, including the acclaimed Group Sex (1980) Wild in the Streets (1982), Golden Shower of Hits (1983), Wonderful (1985), and IV (1987), where they would become a major headliner during the alternative music explosion of the 80’s and 90’s.
The long list of those influenced by the legacy of the Circle Jerks ranges from Butthole Surfers to Red Hot Chili Peppers - with notable fans being Dogtown skateboarders, Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Elton John, Johnny Depp, Guns N’ Roses, and Philip K. Dick. Decades later, their music continues to make an imprint on generations of diverse music fans and those who challenge the status quo.
The Group Sex Deluxe Reissue features packaging by Robert Fisher,designer of Nirvana’s Nevermind, a bonus recording of a 1980 rehearsal, a 20-page booklet including unreleased photos and anecdotes from Tony Hawk, Mike Patton, Shepard Fairey, Ian MacKaye, Lars Frederiksen and many others, in addition to a quality repackaging in a limited colored vinyl schema. The remastered audio is available across all digital retailers and has now sold out of its first two pressings on vinyl format. Check here for updates.