Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Feb. 27: Jello Biafra at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Soon after Barack Obama was elected, ex-Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra composed a 7,592-word missive instructing the president-elect, point by point, on how to properly run the country. Never mind that Biafra didn’t vote for Obama; the rabble-rousing punk icon has never possessed any qualms about speaking his mind. An ugly legal battle 10 years ago all but eliminated the possibility of a proper Dead Kennedys reunion (the other three have been trotting out the classics with what Biafra calls a “scab singer”), but Biafra returned surprisingly last year with his new band the Guantanamo School of Medicine, featuring members of Faith No More and Victims Family. Their album The Audacity of Hype harkens to the days when Biafra was running for mayor, getting lambasted by Tipper Gore and singing “Kill the Poor”—in other words, it’s funny, intellectual, scathing, passionate, sarcastic and political. He appears with the band on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $15. 707.762.3565.Gabe Meline
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