First Avenue present the Circle Jerks with special guests 7 Seconds and Negative Approach
When this show came up I put it on my calendar right away. After a delay for obvious reasons, we are now celebrating all things hardcore punk tonight. It has been 15 years since the Circle Jerks toured. Wow time flies.
I was running a tad last so I only saw about half of Negative Approach’s set. There was also a massive line to get in. That’s what happens when you don’t tour for 15 years, and you get a pandemic. What I saw was intense. Ripping through song after song and ending with The Stooges tune I Got A Right. Best thing about punk shows is you can cramp a lot of songs in a 45-60 minute slot. The crowd was way into these guys. I was introduced to these guys in the early 80;s when we were all getting into trash and more heavy stuff. Everything then was going in the glam rock way and getting to soft so the faster, harder the better. I drew to punk right away. The slam dancing and mosh pit had started!! I retired in 2000 at a Slayer show so I will be watching from afar.
Setlist – Hypocrite – Whatever I Do – Why Be Something Your Not – Pressure – Fair Warning – Can’t Tell No One – Sick of Talk – Evacuate – Said and Done – Dead Stop – Live Your Life – Ready to Fight – Your Mistake Genocide – Nothing – Borstal Breakout – Negative Approach – Tied Down – Friend or Foe – I’ll Survive – Lead Song – I Got a Right.
It has been 7 years since 7Seconds have been in town, and before that in was 1996. So it is not that often they come around. They came out and got the crowd going. An instant pit broke out. Kevin has grown his hair super long, Steve Youth on bass still just as active as ever, Bobby Adams on guitar and Sammy Siegler sitting in for Troy Mowat who had to sit the tour out for health reasons. Hopefully nothing too serious. The band said they broke up on facebook in 2018 but got back together to help support the Circle Jerks on their tour. This time around the pit was getting bigger. As I went to the top to check out pit it was old school. It wasn’t just a bunch of idiots hitting each other. We had slam dancing, movement, little bit of shoving, but just a great big circle going around. It was a total mix of old school punks, next generation punks, some shirtless dudes, some girls, just a great big happy mix of people to be glad they are out of the house and at a concert. There was a person who passed out behind the pit, and Kevin did stall to make sure everyone was ok. So good to see a band aware of their crowd. I tried to get. a good time lapse photo of the pit check them out in the gallery. I was at 2 Elton John shows the nights before this so it was a great change in my week of concerts. I love all kinds of music. Most songs from their set came off their 1984 album The Crew and 85 Walk Together album. Which is great cause we all wanted some familiar music tonight.
Setlist – Here’s Your Warning – Definite Choice – Not Just Boys Fun – This is the Angry – Y.P.H. – New Wind – We’re Gonna Fight – Tied Up in Rhythm – Sooner or Later – You Loose – Somebody Help Me Scream – Regrets No Way – Satyagraha – Here We Go Again Kids – Leave a lIght On – The Crew – Remains to Be Seen – I Can Sympathize – In Your Face – Walk Together, Rock Together – Young Til I Die – Colourblind – Still Believe – 99 Red Balloons
Setlist – Deny Everything – Letterbomb – In Your Eyes – Stars and Stripes – Back Against the Wall – Behind the Door – I Just Want Some Skank – Beverly Hills – When the Shit Hits the Fan – Under the Gun – Trapped – Coup detat – Wild in the Streets – Moral Majority – Don’t Care – Live Fast Die Young – Paid Vacation – Junk Mail – Parade of the Horribles – Casualty Vampire – I, I & I – Leave Me Alone – I Don’t – The Crowd – Beat Me Senseless – World Up My Ass – Operation – Wasted – High Price on Our Heads – Red Tape – I Wanna Destroy You – Question Authority – What’s Your Problem