Killing Joke, Czar | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., April 26, 9:30 p.m. and Sat., April 27, 6 & 9:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $20
Seminal English band Killing Joke can claim to be influential across a ridiculous span of genres. Artists playing punk, postpunk, grunge, industrial, goth, and metal have all paid them tribute, and rightly so—during their first run in the 70s and 80s, they roared out of speakers in a hundred different directions without ever losing the thread. In subsequent reunions they could be said to have lost it a few times, but they’ve never been boring and they’ve never rested on their laurels. The latest version of the band—after the 2007 death of bassist Paul Raven, also of Ministry and Prong—includes the full original 1978 lineup, and the two albums they’ve made so far, 2010’s Absolute Dissent and last year’s MMXII, are inspired, terrifying evocations of an apocalyptic world in which every conspiracy theory is true and nothing good is permitted. Currently they’re promoting a long-overdue singles collection—Killing Joke were known as a great singles band in the UK—and if you pay for the superdeluxe cigar-box edition, you’ll get some wrappers of actual cigars smoked by Raven and front man and songwriter Jaz Coleman during the recording of 2006’s Hosannas from the Basements of Hell. Who could resist? —Monica Kendrick Czar opens.



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