Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
I arrived just as the second opening act, Victim’s Family took the stage. I had heard of them before but never seen them so I was curious. They are a fairly jazzy trio, well, jazzy for a hardcore band. Their sound was very well mixed and you could clearly hear each player and the vocals. Enjoyable.
Jello Biafra at the Great American Music Hall. Click for more photos.
Jello came out around 10:30 and the hall was barely 1/3, if that. They even had tables for the dinner seating setup on the sides. When is the last time you saw a punk show with people sitting down eating dinner? For comparison, the (faux) Dead Kennedys nearly filled the Regency Ballroom, which is four times bigger, back in October (my write up here). Granted, that was a Friday night and Jello played a Monday but still.
Most of the material was from his latest GSM album which has a swirling/psychedelic punk sound similar to the DKs rather than the dark, metalesque material he did with the Melvins. Like the Victim’s Family set, they did great job of mixing the sound. Oddly California Uber Alles still featured Schwarzenegger as the protagonist rather than reverting back to once again Gov. Jerry Brown. This was the first time I’d seen Nazi Punk F— Off return to his set list probably since the DKs days.
The Brown Lipstick Parade
California Uber Alles
Werewolves of Wallstreet
Nazi Punks Fuck Off
Hollywood Goof Disease
White People and the Damage Done
Pets Eat Their Master
Dot Com Monte Carlo
Jello Biafra – Vocals (and commentary)
Ralph Spight – Guitar
Kimo Ball – Guitar
Andrew Weiss – Bass
Billy Gould – Drums
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