Reunion Madness: Jesus Lizard For ATP!



A cautionary news item in four parts.


Fred Mills



“In what has to rank as one of the most
unlikely developments in rock…”
Thus began the umpteenth email of the
morning at BLURT, Inc. But this is a different kind of email….


“The awe-inspiring primal force of the Jesus
Lizard will return, briefly, in 2009. The original lineup of David Yow, Duane
Denison, David Wm. Sims and Mac McNeilly will reform for a very limited series
of live dates in 2009, starting with the All Tomorrows Parties event dubbed The
Fans Strike Back in Minehead, UK on May 9 and 10 and ending with a final
appearance in Chicago in late November.”


Yow! (No pun intended.) It also has to rank as one of the
most unlikely coincidences we’ve had
around these parts lately: just yesterday we kicked off the latest BLURT poll –
that thing running down the left-hand margin of our homepage – in which we
query you, gentle readers, the following: “Band reunions have been all the rage
of late – can you spell NKOTB? – and things may hit critical mass (Phish, et
al) in 2009. We say feh! Reunions suck, dude! Which of these rumored reunions
would you want to personally beg the members NOT to mount?”



The choices were provide you are Pavement, Led Zeppelin
w/new frontman, The Kinks, My Bloody Valentine (whoops! too late!), Blink-182,
The Smiths, Sublime w/new frontman, Faith No More, Klaatu and Creed w/ANY
frontman. Had we known the Lizard was also in the running we surely would have
included them in that list, so when you do go to cast your Blurtballot, feel
free to submit an additional “write-in” at the comments section of the poll



That said, you can bet we’ll be on hand for this particular
reunion one way or another. Last time we saw Jesus Lizard we were, like, 8
years old and wearing imitation Docs and our older brother’s flannel shirt!



More on the Liz:


“These shows will be the Jesus Lizards first
since disbanding in 1999 and the first in twelve years to feature the original
storied quartet. As anyone who has experienced the Jesus Lizard live can
attest, they are one of the most intense and visceral musical assemblies to
ever stalk a stage. This fleeting reunion offers an incredible opportunity to
either be blown away all over again or to immerse yourself in the sweaty power
and driving mayhem for the very first time.”


still more:


“In celebration of this event, Touch and Go
Records will reissue four full-length releases from the Jesus Lizard in May
2009. Remastered recordings of Head,
Goat, Liar, and Down
will be available on both LP and CD, all with expanded packaging and liner
notes. Bob Weston is heading up the remastering process with Steve Albini, the
original session engineer, sitting in.”



Oh, the guilt!



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