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Dead Kennedys to play Hammersonic Festival on July 22

The Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, July 10, 2018  /  11:45 am
Dead Kennedys to play Hammersonic Festival on July 22

Legendary American punk band the Dead Kennedys is slated to perform at the Hammersonic Metal Festival on July 22. (The Jakarta Post/Revision Live)

Legendary American band the Dead Kennedys, considered by critics as one of the pioneers of punk, are scheduled to perform at the Hammersonic rock festival later this month.

Organizers of the festival recently announced that the Bay Area punk band will deliver their performance on July 22.

"Are you ready for the American punk rock hero, the godfather of punk Dead Kennedys?" concert organizer Revision Live said in its announcement.

Earlier, the organizer also announced that American hardcore band H20 had confirmed their performance at Hammersonic, Southeast Asia's biggest outdoor concert.

The Dead Kennedys, founded in San Francisco, are known for their radical politics and confrontational live performances. The band's debut record Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, which contained the antiwar single "Holiday in Cambodia" and antifascist song "California Uber Alles", is considered by critics as one of punk's greatest record.

In 1986, the band released Bedtime for Democracy, which came with controversial artwork depicting the Statue of Liberty being overrun by fascists, Nazis, corrupt government officials and religious zombies.

The band's current lineup does not include the legendary vocalist Eric Reed Boucher, also known as Jello Biafra.

Biafra has repeatedly denied offers to reunite with the band and has been the subject of lawsuits filed by current members of the band for unpaid royalties.


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