11.19.08: Dead Kennedys Tracks hit Rock Band
11.19.08: Street to Recognize "Pope of Punk"
11.19.08: Soldier Finds His Voice Blogging from Iraq
09.20.08: Amanda Palmer Recording
08.21.08: Dead Kennedys Announce Indefininte Touring Hiatus
05.19.08: DKs Announce Gold and Silver Record Certification in USA and UK
03.24.08: Dead Kennedys Announce Tour to Support Milking the Sacred Cow CD
01.23.08: DK Part of Sirius Radios 5 Day "Greatest Punk Songs" Special
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11.19.08 – Dead Kennedys Tracks Hit Rock Band
The Dead Kennedys are the latest popular beat combo to get their sparkling pop songs in the 360 version of Rock Band.
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11.19.08 – Street to Recognize "Pope of Punk"
The godfather of San Francisco punk rock, known for insulting crowds and performers alike, is likely to soon get his own tribute from city leaders.
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11.19.08 – Soldier Finds His Voice Blogging from Iraq
Then, after he posted an anti-Iraq war rant by Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, they ordered him to stop blogging. Buzzell's Iraq blog lasted just 10 ...
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9.20.08 – Amanda Palmer Recording
Recently DK guitarist East Bay Ray was in the studio recording two tracks with singer, pianist Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione, members of the experimental art/punk band the Dresden Dolls. Tentatively, one of the tracks, ironically called "Guitar Hero," will be on Amanda Palmer's solo album "Who Killed Amanda Palmer." www.myspace.com/whokilledamandapalmer
After the recording, the Dresden Dolls played to a sold out crowd at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and Ray sat in with them and played the two songs, the first time they were performed publicly. The show was
fantastic, the Dolls had other local musician's sit in with them besides himself. They did one song with the fabulous cello player Zoe Keating, who will also be a featured guest on the release. Very cool!
08.21.08 – Dead Kennedys Announce Indefinite Touring Hiatus
August 21, 2008 - Dead Kennedys sadly announce that the band will no longer be touring in the foreseeable future due to health related issues of bassist Klaus Flouride and drummer D.H. Peligro.
Klaus comments, "Over the years, I have had the great fortune to have been a founding member of Dead Kennedys. It's been tough at times but it's also been particularly rewarding working and collaborating with men like Biafra, D.H., 6025, Brandon, Jeff, Ted, Dave, Steve, Skip and especially Ray. And to all those who I have met over the years - thank you."
Though unable to do major tours, Klaus will continue to perform and collaborate in local projects. Guitarist East Bay Ray, and vocalist Skip - from the Wynona Riders, who sang on Dead Kennedys' last two tours, will
continue working together writing songs and performing under a new band name.
Earlier this year, in May 2008, Dead Kennedys were awarded a Gold Record in both the United States and the United Kingdom for "Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death." "In God We Trust, Inc" was also certified Gold in the United Kingdom. This is significant achievement because the recordings were all released on independent labels.
On Dead Kennedys' recent UK and Californian tours, the audience reception was enthusiastic and genuine (including two new songs performed by the band). Thanks to those that came to those shows and for their encouragement.
05.19.08 – DKs Announce Gold and Silver Record Certification in USA and UK
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA– Seminal punk rock band Dead Kennedys announced today that the Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death album has been certified Gold in both the United States and the United Kingdom. In God We Trust, Inc. has also been certified Gold in the United Kingdom and in addition, Plastic Surgery Disasters, Frankenchrist and Bedtime for Democracy have all been certified Silver in the UK. This is a monumental achievement considering that all of the recordings were released on independent labels. “It has not been easy, but I’m proud that we did it ourselves, and that we did not compromise the music,” stated the band’s guitarist East Bay Ray regarding the band’s Gold and Silver accomplishments.
A ten-city promotional tour will take place in May and June in support and celebration of the certifications. As previously announced, the lead singing duties have been taken over by Skip from The Wynona Riders. The band also regrets to announce that drummer D.H. Peligro is taking some personal time off, and will not be joining the band for these shows. He will be temporarily replaced by Dave Scheff. Dave is from the San Francisco band Translator, who was responsible for the hit “Everywhere That I’m Not.”
Tour dates are as follows:
May 22 Rio Leeds, England
May 23 Liquid Room Edinburgh, Scotland
May 24 Newcastle Academy Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
May 25 Academy 2 Manchester, England
May 27 Academy Bristol, England
May 28 Electric Ballroom London, England
May 29 Academy Oxford, England
June 6 House of Blues Los Angeles, CA
June 7 House Of Blues San Diego, CA
June 8 The Wheelhouse Hemet, CA
ABOUT DEAD KENNEDYS
Dead Kennedys have been called "one of the most popular and important American hardcore punk bands of the late seventies/early eighties" by the Rough Guide to Rock. Spin Magazine named the band’s Special 25th Anniversary Edition of Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables one of the Top 10 reissues of 2005, alongside other icons including Bob Dylan, RUN-D.M.C., Ray Charles and the Kinks. Over the years, the band’s catalogue has sold nearly two million units.
03.24.08 – Dead Kennedys Announce Tour to Support Milking the Sacred Cow CD
Dead Kennedys are going to tour to celebrate the release Milking the Sacred Cow, made available online and as a CD by Manifesto Records on October 9, 2007. Milking the Sacred Cow is the first compilation since the release of 1987’s Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death. Itgathers together the band’s best-known tracks in one package. The collection will enable fans to have both a hard copy as well as a digital copy of their favorite DK tunes at an affordable price. The compilation features the top ten DK’s downloaded songs plus two previously unreleased live tracks - “Soup Is Good Food” and “Jock-O-Rama.”
Milking the Sacred Cow contains the following songs:
- California Uber Alles
- Police Truck
- Kill The Poor
- Holiday In Cambodia
- Nazi Punks Fuck Off
- Too Drunk To Fuck
- Viva Las Vegas
- Moon Over Marin
- MTV Get Off The Air
- Soup Is Good Food (Live)
- Jock-O-Rama (Live)
Dead Kennedys announce that the lead singing duties will now be taken over by Skip from The Wynona Riders, who were on the influential independent label Lookout Records. The bands previous singer, Jeff Penalty, has been unavailable because of numerous other projects he is working on, and the scheduling conflicts became impossible to work around. Jeff also expressed that he was not interested in working on new material, something the other band members were keen on exploring.
The band also regrets to announce that drummer D.H. Peligro is taking some personal time off, and will not be joining the band for these shows. He will be temporarily replaced by Dave Scheff. Dave is from the San Francisco band Translator, who was responsible for the hit “Everywhere That I’m Not.” Dead Kennedys’ East Bay Ray and Klaus Flouride, along with Skip and Dave, would like to wish D.H. a productive time off and look forward to joining him on the road with the band in the future.
01.23.08 - DK Part of Sirius Radios 5 Day "Greatest Punk Songs" Special
Sirius Satellite Radio has unveiled plans for a special five day punk special. According to the press release, the five days will feature "the greatest punk bands of all time playing the greatest punk songs of all time."
Participants confirmed for the event include The Sex Pistols, The Misfits, The Dead Kennedys, The Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, Henry Rollins, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys and more. Along with the music, the band members will be discussing the music and behind-the-scenes details for the tracks selected.
The entire thing kicks off Monday January 28th beginning at 7 am ET through Friday February 1.