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Killing Joke at Venue

Killing Joke Vancouver

Killing Joke at Venue, Vancouver, Dec 14 2010. Robyn Hanson photo.

Photos – Killing Joke at Venue, Vancouver, Dec 14 2010

– text by Shawn Conner/photos by Robyn Hanson

A few folks on Twitter insisted the Killing Joke concert was going to be one of the shows of the year. It was the first time the band was touring with its original lineup since 1982 (!)*, and the new album, Absolute Dissent, rocks hard (I actually paid to download it, and almost don’t regret not asking for a freebie from the record label). But we ended up leaving Killing Joke’s Dec 14 Vancouver show halfway through.

Once the thrill of seeing the kabuki-mask-like visage of Jaz Coleman wore off, and the band settled into a heavy but comfortable mid-tempo industrial groove, the excitement of seeing these grizzled vets of the UK punk rock scene dissipated. Maybe the last-minute loss of long-time bassist Youth, who had had to bow out of the tour due to a family emergency, took away some vital ingredient in the Killing Joke chemistry. Or maybe it took a long-time fan to fully appreciate what it was we were seeing. Anyway, Killing Joke’s Venue appearance probably wasn’t one of the shows of the year, but it made for one of the best photo galleries of the year:

Killing Joke at Venue, Dec 14 2010. Robyn Hanson photo

Killing Joke at Venue, Dec 14 2010. Robyn Hanson photo

Killing Joke at Venue, Dec 14 2010. Robyn Hanson photo

Killing Joke at Venue, Dec 14 2010. Robyn Hanson photo

More Killing Joke at Venue, Vancouver photos:

*I have since been corrected on this score – the band, including Youth, apparently did tour in 2008, but didn’t play Vancouver.

2 responses to “Killing Joke at Venue

  1. 10 years ago  

    The original lineup (including Youth, sans “family emergency”) toured in late 2008. Just because they didn’t hit Vancouver that time doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

    As for leaving half-way through? Your loss.

  2. 10 years ago  

    Thanks for the correction; I guess the original lineup just hadn’t played Vancouver since 1982. And like I say, I enjoyed what I saw, it just lacked a spark, at least for someone with only a passing curiosity about the band. New album is killer, though.

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