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"I was really scared at that point."
Steve Ignorant is off to the New Country tomorrow with his band of merry men and women. Steve is doing a tour called The Last Supper, which he says is his celebration of Crass, the band he founded in 1977 with Penny Rimbaud. None of the other members of Crass are involved, but all gave their blessing. Steve's band includes Gizz Butt (Destructors, English Dogs, The Prodigy, The More I See), Spike Smith (Morrissey, Conflict, Killing Joke, the Damned), Bob Butler (Schwartzeneggar, The Tone), and Carol Hodge (Electraglide, Synko, Bad Taste Barbies). The set includes all of Ignorant's favourite songs from the period 1977-1984, when he feels the band were at their peak, and before things "got a bit heavy and horrible" due both to external pressures on the band resulting from their political activism, and internal strain on the band personally after seven years of living and working together in such a demanding atmosphere. All gigs are listed with ticket links below.
After these dates the band visit Australia and New Zealand in June and then the tour ends in London on 19th November, which according to Steve, is the last time he will ever sing Crass songs.
More info on Steve's web site.
April 20 Brooklyn, NY @ Europa (plus A.P.P.L.E. and Thulsa Doom) April 21 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Olympia (more tickets now available) April 22 Toronto, ON @ Opera House April 23 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge April 26 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's (plus The Estranged) April 27 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's April 29 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater (plus Aztlan Underground) April 30 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse May 1 Scottsdale, AZ @ Chaser's Nightclub May 3 Austin, TX @ Emo's May 5 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds May 6 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade May 7 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (plus Final Conflict and Aghast) May 8 New York, NY @ Santo's - SOLD OUT
Old Igs (that's Mr. Steve Ignorant to you) has been busy this week. He's posted some video interviews talking about Crass, The Last Supper tour, the Feeding Of the 5000 gigs, etc.
The Crassical Collection continues apace, and the second release is the newly remastered and repackaged Stations Of The Crass. Just as with Feeding of the Five Thousand before it, this legendary album has been repackaged and bolstered by rare tracks, and stunning new artwork from band member Gee Vaucher (aka G. Suss), a 64-page booklet featuring extensive liner notes from band members Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant, plus a recreation of the original and iconic fold-out poster sleeve.
On Monday 8th November at 6pm at Rough Trade East, Steve Ignorant will be interviewed about his recently published autobiography, The Rest Is Propaganda, followed by a Q&A and book signing. It's free, and all are welcome - no book purchase required!