Steve Ignorant Presents Crass at The Fox Theater Friday Night

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Steve Ignorant Presents Crass
Fox Theater Pomona
April 29, 2011

Last Friday night, hundreds of multi-generational fans from all sects of punk-rock came out to pay their final crusty homage to CRASS. Oh yes, the vigor expressed at these nostalgic shows can be quite the modern theatrical masterpiece, the weathered singer as he hawks out the tired songs one last time, the perfect singing along of every single lyric by the entire crowd. And the Pomona supplement to their "Last Supper Tour" was no exception. 


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The band might not have had any of the original members but then again, the show was called Steve Ignorant presents Crass Songs, not just Crass". But the the lineup chosen for this tour was definitely nothing to take less seriously though, including guitarist Gizz Butt formerly of The English Dogs and even drummer Spike T. Smith, previously of Morrissey and the Damned.

A band's farewell tour can be quite touching sometimes, especially if that band is the founding father of the whole Anarcho tentacle of punk-rock, a scene that has been subtly kept alive over the years in both the U.S. and U.K. through barely legible band signage, patchouli and wino slip-on shoes.

It was a full-ass house at The Fox Theater, at least seven times as packed as it was when The Adicts played there last year.  The balcony was just as bad as the pit. And no, it actually did not reek of that infamous crusty-punk B.O.

After much suspense, Ignorant thundered into his set with the conscious punk anthem, "Punk is Dead." And there it was, the simple albeit legendary signature 1-2-3-4 snare centered drumbeat. He wasted no time whatsoever in pleasing his loyal fans, immediately following it up with "Do They Owe Us A Living?", again that glorious drumbeat!

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While they played their songs, a slide-show was projected in the background that was different for every other song. Mostly of their past album covers like the plain "Be warned, the nature of your oppression is the aesthetic of our anger." along with occasional snapshots of the long lineage of old Crass members.

As the the eerie samples came on for "Poison in a Pretty Pill", I was curious to see how Beki Straughan--the hired female singer taking the place of Eve Libertine-would do. For the first half of the set, she just quietly stood in the back, lightly dancing through out the songs. But as Ignorant stepped off the mic and she walked up, it was apparent why she was chosen. Her high-pitch controlled squeals were admirable and her affection for the songs as she danced-in-place through them even more so.

They played non-stop for an hour and a half, Beki and ignorant taking turns at the mic. They said they were going to be performing Crass songs from 1977-1984 and they did. The pit was good too, almost as big as a pit as Ozzfest or something. And now, I will be able to tell my grandsons. "Yup...I saw Crass play once, well, I saw a band play Crass songs but it was just as good!"

Critics Bias: It was hard for me to get in, and when I did finally get in, I couldn't take my pen in! So I had to "keister" it, thus, ruined the whole show for me...psych! Haha. But no, actually had to take my usual notes on the blackberry instead.

The Crowd: Hippies with spikes, some tribal folk, but mostly post-punks who just grew up into probably their identical versions of themselves 20 years ago.

Random Notebook Dump: Heckling a sound guy is not fun, also, some pretty cool fight erupted afterwards right in front of the entrance.

Set List:  (only part of it, in no particular order, had to write it down myself manually)

Punk Is Dead
Do They Owe Us a Living?
I Ain't Thick, its Just a Trick
Poison in a Pretty Pill
Reject of Society
G's Song
Darling
You've Got Big Hands
Shaved Women
Bloody Revolutions
Rival Tribal Revel Rebel
Heard too Much
The Gas Man Cometh
Chairman of The Bored
Berkertex Bribe
Tired
Reality Whitewash
Big A, Little A
Banned From The Roxy
Brother
The Truth of Revolution





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Crassty
Crassty

The female singer was Carol Hodge, not Beki Straughan

zhenglishu
zhenglishu

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Jarmey Fowler
Jarmey Fowler

Oh and BTW the female singer is not Beki Straughan...Her name is Carol Hodge and she put on an amazing performance. Hats off to her, she was the best part of what was for me a horrible show.

Jarmey Fowler
Jarmey Fowler

Well, I was at the show in Pomona at the Fox... it was a great disappointment. I am sadden to report that Steve hired security goons who were searching everybody and going though pockets... I had two joints in my cigarette pack stolen from me at the door... then when I got inside I found out that my ticket that I had paid $20.00 for only allowed me to see the show from a back row in a balcony... I was not permitted near the dance floor. I have no idea how much dance floor tickets cost but certainly for $20.00 I ought to be able to dance. I am in my mid 30's and have love crass for nearly 20 years.... so sad that it had to happen like this. The searches, pat downs, high ticket prices and two tiered entry fees seem to run counter to everything that crass stood for.

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Theglutster
Theglutster

Hey Jarmey,

Javier Cabral here, thank you for catching the mistake. Beki was the girl who was announced for their U.S tour.

FYSP

Clashcityrocker077
Clashcityrocker077

Jarmey Fowler, it seems to me, "WEED" is your focus, and not what Steve Ignorant has done for 30 years! Stop moaning, and next time your "WEED" is your focus give your ticket to someone that does care about "CRASS" songs sang by Steve Ignorant, the reason "PUNK" changed peoples lives!

Tubba06
Tubba06

i was at the show too =) 20 bucks is not too much money for a show nowadays...although i do understand where your coming from, and know about the crass method of doing things (im a huge fan of the anarcho genre) but this wasnt crass anyways....this was steve performing old crass songs...and as far as the pat downs and searches...this was not my first time at the fox theater...and i could honestly say that this is how the venue runs the place....definitely not security guards hired by steve...that is just a load of bollocks....and as far as your ticket...i got the same one as you im sure, and i was all the way up front grabbing on to the barricade the whole night...with the fox theater (and to my knowledge) ONLY with the fox theater, you have to make sure you get there early, because they will only let a couple hundred people down in the "pit" area then they lock the gates, and your forced to either stand around at the bar area, OR go to the balcony up top....this venue has some pretty wacked out rules, but i assure you it was the venues decision to operate the way it did, and not steves.....ill never understand why when people talk about steve ignorant they fell it necessary to talk down on him, and call him a "sellout" or try saying that hes not down with the same ideas he was when he was in crass....i mean shit, 20 bucks is not that much money at all, considering they came all the way from the uk to play a gig, in a city he said he had never even heard of!!!

This Is OC
This Is OC

Like Tubba said, at the Fox they let a certain amount of people at the floor level via wristband and once capacity is reached they close it up. Only people with wristbands are allowed on the floor. WITH THAT BEING SAID, I got there ten minutes before Steve went onstage and was at the floor level, HOW you ask??? My bud and I used are EINSTEIN like brains and hopped the rail when they started playing. as Steve would say, YOU PAY

Jarmey Fowler
Jarmey Fowler

If I had been allowed to see the show perhaps $20.00 would not seem like a lot. I am a working class guy, I work as a gardener and business has not been so great the past few years, $40.00 (two tickets me and my girl) and 1.5g of weed for a show that I couldn't even see from the seat I had to sit in was a bit pricey for my blood. Also, I was there early, and I asked the guy at the box office if there was anyway that I could get in... this was during the goldblade set... he told me NO... I was so excited to see Steve doing crass songs, I bought my ticket when they first went on sale back in January or early February. I own every crass record, I am looking at my collection of crass 7" right in front of me. It was such a let down that after all these years I get to see and hear these songs live and get so close and...

Steve ought to take responsibility for how the shows he puts on are run... People don't come to venues to be at venues they come to see the show.

I want my money and weed back...if you see Steve tell him I said so.

Tubba06
Tubba06

you know, i dont really like arguing over the internet....however i just couldnt help but reply...im a working glass individual myself...i work in a lousy factory for a temp agency, actually getting paid LESS then minimum wage....20 bucks for a ticket is still not too much money man, i dont care how you look at it....and im not sure if your saying you got there when goldblade was performing??!? or if thats when you decided to ask if you could go up front...regardless the ticket said that the doors opened at a certain time, 8 i believe...i got there at 7:50 and was NOT in front of the line there were plenty of people in front of me who got in, and not only was i still able to be in front, so was the loads of people behind me....i mean for focks sake...security guards were even going around the line telling people to hurry up and get inside (instead of getting a drink at the bar) if they wanted to get up front...as far as the weed man, i love smoking as much as the next guy, but ive never tried bringing it in, if i would it surely wouldnt have been in a cigarette pack, and besides that was taking a major chance man...you have nobody to blame except for yourself for the loss of that bud....and maybe, MAYBE the venue.....and for the last time, i dont care if its fear, nofx, circle jerks, or steve ignorant....none of these people can tell the management how to run their venue....i totally agree that people go to shows to see the show! i wouldnt have cared if it was the fox theater...or the damn pizza place down the street my point is that in the real world, bands dont have all this "juice" that your making it seem like they have...plenty of venues (in southern california at least) cant speak for places ive never been...but all these clubs have their own rules regardless of whos playing.if you were so upset and wanted your money back, im sure you could have asked before entering, ya know maybe when they made you throw out your weed...then you could have had the money, and still went home and smoked...and listened to a few crass records....just be thankful for what we all got man....a nostalgic crass moment, that we'll probably never be able to witness again....and as far as telling steve....ehhh i wish i was able to see him again....but thats not happening....oh and once more ha hha if you want a refund it wouldnt be him to ask, it would be the venue!!! im sure he didnt even set up the show!!! he probably had a promoter and what not.

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