There's no shortage of good bands playing the Ink-N-Iron festival this weekend at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Sadly, we can't pay much attention to bands that are merely "good" when the world's greatest band of all time is playing. That's right, folks -- Rocket From the Crypt is performing Saturday night and if that's not enough to get your ass off the couch--even for a festival focused on cars and tattoos-- then it's time to start reevaluating your life.
It's a big deal any time the world's greatest band plays (full disclosure: I'm kind of a fan), but it's an even bigger deal when the show marks the first time in nearly eight years that the world's greatest band is playing on American soil. An announced show, anyway.
Rocket From the Crypt held an uber-secret gig on Easter at Bar Pink in San Diego (this writer attended), but that performance was for approximately 100 heathens who view the six members of Rocket From the Crypt (singer/guitarist John "Speedo" Reis, bassist Pete "Petey X" Reichert, guitarist Andy "ND" Stamets, drummer Mario "Ruby Mars" Rubalcaba, trumpet player Jason "JC2000" Crane and saxophonist Paul "Apollo 9" O'Beirne) as musical Messiahs whose triumphant return to the stage was infinitely more important to humanity than some bearded hippie who rose from the dead.