03.19.14: New Dead Kennedys Singles Collection Available for Pre-Order
09.07.13: DH Bbook signing - Dreadnaught: King of Afropunk
03.18.13: Dreadnaught: King of Afropunk - Pre Order D.H. Peligro's New Book Today!
07.29.11: RollingStone Talks with East Bay Ray about New Killer Smiles Album
07.27.11: Dead Kennedys Guitarist East Bay Ray Announces Album
12.14.10: Peligro's "Sum of Our Surroundings" Now Available on iTunes
08.11.10: Announce Short Tour This Fall
07.20.10: Today’s KROQ Flashback – Dead Kennedys “Bleed For Me”



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03.19.14: New Dead Kennedys Singles Collection Available for Pre-Order

AT LAST!!! Manifesto is releasing the first-ever box set of the original 7” vinyl singles by DEAD KENNEDYS, originally released from 1979 to 1982. These singles have been out-of-print for at least 20 years, but now Manifesto is bringing them back! All seven singles are in the original sleeves, but this time in heavy jackets! Also includes new 12-page liner notes and interviews with the band, in a 7” x 7” 12 page booklet, and the recordings have been re-mastered from the original tapes!

Includes the following:

California Uber Alles 7"
Holiday In Cambodia 7"
Kill The Poor 7"
Too Drunk To Fuck 7"
Nazi Punks Fuck Off 7"
Bleed For Me 7"
Halloween 7"

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09.07.13: DH Bbook signing - Dreadnaught: King of Afropunk

DH will be reading and signing his book Thursday Sept. 5, 7pm @ Book Soup 
8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Order Dreadnaught: King of Afropunk

A no-holds-barred memoir of legendary Dead Kennedys and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer D.H. Peligro, Dreadnaught chronicles Peligro from his pre-DK years growing up in a deprived St. Louis ghetto to San Francisco with Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray, and Klaus Flouride—from Los Angeles with the Chili Peppers through years of drug and alcohol abuse all over the world amidst a backdrop of some clearly defining periods of late twentieth century music history.

03.18.13: Dreadnaught: King of Afropunk - Pre Order D.H. Peligro's New Book Today!

A no-holds-barred memoir of legendary Dead Kennedys and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer D.H. Peligro, Dreadnaught chronicles Peligro from his pre-DK years growing up in a deprived St. Louis ghetto to San Francisco with Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray, and Klaus Flouride—from Los Angeles with the Chili Peppers through years of drug and alcohol abuse all over the world amidst a backdrop of some clearly defining periods of late twentieth century music history.

Pre-order Dreadnaught: King of Afropunk

07.29.11: RollingStone Talks with East Bay Ray about New Killer Smiles Album

Although the Dead Kennedys have been back on the concert circuit for several years (with other singers taking the spot of Jello Biafra), the group hasn't issued a full-length album of new material since 1986'sBedtime for Democracy. But DK guitarist East Bay Ray's unmistakable six-string work will see the light of day again when his band, the Killer Smiles, issues The Killer Smiles on September 13th via MVD Audio.

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07.27.11: Dead Kennedys Guitarist East Bay Ray Announces Album

Influential Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray announces the release of the self-titled debut album of his new band, East Bay Ray and The Killer Smiles. The record will come out September 13 via MVD Audio. The 12 new tracks were produced by Paul Leary, Butthole Surfers guitarist and widely known for producing Sublime's massive self-titled CD and their single "Santeria."

Along with Ray's distinctive sound, the recording also features the voice and lyrics of Skip McSkipster from the Wynonna Riders and recent Dead Kennedys' tours.

As East Bay Ray describes the album: "While Skip and I were touring in the DKs, we started writing a batch of new songs and wanted to record them. And then Paul Leary, who the DKs used to play with in warehouses back in the day, took a liking to the project and he ended up producing it."

Skip declares, "Working with a guitarist of Ray's caliber has allowed me to more fully explore where my vocals can go. People will find the album very wide-ranging and a good start for where the band will take us"

They are joined on the album by drummer Steve Wilson and bassist Greg Reeves, both who have also filled in on several major Dead Kennedys tours.

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12.14.10: Peligro's "Sum of Our Surroundings" Now Available on iTunes

Dead Kennedys member DH Peligro is the front man in this menacing band simply known as Peligro. The album, Sum of our Surroundings is now available on iTunes. Sum of Our Surroundings recently took home "Rock Album of the Year" and critics are calling it "Peligro's best work ever." The song "Negativity" from the album can be heard on the movie soundtrack "The Four Horseman."

Download Sum of Our Surroundings as well as Peligro's first album PELIGRO now on iTunes. Also stay tuned for the new live album recorded at the Viper Room in Hollywood CA coming out soon!

Click here to get Sum of Our Surroundings on iTunes
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08.11.10: Announce Short Tour This Fall

Dead Kennedys has announced a short run of fall dates. For the upcoming dates, drummer D.H. Peligro will be joining the tour along with East Bay Ray, but Klaus Flouride's spot will be filled by Greg Reeves, as Klaus is taking some personal time off. The  band will be fronted by Skip McSkipster of the Wynona Riders, who previously toured the UK and the West Coast with the legendary band.

October 12, 2010    Portland, ME             The Asylum
October 13, 2010    Boston, MA               Paradise Rock Club
October 15, 2010    New York, NY            Irving Plaza
October 16, 2010    Washington DC          Rock and Roll Hotel
October 17, 2010    Philadelphia, PA        Theatre of Living Arts
October 22, 2010    Maui, HI                   Hard Rock Café, Lahina
October 23, 2010    Oahu, HI                   The Loft

07.20.10: Today’s KROQ Flashback – Dead Kennedys “Bleed For Me”

World famous KROQ features Dead Kennedys "Bleed for Me" as their Flashback

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06.20.10: Tours: Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine (Europe, US, Canada)

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Jello Biafra's first full time band since the Dead Kennedys have announced the bulk of their summer schedule. Along with spending most of June hitting Festivals in Europe, the band will open for Tool in California, and visit Quebec and Nova Scotia. They released their debut, The Audacity of Hype, last year. 

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06.10.10: First track posted from East Bay Ray’s new band The Killer Smiles upcoming CD

The first track “It’s Broken” is now up on MySpace from East Bay Ray’s new band The Killer Smiles.

Go here to check it out http://www.myspace.com/eastbayray1

East Bay Ray, guitarist of Dead Kennedys and Skip McSkipster, singer from the Wynona Riders, have taken their collaboration to a new level. Along with drummer Steve Wilson (from Tatu) and bassist Greg Reeves of Cordovan, they have formed a new band called The Killer Smiles.

The band has recorded a CDs worth of tracks with the guidance of producer Paul Leary. Paul is best known for producing Sublime’s self-titled break out CD and their single “Santeria” and for producing the Butthole Surfers and their number one single “Pepper,” in addition to being their guitarist. He has also worked in the studio remixing U2.

As guitarist for Dead Kennedys, East Bay Ray penned some of the most recognizable and memorable guitar riffs to emerge from the West Coast punk movement. Known in the alternative music scene for his unique artistry and multifaceted talents, Ray was featured in the January 2006 issue of Guitar World and in the April 2006 edition of Guitar Player magazine speaking about music, guitar playing and songwriting.

While most punk guitarists are considered one-dimensional, East Bay Ray incorporates a variety of styles into his playing for the Killer Smiles. He has a truly original guitar sound, effortlessly rolling off an assortment of riffs (from surf rock, power chords, '60s spy movies and original open voicings to Ennio Morricone-esque spaghetti Western scores), in addition to creating spacey sounds courtesy of an Echoplex effects box.

Both Skip McSkipster and Steve Wilson have filled in on recent major Dead Kennedys’ tours and two of the new songs were performed live on those tours to an enthusiastic response.

05.28.10: California Uber Alles and the Dead Kennedys' Coming Revival

I have to admit, I automatically figure that every actor or musician is a political Lefty until shown otherwise.

But, boy, that would be the wrong assumption to make of the iconic ‘80’s punk band, the Dead Kennedys!

At least, the very first single the band released in 1979 will make any California conservative’s heart sing, I assure you.

First, though, and I have to stop to write this because too many Republicans get squishy fast and end up apologizing for things they didn’t even do if the P.C. police come crashing down: the band’s name was not meant to insult the assassinated Kennedy brothers. Instead, to quote their lead singer, Jello Biafra (how great is that rock and roll name?!), the name was meant to “bring attention to the end of the American Dream.”

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05.20.10: UXO Collective Presents Tour Featuring Jello Biafra and More

With an all-star line-up of bands, including everyone from Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine and Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman to Anti-Flag, the UXO Tour has stepped outside of the stereotype of anti-war propaganda and put an innovative spin on the objective in order to appeal to everyone from the supporting troups and politicians to the general public and artistic and music communities by creating a genuinely stellar atmosphere and party element to each of the shows along the 5-month long tour, hitting up New York, Seattle, San Diego, Kansas City, and Washington, DC.

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05.03.10: Good Review of East Bay Ray’s "Labyrinth"

Love and Mathematics Fridays, 1-3pm, on WZBC Newton MA 90.3 fm East Bay Ray - Labyrinth December 5, 2009 “Wow!” is all I can say after listening to this album. “Labyrinth,” the new cd by East Bay Ray, sounds totally different from the Dead Kennedys. But it’s pretty great nonetheless. Mostly instrumental, a lot of electronics, almost ambient at times. A wonderful and unexpected gift from a long-time creative force. Three of the best tracks, “Echos,” “Original Moon,” and the incredibly lovely “Tragedy Queen,” are up on his Myspace page. Check them out, and be surprised yourself. And wonderful cover art by Alison Silva, too, as you can see from above. Posted by loveandmath

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01.27.10: East Bay Ray in the Studio With Producer Paul Leary

East Bay Ray, guitarist of the Dead Kennedys and Skip McSkipster, singer from the Wynona Riders are back in the recording studio at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA for more work on a rock album with producer Paul Leary. Paul is best known as the guitarist for the Butthole Surfers and for producing Sublime's self-titled break out CD and their single "Santeria" and producing the Butthole Surfers and their single "Pepper." He has also worked in the studio with U2.

Along with drummer Steve Wilson from Tatu and bassist Greg Reeves of Cordovan Music, they have recorded tracks at Eldorado Studio in Los Angeles, CA, for an album to be released later this year. Eldorado use to be owned by Marvin Gaye and has recorded such bands as the Offspring and My Chemical Romance.

Both Skip and Steve have filled in on recent major Dead Kennedys' tours and two of the new songs were played live on those tours to an enthusiastic response.

Photos in the studio on East Bay Ray's Facebook page
Photos on East Bay Ray's MySpace page

11.12.09- East Bay Ray in Studio Recording with New Band

East Bay Ray has entered Eldorado Studios in Los Angeles this week to begin recording a new project. As of right now, the band name has not been revealed, but it features Skip from the Wynona Riders and is being produced by Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers, Sublime).

11.04.09-East Bay Ray & the Moral Majority live show Nov 7

East Bay Ray & the Moral Majority will play Nov 7 at Coconuts in Capistrano Beach, CA with Shattered Faith and Social Task. For more information, please go to:

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09.04.09-East Bay Ray’s electronic music release “Labyrinth” Sept. 15

Dead Kennedys’ guitarist EAST BAY RAY’s electronic/ambient music release LABYRINTH will be available September 15 on iTunes, eMusic, Napster, Rhapsody and other music download sites. Please go to East Bay Ray’s Facebook page or MySpace page . The CD version will be in stores November 17.

06.20.09-Nate Denver of SLAP Skateboard Magazine Interviews Klaus Flouride

What interested the Dead Kennedys in playing the Eco Cup/Harmony Fest?
We haven’t played for a year- I’ve been out of commission with an illness, DH has been out of commission… it may be one of our last shows, we don’t know, but we wanted what might be our last show to be when everybody is healthy. So there’s that, and the other thing is that the Harmony Fest hasn’t been known for having acts such as ours in the past, but they’re having Bad Brains and Cake and it just sounded like good company.

Do you guys have to practice your songs much before you play?
We have practices before tours and stuff because we want to get loose with each other again, but what we find out is that we haven’t forgotten any of it. But it’s fun to play and loosen up together and figure out what the set is gonna be.

Are some of your favorite songs to play also some of the fans’ favorite songs, like Holiday In Camobdia, Moon Over Marin, etc, or do you have different favorites?
Certainly the first album is the one we’re trying to top, so there’s a lot from that, but there’s tons from other albums. We don’t know what we’re going to put into the set list yet. What we did when we first reformed and started touring back in 2001 was at the merch table we’d have a sheet of paper and people could request songs. At the end of the tour we’d look at it and see what people liked most and add things to the set based off that. It makes it have a democratic feel. It’s not just a greatest hits thing though; I like hearing new material from bands and we will be playing some new stuff people haven’t heard yet.

How do you think the ideals of the Dead Kennedys do or don’t mesh with skating and environmental consciousness, as those are the focus of the Eco Cup?
Well we’ve been involved with the skating scene since forever. Environmental consciousness just goes back to some of our songs. One of the most environmentally aware songs is “Moon Over Marin.” It’s also a social commentary. A lot of our songs are about getting inside the head of a politically powerful person or just a normal person who isn’t normal.

Did you guys play much with the Bad Brains in the early days?
Yeah, we played quite a few gigs together. Not constantly or anything, but at least 10 times I’d say.

Who were some of your other favorite bands to play with back then?
Butthole Surfers, DRI, The Minutemen, and The Screamers here in San Francisco.

What is it about the Bay Area that has kept you there all these years?
The general openness of mind and attiutude. It’s a little dot of intellect on the map.

What bands are you listening to these days?
Oranger is one I’m liking, and Rock and Roll Adventure Kids.

Anything you’re scared of in the world?
There’s more things that I’m angry about than scared of.

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06.19.09 - NOISE Reviews DKs Harmony Festival Performance

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04.25.09-DKs to Perform at Harmony Festival

Dead Kennedys, featuring East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, D. H. Peligro with Skip (from the Wynnona Riders), are doing a rare one-time performance on Friday June 12, 2009 at the Harmony Music & Arts Festival in Santa Rosa, California - http://harmonyfestival.com/

Event posting:
DKs - Harmony Festival
Friday June 12, 2009 time 7PM
Harmony Music & Arts Festival
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Rd
Santa Rosa, CA
US 95404

Dead Kennedys, featuring East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, D. H. Peligro with Skip (from the Wynnona Riders), are doing a rare one-time performance on Friday June 12, 2009 at the Harmony Music & Arts Festival in Santa Rosa, California - http://harmonyfestival.com/

One time performance of DKs at Harmony Music & Arts Festival

04.16.09 – Very Special Event!

Keep an eye out for a rare and special event on Friday June 12, 2009

02.09.09 – East Bay Ray - Remembers Lux Founding Memeber and Singer of The Cramps

Lux Interior, lead singer of the Cramps, passed away February 4, 2009 at age 60 from heart failure. (He did not go from what some of you might be thinking.)  Even at 60, the Cramps were still out there rockin’ it up.  They just finished doing shows last November -  good for them and good for the audience. I had no idea that he and Ivy met and were originally from Sacramento, CA, which explains a bit of their unique  character. I’ve seen them and hung out with the Cramps at different times in  my life. In the early days at punk shows, and later I played a truly great show in San Francisco on Halloween with them when I was with Pearl Harbor. 

Despite the sometimes cartoon-like horror imagery, they were one of the rockinest bands around, and they truly captured the sprit of rockabilly and made it fresh and new. They were definitely not the museum piece like some  other bands who just captured the form but not the spirit, they were the real  thing.  May Lux keep on rockin’, wherever he is.

01.20.09 – And here we are, a new president.

Some Personal History from East Bay Ray

The inauguration was very moving for me. Both my parents were involved in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's, in particular working locally against a practice called "redlining." Redlining was the outling by a red line on a map a neighborhood based on race where banks, insurance, supermarkets, other businesses, etc. would not supply services or increase the cost of them. It was a form of behind the scenes, economic racial discrimination. I also remember them watching on TV the violence reactions to Martin Luther King Jr.'s non-violent marches.

When I was a small child, my parents took our family to Washington DC for sightseeing vacation, touring the White House, Jefferson and Lincoln memorial, Smithsonian. We also got tickets to hear a Supreme Court session. Though at the time I did not understand what was going on, I remember my mother turning to us children and telling us as we were leaving that we had heard a historic decision being handed down, "one man, one vote." Before that ruling, state legislatures could create voting districts with unequal representation, often used to disenfranchise certain classes of people, like people in cities and black districts.

And here we are, a new president. My parents would be proud today.