12.05.02: DKs Sales Hits 130,000+
12.03.02: San Francisco Show Sells Out
11.03.02: Dead Kennedys No Longer Banned in San Francisco
10.19.02: Dead Kennedys Banned in San Francisco
09.03.02: Dead Kennedys Tour Europe
08.29.02: Henry Knowles of Agression passes away
06.06.02: Dee Dee Ramone Dead
03.01.02: Dead Kennedys to play SXSW
01.22.02: Mutiny On the Bay Tour Rocks On!

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12.05.02 - Dead Kennedys Digitally Remastered Back Catalog Hits 100,000+ Total Annual Sales, 130,000+ for Whole Catalog
Band Celebrates 33% Jump in Sales by Reissuing Entire Back Catalog on Vinyl

Dead Kennedys announced that sales of the their Digitally Remastered, reissued back catalog on Manifesto Records in the United States and Plastic Head Distribution in Europe have surpassed the 100,000 mark in total annual sales.

To date, Manifesto Records and Plastic Head Distribution have sold more than 100,700 compact discs of the band’s back catalog. This sales figure represents a whopping 33% increase in record sales since the band took control of their back catalog a year ago from their previous label, Alternative Tentacles. When the sales of the more than 30,200 compact discs from their new release Mutiny On the Bay are added in, total sales are up by 73% or 130,900 total sales. To celebrate this milestone, Dead Kennedys have launched a campaign to reissue their entire remastered catalog on vinyl in 2002 and into 2003. The first releases to be reissued on vinyl were Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables and Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death, in September 2002.

"The Dead Kennedys reissue campaign on Manifesto Records has been an absolute success," said Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray. "With the band controlling the very music we helped create, not only have sales of the our back catalog increased but we have also released a fantastic live CD Mutiny on the Bay and re-released The Early Years Live - Target Video on Music Video Distributors. The new remasters sound fantastic as the band’s full sound from the original studio tapes has been restored. Obviously, we are doing something right."

Dead Kennedys albums/EPs scheduled to be released on vinyl from Manifesto Records are:

· Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980) Release date: September 3, 2002
· Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death (1987) September 24, 2002
· Mutiny on the Bay (2001) January 14, 2003
· In God We Trust (1981) January 14, 2003
· Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982) February 4, 2003
· Frankenchrist (1985) February 4, 2003
· Bedtime for Democracy (1986) February 4, 2003

12.03.02 - San Francisco Show Sells Out
Despite the difficulties the Dead Kennedys encountered in their hometown of San Francisco, CA, the fans spoke for themselves and the November 21st show there sold out. The band was initially banned from playing in San Francisco, then one of the weeklies deliberately left out relevant facts in its show preview. The shows in Sacramento, CA and Santa Cruz, CA also sold out. Thank you Northern California.

At the Dead Kennedys show in Phoenix, AZ on November 15, the band had the Arizona Advocacy Network (AzAN) set up a table in the lobby to enlisted people for various causes. AzAN is a coalition of progressive and radical organizations seeking to shift the balance of power out of the hands of the moneyed special interests and back into the hands of the citizens. Member organizations include the AZ Human Rights Fund, Alliance for Peaceful Justice, AzCLU, Native American Community Organizing Project, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, AZ Consumers Council, CAP Gun Violence, Clean Elections Institute, NOW, Communications Workers of America, AZ Coalition to End Homelessness, AZ Conservation Alliance, and many more.

11.03.02 - Dead Kennedys No Longer Banned From Playing Live in San Francisco
Studio Z, formerly known as Transmission Theater, Books Dead Kennedys for Nov. 21, 2002 with legendary punk rock band, Fear

Los Angeles, Calif., & San Francisco, Calif., (October 28, 2002) - Legendary San Francisco punk rock band, Dead Kennedys are no longer banned from playing live in their hometown of San Francisco, California.

Studio Z, formerly known as the Transmission Theater, has booked Dead Kennedys band members East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, D.H. Peligro together with Brandon Cruz, to play the venue on November 21, 2002 with influential punk rock band Fear. Located at 314 11th St. in San Francisco’s South of Market district, Studio Z has been the only good size San Francisco venue to offer Dead Kennedys the opportunity to play in their own hometown. Recently, Dawn Holliday, booker of Slim’s and The Great American Music Hall had banned Dead Kennedys from playing either San Francisco venue. She is a close personal friend of the band's former singer.

"In a city that considers itself liberal and free-thinking, there are precious few venues that are willing to book the music of Dead Kennedys in their own hometown,” said the band’s guitarist, East Bay Ray. “Studio Z is a true punk rock club in every sense of the word. Now when Klaus and I are approached nightly by Bay Area music fans asking about when we going to play, we can tell them, ‘Come see us at Studio Z on November 21st.’”

Several weeks ago, Dead Kennedys booking agent called the booker of Slim’s and The Great American Music Hall in search of an established local venue to book an upcoming West Coast tour in the Bay Area. Currently the band is in support of their recently released live disc MUTINY ON THE BAY on Manifesto Records. Booker Dawn Holliday informed them that the band would never be welcome in either club and was told, "Good luck finding a gig in San Francisco."

Playing together for almost a year now, Ray, Flouride, Peligro and Cruz, the lead singer from the seminal Oxnard, Calif. punk rock band Dr. Know, have received a steady stream of overwhelmingly positive press and frenzied fan interest. The band recently completed a 25 date European tour in Summer 2002, where they played 14 countries where two-thirds of the shows were full capacity.

10.19.02 - Dead Kennedys Banned in San Francisco
Local Talent Booker of Slim’s and The Great American Music Hall Tells Band, “Good Luck Finding a Gig in San Francisco”

Los Angeles, Calif. & San Francisco, Calif., (October 15, 2002) - Influential San Francisco punk band, Dead Kennedys, have been banned from playing in their hometown at two well-known venues, Slim’s and The Great American Music Hall. Ironically for Dead Kennedys band members East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, D.H. Peligro together with Brandon Cruz, this news comes at a time when the band is currently enjoying popularity as great as at any time in its past.

Banning the Dead Kennedys from performing live at Slim’s and The Great American Music Hall is talent booker Dawn Holliday. When recent calls were made to Holliday in search of an established local venue to book an upcoming West Coast tour with legendary punk rock band, Fear, Dead Kennedy’s were informed that they would never be welcome in either club. Holliday was quoted as saying to the bands agent, “The Dead Kennedy’s don’t exist. You can forget about this place (Slim’s) and The Great American Music Hall. Good luck finding a gig in San Francisco.”

“It’s surprising in this day and age that some people still think that hate is a constructive way to make things better,” said guitarist East Bay Ray of Dead Kennedys. “When people let their insecurities rule theirs and other people’s lives, it only divides people further apart. Banning talented musicians such as Klaus Flouride and D. H. Peligro from playing the very music they created is one example of what’s wrong with the current music scene in San Francisco.”

“Isn’t the whole idea of a music scene and its community to rise above this sort of petty stuff?” asked Klaus Flouride, the band’s bassist.

Playing together for almost a year now, Ray, Flouride, Peligro and Cruz have received a steady stream of overwhelmingly positive press and rabid fan interest, even convincing the skeptics. Having recently completed a 25 date European tour in Summer 2002, Dead Kennedy’s played 14 countries where two-thirds of the shows were at full capacity. Shows in a 1,000 seat venue in Amsterdam sold out almost a month before the Dead Kennedys arrived. The band also played to over 46,000 fans on the main stage at the With Full Force Festival in Leipzig, Germany. Additionally, the band was able to play in former communist countries like Poland and the Czech Republic.

“One thing our shows give people, is the chance to hear the lyrics and think deeply about politics,” concluded Ray. “Who knows, it might even inspire more critical thinking about today’s situation.”

09.03.02 - Dead Kennedys Tour Europe
East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, D.H. Peligro and Brandon Cruz have just returned from a highly successful European tour. Dead Kennedys' music and message are intensely well loved and clearly have a place in the current music and political scene. The band played 25 shows in 14 countries (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Sweden). Two-thirds of the shows drew full-capacity crowds.

"I was amazed at the amount of respect that the band found in Europe," said new singer Brandon Cruz. "The crowds were insane." "Overwhelming, awesome and astronomical!" declared drummer D.H. Peligro.

The momentum started when the Dead Kennedys show in Amsterdam, Holland, sold out to over 1,000 fans more than a month in advance. At the With Full Force festival in Germany, DKS performed for its biggest audience ever - 46,000 attended the festival. The band played on the main stage before Biohazard and the headliner Slayer, and the metal crowd were thrilled to see and hear the DKs live. The band traveled to Krakow, Poland, and played their very first performance in what was once part of the communist world. In Prague, Czech Republic, it was like Beatlemania - the crowd was screaming so loudly that they almost drowned out the music. Also in the Czech Republic, the DKs headlined at the Rock for People festival and performed for over 8,000 fans. There was a crowd of 4,000 people rockin' at the Extrafestival in Turin, Italy. And at Holidays In the Sun punk festival, in the United Kingdom, the band drew an over-capacity crowd of more than 3,500; the biggest audience of the whole festival. The band wants to thank all the fans who came out with open minds and thought for themselves; who did not acquiesce in being told what to think. That's always been an integral part of the band's message.

"The shows gave people a chance to hear Jello Biafra's lyrics and think deeply about politics," observed guitarist East Bay Ray. "It might even inspire more critical thinking about today's situation. If Biafra is still passionate about politics, he certainly would favor raising consciousness by any method."

Here are some of the other bands that Dead Kennedys performed with in Europe.

WITH FULL FORCE FESTIVAL in Leipzig, Germany - Motorhead, Machine Head, Dropkick Murphys, No Means No, Agnostic Front, D.R.I., The Dickies
FESTIVAL SENSE NOM, Barcelona, Spain - The Subhumans, D.O.A., Angelic Upstarts, MDC, Vice Squad, Raw Power
HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN FESTIVAL, Blackpool, UK - The Business, The Adicts, Suicidal Tendencies, The Exploited, UK Subs, Chron Gen, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, G.B.H, 999, Varukers, Down By Law, Leftover Crack

On a side note, as backstage guests of the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Peppers' show in London, East Bay Ray and Brandon Cruz met the ultra cool singer Bryan Ferry (of Roxy Music fame) and the glamorous actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Due to the great response for Dead Kennedys at the Holidays In the Sun, in England, the band will be headlining at the Holidays In the Sun in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Sunday Sept. 8, 2002, at the Stone Pony. Other featured bands are: The Business, The Exploited, UK Subs, Oxymoron, Youth Brigade, The Adicts, G.B.H, Partisans, MDC, The Skeptix, Special-Duties, Leftover Crack, Conflict, Anti Nowhere League and The Casualties. http://www.holidaysinthesun.net/

08.29.02 - Henry Knowles of Agression passes away
Henry Knowles of the Nardcore band Agression passed away August 29, 2002 at 2:00 a.m. from leukemia and hepatitis c. He was an amazing friend and guitarist, leaving behind a daughter, two grandchildren, and countless friends and fans. There will be memorials and benefits coming up. We will post more when we know what will be happening. Nardcore has lost one of its own. We are in shock, saddened, and glad that Henry is no longer in pain.
Rest In Peace, our friend.
The Nardcore Family

06.06.02 - Dee Dee Ramone Found Dead In Los Angeles
from www.mtv.com
Dee Dee Ramone, a founding member of punk pioneers the Ramones, died Wednesday night in his Hollywood home, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

Ramone (born Douglas Glenn Colvin) was found unresponsive by his wife at 8:25 p.m. She called 911, and fire department paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene at 8:40 p.m.

A coroner's office spokesperson said the case will be treated as a possible accidental drug overdose. Investigators found a syringe and other drug paraphernalia on Ramone's kitchen counter. An autopsy was conducted Thursday, though the cause of death remains unknown, pending the results of toxicology tests by the coroner's pathologist, which normally takes up to six weeks. The process is often expedited, however, when media attention surrounds a case, the spokesperson said.

Dee Dee formed the Ramones in the Forest Hills section of Queens, New York, in 1974 with guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings), drummer Tommy Ramone (Tom Erdelyi) and singer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman), who died of lymphoma last April. During his Ramones tenure, Dee Dee wrote or co-wrote such tunes as "Rockaway Beach," "Strength to Endure," "Too Tough to Die," "Teenage Lobotomy," "Psycho Therapy" and "Chinese Rocks."

Dee Dee left the band following the release of 1989's Brain Drain to adopt the persona of rapper Dee Dee King and was replaced by C.J. Ramone (Christopher John Ward).

When his rap debut, 1988's Standing in Spotlight, proved less than successful, he formed the Chinese Dragons.

Dee Dee returned to the Ramones fold in the '90s, penning "Pet Sematary," the group's musical contribution to the Stephen King film of the same name, and several tracks for the Ramones' studio swan song, 1995's Adios Amigos. He reunited with the Ramones in August 1996 for a show at the Hollywood Palace that featured cameo performances by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Rancid's Lars Frederiksen and Tim Armstrong, and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd. The performance later resulted in the 1997 live album We're Outta Here!.

"He was a star and the most influential punk rock bassist," Johnny Ramone said in a statement. "I believe he has influenced every kid playing bass that saw him perform. ... He was my friend and I will always miss him."

He last shared a stage with his fellow Ramones in March, when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"I'll never forget Dee Dee's classic acceptance speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, "Ramones manager Gary Kurfirst said in a statement, "when he walked up to the microphone and said, 'I would like to thank myself, and congratulate myself, and if I could, I would pat myself on the back.' That was Dee Dee, direct and to the point. ... Dee Dee Ramone was punk rock. I'm really going to miss him. He was truly a unique individual and there will never be anyone like him."

"He was sort of a wacky guy who wrote great songs," said Deborah Harry, whose band Blondie, like the Ramones, emerged from New York's CBGB scene. "He was a really good songwriter, though a little self-destructive. He was always nice to me, and we always had a good time together. He was a lot of fun.

"He had this sort of manic energy," she added. "I always thought that the Ramones were this tactical force, like the Marines jumping out of a plane or something. They had this focus and energy that I really admired."

"I was still working out the final details on Joey's headstone when I got the shocking word that another brother in our extended family was gone," said Mickey Leigh, Joey Ramone's brother. "For me, he was one of the greatest rock and roll songwriters alive. Today, sadly, another life becomes legend. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife, family and friends."

03.01.02 - Dead Kennedys To Play SXSW
Thursday, March 14th, at The Back Room, with Unwritten Law and others, Dead Kennedys will be playing a set of all the classics that you grew up with. The singer may be different, but the message is the same. Think for yourself, and see one of the most vital, controversial punk bands of all time. East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, D.H. Peligro, along with Brandon Cruz from Dr. Know, have made believers of many skeptics; and keep alive the spirit in which DKs were founded for long time fans. Punk always has been controversial, so why stop? Come to this show and see for yourself. Until you know both sides of a story, you won't be able to make an intelligent decision. Dead Kennedys fans have always been among the most intelligent fans in the scene, and in Austin, they will be there in force to welcome the return of one of the most thought provoking and unique sounding bands to ever play.

01.22.02 - Mutiny On the Bay tour
The live shows have been going great with hot performances and lots of sold out houses! The band played for 3,000 fans in Santiago, Chile and for 2,000 fans in Curitiba, Brazil, plus lots of enthusiastic and intelligent sold out smaller shows from San Diego, California to Sao Paulo, Brazil to Breckenridge, Colorado! Santa Cruz, California sold out at 800 capacity, unfortunately resulting in some ticket scalping out front. Read the reviews of the performances at Live Reviews plus more shows are being added all the time, see Tour Dates. The new line up of three original members, East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride and D.H. Peligro, plus Brandon Cruz on vocals go by the name of Dead Kennedys. Someone has said, let the audience decide; and the audience, as well as the journalists and promoters, have been calling the new line up Dead Kennedys all along, so that's what it is.