Posted in music | pictures on April 19, 2009

photos by Lori Baily

Dead Milkmen

"it was awesome!" [Anonymous | April 18, 2009 7:17 PM]

"It was lame." [Anonymous | April 19, 2009 1:38 AM]

More pictures and the setlist from Friday night's show, below...

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Comments (47)

cramps girl will star in my dreams tonite

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 8:42 AM

Was about to comment on photo quality till I remembered my favorite part of this show was no dumb lcd screen glow everywhere in my face all night long.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 8:43 AM

That girl is comedienne Carla Rhodes. Google it

And the dude in the yellow shirt in the second to last pic is timmy williams of the whitest kids u know

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 10:38 AM

SHOW SUCKED. There was no energy in the room. Everyone was bored to tears. Waste of money and beer.

Posted by wingwalker77 | April 19, 2009 10:48 AM

They used to be so cool... so bad now

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 10:59 AM

Don't get these "no energy" comments, unless they're in-joke sarcasm. The front of the room and Rodney were nutso all show long, everyone was roaring along with the lyrics. If there was no energy, maybe it was you? Everyone near me was soaked in each others' sweat. The security guard was holding up lost pieces of clothing. Etc.

Posted by J | April 19, 2009 10:59 AM

No Energy? I had to get out of the front because I was getting crushed, and I thought my camera equipment was going to get destroyed. The place was crazy.

Posted by Kurt C. | April 19, 2009 11:09 AM

"That girl is comedienne Carla Rhodes. Google it."

ooooh... so she was in penthouse last year!

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 11:37 AM

nice to see mario batali keeping it real in the first pic

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 11:51 AM

This show f'ing ruled, and I hardly enjoy shows anymore. People who felt there was no energy were not watching the same show. They didn't keep to the set list pictured though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 12:09 PM

This show was amazing the energy was contagious!! It was great!

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 2:55 PM

Here is my hypothesis on why this show has such a mixed reaction here:

I think that the reason that this show has provoked such a love it or hate it reaction is that the crowd was divided into three large demographic groups.

1) People who had never seen the Dead Milkmen and been looking forward to it for a long time. These people were mid-twenties (with exceptions) and seemed to have been really into it and loved the show. And why not? They were living a dream and had no basis for comparison.

2) People who had never really heard them, but heard they were really great, cool, or whatever. They probably liked the show the least because they had no stake in it, and objectively it wasn't so great.

3) People who had seen the Dead Milkmen many times in the distant past (age 30+) and were somewhat disappointed because they could compare it to the Milkmen in their heyday.

I grew up in Philadelphia and saw the Milkmen around 8-9 times at the Trocadero, Clark Park, and elsewhere (and I used to buy coffee from Dean at Borders Books in Bryn Mawr). They were always absolutely incredible. A particular show in June 1992 stands out as one of the best shows I have ever seen (out of near 1000).

The show Friday, my first time seeing them since their original "final shows" at the Troc, was disappointing on many levels. While Joe's voice (and guitar work) have held up really well, Rodney's has not. In addition, they were not so tight (and who can blame them, they don't play so often). Last, it is a bit depressing to see these guys still singing about Reagan; many of the songs do not age well.

They will always be a favorite band of mine, but the show left a lot to be desired.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 3:03 PM

That show was motherfucking amazing. I am 30. Fuck yoU!

Posted by john gambino | April 19, 2009 3:19 PM

My mom fucked the milkman when I was a child so I refuse to see this band.

Posted by Venkman | April 19, 2009 3:37 PM

Show sucked for all ages yo

Posted by wingwalker77 | April 19, 2009 6:23 PM

I drove 5 hours into friday afternoon NYC traffic and the show was totally worth it. Having only had the chance to see them live once before back in 92, I thought the show at the Warsaw was great. they played most of my favorites (though I notice from the set list they decided to skip Woman who was also a Mongoose)and I thought the energy levels were way up. Being that the Dead Milkmen were one of my formative bands from junior high era, Im completely biased. People who didnt enjoy themselves at the show must be complete downers.

Posted by Scott | April 19, 2009 6:52 PM

did they play Thinnest Line?

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 9:25 PM

This show was way too much fun. It was definitely a nostalgia trip for 30-somethings. But whatever. It was a great time. The "mosh-pit" was a big mass of politeness and smiles. In the middle of one song, some guy lost his prescription eyeglasses on the ground. Everyone stopped their dancing and bumping to find his specs. A bunch of people bent over with their cellphone lights shining on the dirty Warsaw floor. The glasses were found undamaged and everyone went back to shoving and pushing in the pit while singing along to "Fucked Up World." It was brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 10:26 PM

Is no one else intrigued by the VNV Nation shirt/Suicide Commando hoodie? Dude must be be really into EBM these days or work for Metropolis Records or somesuch...

Posted by Grist | April 19, 2009 10:50 PM

Anyone who said this sucked/had no energy obviously wasn't there. This was the fucking show of the year!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2009 11:47 PM

He made a reference to 'kompressor' the shitty industrial band by the toothpaste for dinner guy in the lyrics to 'nutrition'. And made a comment about TG being the night before. I think he was just being ironic and goofy as usual.

Best part of the night for me was Rodney singing some of 'you'll dance to anything' and 'bizarre love triangle' over the ending of one of the songs.

(does anyone actually *like* vnv nation? what a hilariously goofy band)

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 1:56 AM

They did, indeed, play Thinnest Line.

Great show. Again, only a moron would say there was no energy in that room. Dead Milken + polish beer + pierogies and kielbasas = awesome!

Posted by wembley | April 20, 2009 11:46 AM

Man.. If I knew I was going to be in so many pictures.... i might have brushed my teeth

Posted by 7pm | April 20, 2009 12:08 PM

I thought the show was fantastic. Rodney, Joe, Dean and Danny were really on fire. Everyone I saw was having the time of their lives, including the band itself. So I don't know where those lack of energy comments are coming from. On top of an excellent performance the Milkmen played practically every song you would want to hear. Hearing the opening bass line of "Nutrition" is always going to be a special moment for me.

Much like the band's music and career, you are either in with the music and the joke or your out. So for anyone who is interested in seeing any future shows (which hopefully there will be) just go to the gig and expect to jump around and sing along really loudly.

Posted by Dan | April 20, 2009 1:38 PM

why is someone else using wingwalker77 when it's my name? fucker.

Show was great. Only saw them once and it was in Philly a few months ago.....

Posted by wingwalker77 | April 20, 2009 2:15 PM

Awesome show.
Sadly they did not play The Woman Who Was Also A Mongoose even though it's on the set list and Rodney even got out his magic flute!
Too bad. I love that song so much.

It was great to hear the whole place singing along to almost every word. Fun show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 2:24 PM

This was the best show I have ever seen. I don't think anything comes close. Maybe Mr Bungle in 1999, or the first time I saw The Frogs, but seriously this was the most fun I have ever had at a show. I cannot disagree with these "low energy" comments more. Everyone who wanted to have fun was having an absolute blast. As for the comment on the band's tightness, I cannot believe anybody would make a comment like that. Without Dave Blood and years and years of inactivity it was crazy how tight The Milkmen sounded! Rodney's voice not holding up? Are you kidding, it's Rodney Anonymous for Christ's sake!! We're not talking about Freddy Fucking Mercury here. The Dead Milkmen were never known for their pipes, so come on! It's punk rock, dammit! They sounded great and it was incredibly fun.

Posted by John Gambino | April 20, 2009 4:07 PM

I don't think they played Where The Tarantula Lives either. And they closed with Two Feet Off The Ground. Girl Hunt was awesome too! Great show!

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 4:29 PM

Lol. I'm famous now. I was the guy who lost his glasses. If the person who found them and returned them to me is out there, Thank you! I owe ya a beer. To everyone else who helped I thank you too. It was my favorite show to date. The band was superb, the people I met (Hats off to my Babylon crew!) were among the friendliest in the world. All round just a fantastic evening!!!

Posted by Mike | April 20, 2009 5:08 PM

They didn't play "Takin' the Retards to the Zoo."

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 5:34 PM

Polish beer tastes like a yeast infection.

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2009 8:57 PM

Well, to those who say this show lacked energy... were you at the same show as me? What kind of energy were you looking for? The crowd was mostly a bunch of 30 somethings (myself included). From my vantage point, there was plenty of energy both on and off stage. Everyone was singing and dancing and jumping around where I was. Sure, when I saw them back in 1991 and 1994 there were pretty violent mosh pits, but that's not what I was anticipating this time. Perhaps my expectations were low, but I thought they were great. They played shit from all over the catalog and I thought they played it well - especially considering the nearly 15 year hiatus. They brought the goods. I'm still giddy! Good to see they haven't lost it, and good to see that many people had a fucking blast!

Posted by Mean Steve | April 21, 2009 1:34 PM

Anyone know if the show was recorded? I wouldnt mind hearing it again and filling in some of the blanks of Rodneys rants. 100% awesome show. people who thought it sucked must be total douchbags.

Posted by Scott from Bellefonte | April 21, 2009 6:19 PM

Dead Milkmen = Beach Boys nostalgia act

City Winery = the perfect place for the next Dead Milkmen show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2009 11:56 PM

There's nothing wrong Nostalgia. Of course it was a nostalgia act - what else could it be? They haven't written new stuff or played in over a decade. You can't expect them to play like that did when they were 20 somethings, people age - it can't be prevented. That being said I was surprised by Rodney's considerable energy. They were great, they are still great and will ALWAYS be great. Do the haters here now hate Nirvana, The Cramps or whoever because they're OLD?

Posted by branan | April 30, 2009 12:26 PM

I'm with Mean Steve, the show was fucking awesome, tons of energy, great setlist, more than fulfilled my high expectations.

And Depression Day Diner was worth the trip alone.

Posted by Sleezy M F E | April 30, 2009 6:09 PM

absolutely awesome show. i saw them once in 1993. this show was the best time i've had in years. hopefully there's more to come.

Posted by pinkass | May 12, 2009 7:09 PM

My girlfriend and I flew up from Austin to see them and they rocked the place! You boring fucks that thought their was no energy are crazy. As the second chord was struck in the first song, the place exploded! I thought it was amazing. I'm 35 and my 23 year old girlfriend loved it. I wish they would come here. It was the best show I've seen in a decade.

Posted by Gilligan | May 15, 2009 9:33 AM

Also, my best friend went and he loved it, but he had to put up with me for five days and had to clean the sheets after we left!

Posted by Gilligan | May 15, 2009 11:26 AM

I'm sad I missed it, but the two Philly shows were great earlier this year. I hadn't seen them since the '04 run, and that was too long of a wait.

At 32, that band still does it for me like they did back in the day at the Troc. You know what I'm talkin' about.

I hope this touring continues.

Posted by Jason | May 15, 2009 9:29 PM

thanks for the awesome pictures Lori B!

Posted by chrisn | May 25, 2009 5:18 PM

fuck all you fucking ass fuks who have been dissing on the milkmen, go home and fuck yourself, your mother and your daddy. i would have given anything to have been able to see them again, the milkmenwere the one single band that changed my life. so to all you nay-sayers GO FUCKING FUCK YOURSELF AND GO BUY A GODDAMN COUNTING CROWS CD AND BLOW YOUR DADDY.

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