Since we last spoke, official word came back regarding Ari Up's untimely passing: it was cancer. In her memory and the memory of the tunes she left behind, Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting a show on January 16th called "Ari Up Punky Reggae Birthday Party" featuring appearances from members of The Slits, The Slackers, PiL, as well as Neneh Cherry and many others. Tickets are on sale.
Being that Ari Up was John Lydon's step-daughter, it's not surprising that her passing had an effect on him:
John Lydon has delayed sessions to record new material with Public Image Ltd following the death of his step-daughter, The Slits singer Ari Up.PiL becamse active again recently, and toured through NYC in May.
"We were going to go into the studio but in light of my step-daughter's death, I really can't be doing that at the moment," Lydon said [around November 22nd].
"I don't want to leave my wife alone for any length of time right now. So the music side has had to be held." -[BBC]
Another recent tribute to Ari Up happened in the form of Kathleen Hanna and The Raincoats covering a Slits song at MoMA. Video of that, with info on upcoming Kathleen Hanna-related events, can be found HERE.
Members of The Slackers are involved in the Ari Up show at MHoW, and the band has a show of their own in NYC next week. Tickets are still available for The Slackers at Brooklyn Bowl on December 18th. The show is one of two December dates for the NYC ska band. The second is New Years Eve in San Francisco, and the first date on a larger tour for the band who will be pretty busy through June. Openers for the Brooklyn show are Frighteners, the Forthights, and DJ 100dBs with special guest appearances by Greg Lee (Hepcat) & Jesse Wagner (Aggrolites).
All Slackers dates and some videos below.
Ari Up Interview excerpts 2009
The Slits - What's In My Bag?
The Slackers - Married Girl
The Slackers perform "Who Knows" (2004)
THE SLACKERS - 2010-2011 TOUR DATES
December 18, 2010 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl (Live Band and DJ Set)
December 31, 2010 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
January 1, 2011 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
January 2, 2011 Sacramento Harlows
January 4, 2011 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
January 5, 2011 Aspen, CO Belly Up Tavern
January 6, 2011 Ft Collins, CO Aggie Theater
January 7, 2011 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Cafe
January 8, 2011 Hollywood, CA Key Club
January 9, 2011 Solano Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Feb 19, 2011 Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey (LI ska fest)
March 2, 2011 Dallas, TX The Loft
March 3, 2011 San Antonio, TX Korova
March 4, 2011 Austin, TX Flamingo Cantina
March 5, 2011 Austin, TX Flamingo Cantina
March 6, 2011 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
March 9, 2011 Jupiter, FL Guanabanas
March 10, 2011 Vero Beach, FL Filthy McNastys
March 11, 2011 New Smyrna Beach, FL Beachside Tavern
March 13, 2011 Miami, FL Churchills
March 15, 2011 Tampa, FL Crowbar
March 16, 2011 Orlando, FL The Social
March 17, 2011 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
March 18, 2011 Tallahassee, FL Engine Room
March 19, 2011 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park
April 19, 2011 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes
April 23, 2011 Washington, DC Rock n Roll Hotel
May 13, 2011 Regensburg (GER) Alte Mälzerei
May 15, 2011 Zagreb (HR) Kset
May 16, 2011 Ljubljana (SLO) Gala Hala
May 17, 2011 Vienna (Austria) Arena
May 18, 2011 Munich (GER) Feierwerk
May 19, 2011 Zürich (CH) Dynamo Werk 21
May 20, 2011 Stuttgart (GER) Wagenhallen
May 22, 2011 Zwolle (NL) Hedon
May 25, 2011 Nijmegen (NL) Dornroosje
May 26, 2011 Utrecht (NL) Tivoli De Helling
May 27, 2011 London (UK) Islington O2 Academy
May 30, 2011 Newcastle (UK) Trillians
May 31, 2011 Manchester (UK) Moho Live
June 1, 2011 Derby (UK) Old Bell
June 2, 2011 Hazebrouck (F) Shakalaka
June 3, 2011 Cologne (GER) Underworld
June 4, 2011 Sittard (GER) Ernesto's Cantina
June 5, 2011 Hamburg (GER) Hafenklang