Posted in music | pictures on February 8, 2011

words & photos by Shanda Boyett

"The @famousclass party was crazed. Amaxing sendoff to the 1 and only Ariel Panero. RIP homie." - markodude

"Tonight was amazing, Thank you to all the bands & @DeathbyAudio Ariel we miss you like crazy" - Famousclass

Darlings

The Famous Class party at Death by Audio on Friday night (2/4) took its mission of celebrating the life of Ariel Panero seriously. Cyrus Lubin from Famous Class put together an amazing lineup for Day 1 that culminated in a sold-out, joyful mosh-ilicious event headlined by the boisterous Snakes Say Hiss. Also on the bill were Darlings, Grooms, Class Actress, and Tony Castles.

Ariel's name and birth and death date were spray painted on the wall behind the stage. Grooms played almost all new songs, save one oldie that was Ariel's favorite. Tony Castles also played a lot of their new tunes, sounding really tight.

There was a noticeable buildup to the Snakes Say Hiss set, with the crowd ready to live it up in a wild, human bumper car frenzy that sent more than a few people crashing into walls and dodging beer confetti.

It was beautiful in the way that an epic night always is - an organic outgrowth that can be neither planned nor tamed.

Rubin commented early in the evening that he thought it might be a rager, but I think for him, more than anyone else, it was about Ariel.

"Last year he began working with me at Famous Class, helping us take some big steps forward," he says on the Famous Class web site. "It breaks my heart that he isn't going to see the results of everything we worked on together."

Day 2 (Saturday) of the memorial featured Skeletons (string quartet), Sisters, Regal Degal, Tough Knuckles Band and Hubble. Proceeds from show helped raise money for for the release of the new Tough Knuckles album. Those who paid $15 at the door will get a limited edition copy of the LP on white vinyl.

A selection of pictures from Friday's show continues below...

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Darlings

Darlings

Darlings

Darlings

Darlings

Grooms

Grooms

Grooms

Grooms

Cyrus Lubin

Cyrus Lubin

Class Actress (nice coat?)

Class Actress

Class Actress

Class Actress

Class Actress

Tony Castles

Tony Castles

Tony Castles

Tony Castles

Tony Castles

Tony Castles

Tony Castles

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Comments (47)

Ariel Panero? Looks more like Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti by the looks of the walls and ceilings! lol

Posted by LCD Soundsystem Pre-Sale Ticket Scalper | February 8, 2011 11:55 AM

this was a great show! actually almost every band talked about ariel--maybe you were in line for the bathroom?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 12:09 PM

"actually almost every band talked about ariel-"

I took out the line that said they didn't. thanks.

Posted by brooklynvegan | February 8, 2011 12:19 PM

wheres the saturday pics

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 12:45 PM

I was there for the whole show. The verbal expressions about Ariel were limited even though his spirit was strong. I just expected more stories or remembrances about him at a memorial show, and that's why I put the original line in. You are welcome to a different impression. : )

Posted by @shandabo | February 8, 2011 1:01 PM

how did he die?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 1:01 PM

od

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 1:17 PM

heroin?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 1:26 PM

yes

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 1:30 PM

sucks

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 1:40 PM

Wait, the guy died of an OD and they glory his death like this? Wow. Why do we pay attention to people who waste their lives on drugs? You don't see any ratty hipster bands putting together a memorial show for a someone who actually cared to live and lived a clean lifestyle. No, that would be too uncool. The only people I feel sorry for are his family members and close friends. No sense in preaching my view though. To these people, life's a party, then you die (way too early and that's so so cool.)

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 1:45 PM

What an awful thing to say. He didn't overdose. Show some respect to him and his family.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 1:47 PM

Alright well all the comments above and the comments in the original post about his death say he was a heroin addict who OD'd so which is it?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 1:52 PM

1:47 was directed at the heroin/od posts. It's not what happened. Ariel didn't do heroin. He battled with depression, and he took his own life. Only trying to prevent hurtful lies.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 1:56 PM

I'm 1:45 and that sucks to hear then. RIP Ariel and apologies to his friends and fam.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 1:59 PM

so suicide, not od?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 2:01 PM

not trying to be non-sympathetic, just curious

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 2:04 PM

most people in this god forsaken city "waste their lives" on drugs. it's called modern living.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 2:08 PM

I know, but I'll never understand it. Maybe I take my drugfree lifestyle for granted. It comes easy to me.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 2:11 PM

suicide, not OD

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 2:26 PM

suicide by OD

1:45, which ever way you spin it, you are still an ass.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 2:28 PM

all clear... sucks either way

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 2:39 PM

I wish Ariel were alive and 1:45 were dead.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 2:49 PM

I wish they both were alive

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 2:54 PM

i mean, 1:45 does have a point. it's not cool to throw a party for someone that od'd. od'ing on drugs is the opposite of cool. but 1:45 didn't realize ariel actually died of suicide... big difference

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 2:58 PM

suicide... by drugs

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 3:05 PM

All you fux speaking sh*t about people od'ing can get bent. Everyone of you who have something to say has it all figured out, right? People get addicted to sh*t-FACT-whether it be sex, drugs, food or anything else out there. 1:45 deserves a beating, go preach your drivel to some straight edge a$$hats that might find your opinions worthy of the 02 it takes to mouth them-i hope u get a$$cancer. Take a real deep thought for a moment and put yourself in someones position who was touched by Ariel. Would you pretend he didn't live because he MAY have died from drugs or would you celebrate (and not glorify-like u fukken said) his life in the best way you know how. People like you disgust me

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 3:25 PM

Nobody wins.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 3:51 PM

I want to say thanks to Cyrus for putting on the show. And a big thank you to all the Famous Class bands and others who played. It was an amazing, amazing time. I had a blast it and will remember it forever.

Posted by Mary G. | February 8, 2011 3:57 PM

It's me again 1:45, and I speak from personal experience with having had a close family member die of a drug OD so there's your first warning to shut the fuck up. 2nd, if it was fact that he died from a drug overdose (and not in the suicidal sense) then I probably would be pissed and decline celebrating his lifestyle considering he effed up pretty badly. We all have the ability to seek help in some shape or form for our addictions. It's a choice to live or not to live. If you play Russian Roulet with your life and you end up dead because of it, you can't expect the world to come running at your name's defense. You fucked up, plain and simple. You died fucking up, not doing something great. It's selfish to think the world should care so much about you just because you didn't die an old person of natural causes but because you were partying too hard at a young age. Again, the only people I feel sorry for are the friends and family of drug users. They suffer in the long term when the person is dead and gone, being looked at as a martyr just because "it wasn't supposed to end that way." So screw you, man.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 4:03 PM

^^ Way to make yourself sound like an even bigger clown, if thats even humanly possible. If your "close" family member died from an overdose you wouldnt be on here preaching like the epic a$$hole that you are so spare me. "Why do we pay attention to people who waste their lives on drugs" Real genuine you fuk, if you ever lived through an overdose to a close one then this would never be uttered. Go crawl into a hole and drown in your own vomit box. And to even further ridicule your spewing of nonsense "You don't see any ratty hipster bands putting together a memorial show for a someone who actually cared to live and lived a clean lifestyle." Can safely say you are 100% not involved in the DIY scene and a common sense re-re. Cause NYC bands never put on memorial services for people who die in accidents or by natural causes riiiiiiiight. I must have been at all the wrong places over the past decade when i donated to shows for funeral services. Doosh

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 4:25 PM

show's what you know about anything that you think shooting heroin is 'partying'

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 4:25 PM

Anyone who does drugs is a waste of life.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 4:30 PM

why is that?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 4:31 PM

people who die because of an addiction to drugs are best remembered as drug addicts.

if their death can have any meaning, let it mean the obvious: DO NOT DO DRUGS.

denying that this man died of a drug addiction is a disservice to him. he would not want anyone to follow him in his bad decisions, let his death be a reminder not to be like him.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 4:36 PM

4:30-guess you never take advil, or drink coffee, or ever had a cigarette or maybe never had a beer or glass of wine or maybe never even had chocolate-this is me bowing down

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 4:37 PM

heroin is not the same thing thing as coffee, cigarettes, or even alcohol

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 4:38 PM

^ Your right. Heroin is better.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 4:43 PM

^wow-brilliant argument, may want to check what you write then before you make a paper trail "Anyone who does drugs is a waste of life." way to go bro!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 4:45 PM

get a life

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 4:48 PM

dude was a junkie. remember him as one, and don't be a junkie yourself. it kills you.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 5:05 PM

^I'm going to hell but at least I'm enjoying the ride!

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 5:58 PM

1:45 is right, we shouldn't celebrate a life that is represented by drug use and poor choices. Something that is glorified way to much in this scene and culture.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 6:16 PM

That bathroom needs some hand soap, sanitizer, and maybe some paper towels??

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 6:50 PM

is it better to die from suicide or od on drugs?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2011 9:30 PM

Trolls know no limits

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2011 1:43 AM

anyone who says or thinks he was a junkie is an idiot. yeah, he partied sometimes. no, he didn't do heroin. yes, he killed himself with drugs- probably more out of convenience in that 'decision' than anything else... he was a wonderful person. sincere, well-meaning, earnest. he bullshitted a lot. but he never lied or did anything with malice. when he fucked up or hurt people's feelings, he apologized. he fucked up and hurt my feelings and he apologized, and i didn't forgive him... and a year later to the day he killed himself. and, yeah, i'm going to live with that for the rest of my life. and fuck you for saying anything bad about him. falling out or not, he was always my friend, and i miss him so much it hurts sometimes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2011 11:51 PM

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