Posted in music | pictures on December 14, 2011

photos by Greg Cristman

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Rocket From The Tombs

Rocket From The Tombs played The Bell House on 12/12 and Maxwell's last night (12/13), concluding a string of dates for the protopunk legends. The band, who famously splintered into Pere Ubu and Dead Boys (with songs divided amongst the two), was joined by Abstract Artimus at The Bell House and The Ribeye Bros. at Maxwell's. Pictures from the Brookln show adorn this post.

Rocket From The Tombs performed favorites like "30 Seconds Over Tokyo", "The Final Solution", "Sonic Reducer" and others with a touring lineup featuring David Thomas, Cheetah Chrome, Craig Bell, Steve Mehlman and guitarist Gary Siperko, who sat in for the great Richard Lloyd. Lloyd (Television) did not partake in the dates due to scheduling conflicts, but you can hear Richard Lloyd with the gang on Barfly, their new LP released this past September.

The band also just reissued The Day The Earth Met The Rocket From The Tombs via Fire Records. Download the great "Ain't it Fun", which they also performed at the Bell House, from that album above.

More pictures from the show, below...

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Comments (25)

the opener in philly was awful...rocket from the tombs were great though

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 3:46 PM

Great show, it's good to see Ben Franklin's still out there making music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 3:50 PM

great!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 3:59 PM

So happy I got to see this show! #legendary

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:13 PM

Nice coverage. If only Nick DiPaolo could've made it, but he was just wrapping up his show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:20 PM

wow, david lost a ton of weight...hopefully he's not ill.

without richard lloyd, i skipped these shows. lloyd was amazing the last time they played maxwells...2003 i think.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:25 PM

Excellent Maxwell's show. David doesn't look so good but he and the band sounded great.

Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:25 PM

david thomas is a legend and his voice sounds as good as ever, cheetah chrome on the other hand..... yeeeeesh.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:27 PM


Why is the corpose of George Carlin on stage in a seated position in a chair?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 5:12 PM

Rocket from the Tombs were damn good. Steves a great drummer so its perfect he plays with Pere Ubu too .
Hope David isnt too bad off. Yes he lost a lot of weight.

Opening band was awful hipster crap.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 6:03 PM

Setlist:
I Sell Soul
Good Times
Birthday
So Cold What Love Is
Anna
Amphetamine
Muckraker
Maelstrom
Romeo
Butcherhouse 4
Six and Two
Thirty Seconds over Tokyo
Sonic Reducer

Encores:
Ain't It Fun
Final Solution
Life Stinks

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 7:11 PM

Sorry typo...So Cold and What Love Is are two seperate songs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 7:13 PM

Gary Siperko played with them? Nice.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 7:38 PM

great show

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 8:37 PM

love this new album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:34 PM

I was excited about the shows BUT then I heard that Richard Lloyd wouldn't be playing so I skipped them. He was incredible on the last tour.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2011 8:59 AM

rocket from the crypt?

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2011 9:45 AM

Yes. Rocket From The Tombs, from 1974, fast-forwarded 15 years, stole Rocket From The Crypt's name, and then traveled back in time to 1974 again

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2011 10:32 AM

i went to the show at bell house with lowered expectations--rocket from the tombs just doesn't have the songbook that pere ubu can boast--even with sonic reducer--but they played 30 seconds, final solution, etc. even better, they sounded freaking awesome with gary siperko on guitar. he was flat-out incredible. cheetah chrome and craig bell sent the audience to the bar for refills with their terrible lead performances when they took the mic, but steve melhman--though he was a little slow on a tune or two--was more than competent on the kit. dave thomas, who was drinking a six point (!) between budweisers and booze, was his usual show-stopping self. overall: incredible show, with four cheers for siperko's shredding. who knew?

Posted by david | December 16, 2011 2:28 PM

the opener blew RFTT away! an up and coming rock and roller called ABSTRACT ARTIMUS. this guy is the next big thing to come out of the NYC rock scene, no doubt...

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2011 8:19 PM

says the anonymous street teamer

Posted by Dave | December 18, 2011 9:09 PM

In all honesty i thought both bands rocked but Abstract Artimus is an up and coming rocker with intensely raw early career energy and it showed. Great show all around and great pictures!

Posted by Jamie | December 20, 2011 11:01 PM

RFTT and the opener in brooklyn were great! i bought Barfly by RFTT and Rite Of Passage by Abstract Artimus at the show and both are really good rock and roll for the lo fi music lover

Posted by Allan | December 20, 2011 11:04 PM

Someone commented that RIchard Lloyd's fill in was great?
WHO CARES! I played to see guitar legends Richard Lloyd & Cheetah Chrome-i don't care about some generic fill in. I was furious that I bought tickets to both the Brooklyn & Maxwells show and Richard Lloyd wasn't even playing. I didn't even go to the second show & didn't even bother to give the tickets away.

Posted by Will | December 30, 2011 6:48 PM

I gotta say rocket from the tombs is great

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 2:59 PM

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