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Bad Brains

"While Bad Brains sound has shifted from hardcore and punk to dub and reggae, they still mix it up for the audience coming to see them. Opening with a pounding set of their signature aggressive sound, the music of guitarist Dr. Know and bassist Darrel Jennifer along with drummer Earl Hudson was tight and very intact. Yet, one of the more interesting experience's to everyone was watching singer H.R., dressed in a valor jump suit with a dress shirt and tie underneath and knit hat, H.R., who has battled drug addiction and years of abuse to his body doing this profession simply looked burnt out. Slurring many of his words and mumbling in between songs, at points Jennifer would look at him and laugh, yet while his annunciation skills were not as top as the band's sound, it was still an overall experience watching him perform."
-[Officially a Yuppie]
Bad Brains played the second of their two night stay in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg with GZA on 4/18, just one night after the band played Irving Plaza with H2O. The NYC shows were part of a short run of dates for the band who also played Philly with GZA and who will be at Bonnaroo this year. Pictures from the Brooklyn show adorn this post.

Meanwhile, HR will be presen at a Benefit for Lucinda's Children, a two-night show to help out Lucinda Gallagher in the wake of her passing late last year.

Last December our close community of friends, musicians, and music lovers lost one of its own when Lucinda Gallagher took her own life, leaving behind two amazing children. These young teenagers, now in the care of Lucinda's dear friend, both have their mother's rock and roll spirit. Like her, they are bright and soulful and have a deep appreciation for music as gifted budding musicians.

In order to raise funds for these children a two-night concert spectacular will be held at The Bowery Electric on April 29th and 30th... [and] in addition to the live show, an auction and raffle will be held which will include items donated by Mary Louise Parker, Fender, Bob Gruen, Danny Clinch, The Morrison Hotel Gallery & many more. 100% of the proceeds from the auction and concerts will be placed in a trust for Lucinda's kids.

The first night of the benefit will feature performances from Marah, Jesse Malin, Jimmy Gnecco & Dave Milone, Jim Boggia, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Petter Ericson Stakee & "very special guests" (tickets for 4/29), while the second night boasts appearances from Tommy Stinson (of The Replacements & Guns n Roses), HR (of Bad Brains) , Alan Vega (of Suicide), James Maddock, Aaron Lee Tasjan and more (tickets for 4/30).

GZA returns to Music Hall of Williamsburg in June.

Pictures from the Bad Brains show are below.

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Comments (36)

Officially a Run-on Sentence

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 2:36 PM

Bring it D...we're waiting.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 2:37 PM

Can we please stop it with the HR excuses and all. He doesn't bring it anymore, simple as that. Dude does not need to front a HC band anymore.

Posted by D | April 24, 2012 2:40 PM

This is the second time that I've actually agreed with D. I'm a little scared.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 2:46 PM

Is it appropriate to have a member of SUICIDE at this benefit for a person that committed um... Suicide?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 2:46 PM

This crowd looks amazingly douchelike.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 2:47 PM

Even in his current state HR is far more entertaining than most front men.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 2:48 PM

Still awesome. I'll go watch people sing bad brains karaoke songs - I don't care. One good song performed is always worth the price of admission. And, this night there were a few.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 2:50 PM

2:40 is an OBVIOUS D impersonator. There is no way D could contain his rage to only two sentences.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 2:50 PM

Is that Ed Lover?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 2:52 PM

LOL last 3 pics

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 2:53 PM

Whether it's D or not, I agree with him. People let their wishful thinking get the best of them. HR has been like this for years, and it's pathetic. Whatever, if you feel like wasting your money on Bad Brains in 2012, then that's your prerogative.

Also that writer at Officially a Yuppie cant spell for shit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 2:55 PM

Did they play "God of Love"?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 3:01 PM

I hope they played Bonin' In The Boneyard!

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 3:11 PM

How dare you calling me an impersonator. I'm the one here posting under a nick, not you!

Posted by D | April 24, 2012 3:25 PM

Did they play "Ma and Pa"? I really have to know!

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 3:26 PM

3:25, you don't impress me

Posted by D | April 24, 2012 3:31 PM

Man, I hope they closed it out with Sunless Saturday. That's my favorite song of theirs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 3:32 PM

The band is still quite impressive. Yes HR isn't running amok anymore, but the music is still there and live the band is still on fire.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 3:42 PM

Bad Brains are not some instrumental avant garde geniuses you'd catch at The Stone. They are a simple and traditional HC band. And at that they fucking suck, thanks to HR. How hard is that to understand?

Yeah I get it, you enjoy yourself a trainwreck of a performer. All good. Just don't come here raving how fucking great the show was, or how good the band still is. Get Israel Joseph I back on vocals and call it a Bad Brains tribute band. Then you could rightfully claim that the band was on fire.

Posted by D | April 24, 2012 3:54 PM

Valor jumpsuit? really, just because it is a word and spell check doesn't tell you to change it, no part of your brain said "his jumpsuit can't show courage in the face of danger... it must be a velour jumpsuit that he was wearing?

go eat some hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 3:57 PM

Regardless, I'm just glad HR can still belt out the lines to Party at Ground Zero.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 4:03 PM

How does HR feel about gay people these days?

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 4:21 PM

Did they play this one?

Don't blow no bubbles
Don't blow no troubles

In time before there was no cure
Now through his will it's healed for sure
(TRASH PITS, TRASH PITS, TRASH PITS) Away!
It's not the weather, we've got P.M.A.

We know you can do anything
And no thought withheld from thee
So here I beseech thee
To always request and declare

Don't blow no bubbles
Don't blow no troubles
There's got to be a better way
Don't blow no spikes
Ask Jah and he'll make the change
We know you can do anything
And no thought withheld from thee
So here I beseech thee
To always request and declare

We know you can do anything
And no thought withheld from thee
So here I beseech thee
To always request and declare

Don't blow no bubbles (and we can stop the AIDS)
Don't blow no spikes
Don't blow no fudge buns
Ask Jah and he'll make the change

We know you can do anything
And no thought withheld from thee
So here I and I said to thee
To always request and declare

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 4:25 PM

its bad when a rapper is more entertaining then a former hardcore band

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 4:35 PM

bad brains have sucked for at least 30 years

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 6:06 PM

^Uhm no genius. I'm sure Bad Brains definitely did not suck back in 1982.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 6:14 PM

hummus > fudge buns

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012 7:51 PM

and the money will roll right in

Posted by Dawny | April 25, 2012 8:38 AM

The valor of the overall experience clearly annunciated.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2012 10:08 AM

I saw Bad Brains around 1999 or 2000 and HR didn't move for the entire set. Aside from some head nodding the dude was as still as a statue. Arms at his side, feet planted firmly on the stage, not even a toe tapping, never moving an inch, there simply wasn't anything to look at. He looked as bored as I was.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2012 11:42 AM

"Don't Blow No Bubbles" is about heroin addiction, not homosexuality.

Posted by Dismas | April 25, 2012 4:49 PM

Did they play Fight The Youth?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012 3:10 PM

The guy is close to 60 do you really think he is gonna come out doing back flips, you guys are pretty lame to sit on the computer and hate on a old man that rocked out hard his entire life. If you don't like the way he acts don't go to the show no one forced you to buy a ticket

Posted by red bone | November 29, 2012 3:51 PM

bad brains rule

Posted by jordon | August 1, 2013 7:33 PM

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