The Jesus and Mary Chain with Special Guests at The Wiltern
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The last date listed for The Jesus and Mary Chain was Tuesday October 23, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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The show started on time and the venue is nice. The performance of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was a treat. Jesus & Mary Chain themselves seemed to be performing solely for the money. Technically they were sound (with the exception of nearly repeating "Head On"), however they lacked any sort of chemistry with each other or the crowd. I paid $15 for the tickets, so it was worth the money, but I feel sorry for the suckers who paid full price through Ticketmaster.
After playing their last gig in 1998 and breaking up in 1999, The Jesus and Mary Chain reunited this spring for a handful of high-profile club and festival dates in the U.S. and Europe, which began with a triumphant main stage performance in front of an estimated 10,000 fans at Coachella. In their only U.S. interview to date, brothers Jim and William Reid sat down with Rolling Stone magazine the day after that performance and hinted at a possible return to the studio, which is now confirmed. It will be the first time in over nine years that The Jesus and Mary Chain will begin work on a new album.
In addition to Jim and William Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain lineup includes Phil King on bass, Mark Crozer on guitar and Loz Colbert on drums.
The chart success of The Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was immeasurable. This British group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback that served as an inspiration to countless bands today.