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Circle Jerks Postpones Tour Due to Covid

The band has stated that once Keith Morris recovers, they will set back out on tour.

Circle Jerks Postpones Tour Due to Covid

A Message from Circle Jerks: We had hoped it wouldn't come to this, but our fearless singer, our dude, Keith Morris, is headed home to rest for 10 days as he recovers from COVID-19. This will not stop Keith! You have no idea how ecstatic we are to be on tour for the first time in 15 years and seeing your excitement every night has made it all worth it. Thank you! We plan to announce all rescheduled shows in the next week or two. And we will start the tour again on Tuesday, April 26th in Austin for two nights at the Mohawk. Get ready, Texas!

This postponement is the reality of touring in 2022, but it does not take away how financially crippling it is for everyone involved - especially our good friends and supporting bands, 7Seconds & Negative Approach. We are selling silk screened posters signed by Keith Morris, John Brannon & Kevin Seconds in our online shop. All profits from this and the North American Flyer T-Shirt will be split equally between the three bands. If you want to support this tour, this is the best way to do it. Link in bio.

We will continue to provide updates on Keith and all things Circle Jerks on our socials. We wish Keith a speedy recovery and cannot wait to see you all soon.







Circle Jerks Live Dates:

All Tickets and updates available here.

Wild in the Streets, the scorching 1982 sophomore album by the pathfinding Southern California hardcore punk band the Circle Jerks, has received a remastered, augmented LP reissue and is available today on all formats via Trust Records.

Succeeding Trust's 2020 re-release of the band's 1980 debut Group Sex, the package includes remastered audio by Pete Lyman and rare April 1982 live performances of material from the band's first two albums, captured at the Elite Club in San Francisco. A lavish 20-page, full-color 12-by-12-inch booklet created for this release assembles historic photographs, club flyers, and an 8,200-word essay by veteran Los Angeles journalist Chris Morris, including new interviews with founding band members Keith Morris, Greg Heston, and Lucky Lehrer.

ICYMI: The reissue was announced with a new Atiba Jefferson-directed music video for its album title track, "Wild in the Streets". The video features a live Circle Jerks performance from 1982 and skaters Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Christian Hosoi, Eric Koston, Kevin "Spanky" Long, Steve Olson, Victoria Ruesga, Sal Barbier, Rowan Zorilla, Sean Malto, Anaiah Lei, Lizzie Armanto, Dashawn Jordan, Max Perlich, and more.

The Circle Jerks' 40th Anniversary Tour is underway with support from Negative Approach, Adolescents, and 7Seconds (who will be reuniting for the first time in over five years). Circle Jerks' current live lineup is vocalist Keith Morris, guitarist Greg Hetson (Bad Religion, Redd Kross), bassist Zander Schloss (The Weirdos, Joe Strummer) and drummer Joey Castillo (The Bronx, QOTSA, Danzig, BL'AST!, Wasted Youth). For a full list of dates, see below. To purchase tickets and for updates, go here.

More About Circle Jerks and Wild in the Streets:

As writer Chris Morris - who received a Grammy Award nomination for his writing for the boxed set No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion -- notes in his history, the Circle Jerks' wound-up rendition of Jeffreys' "Wild in the Streets," originally issued in a different version on a 1980 Posh Boy Records compilation, "was the first music released on record by the Circle Jerks, and the number became a suitable and highly appropriate calling card for a band that lived up to its title."

By 1981, the quartet was regularly tearing up Southern California clubs and halls, drawing large and frequently riotous crowds. Following the release of Group Sex by the independent Frontier Records, the band was in the hunt for a new label, and their then-manager Gary Hirstius convinced David Anderle, vice president of A&R at A&M Records, to take a look at them at an L.A. club gig.

Vocalist Morris, then one of the reigning wild men of SoCal hardcore, recalls, "We play, and after we dry off and socialize a bit backstage, Gary introduces me to David Anderle. David Anderle looks at me and says, 'I've got to record you before you kill yourself.'"

Though signing with A&M was a bridge too far for the prominent label, Anderle volunteered to co-produce an album for the group, which was recorded at label co-founder Herb Alpert's private studio on the old Charlie Chaplin film lot in Hollywood. Like its predecessor, the record that became Wild in the Streets was essentially cut live, with minimal overdubs; recording and mixing took a total of four days.

Guitarist Hetson says, "Pretty much everyone there was like, 'Just do your thing, it's great.' [Anderle] wanted us to set up and play. That's what our goal was. We weren't trying to make a quote-unquote finely produced album of art. We were doing our thing, and hopefully it got captured in the studio."

Drummer Lehrer remembers, "The songs seemed to fall into several categories. There were the songs that were fun songs and more in the spirit of, like, the '50s, let's say. And then there were the songs that were more in the spirit of the Dead Kennedys that addressed either topical or legal or political issues. And then there were the songs that were by Keith Morris, that were were basically, 'I'm frustrated, I'm angry, I'm not getting what I want in life, I'm trapped, why me?'"

The Circle Jerks ended up signed to Faulty Products, an indie distributor/imprint run by the Police's manager Miles Copeland, whose A&M-distributed I.R.S. Records released best-selling records by the Go-Go's and R.E.M. The design and release of Wild in the Streets is recalled in the new notes by I.R.S./Faulty staffers John Guarnieri, Betsy Alexander, Carmel Conlin, and Carlos Grasso, as well as by legendary punk photographer Edward Colver, who snapped the classic cover shot of the band members and their friends invading a San Francisco street parade.

Following a run of local shows that drew frequent visits from riot-equipped L.A. police and a near-fatal drug overdose by bassist Roger Rogerson, the band embarked on a chaotic six-week U.S. tour - their first major American trek - which climaxed with a New Orleans show (promoted by Carlo Nuccio, later the drummer for Keith Morris' band Buglamp), where the Jerks' diminutive, out-of-control lead singer was locked in one of Lehrer's drum cases.

On the heels of the Circle Jerks' return to L.A., Faulty Products was shuttered; though Wild in the Streets quickly became unavailable, re-releases of the record by Frontier and Epitaph kept the early legacy of L.A.'s hardcore pioneers alive. The new Trust LP issue of the album, which tells the complete story of its remarkable genesis and rampaging aftermath, will stand as the definitive rendering of this crucial early punk opus.

Photo Credits: Atiba Jefferson

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