Over the past three decades Killing Joke became all things to everyone, a band that was difficult to pin down and influenced countless artists, from punk bands and new wavers to industrial rock machines and metalheads. It could be said that the band's tenacity and influence (not necessarily their musical output) is comparable to that of KISS. Keyboardist-vocalist Jaz Coleman and guitarist Geordie Walker have been the constants, ably guiding the band as trends lived and died and the music industry disintegrated around them. Hell, Killing Joke probably supplied the soundtrack. And they're not finished yet. The original members reunited after the death of bassist Paul Raven, an odd twist that pushed the band to record more music and perform live. Given the band's peculiar history (drug use, accusations of being neo-Nazis, etc.), it's surprising that Killing Joke is still around. I'm beginning to think they're going to outlast all of us. MARK LORE
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
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