Get yer earplugs ready, D-Gen is back!
What initially seemed to be a few recently announced casual reunion shows has apparently turned into a full blown reunion for keepers of the rock 'n' roll flame, D-Generation.
Along with the announcement of shows comes the news that the band will be releasing new material in 2012. The band have confirmed shows for early September in Spain and London leading up to a NYC headline show at Irving Plaza and then San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, Austin and possibly more. The band will be playing material from their three full-length albums D-Generation (1994), No Lunch (1996) and Through The Darkness (1999), and plan to write new material, post shows, for a release in 2012.
Originally splitting in 1999, the members (Jesse Malin, Danny Sage, Howie Pyro, Michael Wildwood and Richard Bacchus) last got together as D-Generation in 2008. Legendary Rolling Stone writer, David Fricke, has said about one of the band's more well known songs: "There is no better sales pitch for the snot-rock classicism and teenage-warfare spirit of D-Generation than [the song] "No Way Out." Richard Bacchus’ and Danny Sage’s guitars spit bullets, singer Jesse Malin seethes with rabid impatience. Malin, Sage, Bacchus, bassist Howie Pyro and drummer Michael Wildwood embrace the values of aggressive brevity." Fricke went on to label the song a "stone classic" and fervently predicted more to come from the band.
"No Way Out":
D-Generation has toured with such artists as Social Distortion, L7, Green Day, Cheap Trick, The Misfits, and The Offspring, among many others. Most notably, the band also played on The Ramones’ farewell tour and the KISS reunion tour.
In closing, guitarist Danny Sage says of the new era of D-Generation, “I think it’s a good time for D-Generation. The state of rock & roll is so pathetic, and somebody needs to kick it in the ass and I’m glad it’s us.” Hear, hear!
"She Stands There":
9/02 Benidorm, Spain @ Turborock Fest
9/03 Santander, Spain @ Turborock Fest
9/05 London, UK @ Borderline
9/17 New York @ Irving Plaza
9/23 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
9/24 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
9/25 Oakland, CA @ The Uptown
10/08 Chicago, IL @ Double Door / Riot Fest
D-Generation official website.
Photo ©Bob Gruen. Story originally done for The Vinyl District.