Wise move as Jim rejoins the band
ALIFORNIA punk revivalists Pennywise can’t wait to get to the Gold Coast to raise a ruckus with original vocalist Jim Lindberg, who has rejoined the band for its 25th anniversary tour.
The group’s notorious lead guitarist, six-foot-eightinches (203cm) tall powerhouse Fletcher Dragge (who turns 47 during the band’s Australian tour), says Pennywise return to Australia ‘‘at full force’’ after reconciling and reuniting with Lindberg.
‘‘We’re having a great time and the stage vibe is great and Jim’s performance is insanely good,’’ he says.
‘‘The crowds are going twice as crazy as we’ve seen in 10 years. Life’s a strange thing – what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. ’’
Lindberg rejoined Pennywise after the band was forced to cancel Australian shows in August last year when newish frontman Zoli Teglas aggravated injuries sustained during a fall on stage in Europe and required back surgery. Dragge says Teglas suggested Lindberg could fill in for him while he recovered.
‘‘We said to him, ‘if Jim comes back to the band ever you’re gonna be out of a job’,’’ Dragge says.
‘‘We never wanted him to leave in the first place. He sang on nine albums. Zoli was doing a good job but we he was filling in for him, not the other way around.’’
The situation was a chance to build bridges with Lindberg and get the original team back together.
‘‘Jim needed a break and looking back, no one’s perfect,’’ says Dragge, who refused to speak to Lindberg when he decided to quit the band.
‘‘I was off my arse, breaking things and terrorising people. I had to take responsibility for my actions.
‘‘I’ve grown up a little bit. We’re family – we’ve got 20 years invested in this band. Pennywise is important to people. We needed to stop being a bunch of lames and open communication.’’
The reunited Pennywise played their first 25th anniversary show on January 18 in Hollywood to rave reviews and are touring to capacity crowds.
Pennywise are joined in Australia by fellow Californians Face to Face, hailed by fans and critics as one of the most important bands to come out of the 1990s punk revival, and Philadelphia natives The Menzingers, renowned for their raw, rough, bluesy punk rock sound.
Pennywise, Face to Face and The Menzingers play the Coolangatta Hotel on Sunday at 8pm. Tickets are $57.
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