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Ventura Theater; Ventura, CA; 11/27/99

Reviewed by Snidermann

Pud said something to me at San Souci, the bar we Rough Edge folk hang out at before Ventura Theater shows. I told Pud that I dug his review of Suicidal's “Lights ... Camera ... Revolution.” He told me that that particular CD is where punk meets metal and a truer statement has never been made.

The Suicidal Tendencies show at the Ventura Theatre on Saturday, November 27, 1999 was as good a rock show as I have ever seen. 

Suicide Machine from Detroit, Michigan opened for ST. This band combined hardcore punk with high energy metal for an explosive stage act that was nothing short of unforgettable. I have never head of Suicide Machine before this show, but let me tell you, I am on the hunt for some recordings of this highly talented band to add to my collection. If you get a chance to see this band or pick up a recording, I highly recommend doing so! I'll be doing just that!!

Now on to the main event: Suicidal Tendencies hit the stage with both barrels blazing. It was obvious from the start that the dudes from ST know how to work a crowd and, indeed, feed off what the audience gives back to them. I was very impressed with the band's stage presence and professionalism. Each member of ST worked with a smoothness that only comes from years of working together and that was apparent from the get go. 

This is my first time seeing ST (that's right: I was a Suicidal virgin) and the show was loud, hard, driving, crazy and after refreshing my memory with a few of ST’s CDs, I expected nothing less!! In a word, WOW!! What a party it was and one I’ll not soon forget.

I missed ST the last time they came to Ventura, but I will never miss this killer fucking band again. Metal combined with punk - who'd have thunk it!! Rock on ST!!

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