Atkins and KJ in Chi-town (bygones be bygones)

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Atkins and KJ in Chi-town (bygones be bygones)

Postby LSDMOFRO » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:11 pm

Let bygones be bygones:\
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good to see!\
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Re: Atkins and KJ in Chi-town (bygones be bygones)

Postby Sapromind » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:23 pm

Martin Atkins already reconciled with Killing Joke back in... 2008, I think. That's what he wrote back then:\
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Sometimes you can find buckets full of reasons why not to do something. And my god, I certainly had a few buckets worth of reasons not to go to the Killing Joke Tuesday night in Chicago. A bucket load of kids at home, a bucket full of jet lag from China, buckets full of other things to do, and a bucket full of emotions ( good and bad) about the band, the music, the people, and the memories.\
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But, nothing except a bucket full of good came out of my trip to the show Tuesday. The band was tight. Paul Ferguson was rock solid and hammered all of the songs in the set (which was made up of mostly early material). I hadn’t seen Youth play bass since Hammersmith in 1981; he was terrific. Geordie was, well…..Geordie. I still don’t fully get how he makes that noise so effortlessly when three other guitarists and a computer work station would be struggling to come close. The swagger, the smirk, and the ease just underline his unique vibe. And, as many times as I found reasons in the past to slag on Jaz, he was leaner than I think I have ever seen him, on form, and hitting all the notes he needed to hit. The show was a triumphant statement of what this band is and was, and what music can be. It captured the unique chemistry that I was fortunate enough to be part of.\
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I sang along with most of the songs. I don’t know if Jaz dedicated “Love Like Blood” to Raven, but the words of the chorus punched me in the throat as I thought about absent friends.\
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I hadn’t spoken with Jaz since leaving the band over 10 years ago…. Dressing rooms after a show, (especially the last show of a world tour) can be difficult places for difficult relationships to find peace and reconnections. I was welcomed and made to feel, for a little while, like a part of this very cool, twisted family, happy to celebrate its ups and downs in an atmosphere where past mistakes, outbursts, indiscretions, or even flat out fights are accommodated and passed over with a raised eyebrow, a smile, or simply, thankfully just hanging out.\
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Where a hole had existed inside of me for a while (too important to ignore, maybe too difficult to confront head-on) there’s now just a bucket full of something else sloshing around. I don’t know what it was – the music, Raven’s passing, or maybe that we’re all getting older and don’t know if we’re going to see each other soon or again. But, I feel better, more resolved, prouder of my work as a small part of the family of Killing Joke, and looking forward to the next time. THANK YOU, Jaz, Geordie, Youth, and Big Paul.
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This was Martin's point of view, but if anyone was unsure about the band's take on the case, I think the picture above clears everything.
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