Wednesday, April 7

Dead Cross Comes Alive at UC Theatre


Dead Cross
UC Theatre, Berkeley
August 23, 2017

All photos by Raymond Ahner.

Dead Cross, the “supergroup” comprised of Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, along with Justin Pearson and Mike Crain of Retox came through Berkeley recently and aurally assaulted the near capacity crowd with a brief but action packed set. It was a “take no prisoners” show that lived up to every expectation of the well-known musicians on stage.

Dead Cross

Opening the show with “Seizure and Desist,” the band tore through their debut album at a break neck pace. “Idiopathic,” “Obedience School” and “Grave Slave” all sounded even more frantic live than they do recorded, while their cover of “Bela Legosi’s Dead” was given new life with the pounding drums of Lombardo.

Dead Cross

Sporting a Hawaiian shirt and bandages on his chin from a well-publicized skate boarding accident a couple of days before the show, frontman Mike Patton didn’t stand still during the entire set, at one point calling out a “Ryan Gosling looking motherfucker” in the audience and invited him up onto the stage. The band ripped through a new and untitled song, with Patton grabbing the genitals of his stage guest throughout.

Dead Cross

After leaving the stage for just a moment, Dead Cross returned for an encore, all of them wearing “Nazi Trumps Fuck Off” T-Shirts. Mike Patton walked up to the microphone and introduced the one and only Jello Biafra, and he and the band tore through the Dead Kennedys classic “Nazi Punks Fuck Off.”

Dead Cross

It was the perfect ending to a perfect evening.

Setlist: Seizure and Desist | Idiopathic | Obedience School | Shillelagh | New #2 | Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Bauhaus cover) | Divine Filth | Grave Slave | The Future Has Been Cancelled | Prisoner New #1 | Gag Reflex | Church of the Motherfuckers || Nazi Punks Fuck Off (Dead Kennedys cover) (with Jello Biafra) | Raining Blood (Slayer cover)

Find out more about Dead Cross on their Facebook page.


About Author

Raymond Ahner, a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California, is the Photography Editor for SF Sonic. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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