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Killing Joke Packs The Chapel


Killing Joke
The Chapel
May 20, 2019

Photos by Raymond Ahner

After a successful tour of the States in 2018, seminal post-punk stalwarts Killing Joke have returned to US soil to play just a handful of shows, and recently stopped off at The Chapel in San Francisco for a sold-out evening of classics. And judging from the packed to the rafters crowd, the band is just as relevant today as they ever were.

Killing Joke

Opening their set with “Tomorrow’s World” off their 1980 self-titled record, the four original members were in the groove from the very first moment. Vocalist Jaz Coleman paced the stage like a madman, bellowing out the lyrics with as much passion and conviction as he ever has while interacting with the front row, and asking the crowd to think of their dead loved ones before “Love Like Blood.” Guitarist Geordie Walker stood stoically as ever at his side of his stage with his Gibson ES-295, his foot on his effects pedal while churning out his signature guitar tone and seemingly adding a little extra “crunch” during “Tension.”

Killing Joke

Clocking in at just over 90 minutes, the band’s setlist consisted of some of their most well-known songs, including “Bloodsport,” “War Dance,” “Requiem,” and of course, “Eighties.” The band wrapped up their set with both “The Wait,” and “Pssyche,” and surely left the stage with the crowd wanting another 90 minutes, at least.

Pink Slips

The Pink Slips


Support for Killing Joke came from The Pink Slips, a Los Angeles based synth-punk band featuring the daughter of Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Grace, on vocals. The band put on a stellar set of their own, highlighted by “Sweet Talker” and “Hello Heaven.”

Killing Joke:

Setlist: Tomorrow’s World | Autonomous Zone | In Excelsis | The Fall of Because | European Super State | Eighties | Bloodsport | Wardance | Requiem | Tension | Total Invasion | Loose Cannon | Labyrinth | Corporate Elect | Asteroid | The Wait | Pssyche || The Hum | Love Like Blood | The Death and Resurrection Show | Pandemonium

Find out more about Killing Joke on their website.

The Pink Slips:

Check out The Pink Slips here.


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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