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Meat Puppets at the Troubadour

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The Meat Puppets are back with a vengeance! Last night the Troubadour hosted the Los Angeles performance of the Meat Puppets’ reunion mini-tour. Brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood have not shared a stage since the debacle that was supposed to be their tour opening for REM back in 1996. Since then, Cris’ personal struggles have been no secret to anyone, reaching their crescendo when he was shot by a post office security guard in 2003. The reunited brothers are about to release their first CD together since 1995’s No Joke. The new CD, Rise to Your Knees, was recorded with drummer Ted Marcus. This time, drummer Derrick Bostrom is not on on board. He is rumored to have quit music entirely.

We arrived at the Troubadour late and missed Elmo Kirkwood’s band, and only caught the last two songs of opening band Trainwreck Riders. One of the songs made me want to do the pony. The second song I heard was one of those fast, cymbal-riding country-punk songs. It was as if the Meat Puppets had invented a new genre of music, and this band was playing that genre. Of course, who knows what’s happening in Phoenix? Maybe there is a whole generation of Meat Puppet-inspired bands.