Los Angeles, CA – Legendary for pioneering the 3rd wave of US Ska/Rock fusion, FISHBONE are set to embark on their 25th Career Anniversary marked by the release of their 1985 self-titled EP that included the classic single “Party At Ground Zero”. In celebration of this landmark career milestone, FISHBONE will release their FIRST EVER full-length live concert film; Live In Bordeaux this Tuesday February 2, 2010. Filmed live in Bordeaux, France April 26th, 2008, the release will be offered direct to fans through the band’s website on www.fishbone.net utilizing the digital delivery platform technology of digital music fore-runners Topspin Media, and digital distribution partner INgrooves. For fans purchasing directly through www.fishbone.net, The LIVE IN BORDEAUX offering will be bundled exclusively with a limited edition FISHBONE skateboard deck, a double 12-inch picture disc vinyl set of the release, t-shirt, and digital download of the full length CD & video! The release will also be available through iTunes, Amazon, and other digital outlets on Feb 2nd, 21010.
Formed in 1979 in South Central Los Angeles by Angelo Moore, (vocals, saxophones, and theremin); Kendall Jones (guitar); John Norwood Fisher (bass); Philip “Fish” Fisher (drums); “Dirty” Walter A. Kibby III (vocals, trumpet); and Chris Dowd (keyboards, trombone, vocals), the current line-up consists of Angelo Moore and John Norwood Fisher as the only remaining original members, Leonard Rocky George (Guitar, Suicidal Tendencies), multi-instrumentalist (keyboards, trombone, guitar, vocals) John McKnight (Ben Harper, Eek-a-Mouse, Edgar Winter, Geggy Tah), Dre Gipson (keys, vocals), & John Steward (Drums).
FISHBONE first gained attention in the mid-eighties with their live concerts, earning a reputation as one of the most diverse bands in the alternative rock genre. Their unique stew of different styles, mixed with hectic energy and pounding rhythms, was a huge influence on the funk/rock/new wave/metal/rap hybrid that would become popular in the 1990s. The base of 3rd Wave Ska, of course, having been largely defined by three bands: L.A.’s Fishbone, N.Y.C.’s The Toasters, and Hollywood’s The Untouchables. Fishbone, the junkyard ska, punk, funk, metal outfit, got its start at Chinatown’s Madame Wong’s in the summer of ’79. As singer Angelo Moore explains…..
“I lived in the Valley and bussed to L.A. after school. It was on the bus that [Dirty] Walt let me listen to The Selecter. I said what are they playing? He said they’re playin’ the ska. I said fuck, yeah. I’ve been gettin’ down and gettin’ funky with it ever since.”
Outside of the immense talent and musical diversity, the band’s influence on pop-culture permeates to this day as some music icons and historians even credit frenetic front man Angelo Moore as one of the first performers to “stage dive” and “crowd surf” during legendary performances in the mid-eighties garage punk clubs, as the band and their chaotic and colorful energy would incite some of the very first crowd surfing episodes in LA clubs, antics which have since become embedded as a staple of punk rock subculture.
FISHBONE’s legacy as one of the best live bands in rock n’ roll history is undeniable; their influence on some of the biggest bands in contemporary music such as No Doubt, Sublime, Jane’s Addiction & the Red Hot Chili Peppers is a well-documented fact. Through 25 groundbreaking years of music history, this the first official live DVD of the bands career, inevitably raises the questions: what went wrong that we had to wait a good 20 years before this finally happened when FISHBONE has always been labeled as the ultimate live act whose records never really matched their stage energy? And isn’t it too late now that the glorious lineup of the early 90s has mostly disbanded and the two remaining original members, Angelo Moore and Norwood Fisher are well into their 40s? Is this live concert film still relevant? Of course, the FISHBONE of 2009 is no longer the same as in 1991, but it has matured and has remained fresh, without diluting the sound, energy, or musical relevancy. To the fans left behind in the mid 90s, this live concert film is a great testimony that not only is FISHBONE not dead, but it’s still as red hot as ever.