For nearly a decade, conflict within the legendary Southern California punk band Circle Jerks caused the band to remain dormant. As the music gods would have it, the band played some shows recently, and now they are landing in our own back yard to entertain us at the House of Blues! All hail the long-awaited return of CIRCLE JERKS!
Looking back, despite the issues, the individual members were still active during time. Lead singer Keith Morris had formed hardcore band, Off! Guitarist Greg Hetson had joined Bad Religion and would eventually form Punk Rock Karaoke. Guitarist Zander Schloss released some solo albums and worked as a session musician for various bands. However, many punk fans held up hope that one day the Hermosa Beach band would be able to resolve their differences and tour again.
at the House of Blues | Anaheim
February 19, 2022
In late 2019, Punk Rock Bowling proudly announced that the Circle Jerks would celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark album, “Wild in the Streets,” by kicking off a nationwide tour that began by headlining one of the three nights at PRB the following year. However, COVID scrapped Punk Rock Bowling’s plans and the entire tour, itself.
Fans were ecstatic when PRB announced in February of 2021 that they would be rescheduling the festival to September and that the Circle Jerks would still be playing one of the nights. As someone who was fortunate enough to be there and witness them play live for the first time in a decade, let me say it was a pretty memorable night. They are one of those iconic bands that you get to say, “Yeah, I saw them live.”
Shortly after the sold out Punk Rock Bowling, Circle Jerks announced they would be embarking on a tour throughout the country going through the last half of 2021 and concluding in May of this year.
As part of that tour, Circle Jerks will be playing with fellow OC legends Adolescents and Negative Approach at the House of Blues on February 19. Don’t miss your chance to see them, because you truly do not know when – or if – they will ever be playing together again.