For the past few years Orange County punk legends, T.S.O.L. have been playing a pair of shows to kick off the new year each January, one at the Observatory in Santa Ana, and the following night at the Regent in Los Angeles.
The band posted on social media yesterday that they would be playing the Regent, as normal, but something special was announced for the Observatory.
The first ever Planet of the Apes Fest will be coming January 6th, and much like the damned dirty apes took over Earth in that movie, T.S.O.L. will be taking over both stages of the Observatory.
In the past they have celebrated the 40th anniversary of their album, “Beneath the Shadows,” as well as the 40th anniversary of the punk movie, “Suburbia.”
The band first formed in Long Beach in 1978, as kids barely out of high school looking to make music and piss people off. Here, they are 45 years later still going strong with most of their original members. They will be headlining the main stage at the festival.
When they do their January shows they like to bring along classic punk bands that they came up with and this year will be no different.
Joining T.S.O.L. will be death rock legends from Los Angeles, 45 Grave.
Fronted by charismatic lead singer Dinah Cancer, the band reformed in 2004 to celebrate their 25th anniversary and never stopped.
Also playing the main stage that night will be San Pedro’s own fearsome foursome, Bad Cop/Bad Cop. They just released the second video, “Safe and Legal” from their upcoming album.
Bad Cop/Bad Cop were at the Observatory a few weeks ago as they brought the house down, playing with Bouncing Souls.
The main stage will kick off with performances from two OC punk bands, The Detours and Taken Days.
Headlining the Constellation Room will be Arizona’s Venomous Pinks. One of the hardest-touring bands around right now, the Pinks are about to hit the road with the Queers and the Dead Kennedys before the year’s end.
Rounding out the Constellation Room performances will be a trio of Southern California punk bands – Bloodstains and Toxic Energy out of Orange County, and The Pawns, from Los Angeles.
Get your tickets for this one as it is destined to be a punkers paradise!