Live Review, 5/11/12: Brian Jonestown Massacre Returns to the Fillmore, Attitude and All

Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Blue Angel Lounge
Friday, May 11, 2012
The Fillmore

Better than: An MTV reality show reunion special.

It's been eight years since documentary Dig! became our generation's Gimme

Shelter. A violent ride about the rise

of bands the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhols, Dig! is a shadow both groups have been crawling out from under ever since.

The bands' respective frontmen, Anton Newcombe and Courtney

Taylor-Taylor, have both renounced the film, in which they fight like spoiled

children over artistic achievements, fame, and piles of cocaine. It's a low-budget reality show with an R rating, and Newcombe suffers the worst of it, ending up depicted

as a drug-fueled madman and deadbeat musician. At Friday's sold-out show at the

Fillmore, Newcombe continued to suffer, but gratefully, the music hasn't.

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