Somewhere, Joey Ramone moans dispassionately in his crypt, Iggy Pop bites his tongue, and John Lydon's life goes on uninterrupted.
The Offspring have recently embarked on a tour with Dropkick Murhpys and Time Again, and, in a move of questionable economic importance, has touted the tour as an economically sound choice for concert goers, where $120 dollars will net you a four pack of tickets to see the bands this June at Roy Wilkins.
Watch if you dare-- "Pretty Fly" by The Offspring.
"It has come to my attention in recent weeks that the state of our union is deteriorating," said Dexter Holland in a press conference. "Every day our friends and neighbors are losing their jobs, their homes, their jet skis and their girlfriends."
But Gimme Noise broke out its adding machines, roused the bean counters, and set to work dismantling this "budget" concert announcement. After much pencil chewing, and after expending a stack of scratch paper, we've determined that it all breaks down to $30.00 a ticket. You know-- the standard price to see a show at Roy Wilkins.
But when you adjust that price for the fact that it's an Offspring show, with Dropkick Murphys in support, this price hardly seems fair. I mean, Holland has spent the last decade being the Judge Ito of punk rock jokery, making a bigger name for himself in the hot sauce trade than in the music scene. And we'll never fully forgive Scorcese's "The Departed" for extending Dropkick Murphys' infamy beyond its natural time.
But it deserves to be pointed out that the show is called "Punk For the Right Price." Right for whom? That question goes unaddressed. It's a cunning bit of syntactical sleight of hand. Because, as we all know, if this show were called "Punk For the Fair Price," you'd be getting change back for a fiver.
June 19. 6:30 P.M. Roy Wilkins Auditorium. The Offspring, Dropkick Murphys, Time Again. $120 for four/ $30.00 apiece.