Ex-DEAD KENNEDYS frontman Jello Biafra recently responded to a request from his former bandmates to join them at the DEAD KENNEDYS 25th anniversary show at the Key Club in Los Angeles on August 19, 2003. Here is Jello’s response:
“Re: Their press release ‘inviting’ me to join their cash-in nostalgia show in Hollywood on August 19th.
“To put it mildly, this reeks of false advertising. They obviously aren’t serious or they would have called me on the phone. Instead, their message came through their lawyers and their publicist.
“What’s the matter, not enough Hot Topic bozo teens flocking to stuff cash in their bikinis? Are they having that much trouble selling tickets to a bar that holds less than 600 people?
“If they really want to, ‘bury the hatchet,’ why won’t they stop suing me? They have been dragging me through court for almost six years now, and have refused attempts to compromise and settle.
“I feel sorry for anyone duped into paying top dollar for a ticket because they heard, ‘I might be there.’ But I hardly think I’m ’letting fans down’ by refusing to be part of a nostalgia scam.
“It makes even less sense than the California Recall Election. Sorry I’m not running, folks, but I didn’t want to take votes away from Gary Coleman.
“No, seriously, I’m supporting the high-quality Green Party nominee with the vision and skills to govern - Peter Camejo! Please vote for him.”
Brandon Cruz (DR. KNOW) will continue to front the DEAD KENNEDYS as he has been doing so since the band reformed without Jello.