Like many anniversary tours that were originally scheduled for 2020 but forced to postpone because of the pandemic, Circle Jerks 40th anniversary tour to celebrate their 1980 album Group Sex was a long time coming after it was initially announced. Setbacks from the pandemic and band members testing positive after the tour commenced didn’t stop them from finally reaching New York this past week though, and they tore through a packed 33 song set on back to back nights at Irving Plaza. They played the same set both nights and hit every song from Group Sex (except interestingly enough the title track) and numerous other classics from their catalog.
To round out the bill, they played with bands that were their contemporaries in the early 80s punk landscape, hardcore greats Negative Approach and 7 Seconds, both of whom were recently in NYC at TV Eye after the tour had postponements due to Keith Morris testing positive for Covid.
All the setbacks and delays aside, fans were overjoyed to finally see all three bands together in action and from the looks on their faces at the show and how active the crowd was, it was well worth the wait. See vids, setlist and pics below.
Setlist: Deny Everything, Letterbomb, In Your Eyes, Stars and Stripes, Back Against the Wall, Behind the Door, I Just Want Some Skank, Beverly Hills, When the Shit Hits the Fan, Under the Gun, Trapped, Coup d’etát, Wild In The Streets, Moral Majority, Don’t Care, Live Fast Die Young, Paid Vacation, Junk Mail, Parade of the Horribles, Casualty Vampire, I I & I, Leave Me Alone, I Don’t, The Crowd, Beat Me Senseless, World Up My Ass, Operation, Wasted, High Price on Our Heads, Red Tape.
Encore: I Wanna Destroy You (The Soft Boys cover), What’s Your Problem, Question Authority
Scroll down for pics of Night 2 (photos by Stephanie Augello)