Fri, Feb 23, 2001 - Page 8 News List

Suicidal Tendencies cancels

The Japanese female punk band Softball will still play its scheduled shows at Zeitgeist and the Say Yes to Taiwan concert

By David Frazier  /  STAFF REPORTER

Earlier this week, between the evening of Feb. 19 and midnight of Feb. 20, 12 suicides were reported around Taiwan using eight different methods. The sad fact is that Taiwan seems to have enough suicidal tendencies of its own.

The tragedies, however, have nothing to do with the cancellation of a visit to Taiwan by the Venice Beach thrash band, Suicidal Tendencies, who were originally scheduled to play at the Taipei club Zeitgeist (聖界) tomorrow night and in a free concert at 228 Peace Park on Sunday. It is also perhaps relevant that, rather than advocating suicide, Suicidal Tendenciessongs tends to cast suicidal impulses in an ironic light, with the band calling themselves "suicidal failures" in several songs.

The band was forced to cancel because travel and other arrangements could not be zcompleted as quickly as originally anticipated, said organizers, adding that the band still hopes to come to Taiwan once a new schedule can be worked out.

Softball, a three-girl Japanese punk rock fireball originally scheduled to open for Suicidal Tendencies, will still come to Taiwan to play at both shows. Hitting the stage before Softball at both venues will be Milk, a seven-person funk and groove outfit from Taichung.

Performance notes

What Softball and Milk Concert

When & Where Tomorrow, 9pm; Zeitgeist (聖界),122 Chung Hsiao E. Rd., Sec. 2, B1 (122 B1)

Tickets NT$350

What Say Yes To Taiwan (和平演唱會) concert, including Echo, the Clippers (夾子), L.T.K. (濁水溪公社), Chthonic (閃靈), Milk, Softball and Anarchy (無政府)

When & Where Sunday,5pm to 9pm; 228 Peace Park (二二八和平公園)

Tickets Free

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