Suicidal Tendencies Play Career-Spanning Show

November 15th, 2010

Suicidal Tendencies – Terminal 5 – November 14, 2010

Suicidal Tendencies - Terminal 5 - November 14, 2010

Southern California hardcore-punk/thrash-metal luminaries Suicidal Tendencies played Sunday night at Terminal 5 with support from NYC hardcore legends Cro-Mags, as well as Underdog and Death Before Dishonor. The Venice, Calif., band, which made a name for itself in the ’80s with its unique blending of aggressive genres (that eventually came to include funk), played to a packed house, including 40- and 50-year-old original followers and newer teenager fans alike. Currently on tour in support of No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family, an album of rerecordings, the quintet, which currently only features one original member, frontman Mike Muir, played a set of tunes from throughout its existence, like “You Can’t Bring Me Down,” “Institutionalized,” “The Prisoner,” “Suicidal Maniac” and “I Saw Your Mommy.”

Between many of the songs, Muir oozed positivity. Before “Possessed to Skate,” he spoke about the early Dogtown days, when it was unheard of to skate empty pools. But the concept slowly came together and although there were many failed attempts (and falls), it eventually happened, subsequently changing skateboarding history. His point—something he attributed to learning from his Dogtown skateboarding brother—being: Chase those crazy ideas and always get up from those falls. Song to song, the crowd went crazy on the floor, and with “Pledge Your Allegiance,” even onstage. Afterward Muir shook hands with those lucky fans onstage, a humble end to a night that was surely already unbelievable to many. —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood |