Feb 22

Circle Jerks

Fremont Theater at Fremont Theater

San Luis Obispo, CA

Show: 8:00PM


Event Details



Tuesday, February 22, 2021

Door Time- 7:00 PM

Show Time- 8:00 PM



$28 GA / $33 GA Day of Show / $35 At The Door

Age: 18+


Circle Jerks emerged from the punk underbelly of LA’s South Bay in 1979. First conceptualized at “TheChurch” of Hermosa Beach, the once infamous hangout of scene forefathers Black Flag, Descendents,Redd Kross, and The Last, the band quickly became the innovators of a movement simply referred totoday as HARDCORE PUNK ROCK.After serving as a co-founder and lead vocalist of Black Flag during the recording of its essential NervousBreakdown EP, Keith Morris joined forces with former Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson to form whatwould become Circle Jerks, a reference uncovered from artist Raymond Pettibon’s slang dictionary. 

Having written material for their former bands respectively, Morris and Hetson, along with bassist RogerRogerson and jazz drummer Lucky Lehrer, fine-tuned previously unfinished material to conceive thetroupe’s now-renowned sound - thoughtfully steadfast, yet relentless and ferocious in nature. Unlike muchof the unapologetic hardcore that seeped through the cracks of American suburbia, the music of the CircleJerks was dynamic, deliberate, and most importantly, a force to be reckoned with. Bringing together apotent, articulate rhythm section with earnest yet oftentimes derisive lyrics and themes, the band wasthereafter heralded as a leader of the pack, but with no real plan in sight. 

The social climate of Los Angeles in the early eighties was marked by unsettled fluidity, with the expansionof hardcore punk that infiltrated the public eye. The “pogo” of a former generation became the “slamdance” of another - a moniker consecrated in the iconic Circle Jerks “Skanking Kid” logo designed bygraphic designer Shawn Kerri. Songs got shorter, shows wilder, and the police - led by embattled policechief Daryl Gates - shut it all down. This earmark of punk lineage was epitomized in the groundbreakingdocumentary by Penelope Spheeris, The Decline of Western Civilization, in which Circle Jerks mostnotably performed to a pit of chaos. Today, the film is recognized and preserved by the National FilmRegistry at the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”In October 1980, Circle Jerks released their debut studio album Group Sex on Los Angeles label FrontierRecords. Clocking in at fourteen songs in just sixteen minutes, the record remains a milestone of thepunk genre and equally as symbolic nearly forty years later. 

Plowing forward with a relentless, toothcutting work ethic and a rousing stage presence, the band would soon find itself headlining shows at LA’s5,000-capacity Olympic Auditorium and emblazoned in cult video classics like Repo Man, New WaveTheatre, and The Slog Movie. Over the decades, Circle Jerks would release six studio albums, includingthe acclaimed Wild in the Streets (1982), Golden Shower of Hits (1983), Wonderful (1985),and IV (1987), where they would become a major headliner during the alternative music explosion ofGeneration X. Morris and Hetson remain the only consistent members since the band’s creation,withstanding several lineup changes, including Flea and Chuck Biscuits. Bassist Zander Schloss (TheWeirdos, Joe Strummer) has been a member since the 1980’s. 

During hiatuses, Morris fronted bandslike OFF! and FLAG, while Hetson played guitar in Bad Religion.The long list of those influenced by the legacy of the Circle Jerks ranges from Butthole Surfers to RedHot Chili Peppers - with notable fans being Dogtown skateboarders, Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, EltonJohn, Johnny Depp, Guns N’ Roses, and Philip K. Dick. Decades later, their music continues to make animprint on generations of diverse music fans and those who challenge the status quo.In celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary and the commemorative reissue of their celebrated landmarkrecord Group Sex, Circle Jerks return to the stage for the first time in over a decade.

  • Starting September 1 all events at the Fremont Theater will require:
  •  Proof of full vaccination or a negative lab test within 72 hours of the event prior to entrance into the venue.
  •  Masks must be worn in line and while entering the venue
  •  In accordance with San Luis Obispo Health Officer Order #6 All patrons regardless of vaccination status are required   to wear face coverings at all times while indoors. 
** These guidelines are subject to change.

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Fremont Theater

1035 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401

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