Millions of Dead Cosplayers: Punk Pioneers M.D.C. Come To Japan
I mean the guy is 60 years old and played over 40 shows last year, touring all over Europe and the States. They had a similar schedule in 2015 as well. The only other band from the 70s/80s that tours that much, to my knowledge, is the Exploited. And for as nice of a guy as Dictor seems to be, he didn't hesitate to welcome a heckler up on stage for an ass kicking at Punk Rock Bowling last year. (Inappropriate daydream time: in a fight to the death I'd take Dictor over Wattie.)
On top of all that touring, Dictor published a memoir titled “Memoir from a Damaged Civilization: Stories of Punk, Fear, and Redemption" in May of last year detailing his early punk years, his social activism and M.D.C.'s tour of the Soviet Union. I have yet to read it, but I'm hoping we can finally all get down to the bottom of that homophobic Bad Brains incident involving the Big Boys.
As the US gets ready to inaugurate Drumpf on the 20th, one is reminded of another idiot Republican President. Well, it seems like the 80s are back and along with them the political noose around the neck of the powerless that spawned punk bands like MDC. Much like Attitude Adjustment which just toured Japan a few months ago, MDC has always walked the line for social issues from anti-capitalism to gay and transgender rights. In fact, the streets have already started chanting "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist U.S.A." We'll be chanting along with them soon enough in Japan.