The Queers

The Queers: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2009)
Asian Man Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: GlassPipeMurderGlassPipeMurder
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Upon a strong, mutual craving for Chicago-style pizza late one night last week, my girlfriend and I decided to boogie on down to the Windy City for the weekend. With no real plans in mind beyond grabbing a slice from Ronny's downtown, I was stoked to learn from TheOneTrueBill that the Queers were go.

Upon a strong, mutual craving for Chicago-style pizza late one night last week, my girlfriend and I decided to boogie on down to the Windy City for the weekend. With no real plans in mind beyond grabbing a slice from Ronny's downtown, I was stoked to learn from TheOneTrueBill that the Queers were going to be in town on Saturday night. My girlfriend was a little apprehensive having never heard the Queers, but on the drive down I played "See Ya Later Fuckface" for her and that was all the persuasion she needed.

Arriving late and just barely missing the openers, I was impressed at the sizeable crowd the Queers were able to draw at Reggie's. Of course, it makes sense (Chicago being home to a proud plenty of unapologetic opinionators, much like the Queers themselves and hometown favorites Screeching Weasel), but the only other time I'd seen the Queers was along with about 50 others in the dingy Des Moines metal dive Hairy Mary's before it closed. So having a shoulder-to-shoulder mob chanting "This place sucks!" in preparation for a classic Queers set with original drummer/singer Wimpy joining the trio that included Joe Queer, Dangerous Dave and Adam Waranoff of the Leftovers on drums was a pleasant surprise.

The band came on stage and played the first handful of songs as a trio that included some of Joe's great sing-alongs such as "Fuck This World," "Like a Parasite," "No Tit" and "Hi Mom, It's Me." The crowd was as lively and gracefully obnoxious as you would expect of a punk rock melee on St. Patrick's Day weekend, and erupted with approval when Joe paused to introduce Wimpy as he charged on stage. Wimpy and crew played about 15 minutes of material from the Drunken Cholos and classic Queers catalog including "We'd Have a Riot Doing Heroin," "This Place Sucks," "Monster Zero" and "Kicked Out of the Webelos." Though it was certainly a fun opportunity to see the band with Wimpy and hear the more Circle Jerks / Angry Samoans-influenced than Ramones / Beach Boys version of the band live, I was glad Wimpy took a breather and the trio resumed again with Joe at the mic.

Rounding out their set with some of my favorites like "Ursula Finally Has Tits," "Born to Do Dishes" and "Punk Rock Girls," the Queers touched all their bases in the relatively short set, including two nods to Chicago legends Screeching Weasel both with their own "Ben Weasel" and a cover of "Cindy's on Methadone." Wimpy came out one more time for another short blast of ageless punk fury and an encore rendition of "This Place Sucks."

As sweaty kids in leather jackets poured out onto the sidewalk, I was left with little doubt that the Queers probably put on the best live show of any band 27 years into existence. Scratch that -- they still put on one of the best live shows, period. And according to Joe, they have a new album coming out next year, which is sure to be fantastic.


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skolarx (March 24, 2009)

i can't wait to see them on sunday, they are always great live

maxethunders (March 23, 2009)

About the Queers tour did they have any ads even a punknews posting because they played in Milwaukee and I heard about it the day before so I couldn't make it down there. Score is for punknews and people posting news on this tour.

eazyd2 (March 22, 2009)


JerryCola (March 20, 2009)

That pizza place by Reggies is quality for the price.

The food at Reggies itself is actually really good too. I had a chili dog before the Queers show that was quite delicious.

The show itself was fun but the Wimpy set is what made it worthwhile, otherwise the setlist would have been exactly like the last couple of shows the Queers played in Chicago.

Hey_Asshole (March 20, 2009)

eh...white castle just does not do it for me.
maybe i am being a bit too pretentious, but i prefer my burgers to not be 85% grease

red_eye_inc (March 20, 2009)

Hey Asshole what about the White Castle around the corner

Hey_Asshole (March 20, 2009)

pissed i missed this show...but at least i get to see the fucking Riverdales in april

score if for the pizza place on the corner by Reggie's

red_eye_inc (March 20, 2009)

Dear animal26,
When I first saw it was three bands, like, two months ago, I just assumed they would add some more when the date got closer. Any way you cut it everything worked out pretty. See ya at the Windy City Sound Clash.

animal26 (March 20, 2009)

that was in response to red_eye... not the review.

animal26 (March 20, 2009)

i don't know why they didn't have four bands in the first place. the poison arrows were broken down somewhere. then we were asked to play a longer set, which we couldn't because we had a replacement bassist. so yeah, the whole thing was over pretty quickly.

red_eye_inc (March 20, 2009)

I was at this show, it was a lot of fun. A few things:
Wimpy was a great addition, especially since the Queers played a really, really similar set to the last time they were here
-Only have one opening band is a little weak
That place is great for every show that's not a hardcore show and still has a few reserve cases of SPARKS for those who ask nicely
Good crowd, lots of people
Started and ended at a reasonable time

miniblindbandit (March 20, 2009)

i wish the queers would come within driving distance of me.

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