A Whole Lotta Circle Jerks at SXSW

Dec. 31, 1969
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The Circle Jerks were particularly generous last night, playing a 75-minute set that included a whooping 30 songs (it helps that theyre short). They looked as old as youd expect. Singer Keith Morris is probably a little bit too bald on top to be rocking dreadlocks, and his stage presence was probably sillier than he intended it to be, but he had some serious energy. Wild in the Streets incited probably the oldest mosh pit Ive ever seen in my life, but some things never change: Its always the biggest dudes who decide to stage dive for some reason. One wayward leg popped a lens out of the glasses of a guy in front of me. He spent 10 minutes looking for it after the show ended, but had a "it was totally worth it" look on his face.

Keith Morris photo by Steve Hopson, www.stevehopson.com

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