The Jesus Lizard will be stopping at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 30, 2019 — I, Andy Jillson, will be there having a rock ‘n’ roll catharsis. This will be one of only three shows the band are scheduled to play this year. Whoa. Don’t sleep on this one y’all! Yep, The Jesus Lizard will be performing in Philly — and if you’re not a moron you’ll be there too. It’s going to be epic. Tickets for The Jesus Lizard show at Union Transfer can be purchased HERE.
The Jesus Lizard formed in late 80’s in Austin, Texas after David Yow (vocals) and David Wm. Sims’ (bass) previous band, Scratch Acid, broke up. Together they formed The Jesus Lizard with Duane Denison playing guitar and a drum machine. In 1989 the band moved to Chicago, fired their drum machine, and hired Mac McNeilly as their drummer. Yay! McNeilly is one of my personal favorite rock drummers — terribly underrated in my opinion.
In 1990 The Jesus Lizard met recording engineer Steve Albini and recorded their first full-length album, Head, for Touch and Go Records. To date they have released 6 studio albums, 3 EP’s, and 2 live albums. My go-to Jesus Lizard albums are Goat, Liar, and Down. All damn near greatest hits albums. All so damn good.
I have liked The Jesus Lizard since the mid-90’s, but in the years since my like for them and has turned into love. They reunited in 2008, with McNeilly drumming, and began playing shows again in ’09-’10 after an eight year hiatus. The band reunited for a second time in 2017 to an overwhelming amount of praise from critics and music fans alike. This will be my fourth time seeing The Jesus Lizard perform live. They have never disappointed. Great live band.
I highly suggest seeing The Jesus Lizard perform live while you still can. Their shows are equally beautiful and disturbing. They are one of the greatest rock bands of the 90’s and one of the best live bands I’ve seen, period. Hopefully David Yow and company will schedule some shows in 2020, but who knows. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. I pity the fool who don’t go see The Jesus Lizard!
Here are some more photos of The Jesus Lizard performing at the Black Cat in Washington, DC on September 6, 2018. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson. All images are the property of Andy Jillson/Hazy Eye Music Media.
Stream these Jesus Lizard albums on Spotify: