When: Sat., Sept. 24, 8 p.m. 2011
Given that 32 years separate the release of the Vibrators' 1977 debut, Pure Mania, and their most recent album, 2009's Under the Radar, it's hardly surprising that these grizzled London punk rockers have a catalog as massive as AC/DC's. Of course the band's mostly uninterrupted existence (they split shortly after their second record, V2, came out in 1978, but re-formed in '82) makes member turnover inevitable, and the departure of founding guitarist/vocalist Ian "Knox" Carnochan this spring leaves drummer John "Eddie" Edwards as the only original Vibrator. Regardless of who's filling in the holes in their lineup, the Vibrators will doubtless keep living off the albums from their early heyday—Pure Mania and V2 both charted in the UK and are considered punk roots requirements, alongside the self-titled debuts from the Clash and the Ramones and Inflammable Material by Stiff Little Fingers (who ripped their name from a Vibrators song of the same name). The venues have gotten smaller, but how could I not respect a band of resilient road dogs who were touring before I even existed as a living, breathing human? And I'm sure the Vibrators can still attract their share of old British punk loyalists who want nothing more than to tap their foot to "Yeah Yeah Yeah" or "London Girls." —Kevin Warwick The Neutron Bombs, Hotlips Messiah, Modern Day Rippers, and the Larroquettes open.