Exactly 36 years ago on May 19th, 1978 Penelope Houston and her seminal San Francisco punk rock group The Avengers played the Mab (nÃ© Mabuhay Gardens - the beloved and bygone SF punk palace on Broadway in North Beach) on a bill with visiting LA punk pioneers X. That show was just one of many they would do at the Mab and one of countless gigs that the hard-working, high-energy, and highly politicized West Coast pioneering punk rockers would do that year.
On January 14th of 1978 the band, who only formed a year earlier, had the fortune of being chosen as the opening act for the Sex Pistols at Winterland in what would be the Pistols very final show. Fast forward to today to almost four full decades later and Houston and the Avengers (albeit with a different lineup...the original Avengers officially broke up in 1979 but started playing select gigs first as the scAvengers and then sporadically again as The Avengers a decade ago) are back doing their thing, and sounding as great as ever with the current lineup featuring Houston and fellow original member Greg Ingraham along with Joel Reader and Luis Illades. This coming weekend, the Avengers have three Cali shows booked back to back.