Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Jesse and The Rippers - Reunion!

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2009 06:20pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth

Coachella 2009 April 1st Lineup

Day #16 - Artist #16 - Jesse and The Rippers - Reunion (Just announced hours ago!!!!):

Since its inception in 1999, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has made bold attempts to reunite some of the most sought after bands in modern music history. And many of those attempts have successfully come to fruition, making Coachella the preeminent and trusted outlet for artists to bring back the magic that we the music fans hold near and dear to our hearts and our lives.

With Iggy and The Stooges in 2003, Pixies in 2004, Daft Punk in 2006 and Rage Against the Machine in 2007, Coachella made headlines around the world, making huge headliner reunions one of the festival's defining and signature attractions. But these headlines have just been dwarfed by the stunning, monumental annoucement made by Coachella Co-Founder/Talent Buyer Paul Tollet on KCRW's Morning Becomes Mullectic radio program just hours ago! The suspicious hole that was left in the Coachella line up for a very strongly rumored "Headliner reunion" on Saturday night of the festival has just been filled by one of the most lauded mainstays of the late 80's/early 90's San Francisco rock and roll scene, Jesse and The Rippers!!!

Starting with bands Feedback and Discipline Problem while still in High School, Jesse and the Rippers frontman Jesse Katsopolis "cut his teeth" in the local San Francisco rock and roll scene. He discovered his passion for music after being introduced to legendary artists like The Doors, Greatful Dead and Jimi Hendrix, while frequenting San Francisco's famed Smash Club at a young age. After joining with The Rippers, Jesse and crew began gigging at that same club until its untimely demise. The band saw its biggest breakthrough and signed its first record deal with the release of their hit single "Forever."

Jesse and the Rippers were riding high with the revelation that, through a random case of events, Jesse had inherited the place that started it all, the abandoned Smash Club. The club was reopened and rejuvenated the San Francisco scene in the early 90's, with Jesse and The Rippers at the bow of the ship. But as the 90's were reaching their mid-life crisis, so were Jesse and the Rippers. With internal conflict increasing, the house was just too full, and Jesse was ousted by the band, ending the brief but prolific legacy of the man and the hair that changed the face of rock music.

Almost 15 years later, many thought the often rumored Pink Floyd or The Smiths reunions were more likely to happen than what was announced this morning. The anticipation is already through the roof for what looks to be the highlight of this year's Coachella festival on Saturday night April 18, 2009.

The hit single "Forever" by Jesse and The Rippers:

"Michelle's Smiling" by Jesse and the Rippers:

Legendary live performance, Junior Prom Night in San Francisco, CA:

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