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Insolence took a break from the studio to play the Cactus Club.

Hometown Proud

Insolence played a generous set to an enthusiastic San Jose audience

By Sarah Quelland

FANS OF INSOLENCE were camped outside the CACTUS CLUB long before the band was slated to hit the stage at the anticipated afterparty following NEW SKOOL TATTOO'S Suits Made to Fit exhibit reception at the WORKS/SAN JOSE. When the doors opened Friday night (Jan. 4), people piled inside the club and headed for the front of the stage.

Not ones to disappoint, Insolence put on a powerful performance energized by songs from Revolution, including "Death Threat," "Poison Well," "Natural High," "Revolution," "1-2, 1-2" and "Sick." The band also revived an old Insolence classic, "Front" (from 1997's Within), which it reserves almost exclusively for San Jose audiences. It also tried out a couple of new songs, including one it first debuted at the LIVE 105 Halloween Freak Show at Shoreline Amphitheatre titled "Operation Irie."

The crowd was pumped up, stage-diving and screaming along word for word with vocalists BILLY "MECH 1" ROSENTHAL and MARK HERMAN, as the band played an extremely generous set for its hometown crowd. Insolence is currently working on material for its next record.

ALL THE NEWS: The scene suffered a terrible loss early last Saturday (Jan. 5) when the multitalented guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist and vocalist ROB LUMBRE, known for his work with local metal bands SEVERED SAVIOR, OSMIUM, PSYPHERIA and MUCUS MEMBRANE, was killed in an automobile accident. Friends and fans are posting testimonials to the late musician and condolences to his family in the Dreambook on his own personal webspace (www.mindspring.com/~rlumbre) and on Osmium's message board at www.internaltorment.com. Osmium had a show scheduled for Jan. 13 at the CACTUS CLUB which may turn into a memorial show for Lumbre. The band is also asking for donations for Lumbre's family to help with funeral costs. ... The future looks grim for the GASLIGHTER THEATER in Campbell. The theater and all-ages concert venue has been seeking contributions from the community in an attempt to raise the $30,000 necessary to remain open. If it did not meet its goal by Jan. 9 (after our deadline), it will reportedly shut its doors. Visit www.gaslighter.com for updates. ... The RUSH CYBERCAFE is also turning to the community for assistance by holding a $40 per ticket drawing with prizes ranging from Rush merch to gift certificates to an Italian scooter. Go to http://209.140.234.5/saverush/index.html for details. ... And the bad news just keeps coming: Live reggae at WAVES SMOKEHOUSE & SALOON is about to become a thing of the past. The club has announced that due to a lack of support for its live shows, it will switch its format to all DJ music. It seems like so much of this could be avoided--or at least postponed--if these and other businesses would learn how to increase their visibility and promote themselves properly. ... That LIMP BIZKIT PUT YOUR GUITAR WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS search for guitarists is being held this Friday (Jan. 11) at the GUITAR CENTER in Concord located at 1280 Willow Pass Rd. The pre-auditions start painfully early (10am). Visit www.limpbizkit.com for details. ...ORANGER, POLKACIDE and HOT PINK FEATHERS play the kickoff party of the SAN FRANCISCO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL this Friday (Jan. 11) at STUDIO Z (formerly the Transmission Theatre and located at 314 11th St. at Folsom in San Francisco). The night includes circus acts, short film screenings, art by local artists, DJs and surprise guests. Visit www.sfindie.com for more info.

PLAN AHEAD: STALIN'S WAR, LAST IN LINE, MY FORMER SELF, FLEUR DE LIS, Jan. 10 at the Cactus; NAG and the FEATHERS, Jan. 10 at the LIDO; REACTION 31, KRENSHAW, 40 GRIT, SOL ASCENDING and NOADRENALINE, Jan. 11 at the POUND in San Francisco; SIKNESS, DEPTHS OF DEPRESSION, MALLET and PURGATORY'S GATE, Jan. 11 at the Cactus; SWARM, PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC and the SUBSTITUTES, Jan. 12 at the Pound; HER SPACE HOLIDAY, IDES OF SPACE and the GLORIA RECORD, Jan. 15 at BOTTOM OF THE HILL in San Francisco; BAD RELIGION, Jan. 23 at Bottom of the Hill.

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From the January 10-16, 2002 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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