By Dan Potter
The Vogue Theatre
July 17, 2018
Existing in many previous incarnations the legendary punk meets metal group arrived in Vancouver with yet another version of itself. For over thirty years founding member and vocalist Mike Muir has been getting “Cyco” fronting Suicidal Tendencies. This bands stellar catalogue of mosh pit igniting punk anthems have featured some amazing musicians over that time and this night was no exception as former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo as well as guitarist Ben Weinman formerly of The Dillinger Escape Plan were on stage to crank out the hits.
Starting off with a ten-minute version of “You Can’t Bring Me Down” turned the packed Vogue into a thronging spectacle of mayhem. Muir stalked the stage like a king of the cellblock armed with a menacingly precise message of a hardened criminal on the come back. Equal parts crazy punk and expletive laden motivational speaker the energetic lead singer spoke and sang of overcoming the odds in the face of adversity all night long.
Shouting out the refrain “I Shot Reagan!” had Muir grasping an imaginary machine gun as Weinman ejected some signature noise from his Ax adding surprise to a well-known classic. The madness of the dance floor spilled onto the stage as Muir constantly invited “Suicidal Mutherfuckers” up to mosh with the musicians. Weinman returned the favor by throwing himself into the swirling pit below and the audience held him standing upright for a memorable solo.
After a thunderous chant of “ST” from the sweaty crowd the fired up band raged through an encore with the classic “Institutionalized” and ended one of their most unforgettable performances in this city with a roar.Suicidal Tendencies, The Vogue Theatre