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Henry Rollins, Scott Ian, Mike Watt, Corey Taylor, Dave Navarro - Avalon - 11/30/11

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click to enlarge Corey Taylor, John 5, Scott Ian, Henry Rollins, and others - LINA LECARO
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  • Corey Taylor, John 5, Scott Ian, Henry Rollins, and others

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Drop in the Bucket benefit

Henry Rollins, Scott Ian, Mike Watt, Corey Taylor, Dave Navarro and others

Avalon

11/30/11

Last night handfuls of heavy musicians took the stage for a worthy cause, Drop In The Bucket, which funds water wells, sanitation systems and other programs in the ravaged regions of South Sudan.

Punk god and Weekly columnist Henry Rollins was the ringleader for the affair, which provided a non-stop assortment of music and words. It was all punctuated by a mostly metal mashup at the end of the night that left everyone exalted and exhausted.

click to enlarge Watt and Roessler - LINA LECARO
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  • Watt and Roessler

Unlike some shows for a cause, Drop In The Bucket struck the right balance between educating and electrifying. This was mostly thanks to Rollins, who came out in between each act to talk about the situation in Sudan and reminisce about his experiences with individual performers.

He spoke about his conversation with Iggy Pop about the reformation of the Stooges. Rollins warned Pop to think long and hard about the bassist, an essential component of the band's sound. Mike Watt, he said, was one of the few that everyone could agree on. Then Dos, featuring Watt and Kira Roessler (former Black Flag) came out. The short and sweetly disonant duet set was a vociferous highlight of the show. (You can see Watt again tonight at The Stooges' rescheduled show at the Palladium, along with Le Butcherettes.)

Jesse Hughes' Boots Electric came on early, and the group had grooves to spare. The Eagles of Death Metal singer's new band has an almost soulful quality that's utterly charming. Hughes, known for his wacky, flirty charisma on stage, shook his ass non-stop while his very solid band provided a rhythmic base. Later, backstage, he told us, "It's all for the ladies."

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