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Concert Thu Feb 04 2010

Monotonix Schedule Chicago Date, Break A Leg

monotonix.jpgIf you've ever been to a Monotonix show, you know that things can get, well, a little crazy, sometimes leaving you wondering how no one was injured during their performance. Well, last week lead vocalist Ami Shalev broke his leg after coming down hard out of a jump at a show in West Palm Beach Florida (P.S. there's video). Apparently their reputation precedes them, because this is what the Israeli garage rockers had to say about their visit to JFK Memorial Hospital (P.S. there's pictures):

"the doctor showed up asking for autographs and started having the nurses take his pictures with Ami and the band. other nurses kept coming in and out of the room with monotonix show videos playing on their ipods.the highlight of the evening was the doctor showing us youtubes of his 12 year old son playing drums while Ami is getting pain killer shots to his butt from the nurse."


To give you an idea of just how outrageous things get at their shows (besides the obvious "you could break a leg"), at ther Hideout Block Party appearance in '08 drummer Haggai Fershtman crowd surfed--along with his drumset, complete with flaming cymbals--while still playing. Needless to say, audience participation is almost a requirement at their shows, so be ready (yours truly still has a drumstick from their last appearance at the Hideout).

Having only canceled one show in Athens the night following the injury, they completed the two final dates on the tour and are now recording here in Chicago. Lucky for us they've already scheduled another tour beginning next month with a stop at Schubas scheduled for April 19. And don't worry that you've missed out on the band's "better" days--something like a little broken leg wouldn't have this group holding back in the slightest.

Monotonix @ Schubas: April 19, 2010. Tickets are $12. 18 & up. 3159 N. Southport.

 
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tankboy / February 4, 2010 1:36 PM

They're playing SCHUBAS!? Well now, that'll be interesting. Their show in the similarly sized music room at Hideout was KILLER.

If I remember correctly the author of the above post got a drumstick at that show and played a bit of the drummer's cymbals...

Michelle / February 4, 2010 2:10 PM

Yup, she also lost her wallet that same night, and then the Hideout regurgitated it six months later...

j / February 5, 2010 9:20 AM

Never has a band being essentially banned from one country been such a boon for another.

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