IT HAPPENED TO ME (Jane Magazine)

Jennifer Finch laments the death of grunge.
by: Jennifer Finch

Jennifer Finch went from playing tiny clubs to rocking huge festivals. Until middle-class white-boy bands took over again.

It’s almost Christmas, 1988. I am sitting in my home in Los Angeles in front of a hand-decorated package my friend Courtney Love just sent me. I already know what it is. Courtney left L.A. a couple of months ago for Portland, Ore., and is working at an indie record store. I had just gotten off the phone with her when her gift arrived. Usually when we are in different cities we sit on the phone for hours talking about boys, our lives and the Britpop stars we are infatuated with. This call was different. She told me about a new, exciting music scene up in the Northwest. She sent me some records from her store of these new bands. She called to make sure I’d gotten them.

It’s gloomy outside. It is gloomy for the L.A. music scene as well. In 1988, if you like alternative music, all you can see are either bands in the cow-punk scene or rock groups hoping to breathe the exhaust left behind by Guns N’ Roses’ success. The hardcore/punk scene, which was active only two years ago, has died off completely. Pay-to play, a scam where bands have to play the clubs to let them play their music, is the standard. L.A. is not the place to breed a healthy alternative scene. There is nothing to be excited about. I am in L7, and Courtney is still trying to put together a band. It is looking bleak for us both.

I open Courtney’s gift. Inside are three 12-inch albums, all Seattle bands and all on labels I have never heard of. The cover art strikes me first–mostly black-and-white, live photos. Awesome. The music is even more exciting: Nirvana’s Bleach, Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff (Glitterhouse release) and Green River’s Rehab Doll. It is now clear that the Northwest is happening. So L7 heads north to find this place where we can be part of the movement that seems like a true alternative and makes sense.

Jump ahead to New Year’s 1990. L7 has just played a sold-out New Year’s Eve show in L.A. Eric Erlandson–Courtney’s boyfriend and guitarist for her new band, Hole–and I decide to stay up and watch the first sunrise of the new decade. I know a cool spot in the Hollywood Hills where we have a view of the entire city. We sit for hours talking about the upcoming decade, how great it is that L7 can sell out the 400 capacity club and how it would never have happened pre-1990. L.A. is really starting to pick up. It seems to us that, finally, enough people are interested in alternative music to support a couple of great indie labels, an indie radio station and a couple of local fanzines. We fantasize about how great it will be if bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, L7 and Hole can take over the commercial ranks from dorky bands like Motley Crue, Poison and Guns N’ Roses. We talk about change not just for music, but for politics and women. We hope everything will be better in the ’90s.

The sun rises and we go to a Mexican restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. We collapse into our booth, and Eric Signals me to turn around. I look behind me to se Slash and Axl of Guns N’ Roses eating tortillas! We both start laughing. To this day I wonder what they talked about, how they felt about the decade to come.

The next seven years are mad. L7 goes from selling out 4,000-and-up venues. We play 40,000-capacity festivals, and seems like all our friends from the Northwest are doing the same. Record companies are running scared, realizing they’ve been blindsided by the tidal wave. They hire new blood, fire those that are not “hip” enough and sign every “alternative” band they can get their hands on. This includes Hole and :7. Middle America seems finished with cheesy, watered-down rock and wants something “alternative.” And the shift extends beyond music: After almost two decades of political passivity, Americans elect a Democratic president and start supporting equality for all races, women and gays. Many bands also back progressive political causes by doing benefits. Things seem to be changing for the better.

It’s almost Christmas, 1998. Courtney and I are on the phone again. I sit silently as she tells me many major record labels, including hers (Geffen) and mine (A&M), are shutting down. Both of us will be inconvenienced by this, to say the least. We each have records to release and work to do.

In 1997, after leaving L7, I helped put together a new band called OtherStarPeople. I love being in this band. We have had great fun touring and recording our first album, but we are in limbo, waiting to find out if the record will be released or not. When we signed our deal at A&M. we did not foresee the coming changes. The consolidation, as one by one labels are sold to conglomerates who then shut them down or merge them with other companies. Nearly 3,000 people from these labels are about to lose their jobs and 200 bands will be dropped. Major commercial radio stations have gone back to the “same 20 bands played over and over” format. Large alternative concert series have started losing money and will eventually stop. Cool magazines have folded, the number of political concerts has dwindled, and progressive political issues are once again losing ground. Most new bands are being fronted by aggressive, middle-class white boys. Again! Paying-to-play is even making its way back to the L.A. clubs. It almost seems that what happened in the ’90s was no more than a fluke, a glitch in the tape.

It is gloomy once again. Well at least it seems that way at the moment. If there is one thing I have learned, when one thing rises, another will fall and another yet will rise again. This makes me happy–it keeps life interesting. Although at times it has truly depressed me that OtherStarPeople have been caught in the riptide if this “changing of the guards,” I think we have maintained a good perspective and know not to let it keep us down. As for the next big thing, I believe it is the technological movement that is changing how we obtain and enjoy music. This flux is the real reason there is so much madness going on in he music industry right now. So we have to see our way through these growing pains. And any day now, as Courtney and I discuss the men in our lives, politics and our current obsessions in our private internet chat room, we may stop for a moment, hit a few buttons and easily exchange high-quality MP3s of some of the bitchin’ new bands we love. Bands that may just be the next to rock the world.

[Jane Mag. April 2000]

2016 L7 Tour Dates and Live Appearances

The following is my best recollection of L7 shows and live appearances of L7 (band members) and crew for the year 2016. Should you have and additional information please contact me so I may update this list. (info***

2016 L7 Live Tours, Shows and Live Appearances

2016-07-14 Granada Dallas, TX US
2016-07-15 House of Blues, Houston, TX US
2016-07-16 Mohawk, Austin TX US
2016-08-05 The Rave/Eagles Club Milwaukee, WI US
2016-08-06 Metro, Chicago, IL, US USA
2016-08-11 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, US
2016-08-12 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, US
2016-08-14 Wrecking Ball  guest singer Juliette Lewis Atlanta, GA US
CREW: Joey Picuri (Tour Manager / FOH), Double O Joe (Merch, Production Manager), Brian SG (guitar, bass, stage), Tony Cupito (Drum Tech).

2016-08-26 Cabaret Vert Festival, Charleville-Mézières FR
2016-08-27 Rock En Siene Festival, Paris FR
2016-08-28 Melkweg, Amsterdam NL
2016-08-30 Columbia Theater, Berlin DE
2016-08-31 Amager Bio, Copenhagen DE
2016-09-02 Grünspan, Hamburg DE
2016-09-03 Backstagewerk, München (Munich) DE
2016-09-04 Magazzine Generale, Trezzo (Milan) IT
2016-09-06 Dynamo, Zurich CH
2016-09-07 The Underground (Orginally listed as Live Music Hall), Köln (Cologne) DE
2016-09-08 Modbox, Hasselt BE
2016-09-10 The Ritz, Manchester UK
2016-09-11 02-ABC, Glasglow SCT
2016-09-12 The Corporation, Shefield UK
2016-09-13 Forum (x-Town and Country), London UK
Crew: Levi Tecofsky (Tour Manager and FOH), Double O Joe (Merch, Production Manager),  David “Cockney Pete” Crubly (Guitar and Equipment Tech), Joe Gardiner-Lowe (Drum Tech).

2016-10-06 Capital Perth AU
2016-10-07 The Gov Adelaide AU
2016-10-11 170 Russell, Melbourne AU
2016-10-12 170 Russell, Melbourne AU
2016-10-14 Eaton Hill Hotel, Brisbane AU
2016-10-15 The Metro Theater, Sydney AU
Crew: Darren Hawthorn (Tour Manager), Mark Mole Soley (Guitar Tech and Equipment), Gareth (FOH), Double O Joe (Production Manager) We used local drum techs in each city.

2016 -11-20 The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA USA
2016 -11-21 The Echo Plex, Los Angeles, CA USA
Crew: Sound Engineer (unknown), Nate Million (Guitar and Equipment) Double O Joe (Stage Hand), Tony Cupito (Drum Tech).

L7: Pretend We’re Dead (Documentary) (Theater Showings with L7 present)
2016-11-11 DOC NYC (Film Festival)
2016-11-17 Vista Theater Los Angeles, CA USA

Management: Robert Fagen Blue Hats Creative
Touring Logistics: Pete Stahl

L7 1992 Tour Dates

01/11/92 – Martinis, Meadowlark Restaurant and Lounge, Cypress, CA w/ Olivelawn, Wulfpact
01/24/92 – The Palace, Hollywood, CA w/ Pearl Jam, Fugazi, Lunachicks, Torture Chorus
02/14/92 – Backdoor, San Diego, CA w/ Teenage Fanclub
02/15/92 – Bogart’s, Long Beach, CA w/ Clawhammer, Trash Can School, Olivelawn, Muffs (cancelled)

03/07/92 – The Ritz, Tampa, FL w/ Helmet, Love Battery
03/12/92 – Vincent Van Go-Go, Mobile, AL w/ Helmet, Vomit Spots
03/13/92 – The Vatican, Houston, TX w/ Helmet
03/14/92 – Main Event, Austin, TX w/ Helmet
03/16/92 – Tulsa Theatre, Tulsa, OK
03/17/92 – The Outhouse, Lawrence, KS w/ Helmet, Slackjaw
03/21/92 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN w/ Cows, Hammerhead
03/22/92 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN w/ Cows, Hammerhead
03/24/92 – Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI w/ Slot
03/27/92 – Foufounes Électricques, Montreal, QC, Canada w/ Love Battery
03/29/92 – Club Babyhead, Providence, RI w/ Laurels, Medicine Ball
04/01/92 – Marquee, New York, NY w/ Surgery
04/03/92 – The Sanctuary, Washington, DC w/ Fugazi, Bikini Kill

04/10/92 – Queens Hall, Beadford, United Kingdom
04/12/92 – Calton Studios, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
04/14/92 – Bricks Are Heavy, Release date
04/14/92 – Riverside, Newcastle, United Kingdom
04/15/92 – The Boardwalk, Manchester, United Kingdom
04/17/92 – Irish Centre, Northampton, United Kingdom
04/18/92 – Rock City, Nottingham, United Kingdom w/ The Marionettes, The New Cranes
04/19/92 – HMV Institute, Birmingham, United Kingdom
04/21/92 – Espace Ornano, Paris, France
04/22/92 – VK, Brussels, Belgium w/ Milk
04/23/92 – Vera, Groningen, The Netherlands
04/24/92 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
04/25/92 – Waterfront, Norwich, United Kingdom w/ Monster
04/26/92 – Loft, Berlin, Germany
04/29/92 – Villa 65 (Nozems-a-GoGo), Hilversum, The Netherlands
05/02/92 – Doornroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
05/05/92 – Astoria Theatre, London, United Kingdom

05/16/92 – Bogart’s, Long Beach, CA
05/22/92 – The Palace, Hollywood, CA

05/30/92 – Bergslagsrocken, Fagersta, Sweden
06/05/92 – Düsseldorf, Germany
06/06/92 – Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom
06/08/92 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
06/09/92 – Élysée Montmartre, Paris, France w/ Rollins Band
06/12/92 – Auditorium Flog, Florence, Italy

06/16/92 – The Paradise, Boston, MA w/ Love Battery
06/17/92 – Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ w/ Love Battery
06/18/92 – Marquee, New York, NY w/ Love Battery
06/19/92 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC w/ Love Battery
06/20/92 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA w/ Love Battery, Anthrophobia
06/21/92 – Peppermint Beach Club, Virginia Beach, VA w/ Love Battery
06/26/92 – Cannibal Club, Austin, TX w/ Love Battery
06/27/92 – Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH w/ Mule, Crain
06/28/92 – Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL
07/01/92 – O’Cayz Corral, Madison, WI
07/02/92 – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
07/03/92 – Hairy Mary’s, Des Moines, IA

07/28/92 – Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
07/30/92 – Austin City Coliseum, Austin, TX w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
07/31/92 – Randy’s Rodeo, San Antonio, TX w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
08/02/92 – Mesa Amphitheatre, Mesa, AZ w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
08/03/92 – Irvine Meadows, Irvine, CA w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
08/04/92 – The Event Center, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
08/05/92 – Marin County Civic Center Exhibition Hall, San Rafael, CA w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
08/07/92 – PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC, Canada w/ Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, House Of Pain
08/08/92 – Kitsap County Fairgrounds (Endfest), Bremerton, WA
08/09/92 – Salem Armory, Salem, OR w/ Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, House Of Pain
08/11/92 – CU Fieldhouse, Boulder, CO w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
08/13/92 – Col Ballroom, Davenport, IA w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
08/14/92 – Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
08/15/92 – Phoenix Center, Pontiac, MI w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
08/16/92 – Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
08/18/92 – The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA w/ Beastie Boys, House Of Pain
08/19/92 – Michael’s Eighth Avenue Wedding Reception Hall, Glen Burnie, MD w/ Beastie Boys, Rollins Band
08/20/92 – Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA w/ Helmet
08/23/92 – The Opera House, Toronto, ON, Canada w/ Unsane, Satanatras
08/26/92 – The Paradise, Boston, MA

08/29/92 – Kindl Bühne Wuhlheide (Bizarre), Berlin, Germany
08/30/92 – Richfield Avenue (Reading Festival), Reading, United Kingdom
09/01/92 – Manchester University, Manchester, United Kingdom
09/02/92 – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
09/03/92 – Marquee Club, London, United Kingdom w/ Rosa Mota

09/08/92 – Late Night with David Letterman, New York, NY
09/??/92 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
09/12/92 – The Ritz, Tampa, FL w/ Trash Can School
09/13/92 – Visage, Orlando, FL
09/19/92 – Music Hall, New Orleans, LA
09/27/92 – Hollywood Palladium (Rock For Choice), Hollywood, CA

10/07/92 – Power Station, Auckland, New Zealand
10/09/92 – Beenleigh Tavern, Brisbane, Australia
10/10/92 – Playroom, Gold Coast, Australia
10/11/92 – Manhattan, Brisbane, Australia
10/??/92 – JJJ Studios, Brisbane, Australia
10/13/92 – Selina’s, The Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, Australia
10/14/92 – Selina’s, The Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, Australia
10/15/92 – Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
10/16/92 – The Palace, Melbourne, Australia
10/17/92 – The Palace, Melbourne, Australia
10/18/92 – Sara Sands, Melbourne, Australia
10/20/92 – Bridgeway Hotel, Adelaide, Australia
10/21/92 – Bridgeway Hotel, Adelaide, Australia
10/24/92 – Perth Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia w/ Hoodoo Gurus

10/28/92 – Jäähalli, Helsinki, Finland w/ Faith No More
10/29/92 – Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden w/ Faith No More
10/30/92 – Lisebergshallen, Gothenburg, Sweden w/ Faith No More
10/31/92 – Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden w/ Faith No More
11/01/92 – Copenhagen, Denmark w/ Faith No More
11/02/92 – Spektrum, Oslo, Norway w/ Faith No More
11/04/92 – Hamburg Docks, Hamburg, Germany w/ Faith No More
11/05/92 – Hamburg Docks, Hamburg, Germany w/ Faith No More
11/06/92 – Die Halle, Berlin, Germany w/ Faith No More
11/08/92 – Musikhalle, Hannover, Germany w/ Faith No More
11/09/92 – Grugahalle, Essen, Germany w/ Faith No More
11/10/92 – Sporthalle, Stuttgart, Germany w/ Faith No More
11/11/92 – Circus Krone, Munich, Germany w/ Faith No More
11/12/92 – Sportshall, Prague, Czechoslovakia w/ Faith No More
11/13/92 – Bank Austria Zelt, Vienna, Austria w/ Faith No More
11/15/92 – Schwarzwaldhalle, Karlsruhe, Germany w/ Faith No More
11/16/92 – Jurahalle, Neumarkt, Germany w/ Faith No More
11/17/92 – Unterfrankenhalle, Aschaffenburg, Germany w/ Faith No More
11/18/92 – Brielpoort, Deinze, Belgium w/ Faith No More
11/19/92 – Sporthalle, Koblenz, Germany w/ Faith No More
11/20/92 – Rjinhal, Arnheim, The Netherlands w/ Faith No More
11/21/92 – Limehouse Studios (The Word), London, United Kingdom
11/22/92 – Wales National Ice Rink, Cardiff, United Kingdom w/ Faith No More
11/23/92 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, United Kingdom w/ Faith No More
11/25/92 – Brixton Acadamy, London, United Kingdom w/ Faith No More
11/26/92 – Brixton Acadamy, London, United Kingdom w/ Faith No More
11/27/92 – Brixton Acadamy, London, United Kingdom w/ Faith No More
11/28/92 – NEC Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom w/ Faith No More
11/30/92 – The Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland w/ Faith No More
12/01/92 – Barrowlands, Glasgow, United Kingdom w/ Faith No More
12/02/92 – Barrowlands, Glasgow, United Kingdom w/ Faith No More
12/03/92 – Barrowlands, Glasgow, United Kingdom w/ Faith No More
12/04/92 – Barrowlands, Glasgow, United Kingdom w/ Faith No More
12/05/92 – Arena, Sheffield, United Kingdom w/ Faith No More
12/07/92 – Brielport, Deinze, Belgium w/ Faith No More
12/08/92 – Le Zenith, Paris, France w/ Faith No More
12/09/92 – Transborder, Lyon, France w/ Faith No More
12/10/92 – Palais Des Sport, Besanschon, France w/ Faith No More
12/12/92 – Canciller, Madrid, Spain w/ Faith No More
12/13/92 – Poli De Portevo, San Sebastian, Spain w/ Faith No More
12/14/92 – Zeleste, Barcelona, Spain w/ Faith No More
12/15/92 – Theatre De Verdure, Nice, France w/ Faith No More
12/17/92 – Palatrusardi, Milan, Italy w/ Faith No More
12/18/92 – Carisport, Cesena, Italy w/ Faith No More
12/19/92 – Kugellager, Zurich, Switzerland w/ Faith No More
12/20/92 – Stadthalle, Doinbirn, Austria w/ Faith No More