He Was There: The Amazing Concert Adventures of Eric “Nihilist” Kolkey


You’re in for a special treat my friends. Because, during this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’ll journey through the amazing concert adventures of Eric “Nihilist” Kolkey. So buckle up and get ready for a wild ride as we explore Kolkey’s pioneering days promoting and celebrating Chicago’s legendary punk scene, discover his sensual rituals at Vivian Girls shows and relive a terrifying “Gaga moment” at Lollapalooza 2010.

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Show Notes:

  • Segment two (15:20): Feeling the speakers and being completely addicted to Vivian Girls.
  • Segment three (24:46): Captivated by Alice Cooper’s “Nightmare”, remembering Chicago’s historic punk scene and what most people don’t know about California punk rock fans.
  • Segment four (54:49): Why Lady Gaga is punk and how Eric survived her epic stage dive at Lollapalooza 2010.
Music played during the show
  • Vivian Girls – “Can’t Get Over You” & “Walking Alone at Night”
  • Alice Cooper –  “Welcome to My Nightmare”
  • Jesus Lizard – “Puss” Live at Pitchfork 2009
  • Jimmy Skafish – “Disgracing the Family Name”
  • Shrapnel – “Combat Love”


Share Your Story

What are your favorite punk rock moments? What’s your scariest concert experience? Got a question about a topic we talked about during the show? Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Explore This: New “Chicago Rocks” Music Tour

Phil Rockrohr Chicago Rocks Tour

Phil Rockrohr Chicago Rocks Tour

We’ve got an exclusive interview with Phil Rockrohr, a fellow concert fan and the man behind Chicago Rocks: 1980-2002, a new music tour that takes you on a wild ride to discover Chicago’s historic recording roots and celebrated music venues.

Yes, my friends, that’s right! We have a treat for you today with a special bonus episode of Live Fix Radio.

I met with Phil on stage at Metro in Chicago to talk about his inspirations for creating the tour, a live memorable “Material Issue” moment, and why the celebrated label and record store Wax Trax! records, that introduced Ministry and other bands to the music world, plays a pivotal role in the history of Metro. A history, by the way, which is being celebrated this weekend.

Tunes from the Tour and Podcast

While you cruise around on the tour bus, Phil, who’s also a former Chicago musician, plays DJ and shares classic tracks with you as he explains the backstory of the tour’s sites and stops.

I included a few of the tour tunes below, plus a few extra tunes I included in the show. Here’s my interview with Phil and a listing of the music from the show:

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“Elephant’s Graveyard” — Strike Under

“Can’t Stand It” — Wilco

“Valerie Loves Me” – Material Issue

“Everyday is Halloween” — Ministry

“Stigmata” (Live) — Ministry

“Cherub Rock” — Smashing Pumpkins

Our Punk Rock Exploration Continues

Another part I loved about the tour was how part of it takes you to locations mentioned in “You Weren’t There,” a film that chronicles punk rock history from 1977-1984. And together the tour and the movie are an excellent continuation to our ongoing exploration of the punk rock history of Chicago.

Get a Sneak Peak
We’ve also got an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek video below of the Metro part of the tour, which includes info about a secret performance spot at Metro. And you can check out more tour photos on Colleen’s Flickr page.

“Chicago Rocks” Tour Info:
The tour costs $28 (must be 21 or older), runs on Saturdays from 3-6p.m., and it takes off at Schubas Tavern (3159 N. Southport). You can sign up for the next tour at chicagorockstour.com

Thanks again to Phil for inviting us out on the tour and if you’ve been on the tour or have any questions about it, post your comments and suggestions below.

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Will Strange Band Drama Stop The Rock At Riot Fest?


Riot Fest 2010

Continuing our exploration in to the wonderful world of Chicago underground hard core and punk rock, we’ve got news for you about Riot Fest 2010.  The live action started yesterday and continues through Sunday — even though there’s been a little bit of band drama going on.

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Comical Concert Preview: Norwood Park All-Stars at Cobra Lounge


Norwood Park Allstars at Cobra Lounge
Well, friends. I’m happy to tell you that my quest to rediscover Chicago Hardcore has taken a wonderfully unexpected illustrated turn. And what I’ve found for you is so hardcore, comical and graphic that I can’t tell you with just words.

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My Quest Continues: Re-Discovering Chicago Hardcore


Norwood Park Allstars Cobra LoungeFor the last several months I’ve been doing some heavy research in to Chicago’s early to late 80’s hardcore scene. If you’re new to this era and genre you can check out some of my favorite bands like the Effigies and this Punk database to get an idea of what other bands were a part of the scene.

But I wanted to find more than what I had already read about and listened to.

I wanted to know more about a very obscure era that I began to hear about as my research unfolded.

I wanted to learn more about a specific group of bands that seemed to lack an extensive historical record or live show documentation.

I wanted to learn more about the bands of the NORCORE era.
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