Georgia punk rockers The Queers will make a tour stop at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines (1501 Grand Avenue) on Saturday, January 5. Also on the bill for the night are tour mates The Manges, as well as local Des Moines rockers Lipstick Homicide and North of Grand. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online through MidwesTix. This will be a 21-and-older show.
The Queers got their start in Portsmouth, New Hampshire way back in 1981, combining Ramones-style music with Beach Boys-like vocals. The punk rockers, fronted by founder and lead vocalist/guitarist Joe King (AKA Joe Queer), broke up in 1984, but then were reformed by King in 1986. That would begin the revolving door of more than 30 musicians that would play with King as part of The Queers over the next 26 years.
During the band's long, storied history, The Queers have nearly 40 releases. Currently, the band is working on re-recording two of their 1990's albums, Beyond the Valley... and Punk Rock Confidential. After that, the band will begin working on a new album targeted for the summer of 2013. Check out music from the band in the nearby video box.