D Generation returned to Los Angeles with a high-energy set of glam punk rock that belied the passage of time.
LA rockersÂ Prima DonnaÂ opened the show with a flawless high-energy set from 2015’s Nine Lives and Forty Fives. They are fantastic live; the band is as fun to watch as they are to hear. Plus, their set includes a cover of the Rubinoos’ “Rock and Roll is Dead,” which gives them a serious amount of power pop cred.
Frontman Kevin Preston is also the “other” member in the Green Day garage-rock side project Foxboro Hot Tubs.Â They will be opening for Blondie at the Observatory in San Diego on September 10.
D Generation‘s seminal debut album, 1996’s No Lunch, was a searing blend of glam and punk, starting where The Replacements and the New York Dolls left off. They released two more albums before breaking up in 1999, with singer Jesse Malin releasing some damn fine solo albums in the 2000s. But now they are back, touring in support of a newly released fourth album, Nothing is Anywhere â€” their newest album in 17 years.
Their set at the Roxy made it seem like no time had passed since their debut. The band is still as fierce and raw as they were 20 years ago. Singer Jesse Malin’s spitfire energy fueled the tightly-packed crowd. Their set was a mix of new songs from Nothing is Anywhere, and classic D Gen tunes. The band ended their hour-long set with “D Generation,” and returned for an encore to play arguably their best song, 1996’s “No Way Out.”