“I Found Myself Hoping the Police Would Trap Us in There for Hours”: Buzzcocks Fans at Irving Plaza Largely Undeterred by Bomb Scare


I wanted to go see power-pop deities the Buzzcocks at Irving Plaza last night, but unfortunately I had to watch some butt-licking basketball team deep-six professional sports in Cleveland for the next several decades, so. Seems like it was a great show, even with the bomb scare.

Turned out to be a false alarm, of course (gardener with gas cans), but it certainly seemed to make the show more interesting. Per Time Out New York:

Last night, a roadie came out onto the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza stage and interrupted the Buzzcocks midway through the band’s performance of “E.S.P.” Pete Shelley, the frontman of the massively influential British punk band … stopped the song; this could not wait. “Is there an owner of a 1991 blue Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera in the house?” he asked in his thick Bolton accent. Soon after, an ominous message appeared on the venue’s video screens, telling us …

Well, you’ve seen what it told them. The show went on, though, the boys blaring through two full albums (Love Bites and Another Music in a Different Kitchen), plus change. Sample here. Jitters aside, there are far worse ways to spend an evening. To put it mildly.