Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 6 jul ’87

87-07-06 Scherpenheuvel - Suicidal T, Capital S bisbiscut


6 jul ’87 (‘Parochiezaal’): Suicidal Tendencies (USA), Unwanted Youth (Ger), Capital Scum (Bel), [Upset Noise (Ita) =>] L.W.S. (Ger)

There’s some more info about this on the introductionary page Hageland Hardcore concerts Scherpenheuvel

From a local newspaper (summer ’87)…

>>American ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ demonstrate in Scherpenheuvel’s parish-hall *** Fun: music at the speed of an express-train and than jump of stage in the crowd<<

Five years ago a few teenagers from Venice, Los Angeles formed a band and called themselves ‘Suicidal Tendencies’. Their music, a combination of hardcore and heavy metal left people indifferent at first: too punk for the metal-fans, too heavy for the punks; but their debut-album, released in ’83, sold 150.000 and the single ‘Institutionalized’ (heavy metal rap avant-la-lettre) was even picked up by commercial radio-stations and MTV. The quartet signed a deal with Virgin, draws audiences of 4000 in the US and were even hosted in ‘Miami Vice’

Their 1st European tour (they’re playing in Japan and Australia soon) guided them to Scherpenheuvel’s parish-hall (!), where 600 fans – recognisable by their baseball-caps, bandanas, checkered shirts and shorts – showed hardly any interest for the double support – the Belgian ‘Capital Scum’ and the German ‘Unwanted Youth – but went crazy for about an hour on the ultra-energetic speedcore; still the new music for today. For the outsider, the sight of the -diving and ‘slamming’ crowd is at least astonishing.

“Stage-diving started around ’79-’80.”, singer Mike Muir told us before the show. “It begun with enthusiastic fans climbing on stage and were pushed off by the roadies. Slam-dancing evolved from the pogo, the music was even faster so there was more pushing and shoving. It looks like a frenzied affair but the kids know what they’re doing. After a concert they all go home with a smile on their faces.”

The amount of victims from the daring dives in Scherpenheuvel remained indeed zero but in amidst the bustle a girl lost her balance and had to be taken to hospital for a few stitches. For the rest there was a touching atmosphere of fun and excitement because the chubby ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ guys (they look much older than their average age of 22) rammed the new songs of the 2nd album ‘Join the Army’ plus some of the older songs at the speed of an express-train through the speakers. Only a single sorehead was disturbed by the poor vocal abilities of Mike Muir.

“In the beginning we had to hear several times we wouldn’t get anywhere with our music.”, the man tells us. “But the term ‘suicidal’ for us means exactly that we force ourselves to do things, that we don’t allow ourselves to be foiled by what others say and don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. A lot of people don’t achieve anything in life because they don’t even take the trouble to try. But if you believe in yourself, you can determine your own fate. We did prove that, I think.”

Suicidal Tendencies crowd shot>>Stage-diving in Scherpenheuvel’s parish-hall: ‘dancing’ to ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ speedcore<< [Stéphane Bruyaux crowdsurfin’]

87-07-06 Suicidal stagedive (Sharphill ) by KassieSuicidal stagedive (pic courtesy of Kassie)

Upset Noise à HH - Lucio-Werner-Paolo-Kockie'Lucio – Werner – Paolo – Kockie (‘Upset Noise’ LP release; the band didn’t play here because…?)

Can’t find any pictures of the bands playing at this concert… Was everybody too impressed or did the ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ management prohibit taking photos…? Fact is this wasn’t ‘as usual’… Read the interview I did with them that day: Suicidal Tendencies (interview Tilt! #3)

The band here was: Mike Muir (vocals), Rocky George (guitar), Louiche Mayorga (bass) & Ralph Herrera (drums)

Here’s some pics taken from the Belgian fanzine Deadline (#2):

87-07-06 Suicidal Tendencies Mike & Rocky (Deadline #2)87-07-06 Suicidal Tendencies Rocky (Deadline #2)

‘Suicidal Tendencies’, photo courtesy of Stephane Bruyaux

‘Suicidal Tendencies’, photo by Joost Goeminne

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