Queers return to Billings Sunday

Joe Queer high fives members of the audience following his band's performance June 7 in Billings.

Not one for political correctness, Joe Queer returns to Billings Sunday, bringing with him his vulgar mouth and the resurgence of 80s pop punk with his band, The Queers.

The Queers, which performed Billings in June 2009, will appear at the Railyard with opening support from Kepi Ghoulie (bassist/vocalist of The Groovie Ghoulies), and Canadian punk rockers The Riptides, both on tour with the Queers. Wyoming’s female-fronted punk group The Front opens the performance.
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Queers unapologetic, just as punk should be

Joe Queer high fives members of the audience following his band's performance June 7 in Billings.
Joe Queer high fives members of the audience following his band’s performance June 7 in Billings.

Though the attendees at Sunday’s Queers show didn’t seem to care, I feel there is a bit of explanation necessary for the general public regarding the crudely named punk rock group.

Joe Queer fronts pop punk band The Queers.
Joe Queer fronts pop punk band The Queers.

Formed in the early 1980s, the Queers named their band in punk rock style – dissing the things they didn’t like, such as the artist community in Portsmouth, NH, where the band formed.

“We wanted to piss off the art fag community that acted all high and mighty, strutting around town like they were better than everyone else there,” said Joe Queer, the band’s frontman and founder, on the band’s MySpace page.

Not one for political correctness, Joe Queer has gotten a lot of mileage out of his foul mouth. A band that is entirely unapologetic for their un-P.C. punk rock ways, The Queers are capitalizing on the novelty of pop punk from the 1980s as it comes full circle to be popular once again. Their well-attended concert at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. was as pop punk should be – energetic, moshable and obnoxious.

As he introduced his band (in a tee-shirt claiming he had relations with our grandmothers, no less), Joe Queer unabashedly told the audience: “My name is Joe Queer, and I’m an alcoholic and a drug addict.” Cheers erupted as the band launched into “I Was a Teenage Bonehead.”
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Queers bring ‘wanna chew your bubblin gum’ pop punk to Billings Sunday

Punk rockers The Queers will perform Sunday in Billings.
Pop punk rockers The Queers will perform Sunday in Billings.

Pop punk legends The Queers are in Billings June 7 for a performance at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. Formed in New Hampshire in the early 1980s, the pop punk group gained minor recognition for their bubble-gum-chewing booze-fueled pop punk style until their breakup shortly after, but didn’t reach much mainstream success until frontman Joe Queer reformed the band in the 90s. They released their first official album for Lookout! Records, “Love Songs for the Retarded,” produced by Ben Weasel of Screeching Weasel.

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