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Thursday 22 December 2022

When punk rockers become museum tour guides

What happens when punk rockers reach retirement age? They become museum tour guides.

The Punk Rock Museum in Las Vegas (which has a very American/Los Angeles focus) has unveiled a series of guided tours to be fronted the snarling, spitting anarchists of yesteryear.

Not quite The Clash, the Sex Pistols or X-Ray Spex, but the tours promise guests will revisit music history and hear directly from the "legends of punk rock".

Visitors can look forward to hearing about the first Germs shows from Don Bolles, walk with Roger Miret from Agnostic Front as he tells them about living in a van, and from Noodles (which is not a very punk name) about playing with The Offspring.

Guided tours will be offered multiple times throughout the day and capacity is limited to 20 people per tour.

Some of the other confirmed tour guides include: Louiche Mayorga from Suicidal Tendencies; Stacey Dee from Bad Cop/Bad Cop; Greg Hetson from Circle Jerks/Punk Rock Karaoke and the magnificently named Smelly from NOFX.

The Punk Rock Museum's new opening date will be March 10, 2023 and guided tours will start on April 1, 2023.

The Punk Rock Museum is dedicated to the history, culture and absurdity of rock ‘n’ roll’s bastard stepchild.

It will house artefacts and memorabilia from across the punk scene, including hand-written lyrics, instruments, clothing, photos, flyers and artwork, as well as a bar, tattoo parlour, wedding/wake chapel, punk merch shop and performance space.

Organisers are also planning interactive exhibitions, including one that lets museum-goers mess around with guitars, bass guitars and amps that once belonged to punk rock musicians.

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