Kepi Ghoulie

Kepi Ghoulie
Kepi Ghoulie


Kepi Ghoulie is scheduled to perform on Saturday, July 11, with The Pleasure Killers at Trunk Space (7 p.m.) and Lost Leaf (9 p.m.).
Like a brain-starved corpse from one of the classic zombie flicks he loves, Kepi Ghoulie has risen from the dead. Admittedly, the founding member of the Groovie Ghoulies is missing a familiar appendage or two; when the Ghoulies "family" filed for divorce two years ago, the horror-punk pioneer lost not only the band's drummer, but guitarist and wife Roach Ghoulie (no word yet if Mrs. Ghoulie kept the surname). So what's left? Plenty, if you're a Ghoulie purist. With his Iggy Pop man-o-rexia physique stashed into his trademark peg-leg pants and his commitment to the do-it-yourself ethos of punk rock fully unbowed, Kepi hits the road this summer for a string of live engagements, accompanied by a new back-up band. And, my, is he prolific, with three solo albums of monstrously catchy punk-pop to his credit since the Ghoulies' breakup. Ambitiously, Kepi and his new power trio (he plays drums and sings — sort of like an undead Phil Collins) will perform two shows on the same night in central Phoenix — an all-ages affair at Trunk Space and a legal-drinkers-only engagement at the Lost Leaf after sundown. That's a hard-working zombie.
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