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In the '90s, a dead lead singer seemed like a surefire ingredient in the formula for musical immortality. Jeff Buckley garnered way more fans after his 1997 drowning death than he did while alive. Bradley Nowell's 1996 heroin overdose turned a little-known ska-punk band from Long Beach into an international (albeit tragic) success story. And even though Nirvana's legacy was already well established in 1994, it wasn't until after Kurt Cobain's suicide that people referred to Nirvana in the same breath as bands like The Beatles, the Stones, and Zeppelin. Unfortunately for the surviving members of Snot, frontman Lynn Strait's death in 1998 didn't translate into the postmortem success of the aforementioned acts. Apparently, dying in a car crash doesn't hold the same cachet as OD'ing, offing oneself, or taking an ill-advised (and fully clothed) dip in the Wolf River. Snot broke up shortly after Strait's death, although the music it had recorded for the follow-up to its debut album, Get Some, ultimately turned into a Strait tribute album featuring an all-star lineup of late-'90s nü-metal vocalists. Snot reunited last summer with a new singer (Tommy Vext) and a decidedly heavier sound. Fans can expect to hear some new songs at this show, as well as a healthy dose of the funk metal that characterized their lone studio album with Strait.
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Mike R. Meyer