The Great Halloween Swindle

October 30 at The Pavilion

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The Great Halloween Swindle
October 30 at The Pavilion
While the big kids had packed The Attic on Saturday, The Great Halloween Swindle reconvened for an encore performance, giving the kids a taste of the cover band action. With the exception of Neville & The Nickersons, a makeshift group slapped together to pay homage to Weezer, the evening was devoted to punk rock legends. Members of The McFaddens and The Hemingways teamed up for a semi-authentic stab at The Ramones, while Blackout ’77 and Dead Red revived their Sex Pistols and Misfits tributes for the third and fourth consecutive Halloweens, respectively. However, it was Jon Epworth who completely stole the show with his band’s bona fide take on Nirvana. Complete with a coarse and hoarse Kurt Cobain, a stoned and indifferent Krist Novoselic, a focused Dave Grohl, an animated Pat Smear, grungewear, forgotten lyrics, mis-tuned instruments, a set-ending drum kit debacle and the omission of the vast majority of the hits (as Nirvana habitually did in their In Utero days), the impression was uncanny, and almost too convincing.

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