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05/05/03: Jello Invited To Speak at Kent Sate Anniversary
Jello was honored to have been asked to speak at the annual May 4th commemorative event at Kent State. Other speakers included Dr. Ronald Manson (the president of Jackson State University, where other students where killed on May 4, 1970), as well as Kerry Kennedy-Cuomo, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.

Here are excerpts from someone who was in attendance there :
"...While we are getting ready to leave to make our way over to the Kiva Center, someone comes into the restaurant to say that the cops have blocked off the university, no one is allowed into the campus by car or foot. We go back to the hotel and begin disguising ourselves as respectable citizens (ie, we take off our clothing that the police could possibly react negatively to - such as a No Blood For Oil t-shirt and a John Yates shirt). We all pile into a minivan, I pull out my videocamera should it be necessary. The drivers find a way through the residential area surrounding the campus and get us in a back way. Traffic through the campus is being monitored too. We walk into the center without a confrontation. ............... Just as things are getting set up though, the kids who have been standing outside, waiting for things to start, get shooed off by cops in riot gear. These are the cops that just arrested 30 people who were part of the rally. One was carted off for beating on a plastic bucket, using it for a drum. Another woman in her fifties was thrown into the police van, her head hit a window and cracked it and she was charged with destruction of police property.

I am walking towards the doors to let people know the show is about to start and I see them all running away. I run out the door shouting, "Come inside! They can't get you if you are in here! Protect your Freedom of Expression!" A few kids turned around and came in. The rest were gone. The small auditorium had a lot of empty seats.

Someone (I can't remember his name) got up on the stage and told of his experiences at Kent. He was a student when the shootings took place. He was reading his First Amendment Rights when he was arrested and taken to jail. As he was telling his story about a dozen police in riot gear came into the building. They stood along the back wall, behind all the seating. The guy kept talking, telling his story, trying to keep the audience calm. I took out my videocamera and filmed them.

Then Jello started his program with : "We interrupt this program....".... The audience went wild, really loving this, especially when he took off his robe and revealed the cop shirt. The show went on without incident. Jello spoke for his entire 4 1/2 hours (he gave them a short break). There was a collection taken for the people arrested. About $155 was collected for bail money. One of the people arrested (the drummer) came back to the auditorium and thanked everyone for gathering the money and let us know they were out and doing okay.


03/28/03: Jello Sampled On New Anti-War Single

For you Jello fans out there, there is a new anti-war single that was just released in the U.K. Jello is sampled on one track where he does his George W. Bush impressions. The ep is called SALT In The Wound and it will be coming out on Jungle Records. We have ordered some and hope to have them available for sale on our website the second they arrive.

Here is a bit more about it :

We have assembled an Alliance of Alternative Artists for a Triple AAA side single for the protest vote. There's CARPET BOMBERS FOR PEACE with special guests Jello Biafra (sampled) as The Cowboy President From Hell, & poet Lemn Sissay with a host of musicians singing Allah Save Queens.

Another track is from Australian anti-war campaigners CHANGE produced by CRASS, with their song We want a Ceasefire.They along with the majority of Aussies are not happy with John Howard and his support for Bush.

And long established activist punk band CONFLICT who contribute a suitable tirade in their new track A Gaping Hole.

All the artists are well-known for campaigning against establishment hypocrisy. All profits will go to the Stop The War coalition.


03/27/03: Jello's University of Puget Sound Show Cancelled
Jello unfortunately had to cancel his performance at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA on Thursday, March 27.

Jello had been scheduled to fly on an Alaskan Airlines flight which was cancelled. He then found another flight yet from a different airport in L.A. (where he had performed the night before at the Henry Fonda Theater) So, he had to take a taxi to the other airport and the taxi driver got lost, and hence Jello missed that flight.


03/26/03: LARD Performed in L.A.!

LARD performed two songs at the Ministry show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on Monday, March 24th.

Jello Biafra joined Ministry on stage during the first encore to sing War Pimp Renaissance and I Wanna Be A Drug Sniffing Dog.

During the second encore he sang accompanying vocals on their infamous cover of Magazine's The Light Pours Out Of Me.

Jello Biafra was in town for his spoken word performance at the Henry Fonda Theater for March 26th. Ministry had three nights at the House of Blues, Monday night was the last night for the string of shows.

Since LARD is a studio band, they have only performed together one other time. They performed 4 songs live before recording The Last Temptation of Reid in 1990.

There are no plans at this time for further recordings or tour dates.


03/14/03: Jello Sells Out (AND saves trees!)

On Tuesday, March 11th, Jello Biafra performed at The Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre, Spokane Washington, selling over 750 seats altogether! This was as much a surprise to us as it was to Jello. As we were waiting in the green room before showtime, word come down that the show sold out!! Jello's response was "what? In Spokane?" Wow!

The show went great with Jello talking for over four hours with a 20 minute or so intermission! Jello could have even gone on longer as he didn't even get through all of his materials. Everyone certainly got their money's worth indeed.

Thank you Jello. This was not only a success for Jello, but for Spokane as well, as the proceeds went to two very worthy non-profit organizations; The first being The Lands Council, a conservation group dedicated to protecting the woods, water and wildlife in Washington and parts of Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. We can thank The Lands Council for protecting our watershed, protecting habitat for the endangered Mountain Caribou, and keeping our National Forests out of the hands of greedy timber thieves--way to go Lands Council!

Thin Air Radio was the other recipient of the show's proceeds. Thin Air Radio is one of Spokane's first low FM community and public radio station that is trying hard to get on the air. FCC red tape and low cash flow have been hindering their efforts to get up and running. They are in the midst of buying much needed studio and transmission equipment,and the funds will help out tremendously!

All in all, it was a great night! Jello seemed to have fun, and the audience loved him! Thank you Jello for helping out our community!

Travis Coletti
Wildfire Education Coordinator
The Lands Council
509.838.4912
www.landscouncil.org


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