2018 in Review

Chris reflects on another 365 days gone by… were you able to keep up with all of his activities? Photo of Al and Chris by Derick Smith

It was another very active year which started off with SONS OF THE SILENT AGE playing the best of Bowie’s so called “BERLIN TRILOGY”: what a start to the year!! This was soon followed by the release of the solo album “THE TIDE STRIPPED BARE” in February to humbling reviews. April saw a startling WAXTRAX era succession of events where I opened as a solo artist for MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, COCKSURE played a one off show opening for FRONT 242, and I was reunited with AL JOURGENSON, joining MINISTRY onstage, reviving our friendship and our dormant musical collaboration.

June saw the screening of INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT in CHICAGO for which I was a guest on the panel, and later in June I travelled to beautiful MONTREAL to do the same and play a solo set with the amazing DEAD DOG from Montreal.

Over the summer I recorded a vocal for the forthcoming FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY album, SONS OF THE SILENT AGE performed another sold out show in Chicago, and we went on to film promo shots for several BOWIE songs, many of which have now been shared online. (See the latest for Joe the Lion.) Another COCKSURE album was recorded, BE RICH, for Metropolis Records, followed by the band playing at all three Cold Waves festivals, in New York, Chicago and L.A.

November saw the release of the double album BLOODHOUNDS, again to humbling response, on my 54th birthday, no less. A week later I performed the entire NEW TOWN NOCTURNES album live for the first time, and the year was brought to a satisfying close by performing with MINISTRY three more times, in JOLIET and at the HENRY FONDA THEATRE in LOS ANGELES.

What next? Who knows, the year stretches out waiting to be filled with shards and fragments of my idiosyncratic creative life……