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Feminist punk icons Bikini Kill ramped up their pandemic-delayed international tour with a show Friday night at the Greek Theatre as part of the Netflix Is a Joke Festival.
There wasn’t much funny business, but there was plenty of joy as the original line-up of vocalist Kathleen Hanna, drummer Tobi Vail and bassist Kathi Wilcox on bass — joined by guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle — entertained a cross-generational crowd. The show, one of more than 50 on their tour, was the band’s first L.A. appearance since their four-night residency at the Hollywood Palladium in 2019, which marked their return to live performances after more than two decades away.
Included in Friday’s set, of course, was the still-fresh riot grrrl anthem, “Rebel Girl,” a song that is just a tick shy of 30 years old.
Bleached was scheduled to open the night but had to pull out due to a COVID-19 case in their party. Comedian Lizzy Cooperman filled in as opener.