Photo Gallery: Bikini Kill Revives Riot Grrrl Spirit with Reunion at Hollywood Palladium

Bikini Kill - Photo by Steve Rose for Hollywood Palladium

By JOHN DALY

Bikini Kill reunited at The Hollywood Palladium last night for their first show in more than 20 years to kick off their reunion tour.

Check out our photo gallery of hi-res images by music photographer Steve Rose.

The women who were responsible for the riot grrrl movement brought down the house for a show that had most of the attendees singing along with every word. As most of those words have to do with subjects that had until 1990 been taboo, it’s good to see these punkers haven’t lost their feminist power.

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“It’s like a time machine, ‘Do you believe in life after love?'” said Kathleen Hanna who did her best imitation of Cher. “That’s like the other song by Cher, ‘If I could turn back time,’ But I wouldn’t turn back time because I’m happy to be right here right now.”

Kathleen Hanna, Kathi Wilcox, Tobi Vail, and new band member Erica Dawn Lyle kept the audience engaged, cracking jokes and tearing through a 27-song set with two encores.

Alice Bag opened, and was seen backstage enjoying herself with fellow female punkers Teri Gender Bender from Le Butcherettes and Lysa Flores. 

Given there had been issues with ticketing, and shows were added to the tour to accommodate demand, we found it odd that last-minute tickets were available for $20 (including fees) through StubHub. 

Reject All American – Courtesy Prestoff

 

Bikini Kill Setlist: 
Carnival
New Radio
Jigsaw Youth
Don’t Need You
Feels Blind
I Hate Danger
In Accordance to Natural Law
Demi Rep
Reject All American
Alien She
No Backrub
Sugar
Hamster Baby
Tell Me So
This Is Not a Test
Capri Pants
Resist Psychic Death
Rah! Rah! Replica
Outta Me
For Only
Distinct Complicity
Magnet
Rebel Girl
Lil’ Red

Encore:
Double Dare Ya
Suck My Left One

Encore 2:
For Tammy Rae