The wildly influential punk band played their final ever US show after reforming in early 2012, 14 years after splitting at their peak.
Posted on Nov 07, 2012 01:57 pm
Refused's final US gig was a triumph, according to reports.
The cult punk band reformed in January, 14 years after splitting in 1998. Back then, the band were only three days into the tour for their wildly influential album "The Shape Of Punk To Come" - a name that proved to be true, with it's style becoming a template that was often emulated, but rarely matched.
The opportunity to reform came when the Coachella organisers asked them to perform at this year's festival.
"We never did 'The Shape Of Punk To Come' justice back when it came out; too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job," they wrote in January. "Suddenly there's this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right."
And indeed, they did it right. Their tours and festival appearances through 2012 have been renown for their kinetic performances and fiery attitudes, re-affirming their mark on music culture.
"Before breaking up the first time, Refused was a highly respected but largely unknown entity," said Rolling Stone after their show at the Fonda Thatre. "No more: in Los Angeles last night, the band was in full force for a big, swirling crowd that matched the size of their music and ideas."
Refused will now tour their native Sweden before potentially calling it a day, though fans hold out hope for a new LP.
Hear their album "The Shape Of Punk To Come" here:
Did you manage to catch Refused on their farewell tour? Are you an old fan, or did their reformation introduce you to their music? Let us know in the comments.