Legendary voodoo guitarist Kid Congo Powers – best known for his work with Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – played The Croxton in Melbourne on Saturday 12 May 2018, as part of his Australian Tour, following on from two previous tours Down Under that sold out. The 59-year-old Mexican-American was president of the Ramones fan club in 1976, and then formed the Gun Club in Los Angeles a few years later. He left that group before their recording debut, instead taking his fuzz guitar to New York-based band The Cramps in December 1980. Powers rejoined Gun Club in 1983 and toured Australia, returning again in ’85, and ’88, at which point he then joined Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Berlin for several albums and corresponding tours.
His current band The Pink Monkey Birds comprising bassist Kiki Solis, drummer Ron Miller, and guitarist Mark Cisneros, has been his primary musical project since the start of 2015 and has been described as “cast garage-surf-spaghetti-western-retro-futuristic magic”. Special guest Spencer P. Jones (Beasts of Bourbon, The Johnnys, Paul Kelly) joined the band on a version of the Gun Club’s Jack on Fire.