March 6th, 2004
|02:31 pm - Mojo Nixon Announces Retirement, Wallows in Self-Pity|
On the one hand I love Mojo Nixon and I love the stuff he's done and it's sad that he won't be doing anything more, but on the other hand, my god. Bitter and self-pitying, or merely facetious? You be the judge.
MOJO NIXON PROCLAIMS: "I HAVE NOTHING MORE TO SAY. I AM DONE."
-MOJO NIXON TO PERFORM FINAL CONCERT MARCH 20 AT CONTINENTAL CLUB IN AUSTIN DURING ANNUAL SXSW PARTY-
Pigfoot, Louisiana- March 2004-Mojo Nixon, has announced that on March 20, 2004 he will perform his final concert at the Continental Club in Austin Texas. Rumors have been circulating about Nixon's retirement for some time and Nixon finally confirmed this will indeed be his final performance.
"I have nothing more to say," says Nixon. "Not only am I empty, but obviously nobody gives a rat's ass about the things I have been saying for twenty years. The masses are just as blinded by the light of stupidity, prudery and the shiny objects of hate."
Performing in Houston on March 18 and Austin on March 20 Nixon will cap a 20-year career that spawned such mega-hits as: "Elvis Is Everywhere;" "Don Henley Must Die;" "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Luv Child;" "Stuffin Marthas Muffin;" "I Hate Banks;" "Bring Me The Head Of David Geffen" and "I Saw Jesus At McDonald's At Midnight."
Nixon's recording career encompassed more than a dozen albums and included a country album with punk icon Jello Biafra, a Las Vegas showroom big band with Dave Alvin and the late Country Dick Montana, a Triple X rated XXX-Mas album and more social commentary than the American people could swallow.
"He has been on the cover of the Wall Street Journal, he has appeared nude in magazines, he has been in bad movies, been censored by Hustler magazine, three record companies and MTV, he played every possible music joint where nutjobs congregate in 45 states, he even played in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan and did a three-week tour of Norway," says longtime manager Scott Ambrose "Bullethead" Reilly. "He has suffered death threats; he sang with Don Henley; he has even been an answer on Jeopardy for God's Sake. He was the captain of a US Olympic team and debated Pat Buchanan. For us. He did this all for us."
"I have debased your false icons, mocked the myths and tried to shine the light of truth and freedom on the Big Lies" says Nixon. "I have done all I can."
Following in the tradition set forth by entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, The Who, Kiss, David Bowie, Judy Garland, Michael Jordan and George Foreman, Nixon decided to end his career with one final tour and a final date at his favorite and most frequent concert venue, The Continental Club in Austin, Texas. Once called "America's greatest living poet" by the Austin Chronicle following a Continental Club performance in 1987 Nixon decided it would be the fitting venue for his final performance. Nixon will host a full day of music beginning at 10 am and will take the stage with his band, The Toadliquors, at 5 pm for the final performance of his career.
Over the course of two decades Nixon toured or performed shows with artists ranging from Butthole Surfers, Koko Taylor, Soul Asylum, Allen Ginsburg, Dead Milkmen, Ali Farka Toure, Dead Kennedys, Buddy Guy, The Pogues, Del Lords, Violent Femmes, NRBQ, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Hitler, Meat Puppets, David Bromberg, Mike Watt, The Beat Farmers, Einstuerzende Neubauten and Camper Van Beethoven.
Nixon has been a candidate for President in the previous four presidential elections under the Mushroom Party banner. In describing his absence from this year's political events Nixon says, "Hell, I got a J-O-B. I got nothing new to say, no one cares, the road will kill me. The road will surely kill me. I can do no more."
Nixon will retire to Coronado, California where he will be an on-air personality for classic rock station KGB. "Isn't 10 albums enough?" asks Nixon.
About Mojo Nixon
Fat, fucked-up and forty-something.
I say facetious. Which olympic team did he captain again?
Aint gonna sleep on no wet spot no more.