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Remembering The Bollocks: Sex Pistols week in SA

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Both of the bands that opened for the Sex Pistols 35 years ago, the Vamps and ULTRA, will have representation at The Filth & The Flautas. San Antonio garage rockers the Vamps only endured several years after the Pistols' show, but their frontman Frank Pugliese has been a fixture in the local hard rock scene ever since, and will perform with his Sons of Hercules.

And, as fortune would have it, Alamo City hard rock pioneers ULTRA, the second warm-up band for the Pistols at Randy's Rodeo, just recently reunited in 2011 in order to join a concert-fest at the inaugural Texas Legacy Music Awards, where they were among the first inductees into the Hall of Fame; they'll be in force as well.

"With the cowboys, rockers and punk guys all there, the whole thing was really volatile," recalls ULTRA bassist Scott Stephens. "Backstage they were nice guys. Sid came into our dressing room wanting to try a Lone Star beer. But we heard them fighting among themselves that night [The Pistols broke up weeks later at the end of the tour]. We were asked to warm up for them in Dallas, too, but we bowed out. We felt like a square peg in a round hole." The Nervebreakers, a proto-punk Dallas band, opened for the Pistols at the Longhorn Ballroom instead, and they too will be performing at

The Filth & The FlautasThe event pays tribute for the first time to an astonishing event that left an indelible mark on the Texan underground scene.

"We try to acknowledge everything that we consider culturally significant for South Texas music," says Tex Pop's Executive Director Michael Ann Coker. The riotous Sex Pistols San Antonio show may stand on its own as a milestone in American rock history. But the anniversary also rekindles a torch shedding light on San Antonio's own rocker roots, all too often obscured by Austin's long shadow.

The Filth & The Flautas feat. Piñata Protest, Sons of Hercules, The Nervebreakers,ULTRA, Hickoids, Lower Class Brats, The Next, The Clampdown, Heather Go Psycho, Texas Biscuit Bombs
$8-$12
6pm-12am Sat, Jan 5
Backstage Live
1305 E. Houston
(210) 698-2856
tix and schedule at saustex.com

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