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Before the three queer artists each make their Bowl debut, they sound off on what it means to be 'out' onstage
By Drew Mackie
September 23, 2016 :: 9:00 AM
Come Sept. 25, you’ll be able to see three great acts perform at the Hollywood Bowl. That in itself isn’t all that rare, but this show—the latest in KCRW’s World Music Series—stands apart from most because it features three queer rock acts: gay punk icon Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü and Sugar fame, gender-fluid singer-songwriter Ezra Furman and headliner Bloc Party, the indie rock band whose frontman, Kele Okereke, came out in 2010.
Each of the three put on stellar live shows, but beyond solid performances, the concert promises to deliver a display of diversity—not just of out, queer musicians, but also of artists who defy what some consider typical “gay music.” Be stoked.
Kele Okereke: Of course, the Hollywood Bowl is an iconic venue that not very many bands get asked to play, so it was a no-brainer for us.
Bob Mould: KCRW has been a supporter of mine over the years, and with this show, the timing just worked out perfectly. In all my years of performing, the Hollywood Bowl is one of the few prestigious venues that I haven’t played at before, so I’m grateful for the opportunity.
Ezra Furman: Someone who books the Hollywood Bowl, we found out, is a superfan, and she hooked us up because she likes our band. I’m surprised that this ended up happening. I think my younger self would be surprised that I’m out of the closet and onstage, proudly telling thousands of strangers that I’m not heterosexual. That’s a shocker to me. I’m happy it turned out that way, but it didn’t seem possible when I was younger.