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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

RFT Music Feature Subject Little Steven Introduces Living Things, Who Proceed to Burn $$$

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Crystal Wiebe at the Pitch penned an interesting blogpost yesterday about a press release she received about a Living Things gig at SXSW, during which the band set fire to money onstage. She says:

The stunts were done in protest "Wall Street's dirty ways" according to the release. The band also had this to say: "Our mother is a bank manager at Bank of America. Our father is a small business owner. We believe in the American Dream. But the dream is broken. You and I have something in common, we want the good life. But there is a problem. Wall Street's dollar is dirty. Let's burn that dirty dollar. We are not economists. We don't have a solution. But through symbolism we can raise awareness together." A publicist for Living Things told me that over the course of several shows at SXSW, a total of $200 went up in smoke but also donated that much to a homeless shelter.
Of course, this was caught on tape and is already on YouTube. Take a look at it after the jump. The clip is notable because Little Steven is introducing the band -- and if you haven't seen yet, our music feature this week is a chat I had with him a few weeks ago. His radio show, Little Steven's Underground Garage, is airing on KLOU (103.3 FM) every Saturday night. [Edit: The Little Steven video was taken down, but here's more live footage of the burning.]

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