One Day As A Lion: Inaugural Shows July 17th Pomona, Ca @ Alladin Jr’s Cafe and July 18th LA, Ca @ Eagle Rock Center for the Performing Arts:
Most of us, even the most faithful, assumed this project was dead. Although tantalizingly promised by Zack De La Rocha back in 2008 when questions arose regarding its long-term viability, the requisite follow-up tour in support of One Day As a Lion’s promising debut EP never materialized. It appeared the warm (though admittedly composed) reception the record engendered would go unrewarded. Speculation centered around ZDLR’s savagely self-critical artistic persona and his penchant for jettisoning projects when they failed to meet his perfectionistic demands (Father, Beto De La Rocha, a member of the influential Chicano art collective Los Four, once infamously set the totality of his paintings aflame in the throes of a spiritual crisis/nervous breakdown). Understandably, it is a tempting presumption to pin the blame on Zack, but without the involved parties explaining the delay, it’s ultimately unfair.
Today, almost two years later, again, as before, news about the duo breaks without warning. A couple of live dates slated not even a week away, the acquisition of keyboardist Joey Karam (The Locust) and that’s about as much preamble given. None of the customary “hey, nice to see you…how you doing?…what’cha been up too’s?” Concert-goers were asked to wait for location specifics once they procured their tickets. Day of and promoters request that divulged information about venues not be bandied about online social networks as the show spaces would be much too small to accommodate more than an intimate-setting’s worth of attendees. Naturally, one would begin to feel quite special; surely the fan-cultivation-retention plan the band and its management had in mind.