Win Tickets ($60): The Tubes @ Aladdin Theater | Rock, Punk, Hard rock, New wave

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Tubes @ Aladdin Theater on January 11. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, January 10.

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From our sponsors:
The Tubes @ Aladdin TheaterThe Tubes
January 11, 2014
Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. | $30 | Minors OK w/ Parent or Guardian
More info: aladdin-theater.com

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694

The Tubes will go down in the rock history books as one of the most exciting, in-your-face tight-knit group of musicians who epitomized the hilarity of popular American culture by making it into a the ultimate rock’n’roll extravaganza. Their live shows involved mock bondage rituals, simulated sex, 12-foot high rock stars by the name of Quay Lude singing ‘White Punks On Dope’, exploding televisions, chainsaws and an array of semi-clad dancers. Some say they were about 15 years ahead of Madonna, and light years ahead of the politically correct.

In the tradition of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, the Tubes were one of the first bands to write and perform songs in a head-on theatrical onslaught. They simply didn’t entertain, they shocked audiences into submission. The Tubes were one of the pioneers of the rock video years before MTV became a household name, and used the medium in their early performances. The band tapped into the American zeitgeist and ridiculed its materialistic values, superficial advertising methods, took a poke at religious fundamentalists and often questioned sexual taboos. They took popular culture by the scruff of the neck, turned it upside down, and made it into entertainment.

Their outrageous performance-art concepts ranged from titillating, tongue’n’cheek pornography to straight-laced, black tie all-American conservatism, all of which frequently clouded the fact that they were, like Frank Zappa, technically gifted musicians in their own right. As the band progressed into the 1980’s they shed the controversial theatrical spectacle in favour for a more stripped down live setting that showed them in a more musical light, that ultimately brought them long overdue commercial success in America.

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39 Responses to Win Tickets ($60): The Tubes @ Aladdin Theater | Rock, Punk, Hard rock, New wave

  1. Stephen January 6, 2014 at 12:34 #

    I would like to pull some tubes, then see the tubes!

    Please choose me!

  2. Carlen Lloyd January 6, 2014 at 13:32 #

    I haven’t been out in ages!

  3. McKinzie January 6, 2014 at 13:39 #

    I would like to introduce the tubes to my hubby… and I mean the band…

  4. Ryan January 6, 2014 at 13:54 #

    Because it’s The Tubes! And they have some amazing material to hear at a strip club?

  5. lynnette January 6, 2014 at 14:44 #

    It’s a lot of fun listening to live music at The Aladdin !!! Haven’t been to a concert for awhile and owe my son a night out so this Tubes show would be great !!!!

    :)

    Live a little ….. Love a lot

  6. wallace January 6, 2014 at 16:05 #

    yes please – from “White Punks on dope” to “talk to you later” these guys deliver on many levels at once.

    I want to attend because I haven’t seen the since the opened for Bowie August 8th 1983 in Vancouver BC

  7. Fred January 6, 2014 at 18:12 #

    Would really love to hear this group live. I love shows at the Aladdin and can’t think of a better present for my wife than tickets to this show. Hope I’m lucky.

  8. Erica January 6, 2014 at 21:20 #

    My boyfriend and I would love to be able to join the crowd for this show!! I’ve heard their live show is really great! Please pick me!

  9. Don January 7, 2014 at 08:35 #

    Because I’d have to drive from Redmond, and my wife has never seen them!

  10. Al January 7, 2014 at 08:56 #

    I want to go again and should be considered because in 1977 in my grand parents 1966 pristine Olds Cutlass Supreme driving in SF I push button tuned on the dial from Perry Como to White Punks on Dope! They HATED it but later admitted in life they liked “Don’t Want To Wait Anymore” Also I once drunkenly asked Fee if he was once in The Seeds, when I meant to say the Beans. Wrong.

  11. Pam Peterson January 7, 2014 at 09:13 #

    I would love to win tickets to see the TUBES! My husband and I went to see you at the AZ State Fairgrounds in the 80′s! What a show!! It would be fun to surprise him with tickets to see you. He is 57 and I’m sure he would love going back in time to his mid twenties :) airfare included?? JK.

  12. Brian January 7, 2014 at 09:47 #

    I haven’t seen you guys in over 30 years. Will you still recognize me?

  13. ric ealy January 7, 2014 at 09:50 #

    from the first time I saw the tubes at the whisky-a-go-go on 3/25/77 I was hooked, still have the ticket stub, quay lewd was/is the epitome of a rock star, and I have watched them perform on many occasions since that day, even had the honor of doing a lighting gig with them at perkins palace, I am also a member of the tubes inner circle, so all that being said, I could dig on seeing the gig, thanks…

  14. JP Flanery January 7, 2014 at 11:37 #

    Shocking and Lewd…Forbidden and Crude..
    TV is so Vulgar… “CLICK” Bzzzzzzzzzzz……….

    “LET’S GO SEE THE TUBES…!!”

    • JP Flanery January 7, 2014 at 12:17 #

      Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm…………”THE TUBES”….!!

  15. Harry Thompson January 7, 2014 at 13:06 #

    First saw the Tubes at Winterland in San Francisco in the 70s – scantily clad ladies on trapeze, 5 or 6 more in a chorus line, the drummer jumping on a trampoline, I had never heard of the Tubes, but never missed a show at Winterland, I was extremely happy I made this one :)

    Last time I saw the Tubes was a couple years later on Halloween night in Concord, CA – simply awesome show!!!!!! The crowd was wild……………..

    I would love to see them 1 more time in my life :)

  16. Bill W. January 7, 2014 at 18:03 #

    This sounds like a rollicking good time. I want that.

  17. Jamie January 7, 2014 at 18:18 #

    What do I want from life?? Tube tix, of course!!!

  18. Lisa January 8, 2014 at 17:49 #

    Would love a night out listening to live music!

  19. Mathew January 8, 2014 at 22:00 #

    Oh hell yeah please help a brotha out!

  20. Scott Worthington January 9, 2014 at 08:32 #

    I would love to go see them, and them playing at the Aladdin is just a another bonus

  21. Rick January 9, 2014 at 11:07 #

    The tubes were my favorite band in college. So many great memories of completion backward, outside/inside, remote control, etc. They came to my College (Western Washington), got to see thier “sanitized” show to protect the kiddies, as Roger put it. Saw them about ten years ago in an intimate club in Eugene, they did not disapoint! Fee’s vocals are still amazing, truly a great show! I can’t wait to see them again, would love the chance to score a couple tickets!

  22. Sarah T January 9, 2014 at 12:20 #

    I desperately must win these tickets! Pick me!!

  23. Bjoern January 9, 2014 at 12:49 #

    Let’s go Tubes!

  24. Cory January 9, 2014 at 14:07 #

    I wanna hear my fav 80s tune. She’s a beauty!!!!!!!

  25. Jessica January 9, 2014 at 14:18 #

    My birthday is coming up and I would love to celebrate it with my partner at this event!

  26. Sandra January 9, 2014 at 14:30 #

    This would be a great surprise date night for my hubby & I!

  27. Mr Karl Michael Jacobson January 9, 2014 at 15:02 #

    I used to be a white punk on dope and now i ‘m just a stoned old fart.

  28. Jeff January 9, 2014 at 15:38 #

    what do I want from life? a baby’s arm holding an apple…plus free tix!

  29. Coral January 9, 2014 at 16:51 #

    Oh please, pick me! Free Tubes–Yes!!!

  30. Kelsey January 9, 2014 at 17:07 #

    It will be my 21st birthday, and I don’t have any plans or money.. my best friend who I want to spend the evening with, his band’s practice room was called the Tubes, haha. We would dig this.

  31. Brad January 9, 2014 at 18:53 #

    I saw them in highschool a million years ago!

  32. eliz January 9, 2014 at 20:48 #

    Oh yeah! Luv to mosh!

  33. ian January 9, 2014 at 21:41 #

    i’d like to attend just to have my mind blown, of course.

  34. zink January 9, 2014 at 22:40 #

    The 70′s… those album covers, must have been the bondage, the plastic wraps. I am really horny! I need Tube!

  35. Carla January 10, 2014 at 08:20 #

    New to the music scene!

  36. Pam January 10, 2014 at 18:04 #

    who won???

  37. JP Flanery January 11, 2014 at 00:29 #

    Mondo Bondage
    I’ve been tied up so long
    There’s no escape
    I’ve been strangled
    All choked up inside
    Swallowed all my pride
    Roped and hog-tied
    Been tied up in knots
    That’s all I got
    Gimme glove shoes
    This ain’t no way for havin’ fun
    Pdxpipeline saved me
    My knots are now untied
    Waved my assets high and wide
    They got me deep inside..
    Mondo Bondage
    Has got me on a run
    Look out Aladdin here I come..

  38. Dave G. January 12, 2014 at 16:58 #

    You pay the FEE, I get to see! Fingers crossed X!

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