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Killing in the name of reuniting

Last year saw Killing Joke’s original lineup — Jaz Coleman (vocals, keys), Geordie (guitar), Youth (bass) and Paul Ferguson (drums) — onstage again for the first time in 15 years.

Last year saw Killing Joke’s original lineup — Jaz Coleman (vocals, keys), Geordie (guitar), Youth (bass) and Paul Ferguson (drums) — onstage again for the first time in 15 years. This November, the British agit-prop band, which formed in London in the punk aftermath of 1978, added a new record, “Absolute Dissent,” which marked the seminal members’ first album in over 25 years. Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not, but Coleman assures Metro that he’s having a ball.

“I am just so lucky. I’ve been with these guys in one way or another for 32 years. Since I was a teenager,” says the effusive Coleman, who’s a lot friendlier than his maniacal onstage persona might suggest.

Even though he’s now in his early fifties, Coleman still enjoys life on the road.

“It’s the wonderful people you meet along the way,” he says. “My life is amazing.”

As he soon gets off the topic of the band and music and onto politics, it’s clear Killing Joke hasn’t lost any of its prickly political ideologically. Perhaps, Coleman has lightened up a little though.

“Largely I try to think positively about the future,” he says with a wild chuckle. “But crazy things happen. We can be plunged into a nightmare at any time.”

Killing Joke
with Black Helicopter
Saturday, 9 p.m.
The Paradise
967 Comm. Ave., Boston
$15, 18+, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com

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