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Love the ’80s? Oingo Boingo Former Members to rock Fox


Oingo Boingo Former Members — from left, Mike "The Spike" Glendinning, rhythm guitar/ vocals; Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez, drums; Sam "Sluggo" Phipps, saxophone; Brendan McKian, vocals; Steve Bartek, guitar; John Avila, bass guitar; Freddie Hernandez, bass guitar; Brian Swartz, trumpet; and Carl Graves, keyboards/vocals — will play the Fox Theater on Oct. 29.

Editor's note: On Oct. 28, the concert with Oingo Boingo Former Members, DramaRama and Missing Persons set for Oct. 29 was rescheduled to June 3, 2022. Ticket holders were asked to hang onto their tickets, which will be honored for the new performance date. Additional questions should be directed to

It will be a "Dead Man's Party" just two days before Halloween when Oingo Boingo Former Members plays the Fox Theater.

The supergroup, featuring original Oingo Boingo members from the 1980s and ’90s, is the closest fans will get to a reunion of the band known for such hits as "Weird Science," "Just Another Day," "Only a Lad" and "Private Life." 

Performing since 2005, the band includes Oingo Boingo members Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez, Sam "Sluggo" Phipps, Carl Graves, Steve Bartek and John Avila, along with Brendan McKian (lead vocals), Mike Glendinning (vocals, rhythm guitar), Freddy Hernandez (bass) and Brian Swartz (trumpet). 

Missing Persons, which hasn't played Bakersfield since the early 2000s, and Dramarama, last seen locally at a private gig in 2019, will also perform.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the show is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the theater, 2001 H St.

Tickets, ranging from $40 to $95, go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday but fans can snag them now with code "OINGO." Purchase at, by calling 661-324-1369 or at the box office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.