RETROSPECTACLE 33 1/3 year Anniversary


Hello everyone,

In case you were searching for more information on the 2011 Wax Trax! Retrospectacle, we thought this page might help…


On April 15-17, 2011, Some close friends and I decided it was time to join artists and fans in recognizing the life work of my father Jim Nash and partner Dannie Flesher. The event was meant to highlight the contribution and influence Wax Trax! Records has had on popular culture and specific genres in music history.

The sold out, three night WAX TRAX! RETROSPECTACLE- 33 1/3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY was an emotional voyage through the influential label’s life span & impact.

Wax Trax! veterans Front 242, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Luc Van Acker, Paul Barker, Chris Connelly, En Esch, Guenter Schulz, and Raymond Watts all came together from around the world to pay homage and their respects to my dad & Dannie. The performance took place at Chicago’s legendary METRO. A venue that was so important and vital during the early days of Wax Trax! Records. Metro originally served as a foundation for showcasing all early WT! artists here in Chicago. We were proud to work with owner Joe Shanahan, once again, on such an important occasion.



When we first announced the shows, we really didn’t know what to expect…and quite honestly, we were hoping that even just a few people showing up would be really special and fun.

What we got instead was something far more emotional and tender then we could ever have anticipated… Three sold out shows followed.

If I can sum up the weekend vibe, it felt like a class reunion of people that you’ve not yet met. The amount of smiles and respect for what was going on throughout the weekend was such a force and truthfully, nothing that I’ve ever experienced before.

We met so many people that were there because, “Wax Trax! changed their life.”

From Kay in Cincinnati…To Bill from Pittsburg…To Tony traveling from Maine…To the 3 amazing PIG fans that drove in from Buffalo and had to drive back to stay in Michigan each night! (BTW-I totally got choked up to see them inadvertently meet Raymond in the merch room-WOW!). These are just a few of the names from the hundreds of faces that blew us away with their devotion over the 3 days.

You all inspired me and I owe you all a huge debt of gratitude.


As you all may know, 100% of the proceeds for the event were donated to The Center On Halsted. An important local non-profit focused on advancing Chicago’s LGBT community. We were very happy to partner with such an important local resource.




  • Rights of The Accused. Joined by John Haggerty of Naked Raygun/Pegboy
  • En Esch, Guenter Schulz, Raymond Watts performing selections from KMFDM.
  • Front 242


  • The Blue Ribbon Glee Club. Later joined by Paul Barker on bass and Eric Spicer on drums to perform Pailhead’s “I Will Refuse” as well as Ministry’s “Everyday is Halloween”.
  • Paul Barker, Chris Connelly, Luc Van Acker, and Duane Buford, Jamie Duffy performing selections from The Revolting Cocks.
  • My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult
  • DJ Set From Richard 23 and Patrick Codenys of Front 242


  • En Esch, Guenter Schulz, Raymond Watts performing selections from KMFDM.
  • Paul Barker, Chris Connelly, Luc Van Acker, and Duane Buford performing selections from The Revolting Cocks (Joined onstage by Richard 23 for “No Devotion”)
  • Front 242

Additional Press and fan sites about the event:

LA Weekly

Chicago Sun Times

Lost In Concert

Punk Vault


Twisted Peppermint

Posted January 10, 2011 by admin

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