Detroit power trio Death is resurrected 

What becomes a legend most?

Hey — maybe just surviving, when it comes right down to it. And one of rock’s strangest survival stories certainly has to be that of Death, a little post-Iggy, pre-punk power trio from Detroit that formed in 1971, tracked only seven speaker-rattling demos, issued one 500-copy single (“Politicians In My Eyes” b/w “Keep On Knocking”), and then quietly disbanded in 1977.

A fable only embellished by the fact that the members were three African-American brothers, Bobby (bass, vocals), David (guitar) and Dannis (drums) Hackney.

So how did Death wind up on Slim’s concert schedule this Feb. 25?

In the ’80s, the siblings moved to Vermont and began tracking Gospel albums as The 4th Movement. But when David returned to Detroit, then succumbed to lung cancer in 2000, Bobby and Dannis continued on — Bad Brains style — with the reggae combo Lambsbread. But two years ago, the Drag City label unearthed those dusty Death demos, finally released them as “For The Whole World To See ...,” and rabid, raving reviews prompted the surviving members to reform.

Believe it or not, the Slim’s gig marks the first time that Death has ever played the West Coast.

Grab those deadly ducats now at www.slimstickets.com.

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