Lee Ving’s FEAR has crept out of the crypt for a Christmas 7-inch

Old punk rockers don’t fade away — they just get louder and angrier.

So don’t be surprised when we tell you that legendary FEAR frontman Lee Ving is — at 65 — still looking Grecian-formula good, and still just as lean and mean as ever. And don’t be shocked to learn that, yes, FEAR has crept out of the crypt once more, with a festive new 7” single available at record retailers this Black Friday, Nov. 25: “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” b/w “Another Christmas Beer.” It will also be made available digitally.

Ving has lived a truly surreal life, too.

He started out playing the blues with Michael Brecker in 1960s Philadelphia, sang outlaw country in Range War, and — as a menacing-looking part-time thespian — landed countless film and TV roles, in projects like “Dudes,” “Flashdance,” “Streets Of Fire” and most recently “Endless Bummer.”

The late John Belushi loved FEAR so much, he insisted that they appear on the Halloween 1981 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” and mayhem ensued. So many stage-diving punks damaged the set that the producers had to pull the plug on Ving.

If you (gasp!) have never heard their definitive 1982 masterpiece “The Record,” you have two equally enticing options: Buy the original and feel Ving’s vitriolic venom, spitting across the decades, or wait until early next year, when a re-recorded “Record” will be released on The End Records.

For its 30th Anniversary, FEAR will be blasting into the SXSW Festival next year in Austin, then out on a scorched-earth tour.

For more information, visit www.theendrecords.com/artists/fear.

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