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Reunited – Orange County Register

From the Orange County Register
Stagecoach 2012: Reunited Inland Empire group the Unforgiven rocks for the first time in 25 years

A quarter-century since they last performed, cowpunk outfit the Unforgiven reunited to play Stagecoach 2012 early on Sunday. Photo: Frazer Harrison

Once I returned for the third day of Stagecoach, my first order of business was to catch the reunion of the Unforgiven. Hailing from the Inland Empire, the rootsy arena-rock band attained a cult following during the mid-’80s, played Willie Nelson’s early Farm Aid events and put out one major-label record before calling it quits. Lead singer/guitarist Steve Jones later helped form Hollywood Records; another guitarist, Johnny Hickman, went on to great success in Cracker, but for unknown reasons opted not to participate in this regrouping. Read More


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Reunited – The Press Enterprise

From The Press-Enterprise
STAGECOACH 2012: The Unforgiven reunites for festival.The Unforgiven’s story is the epitome of the parable of the music business, with a plot line as strong as the Spaghetti Westerns that inspired the image of the Inland Empire-based roots rock band.  The legend of The Unforgiven starts nearly 30 years ago, long before there was a Clint Eastwood film or a Metallica song by the same name. Read More

The Press-Enterprise has published multiple articles…
STAGECOACH 2012: The Unforgiven reunites in rock
STAGECOACH 2012: Wrap-up of day three
and an excellent Slide Show.


The Unforgiven Return – L.A. Times

From the L.A. Times
Stagecoach 2012: The Unforgiven return with punk attitude intact

Steve Jones and Jay Lansford

It took two years of behind-the-scenes wrangling, but the members of the ’80s Inland Empire cowpunk-metal band the Unforgiven were rounded up for their first concert performance in more than a quarter century Sunday at Stagecoach.

“Some of you might know we’ve been on a bit of a break — like 25 years,” lead singer Steve Jones told the audience spread out across the Palomino Stage at Indio’s Empire Polo Club early Sunday afternoon. Read More


Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

From Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
The Unforgiven reunites for stoked Stagecoach audience

Stagecoach Music Festival

INDIO – The Unforgiven, with members originally from the Inland Empire, reunited for what was described as one last show Sunday afternoon inside the Palomino Stage. Read More



From Examiner
Stagecoach 2012: The Unforgiven cowpunks ride again
The Unforgiven had to forgive each other before they could reunite for this show. With four talented guitarists and a bass player, it’s not hard to imagine that there were conflicts. Now they joke about it as a part of this reunion concert at the Stagecoach Festival’s Palomino Stage 2 p.m. on April 29. Their set was well-attended despite the grogginess of many who had been partying. Read More



The Unforgiven play with conviction
The Unforgiven was an ’80s punk rock band that fused their punk attitudes with their love for Spaghetti Westerns. Led by Steve Jones and Johnny Hickman, they donned three-quarter-length overcoats and black cowboy hats and played Western music with attitude.
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