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Technical glitches happen during concerts - especially ones held outdoors. Sometimes fans are patient, but sometimes they aren't.

During L7's performance at the '92 Reading Festival, they experienced "technical difficulties with their audio equipment" which halted their set. The crowd grew restless and began throwing mud onto the stage. In response, lead vocalist Donita Sparks removed her tampon on-stage and threw it into the crowd yelling "Eat my used tampon, f*ckers!"

That same year, Sparks ignited a controversy in Britain when she dropped her pants during a riotous live performance of "Pretend We're Dead" on the U.K. variety TV program The Word. The camera's quick cut-away and Sparks guitar kept the scene relatively modest - but there was an uproar just the same.

Formed seven years earlier in L.A., L7, a '50's slang for being a 'square', was often associated with Grunge, and more importantly, the Riot Grrrl movement in the '90s. Just a year before the infamous Reading/The Word appearances, L7 formed Rock for Choice, a Pro-Choice women's rights group.

Bassist Jennifer Finch was also notable for being the girlfriend of Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl around the time "Nevermind" was released. The Nirvana connection continued when Butch Vig, "Nevermind's" producer, also produced L7's third album. "Bricks Are Heavy," released in '92, was L7's biggest commercial success.

L7 also opened for Nirvana, as well as, Alice In Chains, and later toured with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, Marilyn Manson and The Offspring.



Their songs regularly found their way on to soundtracks (Natural Born Killers, Pet Sematary Two, and Tank Girl) and video games (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Rock Band 2.

L7 issued three more albums; '94's "Hungry For Stink," '97's "The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum" and '99's "Slap-Happy" before going on indefinite hiatus in '01.

"We know that's vague, but that's just the way it is," read a post on the group's website. "The future of the band is a bit up in the air at the moment."

Thirteen years later, the hiatus ended with the Facebook announcement that the L7 line-up of Sparks, Finch, Suzi Gardner and Demetra Plakas had reunited. The next step was a performance at the Echo in L.A., their first together in 18 years. The '15 show was in preparation for a reunion tour.

L7 Discography

Studio Albums:

1988 L7
1990 Smell The Magic
1992 Bricks Are Heavy
1994 Hungry for Stink
1997 The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum
1999 Slap-Happy


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