Original line-up of L7 perform ‘Pretend We’re Dead’ for first time in 18 years at LA gig – watch

Reformed band performed at The Echo venue on Thursday

Footage of L7 performing their hit single ‘Pretend We’re Dead’ at their first gig since reforming has emerged online.

The band played a gig at The Echo venue in Los Angeles on May 28, the band’s first live date since their break-up in 2001. Footage shot from the crowd shows the original line-up of Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch and Demetra Plakas performing the song. The LA gig marked the first time that line up has played together in 18 years.

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L7 will play Download Festival in Donington Park (June 12 -14) with more shows to be revealed.

The band have also launched a KickStarter to fund a documentary called L7: Pretend We’re Dead, which is directed by Sarah Price.

L7 formed in Los Angeles in 1985 and stopped playing live in 2001, announcing an ‘indefinite hiatus’. They released their debut, self-titled album in 1988, following it with 1990’s ‘Smell The Magic’ and 1992’s grunge breakthrough, ‘Bricks Are Heavy’. Their final release was 1999’s ‘Slap-Happy’.