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Amputators to play Christmas Day show in Steamboat

Keith Thibodeau fronts Steamboat Springs rock band the Amputators in 2009 at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The band plays there Saturday for An Amputators Christmas. The free show starts at 9 p.m.
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— For as rowdy as he is as the front man for local punk rock band the Amputators, vocalist Keith Thibodeau exuded the mellow local vibe Thursday afternoon as he poured beers at La Cantina in downtown Steamboat Springs for the après ski crowd.

He knows that for many residents like himself, Christmas Day doesn’t mean family visits or church.

It’s a time to unwind and release from the holiday stress with a few friends, a few beers and some rowdy tunes.



The Amputators play their first Steamboat show since the summer Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon, dubbed An Amputators Christmas. The free show is set to start at 9 p.m.

“A lot of people don’t have family here,” Thibodeau said. “So it’s going to be like an island of misfit punks out there.”



Thibodeau said the show will follow in the theatrical vein it has in the past, with potentially gory holiday-themed costumes.

Their edgy rock feeds off the influences of punk rock bands including the Clash and the Dead Kennedys that Thibodeau grew up listening to, but he said the Amputators sound a little more like Black Sabbath than Black Flag.

“There’s a groove to the music,” he said. “It carries the listener away a little bit.”

The band will celebrate its fourth anniversary in January and has a Southwestern tour planned for late winter and early spring.

Thibodeau said the band formed to fill a void in the Steamboat music scene for the skaters and snowboarders with the affinity for loud rock with almost comical inappropriateness.

“We’re trying to make people feel just a little uncomfortable,” he said. “Like, ‘Should I be laughing at this?’ We want people to feel kind of like that all the time.”

With lyrics that Thibodeau describes with a smirk as “pure smut,” the Amputators are attempting a pandemic-like spread of discomfort.

“I’ll give you some romance/When you drop your sweatpants,” might be some of the milder lyrics in their repertoire, but the band certainly doesn’t aim to offend.

“Everyone can relate to it,” he said about subject matter in tunes like “Conjugal Visit,” “and everyone can get a good snicker out of it.”

“We’re not trying to change the world; we’re just trying to entertain some people out there.”


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