Now a classical composer and conductor with a successful European career, Coleman is able to tell the story of Killing Joke as one of chance and Dickensian redemption. A band who tore up the tabloids, fueled by drugs, violence, and a fascination with Aleister Crowley and the Rosicrucians, have come out on the other side as a respectable bunch. And maybe they always were. "We began with Renaissance principles, really," Coleman argues. "Everybody is born with an innate God gift. Everybody's born with innate genius. We've always believed in this. So now, people come and see us on stage and think, 'God, if those assholes can do this, anyone can do anything.' "

KILLING JOKE + BLACK HELICOPTER | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | December 4 at 8 pm | 18+ | $15 | 617.562.8800 or thedise.com

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