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A Raucous 40th-Anniversary Party at Music Hall of Williamsburg

December 1st, 2017

L.A.M.F. 4oth Anniversary – Music Hall of Williamsburg – November 30, 2017


There’s a lot of talk about how the Lower East Side is not same as it used to be. Hell, the name of The Bowery Presents hearkens back to the glory days of the late ’70s when a few bands set the town—and the world—ablaze with a new kind of fury that hadn’t been witnessed before. Bands like Ramones, Television and the Patti Smith Group all turned rock and roll in on itself, showing how bloated it had become. This new class would behead bands with 100-piece drum kits and 15-minute flute-driven epics about mystical creatures to bring the genre back to its sneering basics. Punk made the Bowery famous worldwide, and one of its hometown heroes was Johnny Thunders and his band the Heartbreakers. With their seminal trash-rock opus, L.A.M.F., Thunders and his band were probably the most rock and roll out of any of the ’77 class. They stuck to the same basics that had been taught to millions by Chuck Berry while adding some of the era’s reckless abandon. (The band also took advantage of their junk-saturated environment more than their peers, and Thunders passed away in 1991.)

Last year, keeper of the NYC rock flame, Jesse Malin, assembled an all-star tribute to play the L.A.M.F. record in full. Needless to say it was a boozed-up blast. This year marks the album’s 40th anniversary and they pulled out all the stops to do it again at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg last night. With a lineup of original Heartbreaker guitarist Walter Lure, Blondie drummer Clem Burke, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and Social Distortion singer-guitarist Mike Ness, the band ripped through the full LP, trading off vocal duties throughout. Malin (who also opened the show) joined them for a few numbers but seemed to know his place and cleared the stage so these punk legends could hold court.

The band was loose and some numbers ended in charmingly sloppy ways. You could tell this was getting Burke a little agitated, but in defense of the Heartbreakers’ reckless spirit, Ness said that no one cared if the songs came out perfect. The band left the stage once they completed the album and came back to do an encore of Heartbreakers rarities and even a couple of Thunders solo tunes. Malin returned to sing “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory,” from So Alone, and Ness took on that album’s slow-brooding title track immediately afterward. The show ended with Lure singing the Heartbreakers song “Too Much Junky Business.” It was a great night that transported everyone to a more dangerous and unpredictable era of rock and roll. —Pat King | @MrPatKing

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Don’t Miss Mötley Crüe, Poison and New York Dolls

July 15th, 2011


You know them. You love them. And they’re back. That’s right: Three of the most well-known and well-loved glam-metal bands, Mötley Crüe, Poison (above, doing “Your Mama Don’t Dance”) and, adding some local flavor, New York Dolls, have been touring together this summer. And now they’re coming our way, playing Nassau Coliseum on 7/20. So relive your youth and rock out like you used to!

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Three Glam-Rock Bands Coming Our Way

June 28th, 2011


You know them. You love them. And they’re back. That’s right: Three of the most well-known and well-loved glam-metal bands, Mötley Crüe, Poison and, adding some local flavor, New York Dolls, are touring together this summer. So check out Tommy Lee, above, laying it down (so to speak), and then see them all in person when they hit Nassau Coliseum on 7/20. You know you want to!

Try to Win a Free Book from Nikki Sixx

April 12th, 2011


Mötley Crüe and Poison (along with New York Dolls) play Nassau Coliseum this summer—on Wednesday, 7/20 to be exact. And speaking of which, Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx has a new book, This Is Gonna Hurt, out today. His previous tome, The Heroin Diaries, made it into the New York Times Best-Seller List. So expect some juicy stories and some great photos. And if you’d like to get your hands on the new book, enter to win below. Be sure to include your full name, e-mail address, what you’re trying to win (This Is Gonna Hurt) and a brief message explaining why you should take home the book. The winner will be notified by Friday. (Above, the video for “Lies of the Beautiful People” by Six:A.M.)

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New York Dolls – The Bowery Ballroom – March 16, 2011

March 17th, 2011

New York Dolls - The Bowery Ballroom - March 16, 2011

Photos courtesy of Andy Keilen | spartanmarchingband.smugmug.com/Music

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New York Dolls Return

March 16th, 2011


New York Dolls formed late in 1971, combining glam rock, New Wave, early Stones and punk, before anyone even knew what it was. They got an early break when Rod Stewart asked them to open one of his shows. And the band soon put out two influential albums: a self-titled debut in 1973 and Too Much Too Soon the following year. The second one proved to be foreboding as the quintet experienced several deaths and lineup changes before ultimately disbanding. And if this tale had ended with their legacy leading to the formation of bands like Blondie, the Ramones and Talking Heads, that would have been enough. But the story continues in 2004, when Morrisey put together a show with the band’s three surviving members, singer David Johansen (whom you may know as Buster Poindexter), guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and bassist Arthur Kane. Sadly, Kane died just 22 days after their reunion, but this is rock and roll, and the show must go on. So Johansen and Sylvain again gathered new bandmates, put out three new discs—the most recent of which, Dancing Backward in High Heels, just came out—and hit the road, which brings New York Dolls (above, in behind-the-scenes footage) to The Bowery Ballroom tonight and tomorrow.