Monday, September 7, 2009

Remember That One Time At Coventry?

01/31/73 & 02/01/73 Kiss @ Coventry, Queens, NYC, NY
Ad for Kiss' very first shows - 01/31/73 & 02/01/73 @ Coventry, Queens, NYC, NY

Latest UPDATE: 03/29/14

OK, all you early-70's NYC rock and roll freaks...here it is...the long-promised "Coventry" piece. I had this mostly ready to go last winter and was finishing it up when I lost my hard drive and everything on it. So I've been busy piecing it back together and here is what I've come up with. Unfortunately, photos of the Coventry are still elusive (I'm still looking!), but there is at least now some video that has surfaced of Kiss performing at the club on 12/22/73 (see below), so we can at least get some idea of what the club was like inside.

This will be another one of those "work-in-progress" pieces, so be sure to check back in the future to see what has been added/updated.

Popcorn Pub/Coventry
47-03 Queens Blvd. (at 47th Street)
Sunnyside, Queens, NYC, NY
Phone: 212-729-9681

Paul Sub - Owner, Coventry
Excerpt from:
"Dressed to Kill" by Ken Sharp
Goldmine Magazine (04/11/08)
It was a big club, around 5,000 square feet, and it held around 700 people. Everyone from KISS, The New York Dolls, The Ramones, Blondie, Sam & Dave, The Dictators and Elephant's Memory played there. I'd put on 10 acts a week, both local and national. The only act we turned down, because we didn't want to spend $300, was Aerosmith (laughs). The New York Dolls were really the ones that kept Coventry going. They played once a month, and whenever they played, 700 people would show up. They had the main following of all the bands who played there. The Dolls really helped pay my rent (laughs). All the other groups who played there, from KISS to The Ramones, didn't really bring in that many people.

Paul Sub - Owner, Coventry
Excerpt from:
Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History
by Curt Gooch & Jeff Suhs [p. 17]
As you came in [to the club], there was a small stage on your right and a large one on your left. The P.A. equipment was the size that you'd put into Madison Square Garden, and we occasionally had problems with the neighbors. From floor to ceiling, the club was maybe 15' high. There was also a basement where people could go relax. It was a hang-out room that was sealed off to the public, but sometimes bands would take their guests down there.

POPCORN PUB (Pre-Coventry) CONCERT CHRONOLOGY

09/01/72 Link Wray/Magic Tramps
09/02/72 Link Wray/Magic Tramps
09/03/72 Link Wray/Magic Tramps
09/08/73 Link Wray/Magic Tramps
09/09/73 Link Wray/Magic Tramps
09/10/73 Link Wray/Magic Tramps

Sesu Coleman - Drums, Magic Tramps
Excerpt from:
RockabillyHall.com Link Wray Tribute Page
While in New York City in the 70's working with my band - the "Magic Tramps" - featuring Eric Emerson, Warhol Superstar -we were asked to convert a club in Queens NY, called the "Popcorn" into a Rock club called the "Coventry". The bill was the "Magic Tramps" and "Link Wray". We would perform a show with Eric Emerson and then Eric would leave the stage and Link would come on and immediately turn his amp backwards towards the wall and start playing "RUMBLE" ... Music to my ears. It was such a thrill and honor to play a week with Link and get to know him as a person.

1973

COVENTRY CONCERT CHRONOLOGY

01/30/73 Kiss *Kiss' 1st Concert Appearance
*This was also the weekend that the club, formerly known as the Popcorn Pub, officially changed it's name to Coventry.

Excerpt from:
Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History
by Curt Gooch & Jeff Suhs [p. 17]
This was Kiss' debut show. Kiss' performance was the first at the newly named Coventry, which had been previously called the Popcorn Pub. For a band that became renowned the world over for it's garish, rediculous appearance, Kiss' attire for their fist concert was, simply put, dull. Of the four, only Gene wore makeup that even hinted at what was to come, with pncake [makeup] covering his face and black greasepaint smudged formlessly around his eyes. Peter wore a small amount of Rouge, and neither Paul nor Ace wore any makeup whatsoever. The band's clothing was very pedestrian as well. Gene wore bellbottoms and a sailor suit top. Ace wore jeans and a shirt, as did Paul, who included a dark sports jacket in his ensemble.

A handful of Poloroid [photos] from one of the first Kiss shows at Coventry shows exists and [were] sold [in a] June 2000 auction. See the photos here:
Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley / Paul Stanley & Ace Frehley
Peter Criss / Gene Simmons

Paul Sub - Owner, Coventry
Excerpt from:
Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History
by Curt Gooch & Jeff Suhs [p. 17]

There was no real formal booking at Coventry. Kiss came in like all the bands did and asked if they could play. Whoever came in...we just booked them. We never turned anyone down. On average, Kiss drew about 60 or 70 people. They didn't draw at all.

Gene Simmons - Bass & Vocals, Kiss
Paul Stanley - Guitar & Vocals, Kiss
Peter Criss - Drums & Vocals, Kiss
Lydia Criss - Ex-Wife of Peter Criss
Excerpts from:
"Dressed To Kill" by Ken Sharp
Goldmine Magazine (04/11/08)
Gene Simmons: I was always the asshole who decided to pick up the phone and bother people and get us to where we wanted to go. On my way into work in the city I used to pass by this club in Queens. I called the club, got the manager on the phone and started selling, which is what I've always done my entire life. I said to him, "We've got a band called Wicked Lester, and I'm really excited about it. You should book us, because we're terrific." So he agreed to put us on for three nights during the middle of the week when nobody went there. We had yet to name ourselves KISS. That first night we changed the name of the band from Wicked Lester to KISS.

Gene Simmons: Coventry was located in Queens, New York, in a downtrodden industrial area. Two stories above the building we played was a subway, so when we played, the trains would be going by, and it was loud. It was owned by the boys (imitates tough guy accent) "Who kind of talked like this.'" We played a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and were paid 30 dollars.

Paul Stanley: First time we played there, it was virtually empty.

Peter Criss: Nobody was there (laughs). It was a nightmare. We killed ourselves for six people.

Lydia Criss: I remember it was a really cold winter night. The only people who showed up at that first Coventry show were me, Jan Walsh, who was Gene's girlfriend at the time, and her friend, plus the road crew - Eddie Solan; Joey Criscuola, Peter's brother; and Bobby McAdams - and the people who worked at the club.

Paul Stanley: Coventry was important for us, because it was so difficult for a band like us to get any gigs because we didn't play Top 40, and we weren't part of the Mercer Arts crowd, which was the crowd that took in the New York Dolls and some of the Andy Warhol, Max's Kansas City bands. So, we needed a place that could be ours, and Coventry was a place in Queens that was just on the other side of the East River. It gave people in New York access to come see us, and it also set us a little apart from the New York glitter bands. Coventry was a place where we really cut our teeth, and it was the first place we ever played.

Sesu Coleman - Drummer, Magic Tramps
From: Private Interview with NYCDreamin - 12/07
We didn't hang with Kiss as they weren't part of the "Glam Scene." Who knew?!?

01/31/73 Kiss
02/01/73 Kiss
02/02/73 Salty Dog
02/03/73 Salty Dog
02/04/73 Salty Dog
02/??/73 Harlots of 42nd Street
02/??/73 Harlots of 42nd Street
02/??/73 Harlots of 42nd Street
02/??/73 Harlots of 42nd Street
05/04/73 The Four Directions/Jim Mall(?) Quartet
05/05/73 The Four Directions/Jim Mall(?) Quartet
05/11/73 New York Dolls

Arthur "Killer" Kane - Bass, New York Dolls
Excerpt from:
I, Doll: Life and Death with the New York Dolls [p. 160]
...we had played in New York for three or four hundred people at most, either at the Oscar Wilde Room at the Mercer Arts Center or somewhere like Max's Kansas City or the Coventry in Queens. Those were our largest gigs to date - not exactly football stadiums!

05/12/73 New York Dolls
05/.../73 The Brats
05/.../73 Toro
05/18/73 Teenage Lust/Sweetblood
05/19/73 Teenage Lust/Sweetblood
05/25/73 Harlots of 42nd Street
05/26/73 Harlots of 42nd Street
05/27/73 Harlots of 42nd Street
06/19/73 Rapscallion
06/20/73 Ramble On
06/21/73 The Brats
06/22/73 Ruby and the Rednecks/Ramble On
06/23/73 Ruby and the Rednecks/Ramble On
06/24/73 Ruby and the Rednecks/Ramble On
06/26/73 Rapscallion
06/27/73 Ramble On
06/28/73 The Brats
06/29/73 New York Dolls
06/30/73 New York Dolls
07/01/73 New York Dolls/Blue Suede
07/06/73 Teenage Lust/Planets
07/07/73 Teenage Lust/Planets
07/08/73 Teenage Lust/Planets
07/23/73 Ramble On
07/24/73 Ramble On
07/25/73 The Brats
07/26/73 Brownies Revenge
07/27/73 New York Dolls/The Brats/Luger/Malachite
07/28/73 New York Dolls/The Brats/Luger/Malachite
07/29/73 New York Dolls/The Brats/Luger/Malachite

07/30/73 Singing Irish/Dancing Fiddler/Mary Ni Catain & Margaret Barry

07/31/73 Singing Irish/Dancing Fiddler/Mary Ni Catain & Margaret Barry

08/03/73 Bulldog
08/04/73 Bulldog
08/17/73 Teenage Lust/Luger/Bitch
08/18/73 Teenage Lust/Luger/Bitch
08/19/73 Teenage Lust/Luger/Bitch
08/31/73 Wild Honey/Kiss/The Dogs

Excerpt from:
Kiss Concert Review - Coventry
New York Daily News (Date N/A)
by Stanley Mieses
...his [Paul Stanley's] black-and-red striped platform shoes should win the Alan Ladd Footwear Award. They're so high that you can crawl through the gap between the heels and layed soles. He also serves as the spokesman for the group. 'We didn't come here to talk no politics, we're goin to rock 'n' roll,' he shouts to the small audience at the Coventry. He winks with the one eye that isn't painted black. 'I hope everyone here's been drinking...' and the thought trails off, sentence incomplete, into a number called 'Sloe Gin' [actually 'Cold Gin.] 'We'd rather you dance than ponder the lyrics,' he advises. The bass player sneers and the lead guitarist strikes an I-dare-you-punk pose. 'We're not the smartest boys around, you know,' the rhythm guitarist says, and the whole band laughs.

Stan Mieses - Writer, New York Daily News
Excerpt from:
"Dressed to Kill" by Ken Sharp
Goldmine Magazine (04/11/08)
Back in 1973, I was 20 years old. I was a copy boy at the Daily News. Hanging around, I impressed a couple of the editors with my enthusiasm for rock and roll. I'd gotten a couple of assignments to review rock shows. Then this guy Paul (Sub) wrote me from Queens - he must have seen my byline.

He said, "You're The Daily News. You guys should really cover clubs in Queens." So, I went out to this guy's club, The Coventry, sat down, and this group named KISS came on. I looked at them and thought this was like comic book or kabuki, something I'd never seen. They looked great. Musically, it sounded like cement mixing. It was not my style of music - my style leaned more to The Velvet Underground - but I thought their stage show was very impressive. The club was half full but they were enthusiastic. The substance of my review, which ran in The Daily News, was how they looked. I described the band in detail and not so much the sound. They had clearly defined characters, and that's something I hadn't seen since The Beatles. Each member of the band was individualized. The makeup made all four guys distinct. The behavior onstage was also very distinct. I thought these guys had a shot at making it, because, at the very least, the next day people would say, "You should see what I saw!"

09/01/73 Wild Honey/Kiss/The Dogs

09/02/73 Wild Honey/Kiss/The Dogs
*This concert never happened - it only appears on the posters Kiss had made up advertising the show. In all other advertisements only the August 31 and September 1 date are listed.

Paul Sub - Owner, Coventry
Excerpt from:

Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History
by Curt Gooch & Jeff Suhs [p. 23]
Kiss never really got paid. One day they came in and said that they insisted they could not play unless I gave them 50 bucks. So I asked what the $50.oo was for. They told me it was for a hotel they had to get so that they could put on their makeup.

09/02/73 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon Benefit Event
09/28/73 Teenage Lust/Harlots of 42nd Street/Ramble On
09/29/73 Teenage Lust/Harlots of 42nd Street/Ramble On
09/30/73 Teenage Lust/Harlots of 42nd Street/Ramble On
10/24/73 Isis/Legs Latreau/Ulysses
10/25/73 Isis/Legs Latreau/Ulysses
10/26/73 Isis/Magic Tramps/Sniper

Joey Ramone - Vocals, Sniper, Ramones
Excerpt from:
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
by Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain [p. 178-79]
I'd just sit with Dee Dee [Ramone] on the corner off of Queens Boulevard and drink and insult people and stuff. That's when I got kicked out of the house. My mother told me it was for my own good. So I moved into my mom's art gallery. I had to barricade myself in real fast so the cops wouldn't catch me. The cops would come by, I'd see a flashlight and hear a police radio going, and they'd be banging on the door like they thought I was a burglar. It was a kind of a tense situation. I was always worried they'd get me. So I'd barricade myself in real fast with the paintings and sleep on the floor. I had a sleeping bag, a pillow, and a blanket and then I'd work there during the day. At night, I used to hang out at the Coventry, the big rock and roll club in Queens. One night I met Dee Dee there and brought him back to the art gallery to sleep on the floor.

Mickey Leigh - Brother of Joey Ramone
Excerpts from:
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
by Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain [p. 180-181]
It was about that time that Joey started getting into glitter and joined his first band. Joey joined the band Sniper and started hitching rides down Queens Boulevard to hang out at this club called the Coventry. I think Joey became the lead singer of Sniper by answering an ad in the Village Voice: "Let's dress up and be stars tomorrow."

I thought it was great that Joey was in a band, but it was really dangerous to hitchhike down Queens Boulevard looking the way Joey did. Joey's so unusual to begin with, so tall - he's about six six naturally, but in platform shoes he stood over seven feet tall. And he wore a jumpsuit. At that time, you really couldn't be doing that safely. You were taking a chance hitchhiking down Queens Boulevard like that.

He eventually got beat up. His got his nose bashed in. We had to go pick him up and bring him to Elmhurst hospital. I felt bad. Then Sniper became regulars at Coventry - playing a couple of times a month - so I wanted to go check them out, see what was going on. When I got there it was a real glitter crowd - everyone was into that band the Harlots of 42nd Street. So I thought it was going to be lame. I was shocked when the band came out. Joey was the lead singer and I couldn't believe how good he was. Because he'd been sitting in my house with my accoustic guitar writing these songs like "I Don't Care," fucking up my guitar, and suddenly he's this guy on stage who you can't tkae your eyes off of. I was blown away. I was shocked. I didn't think the band Sniper was too good, but I was real impressed with my brother. He moved like he would in the early Ramones days. I told him, "I can't believe it. I can't believe how you're coming off, how you're performing.

Joey Ramone - Vocals, Sniper, Ramones
Excerpt from:
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
by Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain [p. 181]

It was the glitter days and the New York Dolls and Kiss would come play at the Coventry, all those bands would come in from Manhattan.

10/27/73 Isis
10/28/73 Isis
10/29/73 *Folk Night /W/ Folk & Country Western Bands
11/16/73 Teenage Lust/Star Spangled Washboard/Planets/Bang Zoom
11/17/73 Teenage Lust/Star Spangled Washboard/Planets/Bang Zoom

12/21/73 Kiss/Isis/Rags/City Slicker/Flaming Youth
*Kiss' set was videotaped but was recorded over the following night. This was the first show where all four members of the band performed with full whiteface makeup. Actress were scheduled to open this pair of shows but cancelled, being replaced by Flaming Youth.

12/22/73 Kiss/Isis/Rags/City Slicker/Flaming Youth
*Kiss' set was videotaped - Available on the 4DVD Set "Kissology III".
Click each song title below to watch video from Kiss's 12/22/73 performance:
Deuce / Cold Gin / Nothin' To Lose / Strutter / Firehouse / Let Me Know / 100,ooo Years / Black Diamond / Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll

*This was Kiss' final show as a NYC club band. During the show Paul Stanley announced to the crowd that the band had signed a record contract.

Paul Stanley - Guitar & Vocals, Kiss
Peter Criss - Drums & Vocals, Kiss
Lydia Criss - Ex-Wife of Peter Criss
Gene Simmons - Bass & Vocals, Kiss
Joe Valentine - Guitar, Rags
Bill Aucoin - Kiss Manager 1973-1982
Excerpts from:
"Dressed to Kill" by Ken Sharp
Goldmine Magazine (04/11/08)
Paul Stanley: Coventry was a study in contrasts. The first time we played there, there was nobody there. The last time we played there, you could barely get in the door. It was very cool. It was the first place we played when we got a record deal.

Peter Criss: Even though hardly anyone was there at our first gig, when we eventually played there enough times, I remember pulling up one night in the car with the boys and there was a line down the block. We went, "Holy shit! Wow, this is cool!" We had to go through the crowd, and they were all patting us on the back, and we made it to the basement and we said, "F**k!" It was cool.

Lydia Criss: The all-girl band Isis opened for KISS that night. The Dolls were in the audience. It was a wild show. It was all starting to happen for them, and you could sense the momentum building. Spirits were high.

Gene Simmons: When we played [Coventry] in December of '73, there may have been 80 to 100 people. But, there was a special excitement within the band, because we had just signed to Casablanca Records, which was going to be a brand new label. We were the first artists on the label. For all we knew, we were about to become big stars. In the beginning, you dream big.

Joe Valentine: We played on the same bill with KISS at Coventry in December '73. I didn't quite understand the correlation between kabuki makeup and rock and roll, but hey, rock and roll has strange bedfellows. But, their music was so good. To be honest, I thought they didn't even need the makeup. I said to myself, "These guys are gonna be big!" The Dolls were struggling at the time; their asexual look was a tough sell to middle America. KISS were the next New York band in line poised to conquer the world.

Bill Aucoin: I shot the footage that night at Coventry on a half-inch Sony reel-to-reel recorder with a Sony black-and-white video camera. We shot the footage not to preserve a show per se, but more to see if they did anything wrong that we could fix before their big show on New Year's Eve at the Academy Of Music.

Unfortunately, that same reel of video tape held some wonderful moments in their rehearsals in this dungeon down in the Bowery, but I taped over it when I shot their Coventry show. I always knew I had the footage, and a few years back, I finally had it transferred. I came out to L.A. and showed Gene and Paul the Coventry footage, and they were both quite amazed. I don't think they remembered they were as good as they were.

Gene said, "Gee, we really were together then." At that point, they'd rehearsed so much they were really tight. They were thinking of themselves as not being that tight and focused, but the truth of the matter is yes, they were. Watching the video you can sense what I believed from the first moment that I worked with them: KISS were really on a mission. They were driven to make this happen, and a lot of artists aren't. They expect it to happen, or they dream about the money. But, they don't necessarily have the drive, but KISS had it. At that time, they were very excited. They had their album coming out. They were doing their first tour. This was a dream for any artist, and you can see the excitement in their performance at Coventry.

12/23/73 Kiss/Isis/Rags/City Slicker/Flaming Youth
*Show was CANCELLED, probably due to poor weather conditions.

Eddie Solan - Kiss Road Crew Member
Excerpt from:
Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History
by Curt Gooch & Jeff Suhs [p. 25]

The final Coventry gig was cancelled for some reason. I can't remember why. It might have been the weather."

12/24/73 Harlots of 42nd Street/Actress/Rags/Messiah with Eric Emerson

12/31/73 Elephants Memory/Harlots of 42nd Street/Actress/+ 3 Guest Groups

??/??/73 Magic Tramps

1974

*At some point in the first week of February 1974, the owner of Coventry opened a second club, Coventry II, in Manhattan. All Dates preceded with the notation "COVII" took place here.

Excerpt from:
"Debunking 'Don't Open in February' Myth
by Les Ledbetter
New York Times - 02/08/74
Pul Sub, owner of the Coventry on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside Queens, decided to open a second club, Coventry II at 1550 First Avenue (near 80th Street) this week.

Coventry II
1550 - 1st Avenue (@ 80th Street)
NYC, NY
Phone: 744-9400

HERE is what 1550 - 1st Avenue currently looks like in 2009.

01/01/74 Rags
01/02/74 Guest Groups
01/03/74 Guest Groups
01/04/74 The Brats
01/05/74 The Brats
01/06/74 Theater Of Madness/ Gran Faloon/ Milk & Cookies
01/09/74 Milk & Cookies
01/10/74 Milk & Cookies
01/11/74 Teenage Lust/Flaming Youth/Actress*/Palace
*This "Actress" should not be confused with the early version of the New York Dolls. They were two completely different bands.

01/12/74 Teenage Lust/Flaming Youth/Actress/Palace
01/13/74 Actress/ Palace
01/18/74 Exuma/ The Fast/ Theater Of Madness/ Billy Peppa
01/19/74 Exuma/ The Fast/ Theater Of Madness/ Billy Peppa
01/20/74 The Fast/ Theater Of Madness/ Billy Peppa
01/23/74 Isis
01/25/74 Isis/ Legs Latreau/ Mushroom
01/26/74 Isis/ Legs Latreau/ Mushroom
01/27/74 Isis/ Legs Latreau/ Mushroom
02/01/74 Isis/ Wild Honey/ Ulysses
02/01/74 Coventry II opens at 1550 1st Avenue at 80th Street in Manhattan
02/02/74 Isis/ Wild Honey/ Ulysses
02/03/74 Isis/ Wild Honey/ Ulysses
COVII 02/04/74 Grand Opening /w/ Actress/ Lean Bros.
COVII 02/05/74 Actress Lean Bros.
COVII 02/06/74 Paul Fleisher/ Portable Radio Circus/ Bogart
COVII 02/07/74 Paul Fleisher/ Portable Radio Circus/ Bogart/ Braid
02/08/74 Bobby Knight Soul Society/ Wild Honey/ Cannon/ Gran Faloon/ Bob Lennox Group
COVII 02/08/74 Bogart/ Braid
02/09/74 Bobby Knight Soul Society/ Wild Honey/ Cannon/ Gran Faloon/ Bob Lennox Group
COVII 02/09/74 Bogart/ Braid
COVII 02/10/74 Braid
02/14/74 The Brats/ Rags/ The Fast/ Gran Faloon
02/15/74 Teenage Lust/ Wild Honey/ Theater Of Madness
COVII 02/15/74 Elly Greenberg & Friends/ Olduvai Gorge
02/16/74 Teenage Lust/ Wild Honey/ Theater Of Madness
COVII 02/16/74 Elly Greenberg & Friends/ Olduvai Gorge
02/17/74 Magic Tramps/ Flaming Youth/ Canon/ Theater Of Madness
COVII 02/17/74 Elly Greenberg & Friends/ Olduvai Gorge
02/20/74 Palace/ Guests
COVII 02/21/74 Elly Greenberg & Friends/ Model/ Guest Group
02/22/74 Magic Tramps/Rags/Wild Honey/Palace
COVII 02/22/74 Elly Greenberg & Friends/ Model/ Guest Group
02/23/74 Magic Tramps/Rags/Wild Honey/Palace
COVII 02/23/74 Elly Greenberg & Friends/ Model/ Guest Group
02/24/74 Magic Tramps/Rags/Wild Honey/Palace
COVII 02/24/74 Elly Greenberg & Friends/ Model/ Guest Group
02/27/74 Behemoth/ Guest
COVII 02/27/74 Lean Bros.
COVII 02/28/74 Auditions
COVII 02/29/74 Bob Miles
03/01/74 The Brats/ Canon/ Booby Knight/ Soulciety
COVII 03/01/74 Actress/ Jimmie Yessian/ Special Guest
03/02/74 The Brats/ Canon/ Booby Knight/ Soulciety
COVII 03/02/74 Actress/ Jimmie Yessian/ Special Guest
03/03/74 Canon/ Booby Knight/ Soulciety
COVII 03/03/74 Actress/ Jimmie Yessian/ Special Guest
03/05/74 Lean Bros.
03/06/74 Bang Zoom/ Guest
COVII 03/06/74 Auditions
COVII 03/07/74 Bob Miles
03/08/74 Exuma/ Actress/ Sniper/ Bang Zoom
COVII 03/08/74 Eric Emerson's Star Theater/ Schub & Friends
03/09/74 Exuma/ Actress/ Sniper/ Bang Zoom
COVII 03/09/74 Eric Emerson's Star Theater/ Schub & Friends
03/10/74 Actress/ Naked Rush
COVII 03/10/74 Eric Emerson's Star Theater/ Schub & Friends
03/12/74 Naked Rush
COVII 03/12/74 Lean Bros.
03/13/74 Dictators/The Dogs *Dictators first concert performance
COVII 03/13/74 Auditions

Andy Shernoff - Bass & Vocals, Dictators
Excerpt from:
"Lou Reed Is A Creep: Discourse With Two Dictators"
I94Bar.com
The Coventry was one of the glitter-rock places in New York, and if you were doing original music, that was the ONLY place to play. If you were a cover band, you could play anywhere; that's what people wanted to see. People didn't want to see bands playing original music, today it's a whole different story.

Loren Molinare - Guitar & Vocals, The Dogs
Excerpt from:
July 2001 Interview
Well, we really moved to NYC first, in June of 1973 and lived in the Lower East Side of New York. We were playing gigs with the Dictators and Television and Kiss, The Fast, at places like Max's Kansas City, The Coventry and the Club 82 and the Electric Circus. It was a great experience to be in NYC in those days, the New York Dolls had just been signed so it was pretty rocking, but I think we had our hearts on going to Hollywood. It was very hard to survive in New York - very expensive we did not work day jobs. LA seemed to be the place to go.

03/14/74 Lean Bros.
COVII 03/14/74 Bob Miles
03/15/74 Crown Heights Affair/Mama Crowder Band/Dictators
COVII 03/15/74 Actress/Nick Mole/Guests
03/16/74 Crown Heights Affair/Mama Crowder Band/Dictators
COVII 03/16/74 Actress/Nick Mole/Guests
03/17/74 St. Patrick's Glitter Ball Festival with 4 Top Groups
COVII 03/17/74 Actress/Nick Mole/Guests
03/19/74 Ministry
COVII 03/19/74 Lean Bros.
03/20/74 Buzzy Linhart Band/ Theater Of Madness/ Actress/ Special Guest
COVII 03/20/74 Auditions
COVII 03/21/74 Bob Miles
03/22/74 Buzzy Linhart Band/ Theater Of Madness/ Actress/ Special Guest
COVII 03/22/74 Eric Emerson's Star Theater/ Guests
03/23/74 Buzzy Linhart Band/ Theater Of Madness/ Actress/ Special Guest
COVII 03/23/74 Eric Emerson's Star Theater/ Guests
03/24/74 Buzzy Linhart Band/ Theater Of Madness/ Actress/ Special Guest
COVII 03/24/74 Eric Emerson's Star Theater/ Guests
03/27/74 King Heart/ Big Mouth
03/28/74 Spring Festival /w/ Harlots of 42nd Street/ Super Dude
03/29/74 Elephants Memory/Satan The Eternal Fire Man/Miami's
03/30/74 Elephants Memory/Satan The Eternal Fire Man/Miami's
04/03/74 Jonah/ Guest Group
04/04/74 Dictators
04/05/74 Harlots of 42nd Street/ Magic Tramps/ Palace/ Dictators/ The Wizard
04/06/74 Harlots of 42nd Street/ Magic Tramps/ Palace/ Dictators/ The Wizard
04/10/74 Canon/Planets
04/11/74 Canon/ Planets
04/12/74 Street Punk/Mama Crowder Band/Planets/Ruckus
04/13/74 Street Punk/Mama Crowder Band/Planets/Ruckus

Read a GREAT story about a near disasterous Planets gig at the Coventry written by their guitarist, Binky Philips HERE.

04/14/74 Ruckus
04/17/74 Canon
04/18/74 Canon/Jasper & the Catfish Band/Whiz Kids
04/19/74 New York Dolls/Miami's/Casterbridge Union
04/20/74 New York Dolls/Miami's
04/24/74 Dictators/King Hearts/Whiz Kids
COVII 04/24/74 Bob Miles
04/25/74 Harlots of 42nd Street/The Brats
COVII 04/25/74 Bogart

04/26/74 Harlots of 42nd Street/Mama Crowder Band/Dictators/Whiz Kids

"Handsome" Dick Manitoba - Vocals, Dictators
Excerpt from:
"What's Cookin'?"
Dictators.com
Back in 1974, the Dictators were playing regularly at a joint on Queens Blvd. called the Coventry. We saw Kiss play there and we opened for bands like the NY Dolls & the Harlots of 42nd St. I always noticed this guy at the bar at the Coventry. He was ALWAYS hanging out. You couldn't help but notice him. He was very tall, very skinny, & very unique looking. "Who is that guy?" I wanted to know. "That guy?--that's Jeff Starship--he's got a band called Sniper!" Well, Jeff soon became Joey [Ramone].

COVII 04/26/74 Bogart/Women's Revalation

04/27/74 Harlots of 42nd Street/Mama Crowder Band/Dictators/Whiz Kids

COVII 04/27/74 Bogart
COVII 04/30/74 Auditions
COVII 04/31/74 Bob Miles
05/01/74 Zero/ Turn Down Broadway/ King Heart
COVII 05/01/74 Denise Rogers & Company

05/02/74 Village Voice (Dictators @ Coventry Review)

05/02/74 Fantasy/ King Heart/ Special Guest
COVII 05/02/74 Denise Rogers & Company/ Big Jive
05/03/74 Soul Survivors/ The Brats/ Rags/ Age/ Fantasy
COVII 05/03/74 Denise Rogers & Company
05/04/74 Soul Survivors/ The Brats/ Rags/ Age/ Fantasy
COVII 05/04/74 Denise Rogers & Company/ The Bohemos
05/05/74 Age/ Turn Down Broadway/ King Heart
COVII 05/05/74 Denise Rogers & Company
COVII 05/06/74 Auditions
COVII 05/07/74 Auditions
05/08/74 Idle Hands/ Behmoth/ King Heart
COVII 05/08/74 Bob Miles
05/09/74 Cotton/ Big Jive/ King Heart
05/10/74 Teenage Lust/Wild Honey/Actress/Big Jive
COVII 05/10/74 Canon/ Solo Wind
05/11/74 Teenage Lust/Wild Honey/Actress/Big Jive
COVII 05/11/74 Canon/ Solo Wind/ The Bohemos
COVII 05/12/74 Canon/ Solo Wind
05/15/74 Lefties Rable/ Turn Down Broadway/ King Heart/ Guest band
05/16/74 The Dogs/ Turn Down Broadway/ King Heart
COVII 05/16/74 The Bohemos/ Rod MacDonald
05/17/74 Five Dollar Shoes/ The Dictators/ Fantasy/ Magic Tramps
COVII 05/17/74 Solar Wind
05/18/74 Five Dollar Shoes/ The Dictators/ Fantasy/ Magic Tramps
COVII 05/18/74 Solar Wind/ The Bohemos
05/19/74 Fantasy/ Turn Down Broadway
05/22/74 Ziegel/Speakeasy/+ Special Guest
05/23/74 Television/+ Special Guest
COVII 05/23/74 Bohemos
05/24/74 Geri Miller & Band (Hawk)/Women's Revelation/Speakeasy
COVII 05/24/74 Bohemos
05/25/74 Geri Miller & Band (Hawk)/Women's Revelation/Speakeasy
COVII 05/25/74 Bohemos
05/26/74 Speakeasy/+ Special Guest
05/29/74 Dictators
05/29/74 The Deadly Nightshade
05/30/74 2 Groups
05/31/74 Revival/Dictators/Rags
06/01/74 Revival/Dictators/Rags
06/02/74 Rags
06/05/74 Black Orchid/ Bandit/ The House/ Jasper & the Catfish Band
06/06/74 Cotton/ Black Orchid/ The House
06/07/74 The Brats/ Behemoth/ Chesapeake/ First/ Jasper & the Catfish Band
06/08/74 The Brats/ Behemoth/ Chesapeake/ First/ Jasper & the Catfish Band
06/09/74 Sun Spirit
06/12/74 Buzzy Linhart/ Dictators/ Battle Axe
06/14/74 Buzzy Linhart/ Dictators/ Battle Axe
06/15/74 Dictators
06/18/74 Behemoth/ The House/ Pandora
06/19/74 Novac, Phantom of the Organ/ Actress/ Palace/ Pandora
06/20/74 Bandit/ The Dogs/ The House
06/21/74 Teenage Lust/The Brats/Harlots of 42nd Street
06/22/74 Teenage Lust/The Brats/Harlots of 42nd Street
06/23/74 Sun Spirit/ Black Orchid/ Guests
06/25/74 Jasper & the Catfish Band/ Guests
06/26/74 Legs Latreau/ Big Jive/ Rags/ Wild Honey
06/27/74 Sniper/ Sweet Revenge
06/28/74 Exuma/ Canon/ Sniffles & The Malt Shop Men/ Blues Band
06/29/74 Exuma/ Canon/ Sniffles & The Malt Shop Men/ Blues Band
06/30/74 Benefit for U.F.W. - 3 Groups
07/01/74 Closed for Private Party
07/02/74 The Dandies
07/03/74 Semanon/ Aloft
07/04/74 Tulano/ Special Guest
07/05/74 Canon/ Rags/ Sweet Revenge/ The House
07/06/74 Canon/ Rags/ Sweet Revenge/ The House
07/07/74 Rags/ Special Guest
07/09/74 Surprise Group
07/10/74 Dogs/ 2 Guest Groups
07/12/74 Screaming Jay Hawkins/ Sunrise & the Dogs
07/13/74 Screaming Jay Hawkins/ Sunrise & the Dogs
07/17/74 New York/ Last Chapter
07/18/74 New York/ Guests
07/19/74 Harlots of 42nd Street/ Sniper/ Dandies
07/20/74 Harlots of 42nd Street/ Sniper/ Dandies
07/21/74 Sniper
07/25/74 New York/ First/ Black Orchid
07/26/74 Street Punk/ First/ August Rock Band/ New York
07/27/74 Street Punk/ First/ August Rock Band/ New York
07/28/74 Street Punk/ First/ August Rock Band/ New York
07/31/74 Blaze/ Black Orchid
08/01/74 Eclipse/ Black Orchid
08/02/74 Elephants Memory/ Aftermath/ Bogart
08/03/74 Elephants Memory/ Aftermath/ Bogart
08/04/74 Bogart/ Guests
08/08/74 Slam/ Special Guest
08/09/74 The Brats/ Five Dollar Shoes/ Listen/ S.P.X.
08/10/74 The Brats/ Five Dollar Shoes/ Listen/ Guest
08/11/74 The Brats/ Five Dollar Shoes/ Listen/ Guest
08/16/74 Danny Kalb Group/ Canon/ Lust/ Segrundie
08/17/74 Danny Kalb Group/ Canon/ Battle Axe
08/18/74 Battle Axe
08/21/74 Bogart/ Sweet Revenge
08/22/74 Tivoli
08/23/74 Lust/ Bogart/ Sweet Revenge
08/24/74 Lust/ Bogart/ Sweet Revenge
08/25/74 Lust/ Bogart/ Sweet Revenge
08/29/74 Dandies
08/30/74 Harlots/ Whiskey/ Sniper
08/31/74 Harlots/ Whiskey/ Sniper
09/01/74 Harlots/ Whiskey/ Sniper
09/04/74 Lefities Rabble/ Hot Lights Light Show
09/05/74 Lefties Rabble/ Guest
09/06/74 Sun Spirit/ Hot Tramp/ Scarecrow
09/07/74 Sun Spirit/ Hot Tramp/ Scarecrow
09/08/74 Sun Spirit/ Hot Tramp/ Scarecrow
09/11/74 Life/ Lefties Rabble/ Shamos
09/12/74 Shamos/ Lefties Rabble
09/13/74 Rags/ New York/ Big Jive
09/14/74 Rags/ New York/ Big Jive
09/15/74 Rags/ New York/ Big Jive
09/17/74 Hot Tramp
09/18/74 Hanibal
09/19/74 Lefties Rabble
09/20/74 Brats/ August Rock Band/ Surprise Group
09/21/74 Brats/ August Rock Band/ Surprise Group
09/24/74 Hanibal
09/25/74 Hanibal/ Blackbird/ Bacchus
09/26/74 Lefties Rabble/ Hanibal
09/27/74 Hidden Strength/ Brother Theodore/ Sniffles & the Malt Shop Men/ Sniper
09/28/74 Hidden Strength/ Brother Theodore/ Sniffles & the Malt Shop Men/ Sniper
10/01/74 Bacchus
10/02/74 Scarecrow/ Guest
10/03/74 Lefties Rabble
10/04/74 Andy Kaufman/ Hidden Strength/ Scarecrow
10/05/74 Andy Kaufman/ Hidden Strength/ Scarecrow/ Sniper
10/06/74 Sniper
10/09/74 Cog & Nasty
10/10/74 UFOnics
10/11/74 Exuma/ Whiz Kids
10/12/74 Exuma/ Whiz Kids
10/16/74 Happy Fat/ 2 Guest Groups
10/17/74 Blue Love
10/18/74 Exuma/ Blue Love
10/19/74 Exuma/ Blue Love
10/23/74 Live Groups
10/24/74 Fantasy
10/25/74 Euphonics/ Fantasy
10/26/74 Euphonics/ Fantasy
10/27/74 Euphonics/ Fantasy
10/30/74 Chain Reaction/ Michael Massler Band
10/31/74 Lee Rweller/ Looney Tunes/ Skydive/ Brass On Wheels/ Trisha Mercy/ Spunky
11/01/74 Canon/ Pace/ Lefties Rabble
11/02/74 Canon/ Pace/ Lefties Rabble
11/03/74 Four Directions
11/05/74 Fusion
11/06/74 Spunky
11/07/74 Hot Tramp
11/08/74 Lucky (Formerly New York Central)/ Sniper
11/09/74 Lucky (Formerly New York Central)/ Sniper
11/10/74 Lucky (Formerly New York Central)/ Sniper
11/13/74 Key Bag/ Happening
11/15/74 Canon/ Hot Tramp/ Special Surprise Group
11/16/74 Canon/ Hot Tramp/ Special Surprise Group
11/19/74 Herb Salley/ Special Guest
11/20/74 The Fly/ Larry Duzze
11/21/74 Rwandi/ Herb Salley
11/22/74 Harlots/ Offspring
11/23/74 Harlots/ Offspring
11/24/74 Snowtrack/ Offspring
11/26/74 Monti Rock III
11/27/74 Jitterbug Jones/ Sun/ Hennesy
11/28/74 Jitterbug Jones/ Sun/ Hennesy
11/29/74 Blue Love/ Special Guest
11/30/74 Blue Love/ Special Guest
12/01/74 Magpie/ P.J.V. Blues Band
12/04/74 Freedom/ Max Amber/ Jelly Roll
12/05/74 Freedom/ Max Amber/ Jelly Roll
12/06/74 Isis/ Actress
12/07/74 Isis/ Actress
12/08/74 Exuma
12/10/74 Loose Joints
12/12/74 Roy Ayers
12/17/74 Christmas Party /w/ Trish Mercy/ Spunky
12/18/74 Live Groups/ Dart Contest
12/19/74 Live Groups/ Dart Contest
12/20/74 Fantasy/ Wild Honey/ Blue Mystics/ Life
12/21/74 Fantasy/ Wild Honey/ Blue Mystics/ Life
12/22/74 Dictators/LAMF

Village Voice Concert Review (Date N/A) - by Kirby
"Dictators(4)-Songs-48Mins.Coventry, Sunnyside, LI, NY"
The Dictators, from the Bronx, are one of Gotham's better and most ear-shattering of rock combos. Quartet, ages 19-22, have been together for about a year and already have a disk pact, being signed by Epic.

Volume sometimes impedes vocal clarity but the Dictators never flag in excitement. Lead guitarist Ross Friedman and bass guitarist Andy (Adny) Shernoff impress in their instrumental work with strog support from drummer Stu Boyking and rhythm guitarist Scott Kempner.

Shernoff also capably handles vocal lead with support from Friedman and Kempner but the voices at times have to battle the instrumental power. Set moves. A novelty has a roadie joining the group to sing early rocker, "Wild Thing." The Dictators could do it.

12/25/74 Oz/ Acne
12/26/74 Oz/ Acne
12/27/74 Canon/ Theater Of Madness/ Loose Joints/ Jelly Roll
12/28/74 Canon/ Theater Of Madness/ Loose Joints/ Jelly Roll
12/29/74 Flash Perkins presents Rock & Roll Review
12/31/74 Wayne County & the Backstreet Boys/ Exuma/ Harlots/ Fantasy/ Doc West/ Loose Joints

1975

01/04/75 Actress/ Slug/ Acne/ TBA
01/05/75 Actress/ Slug/ Acne/ TBA
01/08/75 Doc West *Cyndi Lauper was a member of Doc West.

Cyndi Lauper - Doc West, Solo Artist
Excerpt from:
Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History
by Curt Gooch & Jeff Suhs [p. 17]

Coventry was a big glitter club. I was in a band called Doc West, and we would play at Coventry at the tail end of [the] glitter [movement]. We played on dead nights sometimes for just five people.

01/09/75 Oz
01/10/75 Canon/Age/Decadence/Hyway
01/11/75 Canon/Age/Decadence/Hyway
01/12/75 Moose Cool
01/17/75 New York Dolls/Age/Sniper/Dictators
01/18/75 New York Dolls/Age/Sniper/Dictators
01/19/75 Determination
01/22/75 The Steve Lyons Eyeshow/ Doc West/ Photon God Of Silver/ Chrome Dragon
01/23/75 White Lightning/ Fantasy
01/24/75 Wayne County/ Sniper/ Moose Cool
01/25/75 Wayne County/ Sniper/ Moose Cool
01/26/75 Exuma
01/29/75 Nasty/ Whiskey
01/30/75 Whiskey/ Fantasy
01/31/75 *Benefit Concert /w/ Cannon/ Wayne County/ Exuma/ Harlots/ Sniper/ Age/ The Dictators
02/01/75 *Benefit Concert continues /w/ Brats/ Lucky/ Moose Cool/ Fantasy/ Spike
02/02/75 *Benefit Concert continues /w/ above bands
02/05/75 Blake/ Photon God Of Silver
02/06/75 Alexis/ Moose Cool
02/07/75 Benefit /w/ Exuma/ Sniper/ Fantasy/ Tablet/ Planets/ Moose Cool/ Jellyroll/ Determination
02/08/75 Benefit /w/ Lucky/ Special Guests
02/12/75 Music/ Determination
02/13/75 Jelly Roll/ Music
02/14/75 Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys/ Age/ Triton/ Planets/ Oz/ Ensemble
02/15/75 Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys/ Age/ Triton/ Planets/ Oz/ Ensemble
02/16/75 Planets/ Oz/ Age/ TBA
02/18/75 Joe Lee Wilson/ Plus 5
02/19/75 Humbolt/ Mercedes
02/20/75 Lefties/ Rabble/ Music
02/21/75 Armadillo
02/22/75 Humbolt/ Lefties/ Rabble/ Spike/ Magpie
02/23/75 Surprise Groups
03/26/75 Drwon Dragon/ Movement/ Exqusite Hugh Man
03/27/75 Secrets
03/28/75 Cannon/ Sniper/ Planets
03/29/75 Cannon/ Sniper/ Planets
03/30/75 Easter Party/ Canon/ Brats
04/02/75 Chrome Dragon/ Mammoth
04/03/75 Sucker/ Honesty
04/04/75 Alexis Bushe Pooka
04/05/75 Alexis Bushe Pooka
04/06/75 Alexis Bushe Pooka
04/10/75 Phase
04/11/75 Harlots Of 42nd Street/ Sniffles & the Malt Shop Men/ Alexis/ Magpie
04/12/75 Harlots Of 42nd Street/ Sniffles & the Malt Shop Men/ Alexis/ Magpie
04/13/75 Harlots Of 42nd Street/ Sniffles & the Malt Shop Men/ Alexis/ Magpie
04/16/75 Silent Partners/ Unicorn
04/17/75 Lush/ Crash
04/18/75 Canon/ Alexis/ U.S.S./ Planets/ Chrome Dragon
04/19/75 Canon/ Alexis/ U.S.S./ Planets/ Chrome Dragon
04/23/75 Magpie
04/24/75 Sorceors Apprentice
04/25/75 Fathom/ Magpie/ Humbolt/ Mercedes
04/26/75 Fathom/ Magpie/ Humbolt/ Mercedes
04/27/75 Fathom/ Magpie/ Humbolt
04/30/75 Lefties/ Rabble/ Alexis
05/01/75 Lefties/ Rabble/ Alexis
05/02/75 Canon/ Alexis/ Sniper/ U.S.S.
05/03/75 Canon/ Alexis/ Sniper/ U.S.S.
05/04/75 Alexis
05/07/75 Nightshade/ Hybrid Ice
05/08/75 Mama Rock Band/ Alexis
05/09/75 Magpie/ Mercedes/ Guest
05/10/75 Magpie/ Mercedes/ Guest
05/14/75 U.S.S.
05/15/75 U.S.S.
05/16/75 Harlots/ Alexis/ Joe Cool
05/17/75 Harlots/ Alexis/ Joe Cool
05/18/75 Alexis
05/21/75 Armstrong
05/22/75 Fat Lydia/ Mantis
05/23/75 Nightshade/ Magpie/ U.S.S.
05/24/75 Nightshade/ Magpie/ U.S.S.
05/29/75 Dictators
05/29/75 The Heartbreakers *Rehearsals
05/30/75 The Heartbreakers/ Elephants Memory/ New York/ Bohemos/ Battle Axe
05/31/75 The Heartbreakers/ Elephants Memory/ New York/ Bohemos/ Battle Axe
06/01/75 The Heartbreakers/ Guests

06/01/75 Club's Final night in operation under the name "Coventry"

06/06/75 The Heartbreakers @ "The Former Coventry"
06/07/75 The Heartbreakers @ "The Former Coventry"
06/11/75 Yours & Mine/ Just Us/ Show Track @ "Inferno"
06/12/75 Harlots of 42nd Street @ "Inferno"
06/13/75 Harlots of 42nd Street @ "Inferno"
06/14/75 Harlots of 42nd Street @ "Inferno"
06/15/75 Harlots of 42nd Street Birthday Party @ "Inferno"
06/30/75 "Coventry" officially repoens as "Disco Aretama - Queen's Largest All Latin Disco"

1978

07/05/78 Coventry Grand-Reopening /w/ The Corpse Grinders/ The Harletts/ Bitch
07/06/78 The Corpse Grinders/ The Harletts/ Hooker
07/19/78 The Corpse Grinders/ The Max/ Rozz/ The Victims
07/20/78 The Corpse Grinders/ The Max/ Rozz/ The Victims
07/26/78 Scott Miner Band/ Excalibur/ Show Gun/ Y.U.
07/27/78 Scott Miner Band/ Excalibur/ Show Gun/ Y.U.
08/02/78 Bitch/ Come To Papa/ Full Swing/ Paul Stafield & the Mutant Kings
08/09/78 Storyteller/ Epitome/ Miles Road/ Pete Taylor Band/ Fractures
08/16/78 Endgame/ Zehn Archer/ Pete Taylor Band
08/23/78 Chrome Dragon/ The Max/ Loonis Band
08/30/78 Tight Squeeze/ Barlow Sample Band/ Bitch
09/06/78 The Corpse Grinders/ Storyteller/ Jeffe Fields Group/ Pete Taylor Band
09/13/78 Sweaty Tools/ Pete Taylor Band/ Marchheir/ The Cramps
09/20/78 Razar/ Axxe/ Flamingo Road
09/27/78 Puppets/ Stone Free/ Sky/ Sweaty Tools
10/04/78 The Bees/ The Cheeze/ Chrome Dragon/ Wonderland
10/18/78 Razar/ Fracture/ Axxe

AFTERWARDS...

As of 2009, according to GoogleMaps, it seems the address 47-03 Queens Boulevard is occupied by a MD's office.

If you were in a band that played at Coventry, or just someone who hung out there digging the scene we'd love to hear from you! Please add your comments/memories by clicking the "Comments" link below.


Special "Thank You" to the following:
FromTheArchives.com, CWZ Jr at GeoCities.com, TeenageLust.com, MagicTramps.com, KissFaq.com, Dictators.com, StreetsYouCrossed.blog, Television Concert Archives, Goldmine Magazine and Ken Sharp, Curt Gooch & Jeff Suhs.

And most all to thanks to YOU. Thanks for taking the time to read ThisAintTheSummerOfLove and for your continued support.

21 comments:

Karate Boogaloo said...

Yowza...I'm speechless! This must have taken ages! Nice work!!!

EV Grieve said...

Yowaz, indeed. Impressive work, NYCD. Thanks for the research. I look forward to digging in...

NYCDreamin said...

Thanks guys...I'm glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed putting it together.

I just wish there were more people from other bands besides Kiss and the Dictators that would share their memories about the place - for all the bands that played there you would think there would be some more info out there...I'll keep looking!

jetboy said...

Nice (and thorough) job again.

You should see if you can get hold of a guy named Andy Doback. I once spoke to him on the old Max's Kansas City message board and he said he'd filmed (on Super 8) the Harlots of 42nd St at Coventry, as well as other bands at the venue. Maybe he could point you in the direction of others who may have be open to to reminiscing about the scene (or, hopefully archived it on film/video).

Perhaps one or two of the Harlots of 42nd St might wanna help out too.

Cheerz.

NYCDreamin said...

Thanks for the tip(s) Jetboy, appreciate it. I'll look into it.

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Anonymous said...

3 BIGGEST LIES IN AMERICA:


MY FAMILY CAME OVER ON MAYFLOWER=LIE

I WAS @ WOODSTOCK=LIE

I SAW KISS @ COVENTRY=LIE

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NYCDreamin said...

Hi George...
Hey, thanks so much for adding your comments and memories from the Coventry, nice to hear from someone who was not only there but who helped run it...very cool of you to chime in with some additional info. If you ever want to relay more old Coventry and/or Kiss stories, drop me a line at PAULDFREHLEY@hotmail.com.

Ken Sharp said...

Hi George

My name is Ken Sharp, I'm finishing an official KISS book about the band's ealy years with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley titled "Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) due out for release in the summer of 2012. As I cover the band's shows at Coventry in the book, would like to get a few quotes from you for the project. Would be grateful if you could contact me directly at sharpk@aol.com

Thanks for all.

Ken

Anonymous said...

DEAR ACE & KEN THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND REMEMBERRING ME, (ACE USED TO ALWAYS CALL ME CURLY),...I WAS IN NEAR FATAL 3 STORY SLIP'N'FALL SO I'M TIED UP W COURTS & HOSPITALS BUT I'LL TRY TO GET TO U BOTH THIS WEEKEND
YOUR FRIEND AND COVENTRY'S PRODUCER
GEORGE PERRY

NYCDreamin said...

Hey, George, thanks for stopping back, I was really hoping you would!

Mr. Sharp is most interested in hearing from you for his book project with Gene and Paul.

And just F.Y.I., I'm NOT Ace...not trying to pretend to be or anything - I just use that as my email address. Sorry for any confusion. Wishing you the best as you weave your way through the circumstances related to your fall.

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Anonymous said...

Well for what's it's worth I remember going to the Diplomat Hotel in July of 73 to see my friend Tony play with the Brats. (AKA Anton Timbs) I was 20 years old. Tony and I met at Queens Community College. He had recently started playing with the them and I remember walking in with one of Tony's guitars that night. Tony had a gut feeling about Kiss. I suppose having been friends with them there was this anticipation that they were going to be signed.

I do remember Kiss played "Firehouse" with a rotating red light on one of the amps. Their makeup was crude at that time.

I suppose it was a historic night considering they were signed, and what would follow, but the audience reaction that night wasn't overwhelming. I don't believe there was more than 75 - 100 people there that night.

But for four less than virtuoso musicians they worked really hard supporting their first album, and they indeed made the best of it by developing a great show and fan base.

Ken M. (Tony if you ever read this find me on Facebook)

Richie said...

I grew up around the corner from Coventry ..on 48th Street just off Queens Blvd..was there when KISS played ..if you want information about the Coventry there are a couple FB pages for Sunnyside-Woodside ..a lot of people who grew up in the area from around that time..sure people remember the place ..and will know exactly what happened ..I know there was a fire there ..not sure if that was what shut the Coventry down or if it was a little after the Coventry closed.

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled across your site today. Back in the early '70's I virtually lived at the Coventry. Never missed a NY Dolls show, and saw the Planets, Ramones, Eric Emerson & the Magic Tramps. Great history. This has got to be the definitive one. Great job!