Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Rush have announced a string of Spring 2011 concert dates, including an April 10th show at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Continuing 2010's highly succesful "Time Machine" tour, the band will play several East Coast U.S. shows before heading over to Europe. After the European leg of the tour wraps, Rush will then return to North America for yet more summer shows here. These additional U.S. dates should be announced shortly.
Tickets for the NYC show go on sale on 12/10/10 at 10:00am.
Monday, November 29, 2010
From the T.A.T.S.O.L. email inbox:
This is an independent production, all filmed in New York, that can really benefit from your support!
YOU WONT MISS ME is a kaleidoscopic feature film about Shelly Brown, a twenty-three-year-old alienated urban misfit. Starring Stella Schnabel, featuring Rene Ricard and introducing other notable New York personalities, the film gives pathos to the frenzy of the youthful desire for acceptance. YOU WONT MISS ME premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to much critical praise, the film went on to win a Gotham Independent Film Award. Shot in a variety of styles and formats, YOU WONT MISS ME mixes non-actors with professionals, verité with staging, order with abstraction, to paint an evocative picture of a contemporary rebel.
You Won't Miss Me
22 East 12th Street
Also showing at the following locations:
12/17 - 23/10
1517 West Fullerton Avenue
02/02 & 03/11
Cleveland Museum Of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Full story and career retrospective - HERE.
Friday, November 26, 2010
(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)
I'd enjoyed the Vintage Kiss show in Anoka the previous evening and still had nothing else of significance planned for the evening. So, keeping my word to the Vintage Kiss tribute band roadie I'd spoken to the previous evening, I bundled up for what promised to be a cold drive over to St. Paul to catch the band again.
The full-color flyer at the top of the post lists "Devitalize" as the opener, but the print ad from the City Pages (bottom) lists "Overmatter." I do remember there was an opener, but don't remember which of these two bands it was. Station 4, in contrast to the packed show at Serum's the previous evening, was kinda deserted, no doubt due to the fact that it was Thanksgiving weekend and brutally cold, maybe one hundred people in attendance. Despite the sparse attendence the band played a set of Kiss tunes that was maybe a bit better than the show they did the night before in Anoka. I had a few beers and had a good time watching the band emulating our shared musical heroes. $5.00 seemed a small price to pay to have something...anything...to do on a cold winter evening with no one around to do it with.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
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Not having much to do on Thanksgiving Weekend 2005, I decided I would go out into the freezing cold weather and drive, in a car with no heat, to Anoka to catch the Vintage Kiss tribute show at Serum's. The band was already on stage when I arrived. Later in the evening, while the band was taking a break between sets, there was a guy from the website Kiss4Sale.com holding a "Kiss Trivia" contest and of course I know a think or two about Kiss. So I pushed my way up front so I could shout out my answers along with the other phychos who know too much for their own good. I managed to win myself a copy of the Dutch Kiss Fanzine "Kiss Kollector" (issue #54) and also a copy of the book "The Kiss Album Focus Volume 1: Kings Of The Night Time World 1972 - 1982" by Julian Gill. I also talked to one of the guys who helped Vintage Kiss set up their show - he told me they'd be playing in St. Paul the following evening. I told him I had nothing else going on and that I'd probably see him there.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I remember I did not have to work so I spent most of the day puttering around my apartment. About mid-afternoon the phone rang. It was a friend whom I hadn't spoken to for about a year. He said he was calling because he had some sad news to pass along.
Seems that Kiss drummer Eric Carr had passed away earlier in the day and my friend wanted to make sure I knew about it. It was indeed sad news to hear...Eric was only 41 years old.
(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)
From Eric's Wikipedia listing:
Paul Charles Caravello (July 12, 1950 – November 24, 1991), known as Eric Carr, was an American musician, best known as drummer for the rock band KISS. Caravello was selected as the new Kiss drummer after Peter Criss left the band in 1980. He remained a band member until he became ill with heart cancer and died in 1991.
In March 1991, just one month into recording, Carr began feeling ill, coughing up blood and feeling heaviness in the chest. Medical tests revealed what at first appeared to be manageable problems with his health. Before long, however, he was diagnosed with an unexpectedly serious and extremely rare type of cancer - heart cancer. In April 1991, Carr underwent a series of surgeries to remove tumors in his right atrium and lungs in an effort to restore heart function and prevent the cancer's growth. Carr recovered enough to fly to Los Angeles in July 1991 to be with the band to play drums for their music video "God Gave Rock n' Roll To You", wearing a wig to combat the effects of chemotherapy. After filming the video, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Bruce Kulick told him to go home and get well. With aggressive treatments, the cancer went into remission and Carr's health began to improve. Carr's last public appearance with Kiss was at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 1991. However, not long afterwards he suffered from an aneurysm and was rushed to a hospital. He survived this episode, but it was only a matter of days before he suffered a brain hemorrhage caused by cancer cells transported in his bloodstream to the head, and never regained consciousness. On November 24, 1991, Eric Carr died, at 41 years old. In keeping with Carr's accessibility to his fans, his family generously decided to open his funeral service to the public, while reserving the interment as a private event. The funeral procession to the cemetery was very long, with New York State troopers making sure fans didn't enter the cemetery for the interment. Carr is interred in Cedar Hill Cemetery in the Town of Newburgh, New York.
So I hang up the phone and am just really getting my head around the fact that this is for real...Eric Carr is no longer with us and I figure I'll turn on the TV and check out MTV for a while and see if they're reporting on his passing. In those days MTV was still worth watching, so I'm listening to some music videos as I'm doing a bit of straightening up around the apartment when I hear the intro music to the MTV Music News. I stop what I am doing and glance up at the TV expecting to see something about Eric Carr and instead, I see that there is more bad news. The V.J. goes on to announce that 45 year-old Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury has also passed away...
From Freddie's Wikipedia listing:
Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara - 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead vocalist and a songwriter of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, Mercury composed many hits for Queen, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "We Are the Champions". In addition to his work with Queen, he led a solo career, penning hits such as "Barcelona", "I Was Born to Love You" and "Living on My Own". Mercury also occasionally served as a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists. He died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on 24 November 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease.
Nineteen years later...they are both still remembered, loved and missed by millions.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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Just another Saturday night out eight years ago, spent with another Kiss tribute band, this one called "Hotter Than Hell." The beers must have been going down pretty easily on this particular evening as I don't recall anything about the opening band, Elixir. Come to think of it, I don't remember much about Hotter Than Hell either...
Sunday, November 21, 2010
11/20/10 Old Friends Reunited After Two Decades at Division Nine Gig In Litchfield, MN Amid Ice Storm And Treacherous Driving Conditions
(All Images and Photos via NYCDreamin Archives)
So you gotta love Facebook. Last weekend, I was sitting around doing nothing much of interest. The Gorgeous One was off at work so it was just me and the cat and quite frankly I was bored with him. I was messing around on Facebook and I decided to look for a childhood friend who I'd looked for previously without success. Well, I type his name and...BAM! There he is. I can hardly believe it! This guy wasn't just a friend - we were best freinds for a long time - from 3rd through 9th or early 10th grade. We lost touch back in 1985 when he moved to Florida...hadn't spoken since. So of course I shot him a message and a friend request. Just minutes later we were on the phone speaking to each other for the first time in 25 years. Turns out he's back from Florida and is living about 45 minutes from me. We fall into conversation easily like we'd just spoken the previous day or something.
A few minutes into our conversation he tells me of another close friend of ours from back in those days who he has been back in touch with and it turns out our friend made good on his promise to play the guitar. "T" tells me this other friend, "W" has a band called Division Nine that is playing at a place the following weekend (last night) at place called the Bonfire Bar & Grille in Litchfield, MN, about an hour and fifteen minutes west of the Twin Cities and suggests that maybe we should meet up there and say hi to each other in person after a quarter-deacade seperation. I, of course, agree to this idea immediately and the plan is made.
So Saturday arrives and we're ready to head off to the show to see my old friends. It's cold as hell out but no precipitation so the hour and a half drive goes smoothly and The Gorgeous One and I soon find ourselves on the outskirts of Litchfield at the Bonfire Bar and Grille.
As the flyer at the top of the page states, the bar was hosting their 14th Annual "Toys For Kids" Fundraiser that was sponsored by the South Central Chapter/ABATE Minnesota, so as such, we walked in and the place is filled with bikers - no problem, just an observation. We take a quick look around and find there is a silent auction going on and a rather large dining area around the corner from the main bar and the room is filled with people. The place is definately bigger inside than it looks from the outside. At the far end of the room is a smallish-but-decent sized stage set up and things look pretty close to getting under way. I'm scanning the room for signs of my friend, whom I haven't seen in 25 years, and his wife, whom I've never met...and we're not seeing them. So we decide to have a seat near the bar where it's a bit less crowded and have a bite to eat. A short while later we're enjoying mozarella cheese sticks, a cheeseburger and tator tots (for me) and a shrimp dinner with tator tots for The Gorgeous One. We finish our meal and still no sign of our firend. By this time the band has come on and played a few songs already and as we see them for the first time as we come around the corner from the bar I immediately recognize my other friend, the guitarist in the band. He's the guy in the red t-shirt and shades in the promo photo here...
Division Nine, according their Facebook Page, "is a central Minnesota variety rock band. We are celebrating our 10th year together. Known as SITE in 08-09, we are back as D9, better than ever."
You can also visit the band and view some video on their Myspace page.
You can see the full set of photos from this show by clicking HERE.
So we're kind of standing around, looking around, keeping an eye out for my friend and his wife and suddenly I spot this guy talking to my buddy the guitarist, while he's playing, and sure enough it's the other friend we'd been waiting for. So we walked over to where they were and when he turned around we said hello and introduced his Wife and my Fiance and we all went over and said hello to his sister whom I'd also known so many years ago. We sat down and talked a bit and enjoyed the band as they rocked their way through covers by bands such as Motley Crue, Queensryche, The Darkness, Twisted Sister, Aerosmith, Alice In Chians, Duran Duran, Buckcherry, the Beatles and many, many more.
After a while the band took a break and we were able to say hello to our friend the guitarist. It was the first time I'd seen him in 20 years...the last time we'd seen each other had been at a Kiss concert in Duluth Minesota back in May of 1990. We stepped outside for a few minutes and he downed a beer while I had a quick smoke. A few photos were posed for (we shant bore you with those here) by old friends who were so happy to be reunited after so many years. Then it was time for "W" to get back inside and rejoin the band and begin their next set. Besides...it was really fucking cold out. So we went back inside and continued conversing and enjoying the music, the ladies getting up and dancing for several numbers while "T" and I held back and stayed at the table and talked about 25 years gone by and alot of rock and roll history while "W" and his band provided a great soundtrack for such a reunion of old friends...
Around 11:30pm or so, I headed back outside with "T"'s wife so we could have a smoke. We walked outside and, unfortunately, the weather has taken a nasty turn - its sleeting this really nasty icy sleet. It was covering everyting and the ground was pure ice. This was not a good development and a few minutes later when we are back inside, the singer announces the bad weather from the stage and within a few minutes after that it's quite evident that alot of people are leaving. We decide to stay for a bit and deal with it - it's too late to avioid it anyway - it's already on the ground - so if we leave now or later it makes no real difference. So we stay on for the rest of the second set.
So the band takes their second break of the evening. More schmoozing with "W" and "T" oustide where it is absolutely nasty. We all know we're in for a long drive home. We head back inside and the band plays on. There are actually quite a few people sticking around, determined to have a good time despite Mother Nature. I step out for another smoke around 12:15pm and as I'm looking up the road a bit I can see a bunch of flashing lights...cop cars, ambulances...the road is all lit up. Something bad has happened just up the road from the club and the people outside are talking about it as as I go back inside. I tell the Gorgeous One its about time to leave.
I showed The Gorgeous One the lights up the road from the little club...the cops were still up there, blocking the road off to traffic. It was a good thing we had to go the other direction. So I start the car, scrape off the 1/8" glaze of ice on the windows and let the car warm up a bit as I finish a smoke. We pull out of the parking lot, the lights of the car wreck just up the road in my rear-view mirror as we inched out onto the icy roads.
It's about 3 miles to the main highway where we are to turn and go back east and south to the Twin Cities. I inch along, getting up to about maybe 30MPH and when we get to the highway, I begin to slow down and it is evident why this will be a long drive home...we begin to slide immediately. Not badly...I was going slowly. But enough to get my attention. So we make the turn and inch our way back onto the highway and begin our slow journery back home. The roads are an ice covered sheet. It's still coming down a bit - a mix or rain and ice...it covers everything. Luckily, it's now about 1:00am and there are not very many cars on the road. We inch along, maxing out at no more than 35MPH at any given time and frequeently slower than that.
We make it it quite a ways without incident when we come to an uphill turn in the road and there is a large truck stopped in the middle of the road and a few cars have stopped behind him. Seems he can't get up the hill. We wait a bit and he finally moves and the rest of the cars are just sitting there so I decide I can make it and I go and I make it up the hill and around the corner no problem. It's icy but not impossible. So we're on our way. We take it slow and make it to just a few miles from where we are to turn on higway 41 to go south. We come around this corner and there are cops blocking the road. There is one car in front of us and he has stopped and is talking to the cops. He finally moves, the Gorgeous One rolls down her window and the cop comes up and tells us the road is closed...a bus in the middle of the road or something. They're having a hard time clearing the road. He asks where we are going, we reply "Chaska," and he says..."Hmmmm....highway 5 is closed too. So you're gonna have to go around this other way..." and he tells me where to go. We thank the nice officer and roll up the window and begin driving down this twisty, dark, ice covered road that leads through the back bays of Lake Minnestonka, back around Mound and into Wayzata. Absoultely treacherous driving conditions...worst I've ever driven in.
So we inch our way around the lake, at one point following this large truck that is slipping and sliding up this hill almost sidways at one point...and it's taking forever. I know where we're going but it's just so slow going because of the ice. But we finally make it around the lake and get to Highway 101 where the going is a bit better but still slow...seeing several cars in the ditches along the way and we make our way back to Chaska...finally arriving home at 3:30AM.
A drive that should take one hour and fifteen minutes has taken us just about three hours. I'm mentally exhausted as I park the car. We open the car doors and the ground of our parking lot is a glass-smooth ice sheet. It is dangerous just standing on it, let alone walking on it. So we inch our way up the sidwalk and inside, finally, and safely, home at last.
We were lucky.
Today, the local news is full of stories of how the ice and bad driving conditions has caused an amazing number of accidents in the past 18 hours or so, including, sadly, the one we'd seen just ouside the Bonfire Bar and Grille where we had enjoyed our evening out with our friends.
From StarTribune.com: (11/21/10)
About 75 of the 438 reported crashes in Minnesota involved injuries, the State Patrol reported at noon Sunday. Of the accidents, 376 were in the metro area, including 165 spinouts off the roads.
Two fatal accidents were reported. The first happened on an icy highway in Meeker County, south of Litchfield, shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. Kimberly A. Mead, 44, of Willmar, Minn., was killed when she was thrown from a vehicle driven by Ronda L. Malvin, 43, of Raymond, Minn. Their car was southbound on Hwy. 22 when it lost traction and slid sideways into the northbound lane, according to the State Patrol. The car, with five occupants, was hit by another car. Two other passengers in Malvin’s car were hospitalized in critical condition.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Some background from Wikipedia:
In 1982, at age 18, Adam auditioned for Kiss. He flew to Los Angeles and played three songs with them, but was not invited to join the band. Instead, he moved to Hollywood and shared an apartment with Jeffrey Isbelle, better known as Izzy Stradlin. Adam quickly became friends with Tommy Thayer, a neighbor and guitarist for the rock band Black N' Blue (now guitarist in KISS), who suggested Adam should do his own project and call it Adam Bomb. In 1983, Adam recorded his first demos with producer Rick Keefer. He also played two gigs with Steeler as a replacement for Yngwie Malmsteen. One year later, Adam recorded more songs with the aid of drummer Chuck Ruff of Montrose and bassist Cliff Williams of AC/DC and finalized his first album, Fatal Attraction.
In 1984, Adam signed a long term management deal with Leber Krebs and moved to New York to start a band with former Billy Idol drummer Gregg Gerson, Billy Idol/Riot bassist Phil Feit, and (former one time) Aerosmith guitarist Jimmy Crespo. Later, the band moved to Los Angeles and played openings for bands like Armored Saint and Metallica.
In the following years, Adam Bomb performed as both a band and solo act with a variety of bands and people worldwide, some of whom were Chuck Berry, Johnny Thunders and Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens
This band was just as good if not a bit better than most of their mid-80's hair-rock/metal peers but for some reason they slipped through the cracks and never really achieved any kind of mass popularity or record sales.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
A rainy evening in NYC at the corner of Avenue B and 4th Street.
(Photo kindly supplied by: EVGrieve)
Thanks to our friend Ed Siejka for allowing us to re-print his 2009 poem entitled, simply, "Rain."
by Ed Siejka
Has a sound of its own
Not loud, not soft
Can sense it
Even when the windows are closed
A quick pitter patter
Bouncing from the sidewalks
When it rains
A lethargic grayness
People rush for cover
Anxious not to get wet
A thousand accents
Pierce the skies
Umbrellas! One dollar!
One dollar! Umbrellas!
Crawls to a standstill
At every traffic light.
The young walk in the rain
In deep pockets
The brave accept
What falls from heaven
And the old
The sins of the City.
*You can find the original publication of "Rain" along with all of Ed's other writings on his page at PoetrySoup.com.
Released on 11/01/10 (Chicago Review Press - list price $24.95), Lick Me: How I Became Cherry Vanilla is the almost impossible to put down story of how little Kathleen Dorritie, a music loving kid from New York City, grew up to be what she always wanted to be: Cherry Vanilla - a friend, lover and confidante to rock stars...and eventually became a rock star herself.
Cherry, at various times in her long climb of self discovery and invention, has found her talents as a poet, a Madison Avenue ad writer, an actress, an artist manager, a P.R. associate, and eventually the leader of her own band. She travelled the world and met and befriended some interesting people along the way such as Andy Warhol, Tony Ingrassia, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Wayne County, Jackie Curtis, Danny Fields, Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Sting...the list goes on and on. Hers is a tale of 60's and 70's excesses, the story of a rock and roll loving kid who grew up at just the right time in history in just the right place, and was able to live out most, if not all, of her wildest rock and roll fantasies.
Cherry pulls no punches in her book, naming names and spilling all the salacious details of the sex, drugs and rock and roll that she was witness to and participant in. It is immediately clear to the reader just how different life was in the drug drenched, decidedly un-P.C., pre-A.I.D.S. decades of the 1960's and 70's. It's an amazingly fun to read story, one of the best of 2010.
More at Cherry-Vanilla.com.
And here's a clip of Ms. Vanilla performing the Bowie classic "Heroes" at the Limelight in New York City. The clip is not dated, but I'm guessing this was filmed at some point during the early-mid 1980's.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
They won't believe it...
When they see what they're seeing...
Come see baby now!
Friday, November 5, 2010
(Image via: EP-NYC.com)
Anyone who's been reading here for any length of time knows we're always on the lookout for any new information about the infamous New York City nightclub Max's Kansas City. So imagine our surprise earlier today, when paying our daily visit to EVGrieve, to learn of the existance of a new, exclusive club that has opened in the basement of the John Varvatos Gallery, formerly C.B.G.B. And we were excited to learn that the club is called Extra Place by Max's Kansas City, touting itself as "NYC's premiere music and private event space." And apparently they've been open since January 2010...who knew? Probably not you. But don't feel bad about that, the place is not open to the general public. A bit more information on Extra Place by Max's Kansas City from their website...
Almost 30 years have passed since the cultural institution Max’s Kansas City closed its doors. Andy Warhol once stated that it was “the exact place where pop art met pop life,” while William S. Burroughs credited it as “the intersection of it all.” However, its legacy lives on as the focal point of art, music, and fashion. Inspired by this history, the Max's Kansas City Co. opened Extra Place in January of 2010 as a venue for live music and exclusive private events. Located beneath the former home of CBGB, with an entrance on the storied alley Extra Pl. (off of 1st Street between the Bowery and 2nd Avenue), Extra Place by the Max's Kansas City Company revives the debaucherous and creative history that made the location so legendary. The Max’s Kansas City company renews these hallowed grounds by establishing Extra Place, a venue for the industries of art, music, and fashion.
The website also describes the space as "4,400 square feet, which is never open to the public." Recent events at EPMKCNYC have included performances by Yelawolf, Wavves, Two Door Cinema Club, DJ Skeet Skeet, Funeral Party, La Sera and many others.
So once again, four years after the shuttering of the birthplace of punk, music is being made at 315 Bowery, albiet now in the basement, formerly the toilets of CBGB (one of which remains intact and on display as part of the new club), only this time under the banner of the legendary Max's Kansas City name.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
(Image via: Blabbermouth.net)
Saw this story a few different places while looking around yesterday, most notably over at Blabbermouth.net and Eddie Trunk.com. Yet another must-read book is about to hit the shelves...
Arguably the most famous heavy metal venue in the world, the history of the New York venue L'Amour has now been documented in print form. "Rock Capital of Brooklyn," a large, hardcover coffee-table style tome jammed with over 1,000 full-color photographs, ticket stubs and memorabilia from the noted heavy metal nightclub, is set to be released in the coming months.
L'Amour in its early '80s heyday presented such acts as Metallica, White Lion, Cinderella, Skid Row, Poison, Twisted Sister, Warrant, Anthrax, Ratt, Slayer, Megadeth, Stryper, Queensrÿche, Kix, Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, Motörhead, Manowar, Extreme, Dokken, Yngwie Malmsteen, Winger, among many others. As most of these acts were either unknown or up-and-coming at the time, the venue is considered the CBGB of heavy metal. L'Amour was the epicenter of the New York underground metal scene for most of its 25-year life. It was home to five of New York's most predominant bands: White Lion, Overkill, Biohazard, Life Of Agony and Type O Negative. Featured in the book are performance photos of the bands that graced the L'Amour stage.
The book is a collaborative effort. The story is written by legendary L'Amour DJ Alex Kayne who is recognized as New York City's first heavy metal DJ and is the venue's longest resident DJ. Alex Kayne presents his well-known "RockMachine" shows throughout the tri-state area. The book's music photography is attributed to legendary music photographer Frank White, who began photographing music in 1975. White was the house photographer at L'Amour in Brooklyn for many years. Just over a year after working as the venue's photographer in 1986, the Frank White Photo Agency was started. L'Amour staff, bands, and regulars have contributed some of their memories of life at the club to the book as well.
"Rock Capital of Brooklyn" tells the story in images and words of the famous venue and its important contributions to the heavy metal music scene.
If you are a hard rock, hardcore, heavy metal fan, or just a music history buff then this book is a must-read!
For more information, visit the "Rock Capital of Brooklyn" Facebook page.
You can also visit the official L'Amour Myspace page.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The arrival of November always brings thoughts of former Kiss drummer Eric Carr, who passed away at the age of 40, 19 years ago on November 24th.
This song is titled "Tiara." It appears on Eric's only (posthumously released) solo album titled "Rockology," which was released on Hard Rock Records back in 1999.
From the CD Liner notes:
"Tiara" - Beautiful love song written by Eric on keyboards. He played the keys to a drum loop with reverb that makes a hypnotic effect. Eric sang his heart out and the girls that got to know him remember what a romantic man he could be.