Happy Birthday to HDM!! Here’s proof that “The Handsomest Man in Rock and Roll” was not just an empty boast. Be still, my heart.
– Salvi C.
(Photo courtesy of Ian Jane /Rock! Shock! Pop!)
Did you spend the weekend craving a cigarette and some cuddling? If not, then you weren’t at the Manitoba show at the extremely oversold Bowery Electric on Thu 1/26. The lucky attendees have spent the last couple of days looking back in awe.
You thought the Asbury show was great? So did I. Well, this was a quantum leap above the debut. From Note One, the band kicked a** and took names. They were tighter than a mosquito’s tweeter, and there was a ROAR coming from the dueling Gibsons that is almost beyond description. Imagine being on a tarmac without earplugs as a jet plane comes in for a landing — THAT’s what they sound like.
Today we celebrate the birth of the Handsomest Man in Rock and Roll, the King of Men, the World’s Greatest Entertainer — Handsome Dick Manitoba!
Join the birthday boy hisself at the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Tavern (Manitoba’s, 99 Ave. B, between 6th and 7th) tonight!
P.S. Yes, that’s Muddy Waters in the pic above — just one of HDM’s many, many cool moments!
We know a lot of people want to know how MANITOBA’s New York City debut went last night*, but The DFFD Blog’s official reviewer is still driving up 95 …
Let this video of the band’s amazing power onstage at Bowery Electric suffice in the meantime!
* Spoiler: It kicked ass!
You’ve had 5-plus years of waiting. Wait no more. The loud and the proud returns to Manhattan with the NYC debut of MANITOBA. Tomorrow night’s gig at the Bowery Electric is just about sold out. There are only a few walk-up tickets left, so get there early.
One sea change for long-time followers: the Ross side is now on JP’s right, instead of his left. I know, I know, it’ll take some getting used to. But if we’re lucky, we’ll get the opportunities to make it seem like old hat.
See you there!
– Salvi C.
If you missed Handsome Dick Manitoba’s segment on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” earlier this month or just wished you had seen HDM in HD on your 60-inch TV screen in your man cave, you have another chance — his episode is repeating TONIGHT! Tune in to NBC at 12:37am ET, or if you can’t wait, you can still watch the segment online here.
I am not a professional photographer, as will be evident as you check out these pics of MANITOBA’s first time onstage … but, as in most things, I make up in enthusiasm what I lack in talent. If you have better photos, please share!
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More love for MANITOBA’s debut:
The encores were “California Sun” and “Kick Out the Jams.”
If you’re planning a weekend getaway in Asbury Park, we heartily recommend the Empress Hotel on Asbury Ave. It’s retro fancy, clean and cheap, and most importantly, it’s falling down distance from all the music clubs. http://asburyempress.com/
Budget at least a couple hours into your stay so you can spend them at the Silverball Museum Arcade, a living museum of pinball history. Your cover fee allows you to play every game in the place. Don’t be surprised if you end up staying until closing, and cancelling all other plans. http://silverballmuseum.com/
– Salvi C.
In accordance with the age-old show biz axiom of “Always open out of town,” Manitoba made their world debut on Friday, Jan. 13. The band headlined at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ, as part of the “Light the Day” benefit series.
It had been a looooong 5 years since these songs have been performed in the loud and proud, and it was a toss-up as to who was more excited — the band, to finally have the chance to play them, or the audience, who finally had their patience rewarded by being able to hear them. Suffice to say, it was an emotional and cathartic night for everyone in attendance. The supermodel-thin Handsome Dick spoke for everyone in the room when he bellowed, “There’s nowhere I’d rather be than in a bowling alley in New Jersey on a beautiful Friday night!”
The chance to catch MANITOBA is nearly upon us!
Catch the debut of the band (Handsome Dick Manitoba, Ross the Boss, J.P. “Thunderbolt” Patterson, Daniel Rey, Dean Rispler) at Asbury Park, N.J.’s Light of Day benefit, on Friday, Jan. 13. They’ll play only a handful of songs, but you can say YOU WERE THERE … and the ticket proceeds go to a great cause. Get your tickets at TicketWeb.