It’s word eating time. In our Jan. 16 post, we unfairly dismissed the 1/16/81 “Guitarmania” gig as “just another garden variety rent party.” Well, through an incredible case of serendipity, we turned up a recording of said show, and guess what? It was tremendous.
The night’s billing as “Guitarmania,” with Ross billed above Wayne Kramer, was actually a bit misleading, and no doubt an attempt to pad the room with Dictator fans. It actually was a Wayne Kramer Revue, with a couple of MC5 songs, a couple of solo things, a few obscurities, and a few covers.
I know that doesn’t sound compelling at face value. But Brother Wayne assembled a top-notch backing band for the night, with Charlie Giordano from the E Street Band on keys, Carol Coleman from Kid Creole and the Coconuts on bass, and of course RTB on lead guitar. They completely delivered the goods, as both the material and performance were top shelf.
We’re working to get a copy of this show into Brother Wayne’s hands for possible inclusion on a live cd.
2. I Still Hate
3. The Harder They Come
4. 25 Miles (Edwin Starr!)
5. Ramblin’ Rose
6. Everybody’s Taking Something
7. Modern Romance
8. Shake the Beat
9. It’s Only Money
10. Valentino’s Moon
11. Tutti Frutti
12. Kick Out the Jams
13. (encore) Shout
– Salvi C.
Can you imagine how great this might have been? When two guitar monsters face off, declare “we don’t need no stinking vocal mics” and rip through instrumental versions of “Rambling Rose” or “Science Gone Too Far?” Maybe they trade off on the long instrumental break that used to be the prelude to “Two Tub Man,” or dust off “Interstellar Overdrive.”
It could have been a gig for the ages. Unfortunately, Reality kicked Imagination’s a** yet again, and it was merely your garden variety rent party. Brother Wayne had just left Gang War, and was in dire straits financially, allegedly reduced to sleeping in abandoned cars on the LES. Ross had just left Shakin’ Street, and the Dictators reunion, which had kicked off the previous November, was on hold for another few weeks until Richie Teeter cleared his calendar.
RTB’s recollections of the night were succinct — ”Wayne did most of the singing. We did some MC5, some reggae.”
– Salvi C.
Forget Springsteen, forget Diana, forget the Donald. There is only ONE Boss.
(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.
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.
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:
Asbury Park Aftermath
The Party Starts Again!!
The MANITOBA Era Is Nigh!
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.
MANITOBA will perform a full set at their second show, Thursday, Jan. 26, at NYC’s Bowery Electric. TicketWeb has your $15 ticket (for now, so hurry). We will SEE YOU THERE!