Handsome Dick Manitoba is rebroadcasting his radio interview with Iggy Pop this Friday (March 12) in honor of the Stooges’ induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next Monday. Catch the interview, recorded last October, at 11 p.m. ET on the “Handsome Dick Manitoba Radio Program” in Little Steven’s Underground Garage, Sirius 25, XM 59.
Andy Shernoff is performing more of solo acoustic shows, starting with this Friday’s (March 12) appearance with Ramones tour manager Monte A. Melnick at The Record Collector in Bordentown, N.J. Next, he’ll be singing and telling stories at NYC’s Lakeside Lounge (Monday, March 15) and Hoboken, N.J.’s Maxwell’s (Saturday, March 27).
Thunderbolt Patterson will be performing songs from The LP Is Dead at Austin’s SXSW, backed by Dave Bone and the Troublemakers. He’ll be singing lead and playing drums. Shows already announced are being held Friday, March 19: 2:15 p.m. at Sonny’s Vintage, 7:15 p.m. at Spiderhouse Cafe.
Scott Kempner just wrapped up a tour of Spain with the Del-Lords. He currently is continuing work on the band’s new album. More info here.
Ross the Boss, who just played some dates in Germany with the Ross the Boss Band, is now in the studio working on the band’s second album. Check out a recent video interview with Ross at venue music.
Photos courtesy of Mike Frigerio, nuclearjackalope.com
Mid-February marks the anniversary of a triumphant week the Dictators spent in 1981. This was the apex of their “reunion” era, and it was celebrated with 4 gigs in an 8-day span.
The run of shows kicked off at My Father’s Place on Lung Island on Feb. 3rd. It was a relaxed, loose gig. Mark the Animal was in the house, and much of HDM’s banter
for the night centered on the entourage of beautiful women Mark brought with him. He of course joined the band for the encores of “Two Tub Man” and “Search and Destroy.” The public debut of “Loyola” also took place this night.
The week continued with a high-profile gig at Club 57 on St. Mark’s Place on Saturday, Feb. 7th. Huge crowd, total mayhem, a great night. A large chunk of this show made its way to a Manhattan cable TV show called Paul Tschinkel’s Inner Tube. Here’s a link to the first couple of tunes from the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-3yTsF1KeQ.
Gig #3 was on the following night at the Fast Lane in Asbury Park. These pics from that gig are courtesy of our good pal Mike Frigerio. Check out the rest of his great photos and toys at www.nuclearjackalope.com.
THE DICTATORS RE-FORM TO HEADLINE
“THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF PUNK”
CONCERT AT THE RITZ, NYC
Ross and Scott with the Dics at the Ritz in '86. Photo courtesy of CJ Scioscia
NYC? The Big Apple? Me? It was January, 1986. I was 32, and had never been east of Dayton. But when the call came from Salvi, telling me about the Dictators reforming to headline the “10th Anniversary of Punk” at the Ritz, I did what any red-blooded Dictators fan would do … I borrowed $250 from my then-girlfriend and headed to Midway Airport! I hopped a Thursday night flight to Newark via People’s Express, a budget airline that required passengers to pay in cash once the plane was in the air! People’s Express made traveling by Greyhound seem like a first-class trip in comparison. But I got there in one piece. Who knows what fell off that plane en route?
I landed at Newark, no plans, no room, ending up crashing at the Ben Franklin Inn (“Where a Penny Saved…”). Friday dawned bright and crisp, I grabbed an eventual bus to downtown Newark. A nice gentleman sat next to me immediately, asking me lots of questions, several times inviting me to hop off the bus for “a drink or two.” People sure were friendly in Newark! And I’d heard such bad things.