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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Two Dead Boys

stiv & dee dee, originally uploaded by Theresa K.

I miss them both -- Dee Dee Ramone and Stiv Bators.

Here they are backstage at the Whisky A Go Go in 1980. Stiv had just played a set with the band that backed him on his solo album "Disconnected," that came out on Bomp. Dead Boy Jimmy Zero played with this group at these shows.

Stiv and Dee Dee were close friends, and Dee Dee joined in on a few songs and generally hung out and created merriment for all.

This photo was used - as you can see - as the postcard invite for the Dead Boys reunion on September 18, 2004 at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH.

It was a sold out show and the proceeds went to Stiv's elderly parents, who were in attendance. Stiv was the spit n image of his Dad, Stephen Bator. The same twinkling blue eyes and mischievous smile. Lovely man. It was an incredibly melancholy moment talking with the senior Mr. Bator.

I do miss them - Dee Dee and Stiv. It's time to let their secret out: they were very NICE GUYS.

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