Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Big Punk Rock Weekend... just like it was 1979...
Stiv Bators, Whisky a Go Go, 1979
It's 2009, but it feels like 30 years ago, and Punk Turns 30 had nothing to do with that, but we're happy just the same...
The gig advertised here, "Escape From New York" at Don Hill's in NYC this Thursday celebrates the gone-but-not-forgotten NYC punk rockers we love.
Also, at this gig, making their NYC debut, no stranger to the NYC scene or stage, B Girl Cynthia Ross and her new band, New York Junk will perform.
Other punk rock legends will perform - my favorite living guitarist, Dead Boy/Rocket From the Crypt-er Cheetah Chrome, with the Blackhearts, Walter Lure and the Waldos, Electric Frankenstein and The Martinets. Each of these bands can boast a no-degrees-of-separation from the scene from the Golden Age... they're survivors!
Cynthia and Cheetah are respectively a former girlfriend and former bandmate of Stiv Bators, and it is because of Stiv that I know both Cynthia and Cheetah, and Stiv's memory is kept alive between us.
Johnny Thunders with Walter Lure at the Whisky... 1970s
Walter Lure is the link between Johnny Thunders and therefore the link to the departed members of the New York Dolls. Daniel Rey of the Martinets is a link to the Ramones, having produced and played with various Ramones throughout his long career.
I hope you New York area readers can make the show. Its not often you see this much talent on one stage at the same time.
Two Dead Boys - Dee Dee Ramone and Stiv Bators
While NYC will be celebrating the departed, Detroit will be fighting along side Jim Shaw in his battle against cancer. That benefit concert is on Saturday, February 7 at the Magic Stick in the Motor City. As you can see from the flyer, there's no shortage of talent to entertain and uplift Jim & Sandy's spirits. Following is info from their Facebook page, peppered of course, with photos of related persons...
As many of you have likely heard, Jim Shaw was recently diagnosed with cancer. What at first seemed like a semi-manageable diagnosis has, unfortunately, become considerably more dire. That being said, both he and his wife Sandy Kramer Shaw are staying positive and they are going to FIGHT. We should too.
On Saturday, Feb. 7 Jim's brothers will host a fundraiser at the Magic Stick (4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700) There will great bands and an art auction. Please come and support one of the kindest, most generous souls Detroit has ever known.
Event details include:
Saturday, Feb. 7th
The Magic Stick (4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700)
$10 minimum donation at the door
6 p.m. - Doors & Gallery Reception @ CPOP GALLERY (See below for list of participating artists)
8 p.m. - Rare unseen 16 mm short film of THE MC5 and THE STOOGES (shown at Magic Stick). This is a must-see if you are a fan of rock 'n roll.
Wayne Kramer and Michael Davis of the MC5
9 p.m. -THE FONDAS
9:20 p.m. -THE GO
9:40 p.m. -THE PIZAZZ
The Pizazz circa 2005
10 p.m. -GARDENS
10:20 p.m. -HUMAN EYE
Bill Hafer & Timmy Vulgar, Human Eye 2005
10:40 p.m. THE SPACE HEATERS
11 p.m. -DRUID PERFUME
11:40 p.m. -SMASHED WINDOWS
Mid -GREG CARTWRIGHT
Let me say this about the amazing Greg Cartwright: if not for Greg, I would not know Jim or Sandy. Their friendship has enriched my life beyond words, and I have Greg to thank for making that possible. Oh, and he is an awesome singer, songwriter, musician and all-around cool dude.
12:40 p.m. -THE DIAL TONES
1 a.m.-DAN KROHA
* Rad RnR Raffle & Sale! *
ART SALE AND AUCTION ~ ~ AT THE CPOP GALLERY!
Silent Auction from 6 - 9 PM
Cash & Carry at Auction's close
Beer from Motor City Brewery
Light refreshements served
Brian Victor C.
JR / Atomic Customs
ONLINE EBAY STORE:
DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF MEMORABILIA, EQUIPMENT, COLLECTIBLES THAT HAVE BEEN DONATED, THERE WILL BE AN EBAY STORE SET UP IN JIM'S NAME. DONATIONS INCLUDE SIGNED MEMORABILIA DONATED BY MARY WEISS OF THE SHANGRI-LAS, AND THE DRUM KIT USED IN THE "HARDEST BUTTON TO BUTTON" VIDEO, DONATED BY JACK AND MEG WHITE OF THE WHITE STRIPES.
I have donated a print of the Iggy Pop image below.
Its printed on metallic paper. I like to think of it as an old Jim (Osterberg - Iggy's birth name) coming to the aid of a newer Jim, Shaw.
Also - if you want to help Jim Shaw by buying my art work, I will donate to the Shaws my portion of the proceeds from sales of Iggy Pop images that I have on exhibit at Metropolis, the gallery in Lancaster, PA that represents my work and where I made my last stop on the Unguarded Moments: Backstage and Beyond tour.