Thursday, January 14, 2010
Its the dead of winter right now, but when those pictures, above, were taken, it was a hot July afternoon. Cheetah Chrome and family attended a backyard cook-out at my house in our shared current hometown of Nashville, TN. During the 3 1/2 years since these were snapped, Cheetah's had a lot of burners going (and his son Rogan has grown into a guitar-toting little boy), and if you want ALL the scoop, you only need visit his website to catch up on all of it from the cat's mouth.
If you're in the New York / New Jersey area this weekend, you can catch up with Cheetah in person.
Regardless of where you are, however, you can hear Cheetah interviewed by Matt Pinfield on "The Rock Show" on Friday January 15 2010. The show is on 101.9 RXP mornings from 6- 10 AM and can be heard live on the internet at: http://www.1019rxp.com/pinfield/
Cheetah's segment should be sometime around 8 - 8:30 AM
Then, on Sunday, NYC's Continental, the Third Avenue dive that carried on the punk rock torch initially lit by CBGB and Max's Kansas City is having a reunion. The Continental itself ain't what it used to be... from the looks of it on their website (www.continentalnyc.com), they've cleaned up the joint since I was last there ( in 2003, where I witnessed The Go's Bobby Harlow debut his David Bowie-styled shaved off eyebrows but still bring the house down with his Iggy Pop antics... where I saw the defunct funky Detroit City Council and where Lenny Kaye dropped by to catch a set by Outrageous Cherry). The Continental rock n roll dive club closed in 2006... now its that cleaned up bar where you can get 5 shots for $10 anytime of day... a never-ending happy hour, as it were.
During its heyday, the Continental was the anchor of St. Mark's Place in the East Village, and once was part of the Golden Triangle (my coinage - not a term used by anyone else that I know of) of rock dives before the new millennium gentrified the Bowery... CBGB's at Bowery and Bleecker, to the south east, Coney Island High in the middle of St. Mark's Place... Manitoba's Bar on Avenue B at 6th Street and the Lakeside Lounge up a few blocks on B at 10th St... all 1980/90/2000's beacons of punk in a NYC that has been turning into Disneyland ever since the Democrats left City Hall. But I digress.
Relive your misspent youth once more on Sunday night!
CHEETAH CHROME w/Very Special Guests The BLACKHEARTS
1/17/2010 8:00 PM at Continental
25 Third Ave., NYC, New York 10003
Continental Reunion nite! with: CJ RAMONE - LENNY KAYE - BEBE BUELL - SEA MONSTER - THE WALDOS - TRIGGER’S ALLSTARS - THE BULLYS-TWO MAN ADVANTAGE - DRAG CITIZEN - HEAP - CHARM SCHOOL
More about Cheetah Chrome and the Blackhearts soon. Watch this space