Do you readers remember when I paid a visit to the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery in order to share with you my findings during the “Blondie 40th Anniversary” Exhibit? If you answered “Yes” that is fantastic and if you said “No”, just click that title referenced and you can check out the piece. This time around would be a exhibition dedicated to the late great Dee Dee Ramone, bassist, founder and one of the primary songwriters of the legendary Ramones band. I got there earlier this afternoon and let my trusty Samsung do its thing so please enjoy this mostly photographic presentation.
The Details: In the annals of Hardcore music history, there are few bands who are as influential and as cited as The Dead Kennedys. They were formed in 1978 and quickly became kings of the underground movement for the growing scene. For years they were fronted by the enigmatic presence of Jello Biafra but he has long been out of the lineup which leaves only East Bay Ray, Klaus Floride, D.H. Peligro as the band with Ron “Skip” Greer on vocals. Either way, its an exciting opportunity to be able to offer a couple of PiercingMetal.com readers the chance to enjoy the show for free thanks to the fine folks at Livenation. Time to lace up those boots dear readers.
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Artist: Billy Idol
Venue: Hammerstein Ballroom (New York, NY)
Label: Virgin Music
I had a such a blast the last time that Billy Idol came through town and when he announced that he would be coming back to the Hammerstein Ballroom again I knew I wanted to be there but alas could not based on the band Kamelot and their long awaited return to NYC and US regional touring. Sadly, the reports started coming in with only weeks before the tour that their lead singer Khan was ill and would not make the tour. Initially a replacement would be in the band but it would not be long before the entire tour was cancelled. With the free night now at hand I quickly arranged the means to be a part of the show being held by the legendary New Wave Punker.
At the last show Billy was supporting the release of a very solid Greatest Hits package that also featured a DVD of his classic videos. There was no new album to speak of but he did do a concert DVD entitled “Live Super Overdrive” and I had reviewed it on the site when it came out. It was a good one, but chopped up in terms of content proving that it was not the best representation of such a man in concert. If you must have this piece then buy it but be sure to get yourself tickets to a show while he is still doing it because he rocks. As soon as he hit the stage after what seemed to be no opening band, Billy was on the move and delivering his seminal hit from Generation X with “Ready, Steady, Go” which was a total surprise this early in the evening. The surprises kept coming as “Dancing With Myself” followed this one and I am sure left a lot of the fully packed house in shock since this is generally the second to last tune for the musician. Hey there is nothing wrong with getting the party started early and keeping the audience moving from the very beginning. No one was dancing with themselves in this venue at all and that was only a sign of better things to come.
Continue reading Billy Idol @ Hammerstein Ballroom (9/15/2010)