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Michael Monroe @ Highline Ballroom (5/9/2010)

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Artist: Michael Monroe
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: The Last Vegas, The Dirty Pearls
Date: 5/9/2010
Label: Independent Artist

It really was an amazing weekend for music if you lived in NYC and here is how it was playing out. It was now Sunday, the day of “rest” and Mother’s Day to boot, but there is no such a thing as slowing down the pace when you are wandering the Rock and Roll life seeking to jot down notes about all of the amazing happenings for the Metal Republic. For many fans this was actually event number three of a three night straight concert extravaganza that was happening in this part of the city. Friday night was Finland’s HIM who performed with We Are The Fallen and Dommin; while Saturday was the legendary Accept and looking back on them I could not believe just how good each of those shows were. Of course, tonight was guaranteed to be a special occasion as well for it was the long overdue return of Hanoi Rock’s Michael Monroe. The legendary and influential Glam Rock singer had not toured around these parts in almost a dozen years according to what I had learned and this gig at the Highline Ballroom was going to pull out all the stops from beginning to end. Monroe would bring along The Last Vegas and The Dirty Pearls as his openers and since each of the bands were of interest to me I got inside nice and early to bring you the best possible information on it.
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“The Nottingham Tapes” by Hanoi Rocks

Artist: Hanoi Rocks
Title: “The Nottingham Tapes”
Label: Cherry Red UK
Release Date: 6/10/2008
Genre: Glam Rock
Rating: 4/5

According to the liner notes that come along on the packaging of the film, the recording for Hanoi Rocks’ “The Nottingham Tapes” is the result of a film crew’s decision to leave their equipment set up from the recording of an all day Trash Rock affair at the same venue where this show would take place. After watching only a couple of songs from the show I had to say that not only the fans of Hanoi Rocks were lucky that this was done, but also any fan of bare bones Rock and Roll with a Trashy/Glam edge to it. Formed in 1979, Hanoi Rocks were one of those bands who were ahead of the times when it came to their genre and should you know your Rock history, you will recall that not only did the Punk material of the day inspire them, but also the classic Rockers of the fifties and sixties. This allowed the band to stand high above the competition in terms of the strength of their material and find them come to inspire bands like Poison and Guns ‘N Roses in the years that would follow. The show was recorded at The Palais club located in Nottingham, England and it captures a full sixty minutes of fun time music. I was a little disappointed to see the limited camera angles, but this was done in 1984 my friends, and the means for super and extravagant video recording sessions was not par for the course yet. The viewer is limited to shots from the far stage left, and some close ups, and additional views from behind the drum kit. From this I am guessing this was no more than a two or three camera shoot. However, despite some of the lacking in the visual sense, I found no such issue with the audio portion of the show. The band sounds excellent and all of the instruments are captured perfectly. As a matter of fact, it sounds so good that I will assume that there was a feed to the soundboard because you really don’t hear any audience noise during the show.
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The New York Dolls Live Photos @ South Street Seaport (8/18/2006)

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We recently attended a performance by the legendary New York Dolls on a hot summer night at the South Street Seaport and that article can be enjoyed by clicking HERE. Now its time to share the full photo gallery that comes along with the narrative.

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The New York Dolls @ South Street Seaport (8/18/2006)

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Artist: New York Dolls
Label: Roadrunner Records
Venue: South Street Seaport
Date: 8/18/2006
Genre: Glam Rock

On Friday August 18th, I went down to the South Street Seaport Pier 17 in NYC to catch a free outdoor concert by the New York Dolls. It was a beautiful night in the shadow of the Peking (a 1911 four mast merchant sailing ship) that added a bit of ambiance to the show. Feeling the vibe, singer David Johansen wore a pirate’s hat for the first few numbers and thanked all the Pirates for coming to the show. The New York Dolls put on a rocking show that was energetic, raw and woefully under serviced by the seaports low powered, dinky PA. Despite this, The Dolls visibly seemed to be enjoying performing to an enthusiastic crowd that sang along to their classic songs and seemed to be having an equally good time as beer flowed, cool breezes wafted with the faint smell of sea air and seafood.

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“One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This” by The New York Dolls

Artist: The New York Dolls
Title: “One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 7/25/2006
Genre: Glam Rock
Rating: 4/5

The New York Dolls were probably the most driving and influential force in what would become known as the Glam Rock movement because at the time of their inception there was no such thing. Without the music of the Dolls the world would have never seen the likes of KISS, Hanoi Rocks and even Poison. Their mix of Glitz and Sleeze along with Rock & Roll showed that all three could be mixed and work together very well. The songs back then focused on things like the N.Y. streets, drugs and women and thus were a genre started. Others would watch closely, use these influences and adapt them into their own styles – others who would also change the way Rock music was accepted as being able to be done. Originally formed by David Johansen, Johnny Thunders, Arthur Kane, Sylvain Sylvain and Billy Murcia, 2006 would find the band reunited with only Johansen and Sylvain left from the early days. Today the group is made up of those two originals along with Sami Yaffa (bass), Steve Conte (guitar), and Brian Delaney (drums). The question arises in the relevance of such a Reunion with so few originals remaining to make it work and the answer is that this does work on many different levels. The Rock of today needed a band like the Dolls to kick them in the tail pipe once again because it has gotten too lame and too boring. Those that fear the Metal side and want safer ground surely could use the Dolls as music that delivers what it promises to. Solid Rock and Roll with a healthy dose of attitude instead of powdery puffed hit makers directed at the youth by the likes of MTV.
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