photos by Tim Griffin
"The New York Dolls -- the two original dudes with the good fortune to still be alive, plus three sonically and sartorially like-minded newer recruits to replace those original members who were much less fortunate -- will take no offense if you prefer the thrillingly brash, iconic garage-punk version of "Trash" that appeared on their 1973 self-titled debut to the slowed-down, hammed-up ska remake that graces this spring's Cause I Sez So, their second reunion album, which vacillates between the thrilling garage-punk that made them famous and stranger, more disquieting flights of fancy like, say, doing a ska remake of one of their most famous songs. Tonight they mash both versions together into one unwieldy but energetic beast, our two survivors --cuddly guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and lithe, lascivious Lou Reed/Gumby hybrid frontman David Johansen -- prancing nonchalantly about, the guitars roaring quasi-melodically as usual, and this whole thing continues, against all odds and to their infinite credit, to not feel like a travesty."NY Dolls continued their North American tour last night (June 22nd) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Many of the gigs on their tour, including MHOW and the one they played two nights earlier at Starland Ballroom, have been opened by Austin's Black Joe Lewis.
[Rob Harvilla @ the Village Voice]
Miami New Times: How did you get on the New York Dolls tour? Did you have any contact with them before?Both bands continue for another week, before NY Dolls head to Europe for a run of summer, mostly festival, shows. All tour dates and more pictures from MHOW (including one of the Dolls' setlist), below...
Black Joes Lewis: I don't know, I have no idea. My manager was like, Y'all wanna do this tour? I don't know if they requested us, or if it was some industry thing they pull with agents around the country. I think it'll go good because I'm a big fan of the 1970s punk rock stuff, like the Dead Boys, and the Stooges, Radio Birdman, that kind of shit. I love that music. A lot of my guitar playing is based loosely on those styles.
Madison Square Gardeners...
Black Joe Lewis
NY Dolls - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 24 Higher Ground Burlington, Vermont #
Jun 25 Pearl Street North Hampton, Massachusetts #
Jun 28 Paradise Rock Club Boston, Massachusetts #
Jun 29 Club Soda Motreal, Quebec #
Jun 30 Lee's Palace Toronto, Ontario
Jul 10 Cultura Quente Festival Vigo
Jul 11 Industrial Copera Granada
Jul 17 Galway Arts Festival Galway, Galway
Jul 19 Lovebox Festival at Victoria Park London, London and South East
Jul 20 Rockefeller Oslo
Jul 26 Strand Stockholm
Jul 28 DBTL City Festival Turku
Jul 29 Virgin Oil Club Helsinki
Jul 30 Pakkahoune Tampere
Aug 01 Ankkarock Festival Helsinkid
# w/ Black Joe Lewis