Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on June 23, 2009

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New York Dolls

"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."
[Rob Harvilla @ the Village Voice]
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.
Miami New Times: How did you get on the New York Dolls tour? Did you have any contact with them before?

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.

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...

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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

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Comments (9)

David is approaching Jagger level of old dude scariness...in fact, he may have surpassed it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 3:33 PM

Black Joe was incredible.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 3:44 PM

was it a large crowd? i received an email pumping the show a mere week beforehand, which screams "low sales"

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 3:47 PM

shrug

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 3:48 PM

i love people who keep doing it and with class like those guys
they make (some)people happy.I am one of them
i also think jagger is great
its good to get old
we are all moving there very fast do not forget it

Posted by Bud Bagunca | June 23, 2009 6:18 PM

Standing from the back, I was surprised to see such a steady stream of people leaving post-11:30 (they started at 11:00).

I was there for Black Joe Lewis (as I didn't know any New York Dolls) but thought they were enjoyable and seemed to be having a good time.

Biggest thrill for the night was meeting Robert Christgau before NY Dolls. Unbelievably personable...Really cool.

Oh and those waistline shots were teeth clenching from behind the soundboard. Did we really need a close up?

Posted by Travis | June 23, 2009 11:29 PM

old dude scariness? I hope I'm even 1/4 as cool as David Jo when I get to his age. He is the epitome of a "hipster". Also he's a really nice guy - always has been! That being said I wish they call this band by a different name. They sound nothing like the real Dolls.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2009 11:33 PM

Black Joe rocked. David Jo is uber cool. My parents think he's Mick Jagger. Too funny.

For video evidence of the show's kick-ass level:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=67CEEA1FBA9C12A9

Posted by Laura in NJ | June 24, 2009 4:36 PM

Dolls sound just fine.

It's not 1973 anymore.

Times change , people change.

DJ formed the band. He's got a right to call it the Dolls. They still rock like a motherfucker and that's all that counts!

Posted by old punk | June 25, 2009 11:06 AM

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