Posted in movies | music | tour dates on May 18, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

Jayne County and the Electric Chairs (not a recent pic)
Jayne County

Looks like CBGB isn't the only legendary NYC punk venue celebrating a "reunion" this year. Max's Kansas City will be throwing an alumni reunion for four days in June at The Bowery Electric from June 7-10. Max's existed just above Union Square on Park Ave. South from 1965-1974 and again from 1975-1981. It was during its second run as a venue that it became known, along with CBGB, as one of the birthplaces of punk in NYC, having played host to Ramones, Blondie, Television, Talking Heads, New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Suicide, and many others.

The alumni reunion at Bowery Electric will include proto-punk legends Jayne County and the Electric Chairs (formerly Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, Jayne changed her name after the band's breakup and began identifying as a woman), who are best known for their single, "Fuck Off," and their excellent cover of the Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night." They play on June 7 with The Rattlers, Sea Monster, Ruby & the Rednecks, and NY Junk. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

On June 8, we'll get Billy Rath's Street Pirates (Billy played bass with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers), The Sic F*cks, Avant Duel, power pop greats The Shirts (who have been reunited since 2003 with founding members Robert Racioppo and Artie Lamonica, but without lead singer Annie Golden), and The Brats. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

On June 9, it's The Nihilistics, The Waldos (featuring Walter Lure of Johnny Thunders' band), The Planets, and Stumblebunny (tickets) and finally on June 10, it's King Bee & the Stingers, The Rousers, The Deer France & Dee Pop Experience, The Bowerytones, Four on the Floor, Street Corner Review, Hudson Dusters, and Honey Davis (tickets). A four day pass, which gains you access to all four shows, is also available.

Speaking of proto-punk shows at the Bowery Electric, Deniz Tek (of Australia's Radio Birdman) is currently on a tour of the US and Europe which brings him to Bowery Electric TONIGHT (5/18), Maxwell's on Saturday (5/19) in Hoboken, NJ and a Philly show on Sunday (5/20). The Master Plan open all three of those shows and Daddy Long Legs are on the Bowery Electric and Philly show. Tickets for tonight's Bowery Electric show and Saturday's Maxwell's show are available. All Deniz Tez dates are listed below.

Now that we're talking about Maxwell's, it's worth mentioning that another NYC punk legend will be there this month when Manitoba plays on May 25. In addition to being the reason that Dan Snaith started using the Caribou moniker, Manitoba is also the current project of Handsome Dick Manitoba, lead singer of The Dictators (who recorded a punk cover of "California Sun" two years before the Ramones did, and had a handful of solid originals as well). Manitoba also includes fellow Dictators Ross the Boss and JP Patternson, Daniel Rey (who's produced records for late-period Ramones, Richard Hell, Misfits), and Dean Rispler. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now. Manitoba also opens for Dick Dale on a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on 7/22 with The Detroit Cobras (tickets).

Lastly, speaking of CBGB, in addition to this summer's CBGB festival, The Telegraph points out that a CBGB biopic is also in the works which will profile the history of the club and how it became a breeding ground for the thriving late '70s punk scene. The film will star Alan Rickman (aka Severus Snape aka Hans Gruber) as CBGB founder Hilly Kristal, directed by Randall Miller (who worked with Rickman on Bottle Shock) and co-produced by Hilly's daughter, Lisa.

A list of all Deniz Tek dates and some videos are below...


Wayne County & the Electric Chairs - "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night" live in 1978

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs - Fuck Off

The Shirts - "Tell Me Your Plans" live in 1978

Deniz Tek - "Hand of Law" in Australia 2011

Manitoba - "New York New York" at the Bowery Electric 1/26/12

The Dictators - "California Sun"

Deniz Tek -- 2012 Tour Dates
May 18: Bowery Electric, NY
May 19: Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ
May 20: Kungfu Necktie, Philadelphia
May 24: Oviedo, Spain
May 25: Burgos
May 26: Madrid
May 27: Vigo
May 29 Orihuela
May 30 Barcelona
Jun 1 Pietramurata, Italy
Jun 2 Edone
June 3/4 TBA
Jun 5 Latina
Jun 6 Piacenza
Jun 7 Ronca
Jun 8 Massa
Jun 9 Torino
Jun 10 Villadossola
Jun 21 Paris TBC



Comments (46)

The Sic F*cks are/were incredibly fun.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 3:46 PM

'Bout to cop some shares of that Facebook joint before 4 PM. Mo money, mo money, mo money.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 3:53 PM

the dictators were pretty cool. you're leaving out the most important part, ross the boss is a founding member of the greatest band of all time, MANOWAR, and plays guitar on the greatest song of all time, Kingdom Come

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 3:56 PM

"greatest band of all time"


Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 4:22 PM

Saw Manitoba a couple months ago and they were great. It's all Dictators songs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 4:30 PM

cool. so you're telling me i can see some fifth rate bands from 30 years ago? sweet.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 4:35 PM

Be former fate grope cadoo Fowley Birch.

Posted by fate grope cadoo | May 18, 2012 5:03 PM

Without, and for many, obvious reasons, Television, Blondie, The Ramones, Talking Heads, The Heartbreakers, The New York Dolls, The Dead Boys, Mink DeVille, The Dictators, Richard Hell and The Voidoids, Patti Smith Group, The Cramps, this is a reunion of mostly 2nd and 3rd tier Max's or the remains of the 1st tier performers.

Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2012 5:54 PM

Bowery Electric is not with the times.
All they do is book old lame shit that wasn't even good when it was new.
They are hijacking the name of Maxs Kamsas city and trying to make a buck.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2012 8:17 AM

Peter Crowley, who booked Max's back in 70's is putting this alumni reunion on; and this is not the first time he's done this. Also, in addition to the Bowery Electric bills, he has put together a Max's Reunion After Hours bill om June 9 at Arlene's Grocery:

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 10:21 AM

If you haven't seen Jayne County perform recently (or ever) that is reason enough to go. She's on fire!! Rock on, Jayne!!!

Posted by Reyna Terror | May 20, 2012 4:30 PM

Jayne County is awesome!!! I so wish I could go to this!

Posted by Andrea | May 20, 2012 4:58 PM

DO NOT miss out on Jayne County! She totally rocks and is a blast!

Posted by crash-o-matic | May 20, 2012 5:28 PM

Jayne County is the queen of the universe <3

Posted by kurt dirt | May 20, 2012 5:56 PM

"Bowery Electric is not with the times "?

Awwww...You have no idea!


Posted by Enlil | May 20, 2012 6:19 PM

YES!!! I totally LOVE Jayne County!!! She is the coolest, most awesome, most REAL rock star I've ever had the great pleasure of hanging out with and seeing perform. She turns every single moment into a kick ass memory!

Posted by Ria | May 20, 2012 7:12 PM

Jayne County is the best! I wish I could be there to see her!!!

Posted by Oliver Dunbar | May 20, 2012 7:16 PM

!!! person posted 6 x in a row.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 7:26 PM

LOVE Jayne County - the show will be fantastic!!

Posted by MarianneD | May 20, 2012 7:31 PM

This should bea hot show, regardless of perceived capitalizing on the Max's name. Great acts will return to the stage, and I am thankful. And I'm excited to see legendary Jayne County, before 2 AM at that! LOL

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 7:50 PM

I'm the guitar player in Jayne's current band The Electrick Queers. She will be performing with original members of The Electric Chairs, their songs are great RocknRoll/Punk songs. I have the priviledge of playing those songs currently and they kick ass.. Jayne is still the most dynamic, vibrant, tell it like it is Rocker out there. She out rocks most bands half her age, she is a force to be reckoned with and not to be missed. Cheers!!!

Posted by Jet Terror | May 20, 2012 7:54 PM

I here Jayne County is doing this as a fund raiser to support her main man Mitt Romney. Who she loves and wants to be president!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 8:50 PM

Pleqse come to the Max's reunion show and make a donation to the Jayne County Mitt Romney campaign fund. Aunt Jayne LOVES Mitt!!!

Posted by Jayne County | May 20, 2012 9:09 PM

actually, the Max's Festival was already announced, up and running before the CBGB announcement,'s all good, the more the merrier.. I am The Ringmaster(Emcee) for the Max's shows, as I was for the previous 2010 shows

Posted by Jimi LaLumia | May 20, 2012 9:11 PM

The bands playing the MAX'S REUNION can more accurately be called THE BEAUTIFUL LOSERS since they're as talented as the so-called "1st tier" groups, and put on just as exciting shows. The posters of negativity will not be missed.

Posted by Peter Crowley | May 20, 2012 9:26 PM

Is the show handicap accesible and do I get a discount with my AARP card?

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 9:38 PM

"Is the show handicap accesible and do I get a discount with my AARP card?"

No discount but toothless Jayne will give you a hot gum job.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 9:44 PM

If Jayne County & the Heartbreakers are not first tier what is/was what club were you going to ? And if you remember who we are than your as old as us....and if you don't then come down and see who we are ...see what your heros. Were listening to...we miss our freinds that passed and we wish they were here with us. We are Maxs .

Posted by Chris Gari | May 20, 2012 9:45 PM

Clubs that had real bands, not hacks.......

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 9:47 PM

No I hear jayne saves her toothless mouth for her republican fsns now.
Romney/County 2012

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 9:53 PM

Don't wanna to see no saggy 70 year old queen roll on a floir with hes shriveled up balls in the air. groz he nasty and don't look like no woman to me, he look like that old Uncle Fester from the Tv show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 9:56 PM

no not Uncle Fester, She looks like Grandpa Munster!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 9:59 PM

I saw Jayne perform back in December at Irving Plaza, she rocked the show and she looks awesome so the spineless "anonymous" posting all of this nastiness should do like Jayne says and F*CK OFF

Posted by Lola | May 20, 2012 10:04 PM

10 people came. you mustve been one of them. Which one were you?

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 10:10 PM

Wow what a Blazin' and Boilin'
comment Lola!

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 10:12 PM

Young drag queens are eye candy. why see an old wart? Good back in the day, but the sun has set.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2012 11:20 PM

Jayne County & the Electric Chairs are Eliot Micheals gutiar ..Chris Gari bass....Joe Rizzo drums. Sid Green on gutiar

Posted by Chris Gari | May 21, 2012 5:38 AM

dont need trolls trashing jayne and electric chairs who know how to rock the house , ppl are even trashing the venue. small ppl trolls small lives look where jayne has been how she can entertain..rock and roll.

Posted by zara | May 21, 2012 8:29 AM

Look at some new pictures. Wayne County and Peter Crowley look in their 70- early 80 years old.Other old people are drooling in oatmeal at their age in a welfare nursing home. Some die hards remember them and come to shows, even though they are the AARP too. Wayne could be in the nursing home talent show. Even if he has to hold up his chins in every photo at least he is still giving it a try. They want to play act rock star,who cares? It's sad to watch but what is the alternative for these poor people? Don't be so mean to the elderly.

Posted by Martin G. | May 21, 2012 8:52 AM

Jayne County has some crazy guy making death threats for her? was going to the show, but forget it. don't need trouble like that. like the venue, don't like to worry about goon walking around with a gun.

Posted by Marto | May 21, 2012 10:16 AM

"greatest band of all time" my ass!

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2012 10:46 AM

Jayne County and the Wheel Chairs???
Who cares....

Posted by Tom | May 21, 2012 10:54 AM

Re: The troll with multiple identities.

Please ignore.

Thank you.

Posted by Moderator | May 28, 2012 4:34 AM

Really? Why don't you ask for references and see the light?

Posted by Joe Charlton | May 30, 2012 11:27 PM

thank you for the advice, fake moderator.

Posted by Moderator | June 8, 2012 1:30 PM

max kansa rules.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 4:44 PM

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