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NY Dolls @ the John Varvatos Store (ex-CBGB) in NYC – pics

photos by Tim Griffin

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“”Oh, this is beautiful!” said singer David Johansen, who emerged before a wall-to-wall crowd in a snug black blazer and skin-tight jeans, with a silky leopard print scarf draped around his neck, and who, along with guitarist Syl Sylvain, is one of the band’s two surviving original members. (Guitarist Johnny Thunders died a mysterious, drug-related death in 1991, and bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane passed away from leukemia just weeks after the British singer Morrissey reunited the Dolls for a concert in London in June 2004.)

“This is beyond my wildest dreams,” the rail-thin Mr. Johansen continued a few songs later. “Did you hear that shit? That was good. Let’s dance to this next one!”

To the disappointment of some in the audience, almost all the songs played during the roughly 45-minute set were new, save a half-blazing, half reggae-esque version of the iconic Dolls’ anthem “Trash” during the encore. But the performance was, after all, a record release party for the band’s new disc, ‘Cause I Sez So, as well as the launch of Mr. Varvatos’ new rock ‘n’ roll show on Sirius Radio, which was broadcast live. [The New York Observer]

Crowd members included John Varvatos (obviously), Carrie Dee English, Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba (who also has a show on Sirius-XM and will be performing at the upcoming Joey Ramone birthday bash), Racheal Ray (who is the host of her husband’s show at Pianos tonight), Justin Tranter from Semi Precious Weapons (who opened for Lady Gaga at Terminal 5 on Saturday night), and rock photographers Leee Black Childers, Bob Gruen, and Tim Griffin. More of Tim’s pictures from last night’s show (5/5), below…

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New York Dolls – 2009 Tour Dates

Wed May 20 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Thu May 21 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
Fri May 22 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (OC)
Sun May 24 San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom
Tue May 26 Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan
Wed May 27 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Thu May 28 Vancouver, BC @ Richard’s On Richards
Sun May 31 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Tue Jun 2 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom *
Wed Jun 3 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas*
Thu Jun 4 Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston *
Fri Jun 5 Austin, TX @ Emo’s *
Sun Jun 7 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues*
Tue Jun 9 St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre*
Wed Jun 10 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues*
Sat Jun 13 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage*

*with Black Joe Lewis

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