This is fun trying to keep tabs.
You can hear jokerelli on Tess's Indie-Wave on live365.com, DJ Hellion on DarksideRadio.com, Lestat's 120 Minutes of Gothic Music on both Darksideradio.com and live365.com, http://www.radio-sanctuary.com/
in Switzerland, Web Radio Onde FM in Paris, Radio Propagande, Montreal & myspace, Radio Schwartz Welle, Germany, Basse Frequenze, Cosenza Italy,
at The Charnel House in NewCastle UK, Beyond the Veil Leeds UK (and hopefully gotik-treffen in Leipzig, Germany), Dead-Kennys party in Franfurt, Germany,
thanks to DJs Black Dahlia, Darkstone, De'Ath, Ghost, Ridoux, Hellion, Louis Lestat, MSU, Ridoux, Sioux'boy, Tess, Zurn, Donovan Tate at Chain D.L.K. and Gothique Factory Records for the CD review and the others. I will update as I find out.
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(originally posted on my myspace page)
I have started to included some short stories about the more memorable nights. I have a few journals I have been going through and I did manage to occasionally write about bands I saw and the night in general. One day I will try to sort this out chronologically. I have a lot of the ticket stubs too and have added quite a bit in my picture section. Sadly, sometimes I don't have the dates if I don't have the ticket stubs still, but I am finding some info on the internet. And sometimes, I didn't write if it was the old or new peppermint lounge. I have a long way to go with this so excuse the typos and duplications.
Afrika Bambatta and the Soulsonic Force – The old Peppermint Lounge, NYC - Even a die hard punk rocker as I was at the time could not be more impressed than I was by this band. It made a lot of sense to me a few years later when Johhny Lydon teamed up with Mr. Bambatta in Timezone for World Destruction
Alien Sex Fiend – Danceteria 3/24/84 Someone was filming a documentary on the Batcave scene and I would have been in it. Has anyone seen it?
APB – The Ritz, NYC, Metro Bongo a GoGo, Staten Island, NY
The B52s – Beacon Theatre, NYC, Paramount Theatre, Staten Island - The Beacon Theatre – I went there on a date with the 1978 homecoming queen of New Dorp H.S. afterwards we beat it back to Staten Island to catch Blotto "I Want to Be a Lifeguard" at the Paramount Theatre on Staten Island. I thought it was a date but apparently she didn't think it was much of one. She was a disco queen anyway and I don't think she knew what was going on.
Blotto – the Paramount, Staten Island, NY
The Boyfriends (not the current band) – The Factory, Staten Island, NY
Buzz and the Flyers – Bond's, NYC
The Rockats – the Ritz, Peppermint Lounge, NYC, the Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY – The Rockats convinced me I wanted to go "rockabilly", for a while anyway.
Live – The Tradewinds, Sea Bright, NJ 1992?
The Chesterfield Kings – Jerusalem, Staten Island, NY Feb? 1983
BMT – the Peppermint Lounge, NYC
Justin Trouble – the Peppermint Lounge, NYC
The Chameleons – Eastside Club –Philly Aug. 9 1984* I know I have the handwritten set list somewhere and cannot find it, Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY Oct 4, 2002
The Clash – Bonds, NYC, 5-31-81 date unconfirmed. I do know Buzz and the Flyers played the night I saw them.
The Cult – The Ritz, NYC June 2, 1987 – They were supposed to play the Felt Forum in MSG but the gig got cancelled due to asbestos. There was a word of mouth announcement that they would play the Ritz and play they did! - utterly amazing. Despite them playing in support of the more more flowery/metally stuff from Electric (which I do like but not as much as earlier stuff), they played enough of the older songs and I will tell you that whole Ritz (now Webster Hall) felt like it was going to collapse Thanks Andy!
Type O Negative – Wave Street, Staten Island
Solution AD – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Room with A View – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Roney & the El Dorados – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ – True rock and roll heroes, eating sardines out of cans, sleeping on the floor, in cars, on the beach.
The Masterbeats – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
James Deely & The Valients – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Kingdom Came – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
No Discipline – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Johnny Youth – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
The Uptones – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Laura Mann – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Mick Taylor – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Bo Didley – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Louie Louie & the Lost Hombres – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ – Don't know what happened to them but they could rock the house.
Billy Hector & the Fairlanes – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Southern Culture on the Skids – Irving Plaza, NYC 1995?
The Cure Nassau Coliseum, LI NY Fri May 15, 1992
The Dead Boys – The Factory, Staten Island, NY The Ritz, NYC - I believe Adam Ant was standing next to me at the Ritz for a while. Or a really good wannabe. Also, Gore Vidal was there. I later learned he was on a T.V. show with Stiv – Tom Synder's maybe?
The Decoders – The Mudd Club, NYC Yes, Andy Warhol was there.
The Peter Dayton Band - The Peppermint Lounge, NYC
The Raybeats – The Peppermint Lounge, NYC, The Paramount Theatre, Staten Island
Cheetah Chrome and the Skells – The Peppermint Lounge, NYC
Modern English – The Ritz, NYC Amazing show, $5 to get in and just unbelievable.
The Alarm – The Ritz, NYC Another amazing show.
Ian Hunter – The Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY
David Johansen – The Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY April 16, 1983
The Au Pairs – The Peppermint Lounge
Flock of Seagulls – The new Peppermint Lounge, NYC back to back nights with Polyrock (what a line up) and The Dance
Khymer Rouge – Club 57, NYC (Where the heck was that?)
Madness – The old Peppermint Lounge
Delta Five – Privates, NYC (way the hell uptown!)
212 - Privates, NYC (way the hell uptown!)
US Ape - Privates, NYC (way the hell uptown!)
The Hits - Privates, NYC (way the hell uptown!)
Reagan Youth – Playroom , NYC Nov 8, 198?
Even Worse – Playroom, NYC Nov 8 198?
Perssuaders - Playroom, NYC Nov 8 198?
The Pogues Danceteria, NYC Sat. Mar. 8 1986
Bananarama – The old Peppermint lounge. They got boo'd for using a tape machine to sing along with.
Specimen – Irving Plaza
Medium Medium – Metro, Staten Island Mar. 21 1982, The Peppermint Lounge, NYC. Amazing standing room only show on Staten Island. I recently confirmed with the band who are on myspace since they had mentioned during the night that it was one of the best gigs they ever had and they say is still ranks up there as one of their most fun and memorable nights.
Bunnydrums – Danceteria, NYC Sat Oct 29 1983
The Jim Carroll Band – The Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY
Richard Hell – The old and the new Peppermint Lounges, NYC
The J Geils Band, MSG, NYC Feb. 20 1982
George Thorogood & the Destroyers, MSG, NYC Feb 20. 1982
James White and the Blacks – Bonds, NYC
The Swinging Madisons – The Ritz, NYC
Duran Duran, The Spectrum, Philadelphia April 2005
The Catholic Girls – Bonds, NYC
Liquid Liquid – Danceteria, NYC
Nona Hendrizx andd Propaganda – The old Peppermint Lounge.
Our Daughter's Wedding – The old Peppermint Lounge, NYC, The Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY
The Breeders – Irving Plaza, NYC Sept 10, 1993
Mark Burgess and the Sons of God – CBGB, NYC July 1994
The Frogs – CBGBs, NYC 1994 - Oh, god, then there's The Frogs who played CBGBs the night I was there to see Mark Burgess and the Sons of God back in 94. Words cannot describe but if there is a hell and if I am destined for it, the Frogs will be playing there and the bar will be out of beer and liquor
Pulsallama – the Peppermint Lounge
U2 – Munich, Feb 1985
Spandau Ballet – Berlin Feb 8, 1985
The Thompson Twins – the Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY, Fountain Casino, Aberdeen, NJ
Human Switchboard – Danceteria, NYC
Urban Blight – The Underground, NYC
The Hope – Metro Bongo a Go Go, Staten Island, NYC
XTC – The Paramount Theatre , Staten Island, NY, The Paladium, NYC April 18, 1981
Never Never – Danceteria, NYC
Screaming Blue Messiahs – London
Ramones – Great Adventure (2 shows) June 6, 1980, The Factory Staten Island, NY June 5, 1980, Paramount Theatre, Staten Island
Certain General – Jerusalem, Staten Island, NY
The Individuals – the Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY
Die Haut – Danceteria, NYC
Eve's Plum – The RedSpot – Staten Island, NY, SRO – Staten Island
Dread Zeppelin – The Red Spot – Staten Island
The Act – Park Villa
Serious Pilgrim – The RedSpot
Ministry – the Metro Bongo a GoGo, Staten Island, the Ritz, NYC
Front 242 - the Metro Bongo a GoGo, Staten Island
Siouxsie & the Banshees – The old Peppermint Lounge, NYC 11-13 or 11-14-81? Story – The place was sold out and an absolute madhouse. The New York City Fire (FDNY) department came in and said there would be no show. About half the people left. The remaining hopeful lagged behind and the show went on with Lydia Lunch opening and Siouxsie following. I was fortunate to be right at the stage. There was a drunk jerk to my left who kept harassing Sioux, pawing her whenever she came near. Finally, she took the mic stand and bashed him hard in the head with the base. Talk about instant karma. Today, she probably would be facing charges but I will swear he absolutely got what he deserved.
Lydia Lunch – The old Peppermint Lounge, NYC
Johnny Thunders – The old Peppermint Lounge I think it was 82 as the clash were playing at Bond's in NYC on the Sandinista tour. Johnny got busted for possession in California and didn't have money for bail. There was a word of mouth announcement that there would be a benefit to raise bail for him at the old Peppermint Lounge. I may have heard it on WNYU FM. As I was a big JT fan, Chinese Rocks being the first complete song I ever learned on guitar, I went. I was second on line behind this beautiful young girl. We got to be chatty and I hung with her for most of the night. She knew everyone. I only wish I knew who she was. It was an amazing night. I can only begin to tell you who was hanging out but among some that I was standing around talking to were Billy Idol, most of the Clash, Neon Leon, Steven Tyler, Richard Hell, most of the Heartbreakers and if David Johannsen had show all of the former NY Dolls would have been there.
Polyrock – The new Peppermint Lounge, NYC
The Professionals (ex Sex Pistols) – The new Peppermint Lounge, NYC
Killing Joke – The Zentih, Paris Dec. 3, 1986 with
The Lords of the New Church – The new Peppermint Lounge, The Zenith, Paris Dec. 3, 1986 *
* verbatim from my journal "live for today, open your eyes, Russian roulette, dance with me, new church, method to my madness, the last time – (rolling stones cover). Just in from the concert at 12:20. The Lords were pretty good but Stiv forgot a few lines here and there. The sound system sounded like it had a few cracked speakers. Met Mirabella and Christelle, two lycee students both 17. They spoke English pretty well. Mirabella's boyfriend is a DJ at La Gibus. Tried to protect them from the slamdancers. Punched one guy in the face and got away with it. Left halfway through Killing Joke's set though I heard Life Like Blood and Kings and Queens the only songs I knew (that they played). " I didn't say it in the journal but the only reason we left was that they did not sound good.
Bow Wow Wow – The Paramount Theatre, Staten Island. Feb 12, 1983. I swear Kate Bush was there and standing next to me.
Dirty Looks, The Metro, Staten Island, April 28, 1982, St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY Nov. 24 1982, The New Peppermint Lounge, The Old Peppermint Lounge, NYC
Sisters of Mercy – Danceteria, NYC, Sept 15, 1983 Electric Factory, Philly June 28, 1997
Gang of Four – The Ritz, Oct 7, 1982, Roseland, NYC
Ballistic Kisses - Metro, Staten Island, Feb. 14, 1982
Pack Nine - Metro Staten Island, Feb. 20, 1982
Big Red Trees – Metro, Staten Island, Feb. 27, 1982
Eddie Dixon & the Rednecks – Metro, Staten Island, March ? 1982
The New Toys – Metro, Staten Island, Oct. 31, 1983
The Bush Tetras – the Peppermint Lounge, Roseland, NYC
The Waterboy s – Paris
Wall of Voodoo – The Paramount Theatre, Staten Island
Public Image – The Paramount Theatre, Staten Island Mar 26, 1983. - Johhny complaining about the sound system. What else is new?
Die Haut – Danceteria, NYC
Flesh for Lulu, The World, NYC I do remember I was broke and standing around chatting with a few people. Lo and behold, I look on the ground and there is a twenty dollar bill on it. I pick it up and buy a round of drinks. Somebody, somewhere likes me!
Sonic Youth – Danceteria, NYC
The Cucumbers – Mirrors, Staten Island, NY
The Drongos – Mirrors, Staten Island, NY
The Dead Milkmen – Rick's American Caf.., Long Beach Island, NJ July 15, 1988
Electric Love Muffin _ Revival, JC Dobbs, Baccanal, Philadelphia
Baby Flamehead – McGlinchy's, Baccanal, Philadelphia, Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ July 15, 1988
The Wishniaks – Baccanal, Philadelphia, Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ July 15, 1988
Scram – Revival, Philly
Nirvana – JC Dobbs, Philly I did not mean to see Nirvana but JC Dobbs was one of my locals when I lived in Philly - right before Nevermind came out. God forbid anyone speak out against them (or that night) but they stunk and although they are not my cup of tea, I do think they were to become of the more influential and talented bands of our times. I am certain that after the show, they sold their souls and hence their future success.
The Who – MSG, NYC – Sept 13, 1979
Until December – The Ferry Club, Staten Island, NY
The Mission – Trocadaro, Philly
Mission of Burma – the Peppermint Lounge, Danceteria, NYC
The Fleshtones – the Peppermint Lounge, NYC, Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY
The Vipers – the Peppermint Lounge
The DBs – The Ritz
Pylon – The Rits
Tot Rocket – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Vanishing Breed – Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ - Not too bad. I befriended then and they ended up stealing like half my records from the DJ booth. Their management coughed up the cash but I was pissed as hell.
The Whyoo's - Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
The Screaming Honkers - Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
George Wrage - Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Reesa and the Rooters - Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Bo Didley - Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Flamin Harry - Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Mick Taylor - Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
James Cotton - Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
John Hammond - Rick's American Caf.., LBI, NJ
Lordiana – the Ritz
The Puppets – Wave Street, Staten Island, NY
Iggy Pop – The Factory, Staten Island, 1980
The Plasmatics – The Factory, Staten Island, The Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY Oct 9, 1981
U.K. Subs – The old Peppermint Lounge
Anti-Nowhere League The old Peppermint Lounge, NYC
Joan Jett – The Paladium, NYC April 18, 1981
Jools Holland and his millionaires – The Paladium April 18, 1981
The Pretenders – The Paladium, NYC Jan 11, 1982 * the Human League was playing that night at the Ritz – a tough call.
Scandal – Peppermint Lounge, NYC April 29, 1982, Paul Schaffer Pre Letterman days on Keys. I recognized him from his appearances on Saturday Night Live., Frankie Larocka, the drummer always put me on the guestlist and backstage at the Ritz I got to meet Mick Jones of Foreigner The Ritz, NYC
Suicide – The Paladium, NYC Jan 11, 1982
Billy Idol – The Brooklyn Zoo
John Waite – the Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY
November Group – Danceteria, NYC
Brian Brain – The Metro, Staten Island, April 18, 1982, Brooklyn Zoo early 1983? – There is confusion as to what date Brian Brian played here but I know I saw them there.
Depeche Mode – The Ritz, NYC Fri. May 7, 1982
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The Ritz, NYC (Trevor Horn on Keys, I am pretty sure)
Gene Loves Jezebel, Trocadero, Philly
Blue Angel (Cyndi Lauper) – The Ritz, NYC
Jane's Addiction – TLA, Philly
The Bloods – The Peppermint Lounge, NYC
Information Society – TLA, Philly
Marilyn Manson – Irving Plaza, NYC Nov. 3, 1995
Helen Back and the Str8 Razors, The Fire, Philly
Echo & the Bunnymen – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA Feb. 11, 1988
The Church – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA Feb. 11, 1998
INXS – The Paradiso, Amsterdamm (story) Feb 10-88? Michael Hutchence was drinking beer on stage. He had a six pack of Grolsch cans. He started throwing the remaining ones into the audience. One landed right in my hands. Mind you, I was probably at least one hundred feet away from him. Thanks Michael. May you rest in peace!
Eric Burden and the Animals – The Paradiso, Amsterdamm
Konk - Peppermint Lounge, NYC
The Nitecaps – the old Peppermint Lounge, the Ritz, the Underground, NYC, the Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY
Madonna – The Roxy, NYC
Eastern Bloc – JC Dobbs, Philadelphia – 1987 Do a smashing rendition of Dancing Barefoot. Happened to stumble into Dobbs that night and lo and behold my buddy Frankie Larocka, R.I.P. (David Johansen, Scandal, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, John Waite)(R.I.P.) is playing with Ivan Kral (Patty Smith, Iggy Pop, John Waite) . Got a free album out of the deal. .. Not too much I can find on the band so it's a little bit of missing music history.
Executive Slacks – Revival, Philadelphia – The singer Ethan Marsoulis (Farenheit 451, Spahn Ranch) was a great guy to hang around with though my friend Kevin Borden (Farenheit 451, the Rockaways) begs to differ. I nearly shit when I saw his brother Constantine was on American Idol. I never watched the show but wish I had seen him on it now.
The Bongos – The Old Peppermint Lounge, NYC – I was there the last night it was open. The Paramount Theatre, Staten Island
The Waterboys – El Dorado, Paris, Dec, 19, 1985 – I had heard that Marco Sin from Dirty Looks was touring with the band as the bassist. I dragged my brother Mike who was studying in Paris at the time to the show. The band was great but Marco was a no show. They dedicated "All the things She Gave Me" to him. We were told he had a heart attack and was in the hospital in Brest. Later we found out it was a cocaine overdose. C'est la vie!. Marco was a great guy. He passed away much too young on October 19, 1995 at the age of 42 after seeming to have turned his life around.
The Thrashing Doves – The Rex Club, Paris Dec 6, 1985
NIN – The Meadowlands, New Jersey Sept 27, 1995
David Bowie – Madison Square Garden, NYC July 27, 1983, the Meadowlands, New Jersey Sept 27 1995 was a big disappointment when he toured with NIN and was trying to hop on the goth/industrial thing. He was like a fish out of water. And as a big fan of his, it hurts to say it.
John Trudell – House of Blues, NYC 1992 or 93?
Hooks – The old Peppermint Lounge, the Ritz, NYC
Ausweiss – Paris Dec. 14, 1985
Dazibao – Paris Dec. 14, 1985
The Brigades – Paris Dec. 14, 1985
Moonbeam – The Ritz, NYC
Sunshine Blind – Asylum, Philadelphia
The Lost Patrol – Outside NJPAC, Newark, NJ June 2005
Vampire Love Dolls, Irvington, NJ 1993?
China Club – I can't remember who was playing but hanging out at one table was OJ Simpson (before all the madness), Eddie Murphy and Richard Belzer.
Hanging with Joni Jensen, a FIT student, she brought me into Jayne County's apartment and also the guys from Bad Brains both who lived in the East Village. I think Jayne was on St. Mark's across from Trash & Vaudville.
I also prowled some cool afterhours clubs like Berlin and Save the Robot in Manhattan and Jerusalem on Staten Island. And later on, Revival in Philly.
Still many more to come.
Bands I wish I had seen
Of course most of the punk bands of my youth especially the Sex Pistols.
Morrissey – I had tickets for the Beacon Theatre in NYC but he cancelled the show. Still have the tickets though for April 11, 1994.
The Sound – probably the band I regret missing the most.
Christian Death with Rozz. My friend Tom Good turned me onto them a long time ago before I appreciated it.
The Gun Club
The Human League
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