What is Old is New again…..The New York Dolls

New York Dolls

What is Old is New again…..

"The New York Dolls created punk rock before there was a term for it. Building on the Rolling Stones' dirty rock & roll, Mick Jagger's androgyny, girl group pop, the glam rock of David Bowie and T. Rex, and the Stooges' anarchic noise, the New York Dolls created a new form of hard rock that presaged both punk rock and heavy metal. Their drug-fueled, shambolic performances influenced a generation of musicians in New York and London, who all went on to form punk bands. And although they self-destructed quickly, the band's two albums remained two of the most popular cult records in rock & roll history. All of the members of the New York Dolls played in New York bands before they formed in late 1971. Guitarists Sylvain Sylvain (who named the band), Johnny Thunders and Rick Rivets, bassist Arthur Kane, and drummer Billy Murcia were joined by vocalist David Johansen. Early in 1972. The group began playing regularly in lower Manhattan, particularly at the Mercer Arts Center. 

Now in 2010 the Dolls are back embarking on the road one more time with the help of the new media “the internet” that has brought their sound and story to new listeners and old fans alike inspiring a cross country tour to bring the show back “live on stage”.

Fans corner: New York dolls Burlington songfest June 19 2010

Michael Cleeland of Toronto is a music fan and collector but did not have the chance to see the Dolls on their first early day tours but could not resist taking the opportunity to see them when they came around this time.

Cleeland Said “Who would have thought I would get my first crack at seeing the New York Dolls in 2010? In Burlington? With another punk peer from the era “The Diodes”, as the opening act?

But there I was last month front and centre. Now I’ve suffered through enough reunited blasts from the past to know to keep my expectations low. They phone it in, they cross the border into self parody. I shouldn’t have worried”.

Cleeland continued, “From the opening notes, Johansen, Sylvain and the Dolls made it very clear they were happy to be there and ready to rock, Personality Crisis, Pills, and Dance like a Monkey kept this grey hair bopping for a good hour and a half.

And I wasn’t the only one living from the past. Plenty of old Teenage Head and Forgotten Rebel shirts made their way out of the closet for the first time in years. Lots of kids too, learning how a band is supposed to sound

Great show great day and a great warm up to Iggy and the Stooges in Toronto the very same night. Lots of stuff on You Tube. Check it out.” Michael Cleeland.


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Contributed by long time music fan and stage manger
Michael Cleeland
Toronto Canada