one day it will please us to remember even this
when i heard the new york dolls were touring, i couldn't bring myself to buy a ticket. after all, most of the band is, quite literally, dead. drummer billy murcia overdosed in '72, guitarist johnny thunders overdosed in '91, drummer jerry nolan died of a stroke in '92, and bassist arthur kane died of leukemia in '04. that leaves only guitarist sylvain sylvain and singer david johansen to pack up the fishnets and platform boots and hit the road.
but they've recruited an able company of newbies and the reviews have been terrific. mr. johansen, perhaps seeking atonement for his unforgivable buster poindexter persona, could always carry a show. i won't yammer on about their influence over the years, but one should remember that the dolls preceded the pistols and the ramones and hair metal and cbgb and so on. plus, they may have been the first all-american homegrown band to offer a glitter-drenched genderbending stage show. though i favor the stooges' proto-punk over that of the dolls, songs like chatterbox taught me that glammed-up guys could rock. without mr. thunders to carry such songs, you're more likely to be shouting several choruses of personality crisis on this tour. but trust me, that can make for a pretty good time as well. the dolls are in boston tonight with the supersuckers and chesterfield kings. here are some other upcoming dates:
11/22 New York
12/01 St Louis