Thursday, October 10, 2013

CBGB's Festival at the Bowery Electric

The second annual CBGB’s Festival is a four-day series featuring hundreds of music acts, films and panel discussions. While many of the events relate more to the spirit of CBGB & OMFUG, New York’s premiere punk rock music venue of the late 1970s and early 1980s, tonight’s marathon concert at the Bowery Electric brought together many of the artists who were regulars at the club. Nearly 25 acts performed sets approximately 20 minutes long. Here are some of the highlights.
Poet and performance artist Lydia Lunch sang covers of songs by Lou Reed and others and told a detailed tale of a sexual encounter with Richard Hell before she sang his "Blank Generation."
Russell Wolinsky led his humorous band, the Sic F*cks, featuring the F*ckettes, Tish and Snooky Bellomo, through "Chop Up Your Mother" and other tongue-in-cheek songs.
Glen Matlock, formerly of the Sex Pistols and the Rich Kids, performed alone with his acoustic guitar. He made songs by both bands, including "God Save the Queen" and "Pretty Vacant" sound very tame. He also performed the Monkees' "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and other tunes.
The Waldos continue to relive the spirit of the late Johnny Thunder's Heartbreakers. For "Chinese Rocks," bandleader Walter Lure led the vocals, but was joined by several guests, including Glen Matlock (above) and one of the actors from The Sopranos.
Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group and the Lenny Kaye Connection performed a reworking of Patti Smith's own reworking of Van Morrison's "Gloria." During the song's elongated narrative, he credited many of the original CBGB's bands.
Cheetah Chrome, the guitarist of the now defunct Dead Boys, invited Bebe Buell, another CBGB's fixture, to sing "Sonic Reducer."
Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls accompanied himself only on guitar. He said he had been drinking since yesterday. He forgot the lyrics to many of his songs, but the audience helped him with "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" and other songs.