Johnny Thunders Birthday Bash at the Bowery Electric
Fashioned after the long-running annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bashes, the Johnny Thunders Birthday Bashes are now in their fifth year. Thunders helped form a new sound and movement in New York music in the 1970s, first with the New York Dolls and then with the Heartbreakers. The Queens native died of drug-related causes in 1991 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The birthday bashes are meant to keep alive the spirit and the legacy of Thunders. Tonight's concert featured newer bands, many of whose members were barely alive yet when Thunders died. Each band was assigned at least three Thunders songs to reinterpret. The night ended with the a full set by the Waldos, led by Walter Lure of the Heartbreakers.