Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Celebration of Adam Roth at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom

After college in Boston, Massachusetts, guitarist Adam Roth in 1979 moved to New York City and joined his brother, drummer Charles Roth, on the local punk rock stages. Adam briefly joined the Boston-based Del Fuegos shortly before the band split in the early 1990s, and also worked with Jim Carroll, David Johansen, the Lemonheads' Evan Dando, and comedian Denis Leary. Adam later wrote and performed music on television programs and commercials. Most recently, he worked on the score for the FX series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll while playing with his brother in the Liza Colby Sound and in Billy J. Kramer's band. Adam also made time to help young people battle addiction through the Road Recovery Foundation.

Adam Roth was diagnosed with stage four bile duct cancer in October 2015 and died on December 16, 2015. He was 57. A local community of musician friends celebrated his life at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom, with all proceeds going to Adam's five-year-old son, Charlie Ringo. The evening featured performances by Kramer, Garland Jeffreys, Lenny Kaye, the Del Fuegos' Dan Zanes, the Sic F*cks, and Jane Lee Hooker.

Lenny Kaye reunited with his old band, the Lenny Kaye Connection, for the first time in about 30 years. He closed his four-song set with a cover of the Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died" with members of the Sic F*cks and Jane Lee Hooker.

Liza Colby's band was listed as Liza Colby's Sound Machine and performed four songs.

Garland Jeffreys performed an extended "Wild in the Streets" and three other songs before the entire cast joined him for a cover of Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers' "Baby, Please Don't Go."