Re: If you could see one concert again ...
Posted by: David Rinck
Date: June 01, 2008 04:58PM
Oh man, I'd go see Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers again!!!
I saw the HBs at the Whisky in about 1979, and that was absolutely hands down the BEST show I ever attended - bar none ever ever. Man, most nights by that time in his career, he was a fucked up, pathetic mess, but on a good night JT was the king. He came out and ripped up Pipeline, and then ran through LAMF, before finally kicking over the drum set and taking off. Man, that show made such an impression on me. I saw the late show, and I even remember waiting outside during the first set, and hearing him roar through Chinese Rocks. Man, he had IT.
Others... The Weirdos at the Starwood, again about 1979. I think that was their last show ever, they were probably my favorite early LA punk rock band, and really very hip and strange group. The Ramones at the Hollywood Palladium, when they toured for End of the Century, they were always great live. X always was, and still is in my opinion, a great live act. Another old LA punk band that was great live was the Adolescents, and Tony Cadena is a very cool person that I got to know pretty well in the day. I saw them with China White and The Chiefs at the Cookoo's Nest in Hunnington Beach once, a great show. Also, in about 2001, Jeff Lucas and I hitched up to San Francisco for the Western Front, a three day punk rock blow out, headlined by the Dead Kennedys. They were great performers. One band not many people know of, but that I liked was the Mau Maus, with Rick Wilder. I saw them a few times in LA. Oh yeah, PiL at the Olympic with Los Lobos when they were just starting out. And the first Misfits show at the North Park Lions Club in San Diego. And the Dammed at Godzillas. Oh yeah, and of course the Dead Boys, who also played the Whisky about 2000. What about Dave Alvin and the Blasters?
I saw the Germs twice, and frankly they sucked. Darby was a drunken mess, and the band couldn't play worth a damn. Live they were nothing like they were on the album (G.I.). But I thought Don Bowles went on to be excellent in 45 Grave, and I thought Pat Smear was great with Twisted Roots.
OK Johnny Thunders was the king in my book. When he had it together, he rocked the house down.