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NEW YORK DOLLS
Hard Rock Hell, Pontins, Prestatyn, North Wales
5 December 2009
Photo by Noel
probably fair to say that The New York Dolls are one of the most legendary
and influential bands that Hard Rock Hell has managed to book so far in
its short history. However, although they went a long way to laying the
foundations for both punk and glam rock, a pure Heavy Metal audience is
probably not where their appeal really lies.
the audience reaction is slightly subdued, as although there is a healthy
contingent of hardcore fans in the audience who greet every song with
rapturous recognition, the majority don't really seem to be that familiar
with the Dolls repertoire.
Photo by Noel
however take anything away from the band’s performance. The two surviving
original members, Sylvain Sylvain and David Johansen, add a large slice of
camp glamour to the proceedings and lead the band through a rip-roaring
set of high energy rock’n’roll, New York Glam style.
with Babylon, the band zip though a set of largely the old classic
material, especially from the self-titled debut album from 1973.
The set only
features three or four from the two recent albums – Cause I Sez So and
Dance Like a Monkey being the highlights. Bassist Sam Yaffa, formerly of
Hanoi Rocks, dedicates Private World to his legendary predecessor Arthur
‘Killer’ Kane which is a nice touch and frontman David Johansen wears a
big grin on his face from start to finish.
don't get Personality Crisis tonight which is a surprise, the set finishes
on a high with the undisputed Dolls classic, Jetboy. This was a tough
audience for the Dolls to crack, but crack it they just about did. I
suspect they’ll get an easier ride on home turf on the rest of the tour.
Review by Jimmy
Photos by Noel
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