The Strokes and the White Stripes played Aug 15th at New York’s Art Deco Palace Radio City Music Hall. In front of more than 6000 cheering fans they showed why they’re both being talked about as the best of the “New Rock & Roll” bands. Aug 29th, the Strokes played at the Fader Magazine party after the MTV Music Video Awards show, and then they all partied until dawn at the East Village bar Niagara.
Hangin’ out with Ryan Adams. I’ve gotten to know Ryan over the last year, and this summer spent several nights going to events in New York with him. We also shot a session for his new publicity photos. On this page see shots from our photo session and the MTV Music Video Awards after show party as well as the opening of Ryan’s exhibition of his paintings at Niagara.
Green Day played at Madison Square Garden and everyone had a ball! They are the most fun live band around and they really involve the audience. The best part of the show is when they take fans from the crowd and bring them on stage and let them play a song! I first saw them do this a few years ago; Billie Joe would get a fan up and give him his guitar, but now they replace the whole band! It… read more →
I went with my wife Elizabeth to Cuba to attend the opening of a photo exhibition titled “The Revolution of Rock & Roll”. The show was at the Fototeca De Cuba Gallery and was organized by Chris Murray of the Govinda Gallery in Washington, DC. We had a great time in Cuba, the opening was a good party and I gave a slide talk at the gallery on Rock & Roll photography. I’ve been invited to come back in December… read more →
The Rolling Stones landed in New York to announce a new world tour. Flying in on a blimp with the Stones logo painted on it, they said they were looking forward to playing three types of shows: in stadiums, arenas, and clubs. They all looked in fine form, except Charlie, who looked a little airsick from the blimp ride.
Joe Strummer and his band the “Mescaleros” came to New York to play five shows at the new venue “St. Ann’s Warehouse” under the Brooklyn Bridge. What a week it was! The shows were great and we stayed up partying till dawn each night. Joe played new material from the Mescaleros two albums, as well as some old favorites from the Clash days.
I was in Paris this week and went to see Ike Turner at the Lionel Hampton Lounge in Le Méridien Hotel. He did one of the best sets I’ve seen him do in years, playing his “Rocket 88”, the first ever Rock & Roll song. He also did a great blues version of Alice Cooper’s “Only Women Bleed” as well as the Jazz number “Mercy,Mercy,Mercy”.
The Fuji Rock Festival 2001 was held July 27th, 28th & 29th, at the Naeba Resort in the mountains of Northwest Japan, and it was a blast! I was very happy to be able to attend with my wife this year. More than 100 bands and artists from around the world performed on six or seven stages and there was even a weird Circus from England. I couldn’t cover the whole festival (it’s very big) but we roamed around with… read more →
Joe Strummer and his band the Mescaleros played their new album, “Global A Go-Go” at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square. The new songs are very good, with a mix of many musical forms coming together so well that once you hear it you want to keep playing it over and over. They are playing a mini tour of record stores in major cities to be followed by a full scale tour in the fall. Watch for them!
I am in London working on my book of photos of the Clash and we went to a great party for the photographer Mario Testino hosted by Kate Moss with Clash bassplayer Paul Simonon. It was a nice surprise to see Paul there after I had spent all day going over final layout proofs for my book, which is due out at the end of September. We also ran into the artist Damien Hirst who introduced us to TV personality… read more →
The Patti Smith Group are playing a three night gig at the new Greenwich Village venue “Village Underground”. The sold out show I saw was fantastic! Full of passion and feeling, Patti Smith is a true legend. It’s great to see a world-class artist such as Patti in a small and intimate room. It felt like a show in a friends basement, and the crowd loved every minute. Club owner Steve Weitzman has been bringing some very good shows to… read more →
The Black Crowes, Oasis and Spacehog are touring together this Spring as the “Tour of Brotherly Love”. Each of the bands has a pair of singer and gituar player brothers. Each of the bands has their own unique sound but they work together well. The two Spacehog brothers are English and so is all of Oasis, and The Black Crowes have recently been backing English guitar “God” Jimmy Page. I saw their show at the SNET Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT… read more →
Life’s a Gas, Joey Ramone’s Birthday Bash, was one of the best shows New York has seen in years! Everyone was dressed for a party and in a very good mood. Little Steven was the MC, introducing some of Joey’s friends as speakers and the bands that played. There were also rare videos that were very funny and gave all a good laugh. My favorite part was when the stage was empty and with no video, just the music track… read more →
Squeezebox – a party started by Michael Schmidt, has been running at Don Hill’s club in New York for years. It’s been a great party of straight and gay rock’n’rollers with bands and guest spots backed by a rockin’ house band that can play anything and make it fun. In such a wildly varied crowd, MC Mistress Formika always made everyone feel welcome and we’ve had so many great times there. Friday May 18th was the final party – this… read more →