June 2004

“The NY Dolls played a sensational comeback show! They’ve never played better! The Kings of New York!” So said the rave reviews in the London papers after their first show in almost 30 years. They played at the Meltdown Festival in London at the Royal Festival Hall. This years festival was curated by Morrissey and he called the NY Dolls and asked them the play and in a big surprise move, they agreed!. It was a fantastic night. The Dolls are better than ever, actually learning how to tune up and play over the years. Before the Dolls show, I had a screening of my Dolls video documentary, “Lookin’ for a Kiss” and some other rare excerpts and footage of bands playing at Max’s Kansas City. Now the NY Dolls are planning some more shows, including August 14th in New York at Randall’s Island, a festival in Belfast August 28th and some Japanese dates at the end of September.

June 12 - The Reunited NY Dolls pose for their first photo together in 29 years, and they're lookin' good!

June 12 – The Reunited NY Dolls pose for their first photo together in 29 years, and they’re lookin’ good!

(L-R) Syl Sylvain, Arthur Kane and David Johansen of the New York Dolls posing at Westbeth Studio, NYC. June 12, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 16 - The 2004 NY Dolls take a bow after their London debut.

June 16 – The 2004 NY Dolls take a bow after their London debut.

The New York Dolls on stage during the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 12 - The Dolls look happy to be together as they pose on the fire escape during their NY Rehearsals.

New York Dolls, NYC - 2004
June 12 - The Dolls look happy to be together as they pose on the fire escape during their NY Rehearsals.
June 12 – The Dolls look happy to be together as they pose on the fire escape during their NY Rehearsals.

(L-R) Arthur Kane, David Johansen and Syl Sylvain of the New York Dolls posing in NYC. June 12, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The Dolls were so friendly with each other it seemed as if only a week had gone by instead of 29 years.

New York Dolls, NYC - 2004
The Dolls were so friendly with each other it seemed as if only a week had gone by instead of 29 years.
The Dolls were so friendly with each other it seemed as if only a week had gone by instead of 29 years.

(L-R) Syl Sylvain, David Johansen and Arthur Kane of the New York Dolls posing at Westbeth Studio, NYC. June 12, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 16 - Backstage in London before going on David looks ready...

David Johansen, London - 2004
June 16 - Backstage in London before going on David looks ready...
June 16 – Backstage in London before going on David looks ready…

David Johansen of the New York Dolls backstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

and then hits the stage with a cheer.

…and then hits the stage with a cheer.

David Johansen of the New York Dolls on stage during the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 18 - David wows the crowd as he always has.

June 18 – David wows the crowd as he always has.

David Johansen of the New York Dolls on stage during the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 18, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 16 - David Johansen.

June 16 – David Johansen.

David Johansen of the New York Dolls on stage during the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 16 - David and Syl stir up the fans.

Syl Sylvain & David Johansen, London - 2004
June 16 - David and Syl stir up the fans.
David and Syl stir up the fans.

Syl Sylvain and David Johansen on stage during the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 18 - Arthur and Syl get in sync as David calls on the audience to sing along.

New York Dolls, London - 2004
June 18 - Arthur and Syl get in sync as David calls on the audience to sing along.
June 18 – Arthur and Syl get in sync as David calls on the audience to sing along.

New York Dolls on stage during the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 18, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 16 - David shows he has only gotten better on the harmonica. People were surprised to see how blues based the Dolls songs are.

New York Dolls, London - 2004
June 16 - David shows he has only gotten better on the harmonica. People were surprised to see how blues based the Dolls songs are.
June 16 – David shows he has only gotten better on the harmonica. People were surprised to see how blues based the Dolls songs are.

The New York Dolls on stage during the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Syl is happy to show how good he's gotten over the years and how glad he is to be back with the Dolls.

Syl is happy to show how good he’s gotten over the years and how glad he is to be back with the Dolls.

Syl Sylvain of the New York Dolls on stage during the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 18 - Someone yelled to Arthur to give a smile and it seemed to come easy to the now sober bassman.

Arthur Kane, London - 2004
June 18 - Someone yelled to Arthur to give a smile and it seemed to come easy to the now sober bassman.
June 18 – Someone yelled to Arthur to give a smile and it seemed to come easy to the now sober bassman.

Arthur Kane of the New York Dolls on stage during the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 18, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 16 - Drummer Gary Powell usually plays with the Libertines, but he was great with the NY Dolls!

Gary Powell, London - 2004
June 16 - Drummer Gary Powell usually plays with the Libertines, but he was great with the NY Dolls!
June 16 – Drummer Gary Powell usually plays with the Libertines, but he was great with the NY Dolls!

Gary Powell of the Libertines on stage during the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Johnny Thunders shoes are hard to fill, but Steve Conte played his heart out and the Dolls never sounded better.

Johnny Thunders shoes are hard to fill, but Steve Conte played his heart out and the Dolls never sounded better.

Steve Conte on stage during the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

After the debut show Sex Pistols bassman Glenn Matlock says hello to his inspiration, Arthur.

Glenn Matlock & Arthur Kane, London - 2004
After the debut show Sex Pistols bassman Glenn Matlock says hello to his inspiration, Arthur.
After the debut show Sex Pistols bassman Glenn Matlock says hello to his inspiration, Arthur.

Glenn Matlock of the Sex Pistols and Arthur Kane of the New York Dolls backstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 18 - Chrissie Hynde came to see one of her all-time favorite bands and says hi to old friend David Jo.

June 18 – Chrissie Hynde came to see one of her all-time favorite bands and says hi to old friend David Jo.

David Johansen of the New York Dolls and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders backstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 18, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Sex Pistol drummer Paul Cook, and the Clash's Mick Jones tell David how good it was to see the Dolls again.

Sex Pistol drummer Paul Cook, and the Clash’s Mick Jones tell David how good it was to see the Dolls again.

(L-R) Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols, David Johansen of the New York Dolls and Mick Jones of the Clash backstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 18, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Sir Bob Geldof and David give a very smashed Shane McGowan a shoulder to lean on.

Sir Bob Geldof and David give a very smashed Shane McGowan a shoulder to lean on.

(L-R) Sir Bob Geldof, David Johansen of the New York Dolls and Shane McGowan of the Pogues backstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 18, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Sky Sexon of the Seeds and Arthur get to catch up.

Sky Sexon & Arthur Kane, London - 2004
Sky Sexon of the Seeds and Arthur get to catch up.
Sky Sexon of the Seeds and Arthur get to catch up.

Sky Sexon of The Seeds and Arthur Kane of the New York Dolls backstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 18, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Grace and Don Letts meet David and Don explained the new "History of Punk" DVD project he's working on. The Grammy award winning director did interviews with the Dolls during their stay in London.

Grace and Don Letts meet David and Don explained the new “History of Punk” DVD project he’s working on. The Grammy award winning director did interviews with the Dolls during their stay in London.

(L-R) Grace Letts, David Johansen of the New York Dolls and Don Letts backstage at the Royal Festval Hall in London, England. June 18, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Tony James and Mick Jones are all smiles as they told me about their new band "Carbon Silicon".

Tony James & Mick Jones, London - 2004
Tony James and Mick Jones are all smiles as they told me about their new band "Carbon Silicon".
Tony James and Mick Jones are all smiles as they told me about their new band “Carbon Silicon”.

Tony James and Mick Jones backstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 18, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Sir Bob Geldof, himself a big Dolls fan, gets an autograph from Sylvain for his daughter.

Sir Bob Geldof, himself a big Dolls fan, gets an autograph from Sylvain for his daughter.

Syl Sylvain of the New York Dolls and Sir Bob Geldof backstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 18, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

After all the excitement David takes a well earned rest as he waits for a ride back to the hotel.

After all the excitement David takes a well earned rest as he waits for a ride back to the hotel.

David Johansen of the New York Dolls backstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 18, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com