May 18, 2001

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 page shows a few scenes from the last night.

May 18 - Poster by Mike Brisbois shown at the party.

May 18 – Poster by Mike Brisbois shown at the party.

Poster for the final Squeezebox party at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The sign outside made the usually out of the way place easy to find

The sign outside made the usually out of the way place easy to find

Sign directing the way to the last Squeezebox party at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

When I first walked in, the place was already so hot and crowded that it was like a sauna. The first photo I took, this one of Debbie Harry, John Waters, and Michael Schmidt was foggy from the moisture on the lens.

When I first walked in, the place was already so hot and crowded that it was like a sauna. The first photo I took, this one of Debbie Harry, John Waters, and Michael Schmidt was foggy from the moisture on the lens.

(L-R) Debbie Harry of Blondie, John Waters and Michael Schmidt during the final Squeezebox show at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Jayne County backstage with Bob Gruen's wife, fashion designer Elizabeth Gregory and Bebe Buell. Watch for Bebe's new book 'Rebel Heart - An American Rock 'n' Roll Journey' out this summer.

Jayne County backstage with Bob Gruen’s wife, fashion designer Elizabeth Gregory and Bebe Buell. Watch for Bebe’s new book ‘Rebel Heart – An American Rock ‘n’ Roll Journey’ out this summer.

(L-R) Jayne County, Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen and Bebe Buell during the final Squeezebox show at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Bebe Buell rocks the house!

Bebe Buell rocks the house!

Bebe Buell on stage during the final Squeezebox show at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Master sound man, NiteBob, keeps things clear.

Master sound man, NiteBob, keeps things clear.

NiteBob working the sound at the final Squeezebox party at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Downstairs Cherie Currie waits to go on with the fabulous Chi Chi Valenti, designer Kitty Boots and DJ Johnny Dynell.

Downstairs Cherie Currie waits to go on with the fabulous Chi Chi Valenti, designer Kitty Boots and DJ Johnny Dynell.

(L-R) Cherie Currie of The Runaways, Chi Chi Valenti, Kitty Boots and DJ Johnny Dynell during the final Squeezebox show at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Cherie Currie was great singing with the Squeezebox Band with a rare appearance of Cherie's fellow Runaway bandmate, Sandy West.

Cherie Currie was great singing with the Squeezebox Band with a rare appearance of Cherie’s fellow Runaway bandmate, Sandy West.

Cherie Currie and Sandy West of The Runaways with the Squeezebox Band on stage during the final Squeezebox show at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Don Hill checks with security man Carl after the record breaking crowd filled the club (the line outside had been all the way down the block).

Don Hill checks with security man Carl after the record breaking crowd filled the club (the line outside had been all the way down the block).

Don Hill and Carl during the final Squeezebox show at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Miss Guy, Bob Gruen and Michael Schmidt.

Miss Guy, Bob Gruen and Michael Schmidt.

(L-R) Miss Guy, Bob Gruen and Michael Schmidt during the final Squeezebox show at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Bob and Michael thank hardworking door guy Thomas Onorato.

Bob and Michael thank hardworking door guy Thomas Onorato.

(L-R) Bob Gruen, Michael Schmidt and Thomas Onorato during the final Squeezebox show at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Electric Monster Tony Mann gets a hug from Gyda Gash.

Electric Monster Tony Mann gets a hug from Gyda Gash.

Tony Mann and Gyda Gash during the last Squeezebox party at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Everyone got in the act as Jayne leads a rousing version of her hit song, "If You Don't Want To Fuck Me Baby, Baby Fuck Off!"

Everyone got in the act as Jayne leads a rousing version of her hit song, “If You Don’t Want To Fuck Me Baby, Baby Fuck Off!”

Jayne County and friends on stage during the final Squeezebox show at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © 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 show, Jayne lands on Michael's lap while Squeezebox band bassplayer Greta, with her husband Duard, (on right) try to get out from under.

After the show, Jayne lands on Michael’s lap while Squeezebox band bassplayer Greta, with her husband Duard, (on right) try to get out from under.

(L-R) Unknown, Michael Schmidt, Jayne County, Greta of the Squeezebox Band and Duard at the final Squeezebox show at Don Hill's, NYC. May 18, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com