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Cavestomp 2007 - Review


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Just got back from NYC after being out 'til 2-3 in the morning for 3 straight nights.....

My thoughts on Cavestomp (for the 2-3 members of this board who may actually be interested....)

The Sonics were ungodly f***ing great!!!!!! Gerry Roslie is very frail and weak looking, having undergone a heart transplant (he now has a 30 year old woman's heart) and cancer problems (liver, intestines) over the past 10 years....but he's still got a great voice, even if he's no longer the force of nature he once was! He clearly isn't able to scream all night anymore....40 years later. Some of the shouter songs (Cinderella, Dirty Robber) were turned over to the bass player (Don Wilhelm of the Daily Flash), who's a good screamer. They played 22 songs on Friday, and 20 last night (cut out covers of Do You Love Me & Leave My Kitten Alone), encoring both nights with Louie Louie and The Witch. All of the old classics (Psycho, Have Love Will Travel, Strychnine, Shot Down, etc. sounded great, and the shows were taped for a live CD/DVD in the future. The band has turned down the Ponderosa Stomp and other gigs...I'm not sure about Roslie's condition. I'm certainly glad I saw these two shows, though!!!

Other highlights -

First night -

The Staggers from Austria are a very wild garage band, obviously influenced by the early Stones, Pretty Things, etc. They did a very solid set.

The Outta Place from NYC - a bit disappointing; average garage band, doing decent versions of the usual covers (Syndicate of Sounds' Little Girl to close their set)

The Satelliters - great live act, although I heard very little of their newly discovered vocal prowess on their last full-lengther (very early Hollies influence...)

The Thanes - from Scotland - a bit on the boring side, even if they are "legendary". Front man Lenny Helsing's other band The Wildebeests was much better last night.

Sonics - see comments above.

Second night - The worst night of any Cavestomp in history, IMO.....

The Higher State fronm England - one of only 2 good bands that night - very Byrds-influenced.

The Urges - Boring

The Alarm Clocks - definitely Saturday's highlight ! - A lot of great songs from their upcoming new CD, coming out early next year...They were better than at the 3/06 Choir shows in Cleveland

New Colony Six - Basically a damn Las Vegas lounge act at this point!!! - Their singer and his "comedy act" probably go over very well with the blue-hairs in a cocktail lounge, but these guys were VERY disappointing. The music was so-so at best, the act was terrible!

Strawberry Alarm Clock - Great musicians, but their music had/has little to do with garage or punk rock....it was kinds like watching Frank Zappa & The Mothers - very jazz-influenced, included a 10 minute drum solo!!!

Third night -

The Hall Monitors from DC - shockingly good, Eddie Angrl from Los Straitjackets joined them for their last 3 numbers....I need to check these guys (and 1 girl) out...

The Wildebeests - Excellent primitive beat music! Kinda like The Kaisers only more Bo Diddley inflenced than Beatles....

The Lyres - Great as usual - I've seen them many times....

The Fleshtones - ditto, only their act is getting a bit old to me now....

Sonics - See comments above....

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