Sad news to report as Punk Rock and global fashion icon of the New York Dolls legend Sylvan Sylvan has died. He was just 69 years old. He had been suffering from cancer for several years. After initially emigrating from Cairo, Egypt with his family as a child, Sylvan, born David Sylvan, grew up in Queens, New York where he got his musical start in the band Actress with several other New York Dolls members. He also co-founded a fashion brand while still a youth, pioneering the proto-glam style that defied convention, upended gender norms, and innovated with style. Forming the Dolls, Sylvan played guitar for the duration of the band from 1971-1977, led other bands, frequently collaborated with Dolls frontman David Johansen, and much more. He was an integral member of the fledgling Punk scene in New York. We send our sympathy out to Sylvain’s family, friends, and fans at this time.
Who would think that a thirtieth-anniversary gig would lead to a band reunion for a new generation of fans? It probably wasn’t the first thing on the minds of Belgian cult legends La Muerte, who have been revered and reviled in equal measure during their long history. The tricksy genre mash of their past continues into the present with new full-length La Muerte (Mottow Soundz), which should pique the curiosity of all manner of Metal fans. Continue reading →
Michael Monroe will be releasing a new studio album titled Blackout States on October 16, 2015 via Spinefarm Records. This 13-track outing was produced by Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Nomads) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland.
With Blackout States, Monroe’s current touring and recording outfit, comprised of bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company of Wolves), guitarist Rich Jones (ex-Black Halos/Amen), and drummer Karl Rockfist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig), provided strong creative support for a groundbreaking artist whose reputation continues to flourish. Many of rock’s most noted performers, including Dave Grohl and Slash, have cited Monroe’s unwavering drive and three-decade-plus career as a genuine source of inspiration.
The Compulsions have announced upcoming US performances in support of their new albumDirty Fun, out April 14, 2015 via Compulsions Records. The band features vocalist/rhythm guitarist Rob Carlyle, lead guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N Roses), drummer Frank “Thunderchucker” Ferrer (Guns N Roses) and bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls). Listen to the album trailer below.
Apr 13: Nights With Alice Cooper (Interview and Performance) – New York City, NY Apr 14: The Mercury Lounge (9:45pm set time) – New York City, NY Apr 16: The Viper Room (10:00pm set time) – Los Angeles, CA
Dirty Fun Tracklisting
01: “Hellbound Babies” 02: “Silly Little Woman” 03: “Evil Bastards” 04: “Lucky” 05: “House Of Rock” 06: “Long Tall Sally” 07: “The Feel” 08: “I Still Got The Hots For You, Baby” 09: “Stay Eazy” 10) “Buzz Awhile”