If you love rock ’n’ roll – if you’re reading this, I’m certain you are – then there’s no better place to be on Friday, Aug. 14 when Hotel Vegas presents Sylvain Sylvain and The Sylvains, Pleasers, Crocodile Tears, Savage Pinks and Jamey Simms.
A little history lesson: Sylvain Sylvain was the rhythm guitar player for the legendary New York Dolls, the proto-punk band that was the bridge between Iggy & The Stooges and The Ramones. He lasted from the band’s formation in 1971 until 1977, when the band – at the point only Sylvain and lead singer David Johansen – unceremoniously broke up. When the NY Dolls reformed in 2004, Sylvain and Johansen were the only original members left.
So, expect a lot of classic NY Dolls songs peppered amongst Sylvain’s sturdy solo work. Hopefully he’ll play a few from his 1979 self-titled solo album, an amazing platter of doo-wop, rockabilly and straight up rock ’n’ roll debauchery.
Savage Pinks are a perfect opening band for this shindig. Featuring Al G. on guitar and vocals, Eric on guitar, Mikey on bass and Mike Sukys on drums, the band plays a rollicking punk take on dirty rock ’n’ roll, much like the NY Dolls 40 years before them. You’ll do a double take when you realize each song they’re playing isn’t the NY Dolls’ “Personality Crisis.” Trust me – that’s a good thing.
Hotel Vegas is located at 1500 E. 6th St. Doors open at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.