Woke up about eight hours north in Montreal after spending the weekend at the Heavy Montreal festival (don't worry...review and plenty of pics coming soon) and knew some of my pals were probably heading down to Blackthorn 51 in Elmhurst to see the always killer Faster Pussycat. Well traffic was light and the border crossing was quick and non-invasive so I found myself in a position to hop a ride and forego sleep for most of another night...
Arrived and hung outside as my friends were waiting for some other friends. Heard a band doing a pretty killer version of The Stooges' Search and Destroy and I Wanna Be Your Dog. Wish we had gone in to check them out as the band was called Sexxx Dolls and we met Satyr of the band later between sets and he was entertaining as all hell, regaling us with tales of Stiv Bators who he used to be neighbors with in better days...we look forward to your next gig Satyr...
We did go in for the next band on the bill, The Bowery Boys, who put on a rockin set highlighted by some appearances from some of the Faster Pussycat fellas...bassist Danny Nordahl (along with guitarist Ace Von Johnson on backing vocals) joined them to take lead vocals on a cover of Johnny Thunders "Chinese Rocks" and back later in their set for a Ramones cover.
So before we talk about Faster Pussycat's set, let's talk about Blackthorn 51 as this was my first time being there. I dug it. Low stage up front right inside the door, bar along one wall. Could hold I'd guess 200 people. Nice outdoor area in the back. I hope to be back for more shows.
But we're here to talk about Taime Downe, Xristian Simon, Chad Stewart, Danny and Ace - Faster Pussycat.
The boys hit the stage just after midnight and as always just kicked ass straight through for just over an hour with a set that included a new song and a cover we had not heard them do before. Here's a bunch of pics and the set list:
Where There's A Whip There's A Way
Slip of the Tongue
Number 1 With a Bullet
Sex Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll
House of Pain
then a new tune called from what I can tell "Pretty Ugly" which is pretty damn good
Don't Change That Song
Danny took over lead vocals for the next two songs starting with a cover of the Ramones'
Pet Sematary which none of us (who combined may have seen Faster Pussycat well over fifty times at this point) have ever heard them do before
then a cover of The Supersuckers' (another always killer band) Pretty Fucked Up
Taime came back on lead vocals for another cover that is a mainstay in their set, Betty Blowtorch's Shut Up and Fuck
And that was it...a full blown hour of rock. We ended up hanging out for about another hour during which we got to meet and chat with most of the band (all except Taime who retired to the bus). It was also cool to meet Ricky Byrd, of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts among others, who was there and even got a guitar pic from him after chatting and taking a few photos.
It was a helluva fun night and I look forward to seeing the boys again soon...in about 6 weeks at the 80's in the Park festival down in Florida where most of the crew I went with this night will be joining me as well.
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