Rockbrat Wonders: About the New York Dolls in 2011?

 The Dolls formed 40 years ago, in 1971. One has to ask the question though, with only Sylvain and Johansen left in the lineup, is their reason for them to still be around in 2011? Sure, its money, and I certainly don’t begrudge them earning money, cos I remember those lean years in the 80s and 90s when Sylvain was driving a cab and playing clubs. Yet history does have a tendency to repeat itself doesn’t it? In 75, the Dolls fractured and split up in Florida. Johansen and Sylvain continued on with the name (much like they are doing nowadays) and toured Japan. On March 1, 2011, it was announced the band would be the opening act for a summer tour featuring Mötley Crüe and Poison. Earl Slick has been announced as the band’s guitarist for this tour. As I said, I’m happy that David and Johansen are making some money, particularly as bands like Poison and Motley made squillions and had enormous success when the Dolls wrote the book those bands stole pages from. The Dolls reformed in 2004, with original bass player Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane dying shortly after their first reunion concert. 7 years and a couple of albums later, they are still at it – but the jury is still out as to whether it’s a good thing or not. Maybe I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve heard the band’s new album, ‘Dancing Backward in High Heels’, which featured Blondie’s Frank Infante on guitar (he also played on Syl’s great solo album from the 90’s, ‘Sleep Baby Doll’. As I said, the jury is still out. Watch this space.

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