Oct 28, 2013

Andrew WK and Marky Ramone @ The Fonda

Bucket list... I have one.   I got to check off two items from mine last week- the first was meet David Geffen.   Yeah, I know, that alone would have been enough.   The second was see a Ramone perform... and as usual I have twitter to thank for this one.   I randomly responded to a tweet about the Blitzkrieg show Andrew WK was doing at the Fonda on Tuesday, and wouldn't you know it- I won two tickets to the show!   Kind of awesome actually- I have always loved the Ramones (who doesn't) and wish my brother was in LA because he is the first person I though about taking with me.   There was no way to get him across the country in time for the show, but I invited a friend of mine and we went on our way.

October 15th, 2013

The Fonda Theatre

6126 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, California
Andrew W.K. will be joining Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg as the lead singer for their 2013 world tour. The punk drumming icon and his band will be fronted by the king of partying for a high-octane performance of more than THIRTY of Marky’s classic fan-favorite songs! These will include songs that took him from the halcyon stage of CBGB’s to touring around the world. From the celluloid halls of Rock ‘n Roll High School to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Ramone’s career has taken him far and wide, earning him a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, and immortalizing his handprints on the Hollywood Rock Walk.

I did not expect what happened...grown adults and young teens moshing in a giant circle.   I am not sure what I was expecting now that I think about it, but it blew my mind.   I also adored the cover of Wonderful World... kind of like watching my love of beautiful music colliding with rock and the calamity that came from it was pure awesome.  The following video is a snippet from the last song, special thanks to my concert partner-in-crime for getting good video of it!   I know, I was too busy unleashing my inner punk princess to video anything worth posting.

Andrew WK is someone I discovered on twitter, and I find him fascinating.   I don't feel like there are very many guys out there right now doing what he does, and while he is doing covers on this tour, he has a flavor all his own.   He will be back in LA at the Echoplex Nov. 19th...


This post was going to go up last week but I had a different show I wanted to talk about, and in a way it worked out because now I can tie this Ramone's post into something more relevant that happened this week.   Yesterday, October 27th, 2013, the amazingly talented Lou Reed passed away.   Talk about bucket list- the man was a legend and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to see him perform live in NY at Madison Square Garden in 2009.   When I heard the news yesterday I immediately started thinking about all of the music he influenced and all of the ways music has changed and progressed.   The internet was inundated with people discussing his passing and his greatness- that alone is a testament to how much he affected music.   Someone linked an article that has a playlist Lou kept on spotify of all the songs he liked to listen to...
and the following video is a must see for any fan - video of Reed running through "Walk On The Wild Side," "Heroin," and "White Light, White Heat" at the Olympia Ballroom in Paris, circa 1973, is one of the most powerful performances you’ll find on YouTube:

Rest in peace Lou.

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