Bowery Electric, NYC

Bowery Electric, NYC - 11/29/2017
by Dennis Morgillo

It is the 40th Anniversary of the Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers “L.A.M.F” album. It is the quintessential punk album, and is hugely influential in the world of Punk. L.A.M.F has become a yearly event. This is the second year in a row, where the album is being performed in it’s entirety by a litany of Punk Rock legends. In addition to regulars Walter Lure (Heartbreakers), Clem Burke (Blondie), & Jesse Malin (D Generation); Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Mike Ness (Social Distortion) were added to complete the lineup. 

Making my way to the front of the stage, I was overwhelmed by the energy and the combined legends and ghosts of 1977. Right in front of me was Blondie, Sex Pistols, Social D, all acting as mediums calling up the spirits of ’77. 

Each legend took a turn as the front man and lead vocalist. They sang together, and played together as if they have been for years. Mike Ness on “Born To Lose”, Walter Lure on “One Track Mind”, Clem Burke on “Can't Keep My Eyes on You”, Jesse Malin on “You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory”, and Glen Matlock on “I Wanna Be Loved”.

L.A.M.F is a masterpiece, full of attitude, melodies and in your face rock n roll. Every song is better than the next. Not a throw away in the bunch. 

L.A.M.F of course is an acronym for “Like a MotherFucker”! It couldn’t be more appropriately named. Johnny Thunders was LAMF, the whole band, album and the NY punk scene was LAMF to the hilt. This whole band tonight is hardcore LAMF! The Bowery Electric is LAMF! NYC & The Village are still LAMF af! On the way to the event, I passed a nodding junkie in the street.  

Another legendary night. I absolutely loved this concert. The sweat, and regret in the year, the noise, the volume, the sounds, the smells. Just amazing! This was the best show of the year for me, and I am already looking forward to next year. November now means my birthday, Thanksgiving and LAMF. Not necessarily in that order. 

I sure hope this stays an annual event, as I will surely be making the annual pilgrimage. Some names that might be interesting for the future: Richard Hell, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, Steve Jones, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Patti Smith, Mick Jones, Debbie Harry, Tim Armstrong, Billie Joe Armstrong, Paul Weller, Billy Idol, Siouxsie Sioux, Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Sylvain Sylvain, David Jo, Paul Westerberg, & Paul Simonon to name a few.

Set List:        
Born to Lose (Mike Ness - lead vocal) 
All by Myself (Walter Lure - lead vocal) 
I Wanna Be Loved (Glen Matlock - lead vocal) 
It's Not Enough (Jesse Malin - lead vocal) 
Chinese Rocks (Walter Lure & Mike Ness - lead vocals) 
Get Off the Phone (Walter Lure - lead vocal)
Pirate Love (Jesse Malin - lead vocal) 
One Track Mind (Walter Lure - lead vocal) 
I Love You (Mike Ness - lead vocal)
Goin' Steady (Mike Ness - lead vocal)
Let Go (Mike Ness - lead vocal)
Can't Keep My Eyes on You (Clem Burke - lead vocal)
Do You Love Me? (Walter Lure - lead vocal)
You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Jesse Malin - lead vocal)
So Alone (Mike Ness - lead vocal)
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Glen Matlock - lead vocal)
Too Much Junkie Business (Walter Lure - lead vocal)
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