Sunday, May 21, 2017

PRECIOUS METAL version 2017 LIVE at THE ROSE 4.22.17

Precious Metal, the most charismatic all-female metal band of the 1980s and 90s is, after a successful 2014 reunion for ChemoWize cancer charity (LINK,) back via a fulltime working configuration as depicted herein. Added to founding members Leslie Knauer (vocals,) Alex Rylance (bass,) and (pre-Carol Control) Susette Andres (drums) are guitarist Jeff Mattern (The Wild Side) and multi-instrumentalist Aviva Maloney (The Monkees.) Note oodles of personality, pulchritude and confidence in both stage presentation and my new studio shots for them below.

 The Rose club in Pasadena featured a full house for Precious Metal opening for Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison) on 4.22.17. Their dynamic set rock and rolled PMetal favorites from their three major label releases of yore like "Right Here, Right Now!" plus fun new originals, including one sung by Susette.

 Below, America's (and Australia's!) favorite Heavy Metal Sweetheart, Leslie Knauer, once deemed "the 38th best rock singer ever, either gender" by some Brit trade rag. High praise indeed, and utterly deserved. Leslie's amazing vocals are still everything they ever were and more, alongside her always upbeat presence.
 The venue in Pasadena's Old Town area was a former high-end grocery, hence the all sheet-metal-walled backstage dressing room in its former meat locker (which given the current state of the music biz some might consider all too apropos...)
Precious Metal 1986 and 2017. Left, fair use © Julian Wasser. All Rights Reserved.
Right, re-staging for 2017.

Friday, May 5, 2017


 Anyone in the greater Los Angeles area May 6th...
Free. And early, 5 - 7 p.m. so that Saturday night revelers may continue with their plans. My music photography with almost 100 shots from 1967 - 2017. 

Also, my choice of band THE BLESSINGS perform at 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

RUBY FRIEDMAN ORCHESTRA live at The Study 3.29.17

Ruby Friedman Orchestra, 3.29.17 at The Study, Hollywood. Amongst the plethora of good talent here, Los Angeles hosts two world class female singer/songwriters of indisputable greatness, Leslie Knauer of Precious Metal and Ruby Friedman of the Ruby Friedman Orchestra. Both specialize in all out emotion, but Ms. Friedman's smolders in as much darkness as celebratory revelations, intoning "I'm not your friend, I've killed a man..."

The venue was an old Art Deco, library-designed space repurposed for DJs and dancing, hence the odd lighting. But the evening featured new RFO bandmembers cutting loose, new songs from their release "Gem" and a whole lotta emotion emanating from onstage...

Ruby Friedman Orchestra is Ruby Friedman, vocals extraordinaire; Aubrey Richmond, violin; Nicholas Allen Johns, acoustic guitar; Topher Mohr, bass; Colin McGuinness, electric guitar, Craig Mcintyre, drums, and Robert Bundst Victor, keyboards.
   ←Art Deco ceiling...


Tuesday, April 25, 2017


   At Sunday's 2017 British Car Show: Mr. Twister in learned conversation beside Lotus Super Seven, automobile of Patrick McGoohan's #6 in The Prisoner.
                                        a "bug-eyed" Austin Healey Sprite says, "Smile!"

                                     a very small child with his or her own Mini

                          Vincent Black Shadow beloved of guitarist Richard Thompson
                                 and more...

Below, left to right: Mr. Twister,  yours truly, Carolyn and Chris Carradine, guest photographer: Rico Cardinale.

Monday, April 10, 2017


Rest in peace Mick Lynes, musician and gentleman, gone too soon...It happened within this last week, I know not the causes. Canadian born "Long Tall Mick" the Gypsy rocker was performing in his home town of London U.K. up to 2016 and posting on Facebook until Apr. 2, 2017 (I recently had shared one his video finds of female Iranian musicians, see LINK*...) Also on FB one of his many friends, this one named 'Captain Canada' summarized appropriately, "RIP Mick Lynes, you did fine!"

Click LINK** about one of his 2013 gigs at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles, and enjoy the video below of his performance of his song "Rocket Star"***

Monday, April 3, 2017


Austrian or German Jugendstil (about 1890 - 1910) jewelry, 
sort of post-Art Nouveau, proto-Art Deco

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


First three photos of this haunting visage were by George Maillard Kesslere in 1922. Here's who she was--

Born in Italy in 1900, Maria Gambarelli came to New York as a child, studied with Anna Pavlova, was photographed by Edward Steichen and many others, and eventually found ballet employ at the Metropolitan Opera of New York, attaining position of Ballet Mistress in 1939. 

In between she had popularized synchronized ballet troupes called "Gamby's Girls" as live entertainment before the films at movie houses like NYC's The Roxy. This concept evolved into the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. 

Her later images with peroxided, permed tresses (see left pic) make her a tad difficult to recognize except for her ever-present, underlying beauty..

Monday, March 13, 2017

CHEETAH CHROME live at the WHISKY A GOGO 2.16.17: All This And More Tour

Superb show 2.16.17 at the Whisky A GoGo starring Cheetah Chrome celebrating the 40th anniversary of his CBGB punk darlings The Dead Boys. Wild and fun: there's nothing like the authenticity of an O.G...

Jake from the tribute band The Undead Boys providing vocals for actual Cheetah Chrome Dead Boys' songs!

Also, raunchy vocals from Ames Flames, genial, longtime guitar tech and associate of Cheetah's.

 It all starts out okay and fine, then...Left to right, Lisa Lee, Cheetah Chrome, Evita Corby

 Below, California Rocker Editor Donna Balancia and Mr. Chrome
 Rock and roll couturier Evita Corby with Cheetah enthusiast Amè Kali; Evita and Jake Perry, current booker for The Whisky. Similar vocational directions for the latter pairing: Ms. Corby once managed On The Rox and worked at the Roxy.
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