2017's most memorable gig, 11.11.17 at Hollywood's the Viper Room-- the 40th Anniversary of The Dead Boys featuring original members their own bad selves, guitarist Cheetah Chrome and drummer Johnny Blitz. The audience went apeshit berserk, with singer Jake Hout coaxing and cajoling them into the palm of his hand a la Stiv Bators, whom he frequently praised.
For further details, I am passing the virtual microphone over to the headliner's genial road technician, Ames Flames, as his perspective and enthusiasm are uniquely palpable:
"Last nights Dead Boys show was off the hook! WOW! I literally had to fight my way through the crowd just to get the guitars on stage. Once the show started the crowd went nuts and stayed that way through the entire set. The stage monitors were being pushed, thrashed, and unplugged. I was cornered on the stage steps and couldn't move. It was hot and I was drenched. The sound was thunderous. It was like the old days. It was the 3rd time in LA this year, and it was the charm. This is the show we all hope to see when we go out to see a band. The kind of show where you have to pinch yourself to make sure you are actually awake and seeing it. It was a pleasure helping these guys out, I see them as family. J Blitz was totally killing it on drums. He was amazing to watch. He did some stuff so fast I couldn't see the sticks. As they continue (to tour) I doubt you will be seeing them in clubs. I see festivals in their future."
and openers: The Street Walkin' Cheetahs--
Cheetah's onetime almost eponymous backing band The Street Walkin' Cheetahs opened for The Dead Boys with their usual hi-speed, hi-energy clever punk rock. Angelo Moore of Fishbone jammed sax on a cover of the Stooges' "Fun House," dexterous singer Frank Meyer got fresh with bassist Dino Everett and guitarist Bruce Duff debuted his Errol Flynn/Captain Hook look.