Detroit/L.A. rock legends The Dogs live 11.4.11 at the Juke Joint, Anaheim, Calif., a rare reunion in anticipation of their new Dec.1st release "Hypersensitive."
Hey, that's my job! Above, wildly enthusiast Dogs fans outsource
photography while moshing and clambering onstage to yell along with the Dogs' songs they all know by heart. More Dogs' info LINK
Above and below, The Dogs: guitarist Loren Molinare, bassist Mary Kay and drummer Tony Matteucci. Still transgressive, fierce and enduring after forty years performing together (sticklers' addendum- Tony joined circa the '80s.) New historic Dogs' 2-disc dvd, rare videos of live performances and even rarer live tracks-- like the Whisky A Gogo gig with Sid Vicious and Tony Sales sitting in over a montage of vintage photos--available here: LINK.
There's this legitimate reason to photograph The Dogs, Little Caesar, the Michael Des Barres Band and Web of Spider performing live whenever I can (besides the fact which the cynical might note, 50% of them became steadfast clients of my studio sessions.)
No, it's that the first three remain Los Angeles' best live rock acts. (Web of Spider with Canadian Whitey Kirst at its helm is classified more globally, but also in the best live acts cladistically seen often in L.A. category.) Below, Little Caesar playing Brixton's, Redondo Beach, Calif. 10 28.11.
Loren Molinare does double duty as co-guitarist with Joey Brassler of the mighty Little Caesar, known for its tight, hard & fast aggro and the world-class, soulful and powerful vocals of Ron Young. Note Ron's newest fashion statement/experiment (for Halloween?) of Newsboy from Hell.
Cut to The Viper Room the next evening, 10.29.11 with The Michael Des Barres Band/Web of Spider with Whitey Kirst.
Putting on the ritz, the costumed Michael Des Barres Band go all out for Halloween with high spirits via their energetic soul rock and their frontman's famed, interactive rapport with the band's audience...
A very special PHOTO OPS
Perhaps because these nights flanked Halloween before and after, exceptional opportunities arose for PHOTO OPS.
Above after the Michael Des Barres Band/Web of Spider gig, Steve Tetsch and Evita Corby astride one of the hogs traditionally parked directly outside the Viper Room. Night shot without flash. No hog was harmed in the making this photograph.
Below, Michael Des Barres, Evita Corby and Steve Tetsch and Michael's friend far left enjoy cinematic-looking moonlight (also shot without flash) outside the Viper Room storefronts; then Michael and Evita.
Above, Evita and Joel Turrisi. These two worked together at The Roxy club in Hollywood almost three decades ago.
Evita and a surprised Whitey strike a familiar pose with a hidden theme. (Whitey was Iggy Pop's most longtime solo career guitarist, and Evita has a very similar picture with Pop himself taken by Natalie Schlossman circa 37 years ago when both were Iggy and The Stooges inner circle...)
Above photo taken by Steve Tetsch, Evita, Whitey and yours truly in a Halloween costume: I was clad all in my own clothes worn during and saved from 1967.
Directly above, co-Editor of Paraphilia online magazine (find my photo-features therein on both The Dogs and Iggy and The Stooges at LINK) Dire McCain gets up close and personal with The Dogs' merchandising
, and batty with her little friend at The Dogs' Juke Joint gig below.
Above, Dire communes with Elvis, twice, inside the club and below with Loren Dog and Tony Dog after the gig; and with the addition of Mary Dog and an unidentified Dogs' fan outside the club in the photo at bottom.