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The Heartbreakers LAMF Performance @ Bowery Electric – November 16th 2016

LAMF at Bowery Electric © Dan Kulpa

Continuing on their 4 show run performing the legendary Johnny Thunders-led Heartbreakers album L.A.M.F. in its entirety, the supergroup consisting of Clem Burke from Blondie on drums and vocals, Wayne Kramer from MC5 on guitar and vocals, Tommy Stinson from the Replacements on bass and vocals, and original member of the Heartbreakers, Walter Lure on guitar and vocals, closed out their mini NYC tour with a final late show at Bowery Electric on Wednesday November 16th.

Having just played a show earlier in the evening, the band was loose and primed to perform when they hit the stage for their final performance. Once again featuring guest appearances by Jesse Malin and the Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome, the band was definitely in a groove as they worked through the L.A.M.F. tracks as well as a few Johnny Thunders songs and the roof raising MC5 classic “Kick out the Jams” led by Wayne Kramer and the Dictators’ Handsome Dick Manitoba. It was good to see this limited run close out with the band coming together and cutting loose. As the final show came to its raucous conclusion, and the small basement club was filled with roaring approval, it was hard to tell just who had more fun, the band or the fans! It was definitely a much tighter performance than the benefit they played for Stephen Saban the day before, our coverage of that event can be found here: L.A.M.F. Stephen Saban Benefit

The final show was opened by New York band the Sweet Things who played an energized set of songs that pulled influences from the New York Dolls, the Rolling Stones, and even Johnny Thunders himself. They definitely caught the attention of the crowd and are a band to keep an eye and ear open for…

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