Little Steven's Underground Garage Presents
L.A.M.F. - 40th Anniversary of Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers - Performed In Its Entirety [7pm Show]
Walter Lure (Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Mike Ness (Social Distortion), Clem Burke (Blondie), Soraia
Wed · November 29, 2017
7:00 pmBowery Electric
This event is 21 and over
This show is sold out. However, tickets still available for The L.A.M.F. performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg 11/30. Tickets--> https://www.axs.com/events/343431/l-a-m-f-tickets?skin=mhowhttp://www.theboweryelectric.com/event/1567079/
The acronym "L.A.M.F." stands for "Like A Mother Fucker"; in a 1977 interview in the UK monthly magazine Zigzag, Thunders said this originated from New York gang graffiti. Thunders claimed the gangs would add the LAMF tag after writing their gang name. However, if they were on another gang's territory they would write "D.T.K.L.A.M.F" (Down To Kill Like A Mother Fucker). The original, vinyl release of the album has been criticised for having a lackluster sound, despite several attempts to remix it.
In John Lydon's autobiography, Rotten: No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish, Lydon claimed that Matlock worked on later Sex Pistols material (including their album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols) as a paid session musician (Jones played bass on all of the songs recorded after Matlock's departure, with Vicious also contributing to the song "Bodies"). Matlock later played bass with Vicious in the short lived band Vicious White Kids. Matlock also played bass on the Iggy Pop album Soldier and the Damned album Not of This Earth.
Matlock rejoined the original Sex Pistols members for reunion tours in 1996, 2002 and 2003, 2007 and 2008. He played bass guitar and sang for a time in the bands The Philistines and The Flying Padovanis. He toured with a loose collective of punk and post-punk stars, Dead Men Walking, which included Mike Peters of The Alarm, Kirk Brandon of Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny, and Pete Wylie of Wah! He now is a member of Slinky Vagabond with Earl Slick, Clem Burke, and Keanan Duffty. Slinky Vagabond played their debut concert at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in May 2007. One newspaper wrote, comparing the current lifestyles of the Sex Pistols: "Only original bassist Glen Matlock remains touring with his own band, an irony given that he was sacked for being too conservative..."
In January 2010, Glen Matlock reformed the Rich Kids, for a one-off benefit concert in aid of Steve New. He was joined on stage by original members Rusty Egan and Midge Ure, as well as Mick Jones of The Clash and Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet. New died of cancer on 24 May 2010.
Matlock joined a reformed Faces, playing at the Vintage at Goodwood festival near Chichester in August 2010. In April 2011 he stood in for Mani playing bass for Primal Scream at the Japan Tsunami appeal concert at Brixton Academy in London.
On 27 November 2011 The International Swingers, a band comprising Glen Matlock, Clem Burke (of Blondie and Romantics), James Stevenson (Gene Loves Jezebel, Chelsea, The Alarm), Gary Twinn (Supernaut, Twenty Flight Rockers), played a warmup gig in LA before a 10 date tour of Australia.
Clem first started playing the drums at age 14 in the School orchestra and is quoted as saying he got ‘chucked out’ for playing the drums too loud! Throughout his remaining teenage years he found himself playing in High School bands and developing a style of play that would become his trademark as a world class musician.
In the mid-1970’s Clem answered an ad in the New York newspaper Village Voice where a band was seeking a ‘Freak energy’ rock drummer. The band in question was Blondie and fronted by the iconic lead singer Debbie Harry. The band played the fabled New York downtown circuit of CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City and Mother’s, amassing a major following before recording their first album Blondie in 1976 for the Private Stock label. Its release was was well received and the band toured in support of Television and then for Iggy Pop and David Bowie in 1977. Blondie emerged as the great pop icons of New York’s celebrated late ’70s new wave punk scene and achieved commercial success in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s with number 1 hit singles “Atomic”, “Heart of Glass”, “Sunday Girl”, “Call Me”, “Rapture”, and “The Tide is High”.
During periods of inactivity with Blondie during the 1980s and 1990s, Clem played with a number of well respected artists and bands, including: Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Chequered Past, The Romantics, and Joan Jett. Perhaps the most notable collaboration was with Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) who he helped record the Grammy-winning hit “Missionary Man”. Clem also appeared as part of the Eurythmics at the ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ concert in 1988, playing to a live audience of 80,000 people. In 1998, Clem was instrumental in Blondie reforming and recording a new album, which contained the number 1 hit single “Maria”. Over recent years Clem has been able to combine working with Blondie and other artists including Nancy Sinatra, Kathy Valentine, Miss Derringer, Slinky Vagabond, Magic Christian, and Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers. In 2006, along with the other original members of Blondie, Clem was inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Blondie already having sold over 42 million records. This year, Blondie released their latest album, Ghosts of Download, which was preceded in 2011 by Panic of Girls. They are currently touring to sell-out audiences worldwide.
Between Blondie tours, Clem has been recording and touring with his other musical collaborations, the Split Squad and the Empty Hearts. Both have albums out now and the Empty Hearts are on tour now.
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