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New York Dolls
-Chronology-

(New York City: 1971-2012)
Billy Murcia, Johnny Thunders, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and Arthur Kane
 Line-up #1 (Early 1972-November 1972): Billy Murcia, Johnny Thunders, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and Arthur Kane.
Photo (credit unknown) taken @ Madame Alexander doll factory, 615 West 131st Street, Harlem, New York City. 


Chronology: a chronological overview of known concert dates (some with setlists and/or ads), 
dates of studio recordings, all line-ups and other trivia related to the American band the New York Dolls.
(Limited to the 'classic' period of the 70's).
Date format is DD-MMM-YY.

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-

1966-1971
The years of formation and the first bands.

Birth - School - Meeting - Fashion - Bands

Arthur Kane, from an Irish family, was born in The Bronx, New York City in 1949. Billy Murcia was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1951 and raised in Jackson Heights, New York. Ronald Sylvain Mizrahi was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1951, to a Jewish family, but his family were forced to flee in 1959, first to Paris, France and finally in 1961 to Buffalo then Brooklyn-New York, United States. John Anthony Genzale, Jr of Italian descent, was born was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York in 1952. David Johansen was born in Staten Island, New York, in 1950, to an Irish American mother and a Norwegian American father.

Sylvain Sylvain, Johnny Thunders and Billy Murcia all went to Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens. From 1968-70 Billy, Johnny and Sylvain attended (Leonardo) Quintano's School for Young Professionals (on West 56th street in Manhattan directly behind Carnegie Hall). Quintano's was a private school for child actors and models or anyone who did not conform to public school attendence. Arthur went to Martin Van Buren High School in Queens and later attended college at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York as a Food Science and Management student, but dropped out in his third year.

The London Fogg (a.k.a. The Fogg) In 1967 the band was formed by 4 high school students (at Pratt): Stu Feinholtz Wylder (on vocals & drums), Arthur Kane (on rhythm guitar), George -Rick Rivets- Fedorcik (on guitar) and Kennie Finger (on bass). They played mostly covers of English groups like the Animals, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Kinks, and American stuff by the Beau Brummels, Wilson Pickett and The Surfaris/Ventures. They played only in New York City @ The Metropole, Cafe Wha, The Bitter End, NYU, and @ local church and school dances. A second line-up had Gerard Dinces on drums and Stu only on vocals, which played @ a club in Deepdale, Queens. A third, and final line-up, added a new drummer Kenneth -Sparky- Donovan. When The Fogg folds Rick forms The Berries with Arthur, Kenneth -Sparky- Donovan and Keith Tilton. They covered the Stones and Yardbirds, but never played out much. After that band ends Rick and Arthur went, seperately, to Amsterdam in 1970, trying to get a new band together, but ended up selling hash. Rick came back and Arthur followed later, when he got deported after his visa had run out.

The Pox In 1967 a high school band was formed by Sylvain Sylvain (on guitar), Mike Turby [from The Orphans] (on bass) and Billy Murcia (on drums). They rehearse a lot, in March 1968 record one demo ("Epitaph") and among others play live @ the Grand Ballroom of the Diplomat Hotel, New York City (most likely in March 1968), in support for The Group Image, which had Barbara Garrison (in 1977 to marry Arthur Kane) as member. Billy's working @ Grizzly Furs, a vintage clothes shop on St.Marks Place and Sylvain @ a clothing boutique, The Different Drummer, on 790 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, across the street from a local repair of toys and dolls called the New York Doll Hospital. When The Pox fold in 1968 Sylvain and Billy start to design clothes (Sylvain's dad had, next to his banking job, a tailoring business) under the banner Satcha Knits, from late 1968 till August 1969, operating out of Woodstock. Upon returning to New York they design a clothing line, called "Truth and Soul" for the brothers Nussbaum's Knitting Mill. In January 1970 Billy and Sylvain leave for Amsterdam (NL), where they see The Who perform at the Concertgebouw on 30-Jan-70. Both returned to Queens in October 1970.

The Reign/Johnny and the Jaywalkers While in junior high school Johnny -Thunders- Genzale formed a band that later evolved into a short-lived rock band The Reign which included Don Bruce (on vocals), Johnny -Thunders- Genzale (on guitar), George Boyd (on organ), Frank Sardelis (on bass) and John Pisapia (drums). Together they cut one track @ Associated Studios, on 7th Avenue and 48th street, in the winter of 1967, "Zippered Up Heart" . At Quintano's School for Young Professionals, Johnny played with Johnny and the Jaywalkers, under the name Johnny Volume. In 1969 Johnny went to London, with someone else's press card, checking out the scene.

The Vagabond Missionaries/The Electric Japs David Johansen began in 1965 as the lead singer in a local Staten Island high school band the Vagabond Missionaries, and later fast Eddie and the Electric Japs, doing support acts @ Cafe Wha and Cafe Au Go Go in Greenwhich village. The Electric Japs did mainly Motown covers and had Joey Carillo (from Puerto Rico) on drums.

Early Dolls When Billy and Sylvain return to Queens in October 1970, they start a band with Johnny Thunders, Arthur Kane and George -Rick Rivets- Fedorcik, practicing in the basement of the Murcia family's house. Towards the end of 1970, Johnny had started hanging out @ Nobodys, a club @ 163 Bleecker Street in the West Village. It was there that he met Arthur Kane and Rick Rivets. In May 1971, Sylvain had to return to London (UK) to help Mercedes and Heidi Murcia with their sweaters business for Kensington Market. They all went to the performance of Andy Warhol's play "Pork" at the Roundhouse on 06-Jun-71. By July 1971 Arthur, Rick, Billy and Johnny start rehearsing at Arthur's basement on Tenth street.






1971
The year in which the Dolls perform their first live show.

Early Dolls Line-up #1 (New York City: July 1971):
Johnny Thunders (vocals/guitar)/ Arthur Kane (bass)/ George -Rick Rivets- Fedorcik (guitar) & Billy Murcia (drums)

July-71
US NY,New York City-Long Island,Arthur Kane's basement on 10th street,rehearsal space

Note: Doing covers of songs like "Carol" [Chuck Berry], "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" [Bobby Troup/Chuck Berry], "Pipeline" [The Chantays/The Ventures], "Little Queenie" [Chuck Berry], "Jumpin' Jack Flash" [Rolling Stones], etc..


September-71
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,108 West 81st street (off Columbus avenue)
Rusty's bycycle shop - rehearsal space

Note: By now the band had moved from Artie's basement to Rusty's (a.k.a. "beanie", because he was always wearing a beanie hat) bike rental shop for their rehearsals. The shop doubled as a rehearsal space at night. "We used to rehearse in this bicycle store up on the West Side, Columbus and 82nd. The guy used to rent bicycles in the summertime and then he would have a set of drums and a couple of amps, and we would go in and rehearse during the wintertime." David Johansen interviewed for Vulture/New York Magazine March 26, 2014.


Rusty's bicycle shop

xx-Oct-71
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,108 West 81st street (off Columbus avenue)
Rusty's bicycle shop - rehearsal space

Setlist: That's Poison (a.k.a. Subway Train)/ I Am Confronted/ It's Too Late/ Oh Dot!/ I'm A Boy, I'm A Girl/ Coconut Grove/ Take Me To Your Party/ Oh Dot! (take 2)/ It's Too Late (take 2)/ We Have Been Through This Before/ Why Am I Alone?

Photo: Google street view, October 2017.

Note: The rehearsal was taped and made available on the "Actress: Birth Of The New York Dolls" CD (Get Back 2000). "Actress" is often referred to as the name of the early Dolls, but was never actually used. Incidentally in 1974 there would be an actual NY band called Actress, playing plenty of concerts at the Coventry.


1971
US NY,New York City,Arthur and Billy invite David Johansen to their rehearsals. It's quickly decided that he would take vocal (and harmonica) duties from then on.


Early Dolls Line-up #2 (New York City: December 1971):
David Johansen (vocals)/ Johnny Thunders (vocals/guitar)/ Arthur Kane (bass)/ George -Rick Rivets- Fedorcik (guitar) & Billy Murcia (drums)

Endicott Hotel

24-Dec-71
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Endicott Hotel,Ballroom
Christmas bash

Setlist: (a.o.) Don't Mess with Cupid/ (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown, more..

Photo: Google street view, October 2017.

Note: The Endicott was then a welfare hotel, located @ 101 West 81st Street,at the northwest corner of Columbus Avenue. From wikipedia:"By the early 1970s, the Endicott had become very dangerous. At the time, about 40-50% of its tenants were receiving welfare. Management tried to evict "undesirable elements" from the premises but was unsuccessful. A violent crime wave struck the building. In 1972, there was a slaying of four women in the hotel. In 1973, a 63-year old welfare recipient was found murdered and the body set afire."

The welfare workers, who had heard the band rehearsing at Rusty's cycle rent shop across the street, invited the early Dolls to play at the Christmas party they organised for the residents at the hotel. "The Dolls launched into a set consisting of covers such as Otis Redding's "Don't Mess with Cupid", "(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown" by Archie Bell & the Drells, and other R&B covers." (from Kris Needs' and Dick Porter's book "Trash! - The Complete New York Dolls").

This was to be Rick Rivets first and last ever live show with the early Dolls. Soon after he started The Brats with Kenneth -Sparky- Donovan, Keith West and David Leeds. Sylvain Sylvain, who had returned from London, took Rick's place on guitar.






1972
The year in which the band start their residency at the Mercer Arts Center and tour the UK.

Line-up #1 (New York City: February 1972 - November 1972):
David Johansen (vocals)/ Johnny Thunders (vocals/guitar)/ Arthur Kane (bass)/ Sylvain Sylvain (guitar) & Billy Murcia (drums)

119 Chrystie street

Early 1972
US NY,New York City-Chinatown,119 Chrystie street loft,above a Chinese noodle shop.

Photo 1: Google street view, May 2011.

Photo 2: Screen capture, taken from "Looking For Johnny", a film by Danny Garcia. Likely filmed at 119 Chrystie street.

Note: Location of Johnny, Syl and Billy's loft. They organise monthly 'rent' parties ($2 admission) to pay for their rent. Songs like "Frankenstein", "Human Being" and "Jet Boy" are born here.

"Deborah Harry [Blondie] was always around. I talked to her recently, asking '"Do you remember the loft?" and she replied, “Oh Sylvain, I had so much sex in that loft!” But so did we all. We were so careless in those days, because you didn't die if you had sex." From Syl's book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream".

"Those rent parties, although there were only a few of them, were the best shows we ever did. Better than Max's, better than the Mercer, better than London and Paris. When people say they saw the Dolls, I don't care where they saw us, if it wasn't at those rent parties, when we were young and hungry and completely untamed, they didn't see us." From Syl's book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream".


New York City 04-Feb-72

04-Feb-72
US NY,New York City,Diplomat Hotel,Grand Ballroom
[with Teenage Lust, Evil (aka Takeover), David Peel & the Lower East Side, Uncle Bucks]
(Dana Beal Benefit Boogie)

Ad: Scan from the East Village Other 7#2 1972.

Note 1: "They were formed in January of this year.[...] Their first gig was a political benefit party -they don't know what politcis were involved- but an ad in the Villiage Voice, plus a shoddy picture, launched them." From "You wanna play house with the Dolls" by Roy Hollingworth, published in Melody Maker 22-Jul-72.

Note 2: (Irvin) Dana Beal (born 1947) is an American social and political activist, best known for his efforts to legalize marijuana. He is a long-term activist in the Youth International Party (Yippies). He founded the Yipster Times in 1972.

From an unknown newspaper: "The Dana Beal benefit at the Hotel Diplomat was beautiful people getting together and having a good time and helping to free a brother at the same time. [...] Anyway Teenage Lust played some great rock and roll while the lead singer of [the] Dolls just blew everyone out."

"... we were also beginning to get talked about outside of the [Chrystie street] loft, which is how we landed our very first 'paying' gig on February 4, 1972." From Syl's book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream".


New York City 26-Mar-72

26-Mar-72
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Central Park Mall (@ East 72nd street)
[with Takeover (aka Evil), David Peel & the Lower East Side, Uncle Bucks]
("Zip-In!" @ 1:00 PM)

Ad: Scan from underground newspaper New York Ace 14-Mar-72, courtesy of Sean Howe.

Note: Event organized by (Tom Forcade's) Zippies, an offshoot of Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman's Yippie movement.


New York City 05-May-72

05-May-72
US NY,New York City-Greenwich Village,Mercer Arts Center,The Kitchen
[with The Magic Tramps and Satan the Fire Eater]

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: The MAC was rented and remodeled between March 1970/December 1971 by (former sports car racer) Seymour -Sy- Kaback and his wife Cynthia at the rear entrance of the (1870 opened) Broadway Central Hotel -which was by the 1960s a well-known dump/welfare hotel- @ 240 Mercer Street. The center held its grand re-opening on December 20, 1971, but the upper floors of the former hotel remained derelict and populated with vagrants and drug users. The Kitchen's (in the hotel's former kitchen) opened on June 15, 1971. The remodeledMAC consisted out of thirtheen spaces: on the main floor the Hansberry theater (299 seats), the Brecht theater (199 seats) and a Service bar; on the second floor the O'Casey theater (299 seats), the Shaw Arena theater (224 seats), the Oscar Wilde Room theater (200 seats), the Kitchen video studio and performance space (199 seats), the Obie Alley bar, the Cabaret/DMZ Lounge night club, two acting schools/studios (Gene Frankel Theater Workshop and Viveca Lindfors' "An Actor Works"), the Zoo boutique and a rehearsal hall.

This event was the Dolls first -known- paid ($15) show. Event labeled as "Video rock - Electronic Excorcise". [...] we dressed the way we always dressed; we rehearsed the way we always rehearsed; and we were going to play the songs we always played - 'Subway Train', 'Personality Crisis', 'Looking For A Kiss', Bo Diddley's 'Pills', all the numbers that became the standard early Dolls repertoire. There wasn't a huge crowd - it was mainly people we knew, and people who The Magic Tramps knew, and people who Satan The Fire Eater knew. But they loved us." From Syl's book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream".


23-May-72
US NY,New York City,Diplomat Hotel,Palm room


New York City 29-May-72

29-May-72
US NY,New York City,Diplomat Hotel,Palm room
[with Shaker and the 3D screening of "A Barbed Wire Soul" with Jackie Curtis]
(An Invitation Beyond The Valley)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 25-May-72.

Note: Support band is Shaker , a power trio with Art Steinman (vocals, lead guitar), Gregor Laraque (bass) and Jerry Nolan (on drums).

In summer 1971 Jerry was briefly drumming for Suzy Quatro's Detroit band Cradle, as the only male member. Then he did drums for Wayne County's band Queen Elisabeth at the same time as drumming in Shaker. Jerry would replace Billy Murcia in the Dolls in December 1972. In the mid sixties, while still in high school, Art Steinman had a garage band called The Jagged Edge/The Off-Set.


June 1972
US NY,New York City,Talent Recon Inc. Theatre (@ 203 West 38th Street)
Rehearsing

Note: At this same place Shaker, with Jerry Nolan (on drums), also rehearsed.


Man's Country



Man's Country

03/04-Jun-72
US NY,New York City-Brooklyn Heights,Man's Country

Ad 1: Scan of ad.

Ad 2: Scan of ad from the Village Voice 01-Jun-72. On Saturday/Sunday June 3 and 4, the club lists "Surprise Headliner". Could it have been the New York Dolls?

Note: Man's Country was a gay bath house located at 53 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights, which was first opened in 1972 as part of The Pierrepont Hotel. The hotel was occupied by elderly people who lived on welfare, but quickly became infested with prostitutes and drug pushers."The basement and the second and third floors of the Pierrepont are rented out to a so-called gay club. The club was known as Man's Country originally, then the 53 Club (for the address of the hotel's side door), and presently (Sep-73) has no name. It consists of a pool, sauna and dance floor in the basement and rooms and meeting areas on the upper two floors. The club advertises regularly in underground sex newspapers, according to local residents. On recent nights a constant stream of men, singly and in couples could be seen entering and leaving the club between 8 P.M. and 1 A.M." (source: NYT 24-Sep-73). At the end of 1973 the club moved to Manhattan, @ 28 West 15th Street. Man's Country never had any live musical acts its Pierrepont location. At the West 15th st. (10 floors) location they had a discotheque, with live music entertainers.

In 1972, the New York Dolls did two live show at a bath house. This event is often mixed up (both date and location) and is most likely to have happened at the, better-known, Continental Baths (in Manhattan). There's no evidence they ever played the Man's Country bathhouse although the accounts (of Sylvain and Arthur) below refer to it.

Accounts: From "I, Doll" (by Arthur Kane) pages 89-92, Chapter 14 Man's Country. Arthur's recollections set this event at the Man's Country club in Park Slope, Brooklyn in the spring of 1972. [Man's Country was in Brooklyn Heights and the Continental Baths in Manhattan];

From a translated interview with Sylvain Sylvain in Ox fanzine Germany 2006: "One of our first proper concerts - we got an incredible $400 fee - we played in Park Slope, Brooklyn in a men's bathhouse called "Man's Country", no kidding. We played at the pool, and around us naked men with towels around the waist. Of course we were loud, and they called, we should play more quietly, and so Johnny and I switched our amplifiers off completely. Anyway, we got our $400 [that's $2,400 in today's money, ed.] and could pay our rent."

On his Facebook page Syl wrote (in 2014) that "10 August 1971 at Man's Country bathhouse in Brooklyn was the first paid Dolls show".This places the event before Man's Country even opened (in 1972), and before David Johansen's and Sylvain's presence in the Dolls.

On pages 133-134 of his book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream" (Omnibus 2018), Sylvain recounts in detail the story of this (now undated) gig, which was offered to the Dolls by Jane Friedman (at the time, Patti Smith's manager).


New York City Mercer 13-Jun-72

13-Jun-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde room

Photo: Credit Paul Zone (aka Paolo Cilione). Taken from his photobook "Playground" (Glitterati 2014).

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 15-Jun-72.

Note 1: Start of a Tuesday night residency (at 9:30PM). Billed as "The Dolls of N.Y." The Dolls would be performing on 14 Tuesdays, between June and October, 1972.

Note 2: Roy Hollingworth, from UK weekly Melody Maker, attends and writes his first piece about the Dolls. "You wanna play house with the Dolls" published in Melody Maker 22-Jul-72. Roy had just turned 23 and would die on March 9, 2002 at the age of 52.


New York City 17-Jun-72

17-Jun-72
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,The Continental Baths-Downstairs lounge
[with Jackie Curtis and Liz Torres]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 15-Jun-72.

Note: The Continental Baths were opened by Steve Ostrow on September 12, 1968 and located in the basement below the old/faded Ansonia Hotel, 230 West 74th Street in upper Manhattan. During weekdays ordinarily a gay bathhouse, but Steve added live entertainment on Friday and Saturday at midnight, allowing straights to enter. The most known artist who performed there was Bette Midler (aka "The Divine Miss M" or "Bathouse Betty"), accompanied by Barry Manilow on piano, Luther Ricks on drums and the Harlettes as back-up singers. Her engagement started in July 1970 and ended in February 1973. Others who performed were (future "Gilmore Girls" TV star) Liz Torres, (Warhol superstar) Holly Woodlawn, Manhattan Transfer, Patti LaBelle, Melba Moore, Phoebe Snow, Cab Calloway, etc.. By 1974 the live musical entertainment was scrapped as the gay audience was losing interest.

In 1972, the New York Dolls did two live show at a bath house. This event is often mixed up (both date and location) and is most likely to have happened at the better-known Continental Baths (in Manhattan).

Accounts: From "Too Much Too Soon" (by Nina Antonia) page 31: "On May 29, 1972, The New York Dolls played their second date in the Palm Room of the Diplomat Hotel [...] The Dolls did their next two dates,[..] with (Warhol superstar) Jackie Curtis supporting, in the steamy setting of a gay bath house in Brooklyn [Continental Baths were located in Manhattan, ed.] Arthur:"We did these very weird shows with Jackie [Curtis] at these baths. It was like there was no audience because all the guys stayed in their cubicles having sex with someone...".

From "Trash!" (by Kris Needs and Dick Porter) page 45: "On 29 May, the Dolls made a return to the Palm Room [...] Supported by (Warhol superstar) Jackie [Curtis], [the New York Dolls] landed a two-night booking at one of Brooklyn's [Continental Baths were located in Manhattan, ed.] many gay bathhouses. [...] the Continental Baths was the most oppulent and well-known bathhouse in the city. [...] owner Steve Ostrow was instrumental in liberalising the city's laws on sex clubs [...].


New York City Mercer 20-Jun-72

20-Jun-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde room (10PM)

Handbill: Photo of handbill.

Ad: Scan of advert taken from the Village Voice 22-Jun-72.

Note: Tuesday night residency @ the Oscar Wilde room.


New York City Mercer 27-Jun-72

27-Jun-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde room

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 29-Jun-72.

Note: Tuesday night residency @ the Oscar Wilde room.


Blue Rock Studios June '72

June 1972
US NY,New York City-Lower Manhattan,Blue Rock Studios Inc. (@ 29 Greene Street)

Demo recording session, one evening, with Marty Thau: "Bad Girl", "Looking For A Kiss", "Don't Start Me Talkin'" [Sonny Boy Williamson], "Don't Mess With Cupid" [Otis Redding], "Human Being", "Personality Crisis", "Pills" [Bo Diddley], "Jet Boy", "Frankenstein", all of which are available on the "Lipstick Killers/Mercer Street Sessions" tape/CD (Roir 1981/1998). Re-released on "Private World - The Complete Early Studio Demos 1972-73" 2CD (Castle 2006) and again on "Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos (1972-1975)" 5CD (Cherry Red 2018).

Photo: Google street view, August 2013.

Note: Blue Rock Studio was an independent recording facility located in Lower Manhattan’s west side. Founded by Joe Schick and Eddie Korvin in 1969 and sold in 1986. In 1971 Bob Dylan recorded some tracks there.


June 1972
US NY,New York City,David Krebs-Steve Leber office on 65th Street.
The band sign their management contract.


New York City Mercer 04-Jul-72

04-Jul-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde room

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 06-Jul-72.

Note: Tuesday night residency @ the Oscar Wilde room.


New York City Mercer 11-Jul-72

11-Jul-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde room

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 13-Jul-72.

Note: Tuesday night residency @ the Oscar Wilde room.


New York City Max 24-Jul-72

24-Jul-72
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

25-Jul-72
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 20-Jul-72.

Note: Mickey Ruskin gives them a few try-out dates at Max's, which resulted in a 5-night residency by end of August. Their performance on Tuesday the 25th @ Max's means they may have skipped their Tuesday engagement @ the Mercer Arts.


xx-xxx-72
US NY,Long Island,Roslyn,My Father's Place
[with Long John Baldry]

Note: ".. and that was the night we hired a roadie for the first time, a friend named Tony Machine [a.k.a. Krasinski and employee at their management Leber-Krebs]." From Syl's book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream".


New York City Mercer 08-Aug-72

08-Aug-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde room

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 03-Aug-72.

Note: Tuesday night residency @ the Oscar Wilde room. Paul Nelson, A&R @ Mercury Records, attends the show and recommends that the label signs them.


New York City Mercer 15-Aug-72

15-Aug-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde room

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 17-Aug-72. Another advert from the Village Voice.

Note: Tuesday night residency @ the Oscar Wilde room.


New York City Mercer 22-Aug-72

22-Aug-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde room

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 24-Aug-72.

Note: Tuesday night residency @ the Oscar Wilde room.


New York City 25-Aug-72

25-Aug-72
US NY,New York City,Diplomat Hotel,Palm Beach room
[with Ruby Rainer and the Rednecks]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 17-Aug-72.

Flyer: Scan of flyer, design by Mickey Pickles.

Article: Scan of article by Lillian Roxon, taken from the Daily News 03-Sep-72.

Note: Videotaped by Video White Light (Richard and Lisa Robinson -Creem).


New York City Mercer 29-Aug-72

29-Aug-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde room

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 31-Aug-72.

Note: Tuesday night residency @ the Oscar Wilde room.


New York City Max 30-Aug-72

30-Aug-72
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 24-Aug-72.

Article: Scan of article, taken from Daily News 29-Aug-72.

Note: Start of a five-night residency at Max's.


New York City Max 31-Aug-72/03-Sep-72

31-Aug-72
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

01-Sep-72
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

02-Sep-72
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

03-Sep-72
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 31-Aug-72.

Note: Part of a 5 day residency at Max's.


New York City Mercer 05-Sep-72

05-Sep-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde room

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 07-Sep-72.

Note: Final date of Tuesday night residency @ the Oscar Wilde room.


New York City Mercer 17-Sep-72

17-Sep-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Sean O'Casey theater

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice Sep-72.

Note: Engagement moves to the larger O'Casey theater and is extended to Sundays too.


New York City Mercer 19/24-Sep-72

19-Sep-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Sean O'Casey theater

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 21-Sep-72.

Note: Residency on Tuesday @ the O'Casey theater. David Bowie -who had just arrived in New York on the 17th with the cruise boat Queen Elizabeth II- attends the show with his entourage. The Dolls in their turn attend Bowie's show @ Carnegie Hall [28-Sep-72]. "David Bowie saw the New York Dolls the other day and can't stop talking about them.." Lillian Roxon's "Like Wow, What A Week that Was" in Daily News 24-Sep-72.


New York City Mercer 19/24-Sep-72

24-Sep-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Sean O'Casey theater

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 21-Sep-72.

Note: Residency on Sunday @ the O'Casey theater.


New York City Mercer 26-Sep-72

26-Sep-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,O'Casey theater

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 28-Sep-72.

Note: Tuesday night residency @ the O'Casey theater. Paul Nelson, A&R @ Mercury Records, together with Vice President Charlie Fach attend the show, who decides not to sign them.


New York City Mercer 01-Oct-72

01-Oct-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,O'Casey theater

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 28-Sep-72.

Note: Residency on Sundays. Paul Nelson, A&R @ Mercury Records, together with Vice President Lou Simon, attend the show, who also decides not to sign them.


New York City Mercer 03-Oct-72

03-Oct-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,O'Casey theater

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 05-Oct-72.

Note: Tuesday night residency @ the O'Casey theater.


New York City Mercer 08-Oct-72

08-Oct-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,O'Casey theater
[with The Magic Tramps + Ruby and the Rednecks]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 05-Oct-72.

Review: Scan of review from the Village Voice 12-Oct-72.

Note: Residency on Sundays @ the O'Casey theater. Paul Nelson, A&R @ Mercury Records, together with A&R Robin Mc Bride, attend the show, who also decides not to sign them.


New York City Mercer 10/15-Oct-72

10-Oct-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,O'Casey theater

12-Oct-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,O'Casey theater

15-Oct-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,O'Casey theater

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 12-Oct-72.

Note: Final dates of their MAC residency. Free admission on Thursday the 12th, an extra and final date before their UK tour. Date on Sunday the 15th was cancelled.


London 1x-Oct-72

1x-Oct-72
UK Arrival at London Heathrow airport

Photo: Promo shot in Roy Fisher's old hay wagon.

Note: Sylvain Sylvain arrived a few days later, due to visa problems. Marty Thau and the Dolls stay at South Kensington's The Whitehouse hotel.


Edgerton 15/16-Oct-72

15/16-Oct-72
UK Kent,Egerton,Island Farm (@ Crockenhill Road),Escape studios

Demoing "Personality Crisis", "Looking For A Kiss", "Bad Girl" and "Subway Train". Engineered by Tony Taverner [later Jeff Beck, Nazareth, Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, The Jam, etc..] Produced by Micky O'Keefe and Miki Dallon [in 1969, founder of Young Blood record label]

Photo: Scan of reproduction of letterhead.

Note: These recordings are an agreement between their managers (Steve Leber and Marty Thau) and London promoter Roy Fisher [manager of the early incarnation of The Groundhogs], who agreed to put on a UK tour for the band, if they would record a couple of songs for him. Leber saw it as an opportunity to get them a record deal. In April/May 1977 Motörhead recorded their debut album at this studio (owned by the Ruffi brothers). All above tracks are available on the "Personality Crisis" CDEP (See For Miles records 1990). Re-released on "Private World - The Complete Early Studio Demos 1972-73" 2CD (Castle 2006) and again on "Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos (1972-1975)" 5CD (Cherry Red 2018).


Liverpool 19-Oct-72

19-Oct-72
UK Liverpool,University-The Stadium
[support for Lou Reed, with Phillip Goodhand-Tait]

Ad 1: Scan of ad from The Liverpool Echo 19-Oct-72.

Ad 2: Scan of Lou Reed tour advert from UK mag.

Note: At the last minute, Lou Reed does not allow them to play at this gig, nor any of the other dates on his tour.


20-Oct-72
UK Essex,University
[support for Lou Reed]

Note: The Dolls did not perform.


22-Oct-72
UK London-Chalk Farm,Roundhouse


25-Oct-72
UK London,Speakeasy club

Note: "After completing their recording obligations to Fischer, the band did a one-off show at The Speakeasy, then London's hippest hot spot. Peter Jordan: "It wasn't very well set up, it had a really crampy PA. The thinking behind it was that we should play the most popular club in London. What ... in front of every jaded son of a bitch who works in the English rock press, so they can all laugh at us. I saw John Entwistle there and I slapped him on the back, I loved The Who, the whole band did, and he nearly punched me!" From "Too Much, Too Soon -The Makeup Breakup of The New York Dolls" a book by Nina Antonia.


26-Oct-72
UK Birmingham,Alhambra Rock Theatre
[support for Lou Reed, with Phillip Goodhand-Tait and The Groundhogs]

Note: The Dolls did not perform.


Leicester 28-Oct-72

28-Oct-72
UK Leicester,University
Percy Gee Student's union building
[support for Kevin Ayers, with Clockwork Disco]

Ad: Scan of ad from Leicester Mercury 27-Oct-72.

Poster: Photo of poster.


Wembley 29-Oct-72

29-Oct-72
UK London-Wembley,Wembley Pool,Festival of Music
[support for The Faces, with The Pink Fairies]
Benefit-gig in aid for Stars Organisation for Spastics.

Photo: Credit Michael Putland. Sourced from Gettyimages/Hulton Archive music photo libraries.

Program: Photo of program booklet.

Review: Review by Nick Kent (at the time 21 years old), NME 04-Nov-72. "And then came the Dolls. What a band! Your own teenage cub-reporter was seen ecstatically preening himself to the sound of such-soon-to-be-classics as "Frankenstein" and "Personality Crisis".[...] It was good. I'm glad I went."

Note:" I'd just started working for Malcolm McLaren [at the "Let It Rock" shop] and there was talk of this mad band. I didn't think too much about it but I was a big Faces fan and I went to see them at the Wembley Empire Pool and the New York Dolls were the support. They were just something else. I must be one of the few people in England who actually saw the original line-up, because the drummer (Billy Murcia) overdosed not long after that gig. The place was packed, they did a few numbers and Johnny Thunders broke a guitar string. It was a big gig - 13,000 people or something - and they didn't even have a spare guitar. So the gig was held up while somebody went and got a guitar string, and then Thunders put it on with everything turned up. So you've got 10,000 watts of power going weeeea-aaa aw w-ww. People were booing and David Johansen's going "Aww, fuck you guys," with his feather boa on, while Sylvain Sylvain was rollerskating up and down the stage. They started the same number again, got halfway through it and he broke the string again. It was a big eye-opener in terms of attitude. They really didn't give a shit. I don't think the Dolls were the first punk band - that was the Troggs - but I do think they were the last nail in the coffin of glam rock." Glenn Mattlock [Sex Pistols]. "Dirty pretty things", The Guardian 28-May-04.


Hull 02-Nov-72

02-Nov-72
UK Hull,Malcolm's Discotheque

Ad 1: Scan of ad from Daily Mail 01-Nov-72.

Ad 2: Scan of advert from Daily Mail 02-Nov-72.


03-Nov-72
UK Lancaster,University
[with Dick Heckstall-Smith band]


London 04-Nov-72

04-Nov-72
UK London,Imperial College
[support for Status Quo and with Capability Brown]

Ad: Ad taken from NME 04-Nov-72.

Review: Scan of review taken from Felix # 317, the student newspaper of Imperial College London. "Earlier in the evening the crowd was entertained by [...] The New York Dolls, who had only been booked two days previously. They are one of the latest American camp bands, and for the first five minutes their decorative garb was quite amusing —the drummer particularly looked like a real dead doll— and as a rock and roll band they were more than competent still. I suppose Alice Cooper beat them to it. Apparently Mick Jagger and all of The Faces had come to see them. A pity they didn't go down too well, and a pity the weren't topping the bill —I could write a lot more on them than I could about Status Quo. They weren't as loud as Status Quo —that must have been why."

Note: Mick Jagger [Rolling Stones] and all of the Faces attend. Early show for the Dolls.


04-Nov-72
UK Cambridge,University or London-Mile End,Sundown

Note: Second (late) show on the same day.


05-Nov-72
UK London,Kit Lambert's Townhouse
Guy Fawkes night- party

Note: "Peter Jordan: "We went to a Guy Fawkes party at Kit Lambert's [The Who manager] town house. It was really beautiful but it was empty 'cos he'd only just moved in. At the top of the stairs, there was a closet with a real skeleton in it, and a coffin. Speedy Keene was being the DJ and I remember Keith Moon [The Who] saying that he'd put a bomb in the garden." From "Too Much Too Soon", book by Nina Antonia.


Brompton Lodge 07-Nov-72

07-Nov-72
UK London,Brompton Lodge (@ 9 Cromwell Road) -Billy Murcia dies

Photo: Google street view 2017.

Article 1: Taken from the Village Voice 16-Nov-72.

Article 2: Taken from the Cash Box 18-Nov-72.

Note 1: Drummer Billy Murcia chokes to death after he had passed out from alcohol and (Mandrax) pills at a party. Manager Marty Thau puts the band on the first available flight back to New York the next day.

Note 2: An account of the death inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court on 24-Nov-72 was published in the Kensington News and Post: "Pop group drowning tragedy", 01-Dec-72.


08-Nov-72
UK Departure at London Heathrow airport

Note: Richard Branson [Virgin Records], Kit Lambert [Track Records], Tony Stratton- Smith [Charisma Records] all tried to sign the band to their label, but none of the offers were accepted. The Dolls performed just 8 times in the three weeks they were in England, and with Billy's death on top their stay was a total disaster.


Manchester 09-Nov-72

09-Nov-72
UK Manchester-Stretford,Hardrock Concert Theatre
[support for Roxy Music]

Ad 1: Original ad taken from NME 04-Nov-72.

Ad 2: Scan of advert from The Liverpool Echo 08-Nov-72.

Note: The Dolls cancelled due to Billy's death.


10-Nov-72
UK Sheffield,University

Note: The Dolls cancelled due to Billy's death.


Line-up #2 (New York City: December 1972 - April 1975):
David Johansen (vocals)/ Johnny Thunders (vocals/guitar)/ Arthur Kane (bass)/ Sylvain Sylvain (guitar) & Jerry Nolan (drums)

NYU 09-Dec-72

09-Dec-72
US NY,New York City,New York University,Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
[with Prairie Oysters]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Daily News 06-Dec-72.

Note: Likely moved to the 20th, after Jerry Nolan joined on drums, replacing Billy Murcia.


xx-Dec-72
US NY,New York City-West Village,Charles Lane Studios (@ 7 Charles Lane)

Note: Auditioning for a new drummer to replace Billy. Peter Criss [later in Kiss] and Marc Bell [Dust, later in The Ramones] were amongst those applying. Jerry Nolan [ex- Suzi Quatro's Cradle and ex- Shaker] got the job.

Charles Lane Rehearsal Studios was co-owned by Mike Lynch and Cliff, roadcrew for the 60s/70s rock group Mountain.


New York City Mercer 19-Dec-72

19-Dec-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Sean O'Casey theater
[with The Planets]
(2 sets: 10PM and 2:30AM)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 14-Dec-72. Another from the same issue.

Note 1: The first show with new drummer Jerry Nolan. "Binky Philips, guitarist for the opening band The Planets, remembers the first set as a 'train wreck', and the second set, which began at 2:30AM, was 'astoundingly good'. Unfortunately, all the record company executives left after the first set." From "Stranded In The Jungle", a book by Curt Weiss.

"'When we came back from England," David recalled, "we just went right into this show just to get ourselves back into it. But someone had invited dowm Ahmet Ertegun [Atlantic], Clive Davis [CBS], Joe Polydor [sic PolyGram/Mercury] and these other crazy people. Out of an audience of 500, there were maybe 20 real kids who were there to rock. The rest of 'em were record company people, and if you mess up... well, goodbye, and the trap door opens and you fall into the snake pit." Creem magazine October 1973.

"Newsday's Robert Christgau dropped in last week at the center's Oscar Wilde Room to hear an underground rock band known as the New York Dolls. He called the group "great" and said "they write good tunes and arrange them so that each stands out." Newsday 24-Dec-72.

Note 2: Upon recommendation of Tony Machine [a.k.a. Krasinski and employee at the Dolls' management Leber-Krebs] Bob Gruen checks out the band and he's hooked. In the following years, Bob would be photographing and videotaping the band a lot.


NYU 20-Dec-72

20-Dec-72
US NY,New York City,New York University,Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
(11PM)

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Daily News 14-Dec-72.

Note: Second show with new drummer Jerry Nolan.


New York City 22-Dec-72

22-Dec-72
US NY,New York City,Village East Theater (formerly Fillmore East)
[with Teenage Lust, Magic Tramps etc..]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 21-Dec-72.

Note: "New Groups Of The 70's", day one of a two day event.


New York City 23-Dec-72

23-Dec-72
US NY,New York City,Village East Theater (formerly Fillmore East)
[with Teenage Lust, Magic Tramps etc..]

Photo: Credit Bob Gruen, taken from his book "Right Place, Right Time".

Note: "New Groups Of The 70's", second day of a two day event. Bob Gruen's second time he's seeing the band and first time he takes their pictures.


New York City 31-Dec-72

31-Dec-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Sean O'Casey theater
[with Magic Tramps, Queen Elisabeth, Modern Lovers, Ruby and the Rednecks..]
'Endless Party 1973'-New Years Eve Show (from 11PM till dawn)

Ad: Scan of ad. Scan of another ad taken from the Village Voice 28-Dec-72. Scan of alternative ad.

Photo: Photo credit Bob Gruen.

Note: Sax player Buddy Bowzer joins for one song. Bob Gruen's third time he's seeing the band, again taking pictures. Bob is accompanied by Stan Bronstein [Elephants Memory], who would be adding sax on the Doll's "Too Much Too Soon" album.






1973
Recording and release of their first album.
Engagements at Max's, Mercer Art, Kenny's Castaways and The Coventry.
US tour with Mott The Hoople. First time in Los Angeles. Touring Europe in December.

New York City 04/08-Jan-73

04-Jan-73
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

05-Jan-73
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

06-Jan-73
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

07-Jan-73
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

08-Jan-73
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 04-Jan-73.

Note: 5 day residency.


New York City 16-Jan-73

16-Jan-73
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,O'Casey theater
(2 sets)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 11-Jan-73.

Note: Tuesday engagement.


New York City 23-Jan-73

23-Jan-73
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,O'Casey theater
(2 sets)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 18-Jan-73.

Note: Tuesday engagement.


New York City 30-Jan-73

30-Jan-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 25-Jan-73.

Note 1: Patrick Kenny opened Kenny's Castaways in 1967, on East 84th street off 3rd Avenue. When the lease was up in early 1974 Kenny's then moved to 157 Bleecker Street, downtown New York later that year.

Note 2: Start of a 12 date daily residency. Paul Nelson, A&R @ Mercury Records, together with Chicago head of publicity Mike Gormley, attend the show, who -finally- decides to sign them to Mercury.


New York City 31-Jan/04-Feb-73

31-Jan-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways
[with Jack McMahon + Bobby Kosser]

01-Feb-73
US NY,New York City-Manhatten,Kenny's Castaways
[with Jack McMahon + Bobby Kosser]

02-Feb-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways
[with Jack McMahon + Bobby Kosser]

03-Feb-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways
[with Jack McMahon + Bobby Kosser]

04-Feb-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways
[with Jack McMahon + Bobby Kosser]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 01-Feb-73.

Article: Scan of article by John Rockwell taken from the New York Times 03-Feb-73.


New York City 05/10-Feb-73

05-Feb-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways
[with Christina]

06-Feb-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways
[with Christina]

07-Feb-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways
[with Christina]

08-Feb-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways
[with Christina]

09-Feb-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways
[with Christina]

10-Feb-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways
[with Christina]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 08-Feb-73.

Note: Extended engagement. The first time Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck videotape the Dolls. "Later when I met David Johansen at Max's Kansas City, I told him about the video and he said he wanted to see it, so we exchanged numbers. He came to my house and saw the video and encouraged me to come back and make more." Bob Gruen "All Dolled Up" DVD booklet.


New York City 11-Feb-73

11-Feb-73
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center
[with Suicide, Wayne County and Queen Elisabeth, Magic Tramps, Ruby and the Rednecks]
Endless Valentine's Day (all-night party from 10PM till dawn)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 08-Feb-73.


New York City 24-Feb-73

24-Feb-73
US NY,New York City,Town Hall
[support for Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 08-Feb-73.

Note: The Dolls' appearance was vetoed by officials fearing damages to the site as well as afraid of their bisexual glitter rock image. They were replaced by among others, Bob Seger Daily News 23-Feb-73.


Boston 25-Feb-73

25-Feb-73
US MA,Boston,Orpheum Theatre
[with Larry Coryell, Captain Beefheart]

Review: Taken from the Boston Globe 27-Feb-73.


Boston Feb-Mar-1973

26-Feb-73
US MA,Boston,The Kenmore Club/K-K-K-Katy's club

27-Feb-73
US MA,Boston,The Kenmore Club/K-K-K-Katy's club

28-Feb-73
US MA,Boston,The Kenmore Club/K-K-K-Katy's club

01-Mar-73
US MA,Boston,The Kenmore Club/K-K-K-Katy's club

02-Mar-73
US MA,Boston,The Kenmore Club/K-K-K-Katy's club

Ad: Taken from the Boston Globe 23-Feb-73.

Note: Five day residency @ The Kenmore Club which consisted of Lucifers, Katy's (in the basement), and Yesterday's (out back). When it was renovated it became Narcissus, Celebration (in the basement) and Lipstick (out back). "K-K-K-Katy" was a popular World War I-era song written by Geoffrey O'Hara in 1917 and published in 1918.


Boston Feb-Mar-1973

03-Mar-73
US MA,Boston,The Kenmore Club/K-K-K-Katy's club

04-Mar-73
US MA,Boston,The Kenmore Club/K-K-K-Katy's club

Note: Extended engagement.

Ad: Taken from the Boston Globe 02-Mar-73.


New York City 07-Mar-73

07-Mar-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

Setlist: Looking For A Kiss/ Personality Crisis/ Pills/ Bad Detective/ Vietnamese Baby/ Hoochie Coochie Man/ Trash/ Jet Boy/.. and more..

Note: Did not happen. According to the titleboard (on Bob Gruen's video) this is supposed to be 07-Mar-73, but according to the ads in the Village Voice from 01-Mar-73 and 08-Mar-73, the Dolls did not perform on that day. At Kenny's they always did residencies (except for April '74). Likely Bob's video footage (time code 22) is from their 4 day residency in July 1973.


08-Mar-73
US NY,Michael Krenek's café

Note: "Rock on Thursdays beginning March 8 with the New York Dolls. Michael Krenek's cafe will specialize in theatrical dance bands under the new policy. Acts being lined up include Ruby & The Rednecks, Talley Brown, Eric Emerson & The Magic Tramps, The Sidewinders, Melissa Manchester and Shady Lady."


10-Mar-73
US PA,Bethlehem,Moravian College-Johnston Hall


Early March 1973
US NY,New York City,Planet studios

Demoing 23 songs produced by Paul Nelson: "Seven Day Weekend", "Frankenstein", "Who Are The Mystery Girls?", "(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown", "Back In The USA", "Looking For A Kiss", "Jet Boy", "It's Too Late", "Bad Detective", "Lonely Planet Boy", "Subway Train", "Private World", "Trash", "Human Being", "Don't Start Me Talkin'", "(Give Her A) Great Big Kiss", "Vietnamese Baby", "Babylon", "Bad Girl", "Pills", "Personality Crisis", "Endless Party" and "Hootchie Cootchie Man".

All except the last 2 tracks (and a shorter version of "It's Too Late") are available on the "A Hard Day's Night" CD (Norton Records 2000). The last 2 are on the "Seven Day Weekend" CD (Receiver 1992), with 17 tracks (including the full version of "It's Too Late") from the same session. Re-released (22 tracks, not "Looking For A Kiss") on "Private World - The Complete Early Studio Demos 1972-73" 2CD (Castle 2006) and again on "Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos (1972-1975)" 5CD (Cherry Red 2018).

Note: "The first order of business [after signing to Mercury Records] was to record a fresh set of demos. We used a few studios: a disused church [Manhattan Baptist Church] on 57th Street [Mediasound Studios (on 311 West 57th Street)]; a converted basement in the old fur district [sic, Garment District between Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue, from 34th to 42nd Streets), Mercer Street Tapes (nothing to do with the Arts Center); another on Green Street [sic, likely Blue Rock Studios @ 29 Greene Street]; and maybe more. The CDs that have since been released of those sessions usually credit Planet Studios alone, but I'm sure a few tracks come from those other places." From Syl's book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream".


New York City 16-Mar-73

16-Mar-73
US NY,New York City,Diplomat Hotel,Crystal Room
St.Patrick's Eve bash
[with The Brats]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 15-Mar-73.

Note: This is the Brats' debut show. The Brats were formed in 1972 by early Dolls guitarist Rick Rivets.


17-Mar-73
US NY,New Paltz,State University New York/SUNY
[with Larry Coryell, Mahavishnu Orchestra]


New York City 20-Mar-73

20-Mar-73
US NY,New York City,the band sign a 2 album record contract with Mercury Records, for a sum of $25,000 ($142,000 in today's money).

Article 1: Scan of article taken from Cash Box 26-May-73.

Article 2: Scan of article taken from the Village Voice 29-Mar-73.


New York City 23-Mar-73

23-Mar-73
US NY,New York City,Gaslight Au Go Go
(1st set 10PM, 2nd set 12PM)

24-Mar-73
US NY,New York City,Gaslight Au Go Go
(1st set 10PM, 2nd set 12PM)

Ad: Photo of flyer.

Note: The Gaslight club moved to the former Cafe Au Go Go (which had closed down late 1969) on 152 Bleeker Street in April 1971 and was renamed the "Gaslight Au Go Go".


New York City 03/04-Apr-73

03-Apr-73
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

04-Apr-73
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 29-Mar-73.

Note: Start of 6 day residency. Bob Gruen attends, he does not videotape, but takes some pictures of the band on the stairway.


New York City 05/08-Apr-73

05-Apr-73
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

06-Apr-73
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

07-Apr-73
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

08-Apr-73
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 05-Apr-73.

Note: Part of the 6 day residency.


Record Plant April '73

Mid April/Mid June 1973
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Record Plant East studios-Studio B (@ 321 West 44th Street)

Recording their debut album "New York Dolls". Engineered by Jack Douglas and Ed Sprigg. Produced by Todd Rundgren. "Personality Crisis", "Looking For A Kiss", "Vietnamese Baby", "Lonely Planet Boy", "Frankenstein", "Trash", "Bad Girl", "Subway Train", "Pills", "Private World" and "Jet Boy". Mixing takes less than six hours.

Photo: Location of The New York Observer newspaper, circa early 2000's.

Note 1: "Syl, like Jerry, felt underappreciated by Todd [Rundgren]. But he also understood that after two months of babysitting the Dolls, 'I think [Todd] was just sick and tired and he wanted his money and wanted to get the hell out of there.' Todd did have somewhere else to be: Criteria Studios in Miami Beach, to record with Grand Funk Railroad [on June 12, 14 and 15, 1973], for which he supposedly received what was then a record $50,000 advance payment [$284,000 in today's money]". From "Stranded In The Jungle", a book by Curt Weiss.

Note 2: The first sessions at the Record Plant studio (opened March 13, 1968 by Chris Stone) were for The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Electric Ladyland" album (1968), followed by Don McLean: "American Pie" (1971), John Lennon: "Imagine" (1971), Sly and the Family Stone: "There's a Riot Goin' On" (1971), Alice Cooper: "School's Out" (1972), Bruce Springsteen: "Born To Run" (1975), etc... Soft rocker Livingston Taylor [James' brother] was wrapping up the recording of his third album "Over The Rainbow" in the adjoining studio.


New York City 11/12-May-73

11-May-73
US NY,New York City-Queens,The Coventry

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 03-May-73.

Note 1: First time in Queens.

Note 2: "It was a big club, around 5,000 square feet, and it held around 700 people. Everyone from KISS, The New York Dolls, The Ramones, Blondie, Sam & Dave, The Dictators and Elephant's Memory played there. I'd put on 10 acts a week, both local and national. The only act we turned down, because we didn't want to spend $300, was Aerosmith (laughs). The New York Dolls were really the ones that kept Coventry going. They played once a month, and whenever they played, 700 people would show up. They had the main following of all the bands who played there. The Dolls really helped pay my rent (laughs). All the other groups who played there, from KISS to The Ramones, didn't really bring in that many people". Paul Sub (owner of the Coventry) interviewed in Goldmine Magazine (11-Apr-08).


New York City 12-May-73

12-May-73
US NY,New York City-Queens,The Coventry

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 10-May-73.


New York City 25/27-May-73

25-May-73
US NY,New York City,The Circus
[with Barnaby Bye]
(2 sets)

26-May-73
US NY,New York City,The Circus
[with Barnaby Bye]
(2 sets)

27-May-73
US NY,New York City,The Circus
[with Barnaby Bye]
(2 sets)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 17-May-73.

Note: Re-opening of the former Electric Circus (@ the Ukranian National Hall, 23 St.Marks Place).


New York City 29/30-Jun-73

03/06-Jun-73
US NY, New York City,Hotel McAlpin
7th National Fashion and Boutique Show

Handbill: Reproduction from "Pin-Ups 1972 - Third Generation Rock ’n’ Roll", a book by Peter Stanfield.

Ad: Scan of advert taken from Men's Wear (semi-monthly), Volume 167 -No.8, 1973.

Note 1: John Lloyd [fashion retailor of Alkasura, @ 304 King’s Road, London] encouraged Malcolm McLaren to go to the Boutique Show in New York. Malcolm, Vivienne Westwood and their friend Gerry Goldstein ended up taking a sixth-floor room at the McAlpine Hotel to showcase their "Let It Rock" clothes, then sold at their "Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die" shop @ 430 Kings Road. McLaren and Westwood's first visit to New York. The New York Dolls and McLaren meet for the first time.

Note 2: "Among the visitors to the fair was New York Dolls' guitarist Sylvain Sylvain. [...] `I always went to the fair if I was in town, so dropped by and saw this fellow dressed from head-to-toe as a Teddy Boy,' said Sylvain. 'Vivienne looked amazing as well and they were both very friendly, though when I said something was nice, he would go: "Ah go on, you can have it" while she would grumble at him for being unbusiness-like. We really got on well and then it clicked — I remember having gone to their store. [in November 1972, when Malcolm and Vivienne were not present that day]'. McLaren invited Sylvain back for the closing day of the fair; he brought with him the rest of the group: lead guitarist Johnny Thunders, singer David Johansen, drummer Jerry Nolan, bassist Arthur Kane and their associate Peter Jordan, who sometimes depped for Kane. 'They had some great things: Jerry Lee Lewis underpants and English-style 50s shirts, like Billy Fury and Adam Faith would have worn,' said Jordan. McLaren hadn't heard of the New York Dolls; in fact, he had been deliberately isolating himself from developments in contemporary pop and rock music since the early 1960s [...]" from "The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren: The Biography", a book by Paul Gorman.

In his autobiography book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream", Sylvain writes that the encounter took place in the spring of 1971, but this is impossible because at the time McLaren was still a student at Goldsmiths art school and Westwood was a schoolteacher in Brixton. On top of that their "Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die" shop was only opened in January/February 1973.

Note 3: The National (Fashion and) Boutique Show was a four-day trade show @ the Hotel McAlpin. It was a bi-annual event, one in the winter and one in the spring. The first NBS was in June 1970. The second on 24/27-Jan-71; the third on 23/26-May-71; fourth on 16/19-Jan-72; fifth on 21/24-May-72; sixth on 2x-Jan-73; seventh on 03/06-Jun-73; eight on 2x-Jan-74; ninth 1974; tenth on 1x/1x-Jan-75; eleventh on 1/4-Jun-75; twelfth on 2x-Jan-76; thirteenth 1976; fourteenth on 2x-Jan-77; fifteenth on 22/25-Jun-77 etc..


Record Plant April '73

Mid April/Mid June 1973
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Record Plant East studios-Studio B (@ 321 West 44th Street)

Recording their debut album "New York Dolls". Engineered by Jack Douglas and Ed Sprigg. Produced by Todd Rundgren. "Personality Crisis", "Looking For A Kiss", "Vietnamese Baby", "Lonely Planet Boy", "Frankenstein", "Trash", "Bad Girl", "Subway Train", "Pills", "Private World" and "Jet Boy". Mixing takes less than six hours.

Photo: Location of The New York Observer newspaper, circa early 2000's.

Note: "Get the glitter out of your asses and play" balks Todd Rundgren, firmly strapped into his pilot's seat behind the board in Studio B of the Record Plant in New York City. Coming from that flaming multi-colored head such words are already suspect, but the group of individuals they are aimed at, known professionally as the New York Dolls, react with contemptuous laughter and offer suggestions that can't be recounted in a family publication. Rundgren and the Dolls, you see, share this private joke; a joke they're in the midst of making public. Written off by many as just another in the wearisome line of glitter pretenders, the New York Dolls are cooking up a bit of brass-knuckled astonishment for those people.
Singer David Johansen strolls over to the plate glass partition which separates the studio from the control room, and scotch-tapes an advertising flier he's just found to the window so that it faces the booth. "Too fast to live, too young to die," it reads, "LET IT ROCK!". He spins around the band launches full-throttle into "Trash," an electric explosion that seconds his gesture with a vengeance, and without which his action would've been empty and melodramatic. In that moment it becomes perfectly apparent that the New York Dolls —far from being an easy target for anybody's labels— are in the midst of creating a category that doesn't even have a name yet."
From "New York Dolls Greatest Hits Volume 1" by Ben Edmonds published in Creem magazine, October 1973.


Jun-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Hotel Chelsea

Note 1: "On Sylvain's advice, Goldstein, McLaren and Westwood moved out of the 26th Street Holiday Inn to the more suitable Hotel Chelsea [...]. They hosted a party in their room attended by the Dolls and their entourage, which included the socialite Patti D'Arbanville, Bob Colacello, editor of Andy Warhol's Interview, transsexual superstar Candy Darling, actor Michael J. Pollard and Eric Emerson, the Warholite who had appeared in Chelsea Girls and Heat and fronted the similarly glam-punk the Magic Tramps. `Our entertainment was our rack of clothes from Too Fast to Live Too Young to Die (we wanted everyone to try them on), a punch bowl, some Hula Hoops and the reggae soundtrack of the Jimmy Cliff film, The Harder They Come,' said McLaren. `Guests screamed from the balcony of the hotel down to the streets below, welcoming everyone up. Some peed out of the window.

'Nights were spent attending the Dolls gigs at Max's Kansas City and connecting with the city's demi-monde including punk poet Patti Smith and the face-tattooed `Witch of Positano' Vali Myers. `We had a very wild time,' said McLaren. 'This was the first time I did cocaine and also my first exposure to all sorts of sexual deviancy, voyeurs filming people being whipped, that sort of thing.'[...] At the end of [August] the Dolls departed for Los Angeles and the Brits returned to London, McLaren infused with New York's street energy and ambitious to up the stakes at 430 King's Road."
from "The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren: The Biography", a book by Paul Gorman.

Note 2: In November 2022, Paul Gorman updated me with new information he received/uncovered that McLaren and the others only were in New York for the first 10 days of June. So they never saw the Dolls live shows at Max's Kansas City.


New York City 29/30-Jun-73

29-Jun-73
US NY,New York City-Queens,The Coventry

Ad: Photo of ad from Good Times mag.

Ad: Scan of advert taken from the Village Voice 21-Jun-73.


New York City 30-Jun-73

30-Jun-73
US NY,New York City-Queens,The Coventry

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


New York City 01-Jul-73

01-Jul-73
US NY,New York City-Queens,The Coventry
[with Blue Suede]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 28-Jun-73.


New York City 19-Jul-73



New York City 19-Jul-73

19-Jul-73
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

20-Jul-73
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

21-Jul-73
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

22-Jul-73
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

Setlist: some of the above dates.
(time code 20). Babylon/ Bad Girl/ Trash/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Private World/ Great Big Kiss/ Human Being.

(time code 21) Babylon/ Back in the USA/ Private World/ Bad Girl/ Don't You Start Me Talkin'/ Human Being/ Seven Day Weekend/ Don't Mess With Cupid.

(time code 22) Looking For A Kiss/ Personality Crisis/ Pills/ Bad Detective/ Vietnamese Baby/ Hoochie Coochie Man/ Trash/ Jet Boy.

(time code 23) Back in the USA/ Human Being/ Great Big Kiss/ Seven Day Weekend/ Frankenstein/ Bad Girl.

Ad: Scan of top ad taken from the Village Voice 12-Jul-73 and bottom ad from the Village Voice 19-Jul-73.

Note 1: Video footage ("Human Being", "Bad Girl" and "Bad Detective") of this 4-day residency, videotaped by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, is available on the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005).

Note 2: "Around this time, cable television was beginning to make itself known in New York City. It was a new development, and it was expensive—twenty-five dollars a month. Very few homes were wired for it. Part of the licensing deal was that the cable company, Manhattan Cable, would have two channels available for public use, and I decided to put on a show, "Bob Gruen's Rock and Roll". Every month, I'd book two half-hour blocks and two one-hour blocks, all at odd times during the week when I thought rock-and-roll people might be watching television. There was no host, just some crude handwritten titles that I would shoot for the beginning and end of each "episode." I never got much of a reaction from it. I was just doing it hoping that somebody would be watching, although I wasn't—they were only wiring up the wealthy neighborhoods! [...] "Bob Gruen's Rock and Roll" ran until 1976." From "Right Place, Right Time", a book by Bob Gruen.


23-Jul-73
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways

Note: Possible extra date.


27-Jul-73
US Release of "New York Dolls" album (Mercury Records).

Ad: Scan of ad for album taken from the Village Voice on 16-Aug-73.

Review: Scan of album review by Harold Borowski taken from the Daily Collegian on 29-Sep-73.


New York City 27-Jul-73

27-Jul-73
US NY,New York City-Queens,The Coventry
[with The Brats]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 26-Jul-73.


Masillion 28-Jul-73

28-Jul-73
US OH,Massillon,Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
[support for Mott The Hoople, with Dr.Hook and Rainbow]

Ad: Scan of ad from magazine.

Note: Originally scheduled at the Cloverleaf speedway on July 23rd. After the Tiger Stadium show they also perform the same day/night at the The Coventry. " 1973- The Fraternal Order of Police protested the holding of a series of rock concerts, beginning with July 21 with the Edgar Winter Group, James Gang & Frampton’s Camel at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. After much debate among the city fathers, a permit was signed by Mayor Mark Ross. 12,000 people attended the event where the “worst offenders were the amplifiers.” A permit for a second concert was signed for Mott the Hoople, Dr. Hook, New York Dolls and Rainbow. The concert was held, resulting in numerous police calls for drug overdoses, 5 men injured, 1 car theft, 1 grand larceny, 1 attempted grand larceny, 28 calls for trouble. The permit for the remaining concerts was revoked." Sourced from Massillon Police Department.


New York City 27-Jul-73

28-Jul-73
US NY,New York City-Queens,The Coventry
[with Luger]

29-Jul-73
US NY,New York City-Queens,The Coventry
[with Malachite]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 26-Jul-73.

Note: On the 28th they first perform at the Mott The Hoople concert @ the Massillon, Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.


New York City 03-Aug-73

03-Aug-73
US NY,New York City,Broadway Central Hotel/Mercer Arts Center collapses.

Photo: Photo taken from the Daily News on 07-Aug-73.

Note: On the 3rd of August, 1973 at 5:10PM, the eight-storey facade of the Broadway Central Hotel and the rooms behind it collapse as well as part of the Mercer Arts Center, where the band had a residency starting as per June 1972. About 300 people got out in time, 4 people were killed and 19 injured. Mercer Arts Center never reopened.


New York City 03-Aug-73

03-Aug-73
US NY,New York City,Madison Square Gardens,Felt Forum
[support for Mott The Hoople]

Setlist: Courageous Cat/ Personality Crisis/ Looking For A Kiss/ Bad Girl/ Great Big Kiss/ Vietnamese Baby/ Babylon/ Pills/ Trash/ Frankenstein/ Jet Boy.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 05-Jul-73.

Review: Scan of review, taken from The Record 12-Aug-73.

Note: The band is introduced by famous DJ 'Wolfman Jack', at the time working at WNBC AM-radio in New York. "I was friends with Wolfman Jack, who was doing a Top 40 AM-radio-type show in New York at the time. [...] I told him about the Waldorf show and he decided he was going to broadcast his show from there. So besides all these art people coming to the Waldorf and dressing up in costumes, Wolfman Jack was broadcasting from the gig and telling people, “Come down here! It’s unbelievable!” in his Wolfman Jack voice. Thousands and thousands of people came. And of course, all of them couldn’t get in, so there was all kinds of pandemonium. It was a lot of fun. We had a costume contest, and we had a distinguished panel, judges like Rex Reed. Ridiculous prizes. A weekend for three at a lovely motel close to the Newark airport. There was a drag queen who was into dress design. He took the contest very seriously, and insisted that he won. " David Johansen interviewed for Vulture/New York Magazine March 26, 2014.


Wilkensberg 07-Aug-73

07-Aug-73
US PA,Pittsburgh-Wilkinsburg,Alpine Arena
[support for Mott The Hoople and Blue Öyster Cult]

Ad: Scan of ad.


New York City 14-Aug-73

14-Aug-73
US WI,Milwaukee,Riverside Theatre
[support for Mott The Hoople and Blue Öyster Cult]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Unlikely that the Dolls played as they had a show the same night at My Father's Place, 900 miles away.


New York City 14-Aug-73

14-Aug-73
US NY,Long Island,Roslyn,My Father's Place

15-Aug-73
US NY,Long Island,Roslyn,My Father's Place

16-Aug-73
US NY,Long Island,Roslyn,My Father's Place

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 09-Aug-73.


xx-Aug-73
US NY,Hampton Bays,Hot Dog Beach,bar

Note: On a Saturday afternoon ('Happy Hour') beach party. "[Twisted Sister] were playing a club called the Mad Hatter [in East Quogue]. A rival Hamptons club thought it would be a cool idea to bring out the Dolls as a rival band one weekend. I guess the club owner got the Dolls agent to agree to having the band playing the Happy Hour show on a very small stage catty-cornered in the bar on the beach. [..] The kids in the Hamptons did not want to hear original music [..] they were booed off the stage that afternoon [..] the kids just wanted to hear well played hit songs." (JJ French [Twisted Sister] in an email to me).


New York City 22-Aug-73

22-Aug-73
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs
(2 sets)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 19-Jul-73.


New York City 23-Aug-73

23-Aug-73
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs
(2 sets)

24-Aug-73
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs
(2 sets)

25-Aug-73
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs
(2 sets)

Setlist: (one of the 2 sets on 23-Aug-73) Human Being/ Personality Crisis/ (Give Her A) Great Big Kiss/ Bad Detective/ Pills/ Trash/ Lookin' For A Kiss/ Jet Boy.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 09-Aug-73.


New York City 26-Aug-73

26-Aug-73
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs
(2 sets)

Setlist: (1st set) Back In The USA/Lookin' For A Kiss/ Bad Girl/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Great Big Kiss/ Subway Train/ Trash/ Personality Crisis/ Jet Boy/.. and more..

Setlist: (2nd set) Milkman-Chatterbox/ Human Being/ Don't Start Me Talkin'/ Pills/ Hoochie Coochie Man/.. and more..

Photo: At one of the August shows at Max's. Photo credit Paul Zone (aka Paolo Cilione). Taken from his photobook "Playground" (Glitterati 2014).

Note 1: "Subway Train" (1st set), videotaped by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, is available on the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005).

Note 2: "In the Summer of '73 the Dolls played a week in New York at Max's Kansas City, followed by a week at the Whisky A Go Go and several TV shows in Los Angeles, and a few days in San Francisco. I rented a low light camera (a brand new invention developed by the US government) and went along with them. A lot of our tapes were made then." Bob Gruen "All Dolled Up" DVD booklet.


27-Aug-73
US Release of "Trash/Personality Crisis" 7" single (Mercury Records).


New York City 27-Aug-73

27-Aug-73
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Upstairs
(2 sets)

Setlist: (2nd set) Trash/.. and more..

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 23-Aug-73.

Article: Scan of article taken from the Village Voice on 30-Aug-73.

Note: Some footage of this show, videotaped by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, is available on the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005). "Trash" is from the 2nd show on 27-Aug-73, where roadie Peter Jordon replaces Arthur. His girlfriend Connie Gripp had slashed his left thumb to prevent him from going on tour. He joins after all, with his left hand in a cast, and is replaced by Peter Jordon on many of the Californian shows.


Los Angeles 29-Aug-73/02-Sep-73

29-Aug-73
US CA,Los Angeles,Whisky A Go Go
[with Mayson]
(2 sets: 09:30 and 11:30PM)

Setlist 1:(one of the dates between 29-Aug-73/02-Sep-73) Personality Crisis/ Pills/ Trash/ Looking For A Kiss/ Great Big Kiss/ Bad Girl/ Jet Boy.

Setlist 2:(one of the dates between 29-Aug-73/02-Sep-73) Hoochie Coochie Man/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Looking For A Kiss Bad Girl/ Trash/ Personality Crisis/ Pills/ Back In The USA.

Review: Scan of a review by Robert Hilburn taken from the Los Angeles Times 31-Aug-73.

Photo: Photos by Richard Creamer from Rock Scene, March 1974. Sourced from Circulation Zero.

Note: First appearance on the West Coast. Roadie Peter Jordan replaces Arthur Kane on bass. Some footage ("Vietnamese Baby", "Looking For A Kiss" and "Jet Boy") of these shows, videotaped by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, is available on the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005).


Los Angeles 29-Aug-73/02-Sep-73

30-Aug-73
US CA,Los Angeles,Whisky A Go Go
[with Mayson]
(2 sets: 09:30 and 11:30PM)

Ad: Photo of ad taken from the Los Angeles Free press 2x-Aug-73.

Ad: Scan of another ad.

Note: Roadie Peter Jordan replaces Arthur Kane on bass. Some footage ("Vietnamese Baby", "Looking For A Kiss" and "Jet Boy") of these shows, videotaped by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, is available on the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005).


Los Angeles 29-Aug-73/02-Sep-73

31-Aug-73
US CA,Los Angeles,Whisky A Go Go
[with Mayson]
(2 sets: 09:30 and 11:30PM)

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from the Los Angeles Times 19-Aug-73.

Note: Roadie Peter Jordan replaces Arthur Kane on bass. Some footage ("Vietnamese Baby", "Looking For A Kiss" and "Jet Boy") of these shows, videotaped by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, is available on the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005).


Los Angeles 01/02-Sep-73

01-Sep-73
US CA,Los Angeles,Whisky A Go Go
[with White Raven]
(2 sets: 09:30 and 11:30PM)

02-Sep-73
US CA,Los Angeles,Whisky A Go Go
[with White Raven]
(2 sets: 09:30 and 11:30PM)

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Roadie Peter Jordan replaces Arthur Kane on bass. Some footage ("Vietnamese Baby", "Looking For A Kiss" and "Jet Boy") of these shows, videotaped by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, is available on the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005).


Los Angeles 02-Sep-73

02-Sep-73
US CA,Los Angeles,Bel Air Sands hotel
KROQ radio first anniversary party

Photo: Credit Bob Gruen, taken from his book "Right Place, Right Time".


San Francisco 04/06-Sep-73

04-Sep-73
US CA,San Francisco,The Matrix club
[with The Tubes, Pristine Condition and Naomi Ruth Eisenberg]

05-Sep-73
US CA,San Francisco,The Matrix club
[with The Tubes, Pristine Condition and Naomi Ruth Eisenberg]

Setlist: Looking For A Kiss/ Babylon/ Pills/ Great Big Kiss/ Private World/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Vietnamese Baby/ Don't Start Me Talkin'/ Hoochie Coochie Man/ Bad Girl/ Personality Crisis/ Trash/ Jet Boy.

06-Sep-73
US CA,San Francisco,The Matrix club
[with The Tubes]

Setlist: Looking For A Kiss/ Bad Girl/ Subway Train/ Babylon/ Great Big Kiss/ Private World/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Trash/ Frankenstein/ I'm Into Something Good/ Bad Detective/ Personality Crisis/ Jet Boy.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Review: Scan of review, "N.Y. Dolls a Real Mess", taken from the San Francisco Examiner 05-Sep-73.

Note 1: Roadie Peter Jordan replaces Arthur Kane (who sings on "Bad Detective") on bass. Some footage (5th: "Private World", "Who Are The Mystery Girls?" and "Hoochie Coochie Man"; 6th: "Great Big Kiss" and "Personality Crisis") of these shows, videotaped by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, is available on the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005).

Note 2: The orginal Matrix club (opened in 1965 @ 3138 Fillmore) closed in 1971, yet briefly reopened (at a new location 412 Broadway, previously "Mr D's") in August 1973, and finally closing in December.


Los Angeles 08-Sep-73

08-Sep-73
US CA,Los Angeles,KHJ-TV channel 9,The Real Don Steele show

Setlist: They playback "Personality Crisis" and "Trash".

Photo: Credit Richard Creamer. Sourced from Gettyimages/Michael Ochs Archives music photo libraries.

Note: Arthur plays, with his arm in a cast. 08-Sep-73 is the recording date, broadcast was later. The front cover of their "Too Much Too Soon" album is a photo by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck taken at this show. Their video footage is included in the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005).


Los Angeles 11-Sep-73

11-Sep-73
US CA,Los Angeles-Burbank,NBC TV
The Midnight Special -Season #2 Episode #6
[Hosted by War, with Mott The Hoople, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Climax Blues band, Danny O'Keefe and Piper]

Setlist: Trash/ Personality Crisis.

Photo: Screen capture from TV broadcast.

Note: Burt Sugarman's show. Live in the studio. Both Arthur (miming) and Peter Jordan (playing) are on stage. Recorded on the 11th and first broadcast in Los Angeles by KNBC on 19-Oct-73 (LA Times 14-Oct-73). Kid Congo Powers [The Gun Club], then 14 years old, attends the show.


Houston 13/16-Sep-73

13-Sep-73
US TX,Houston,Liberty Hall

14-Sep-73
US TX,Houston,Liberty Hall
(2 sets 8PM 11PM)

15-Sep-73
US TX,Houston,Liberty Hall
(2 sets 8PM 11PM)

16-Sep-73
US TX,Houston,Liberty Hall

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Arthur's arm is still in a cast so roadie Peter Jordan continues to replace him on bass.
Liberty Hall was a former drag club.


Dallas 17/20-Sep-73

17-Sep-73
US TX,Dallas,Gertie's
[with The Werewolves]

18-Sep-73
US TX,Dallas,Gertie's
[with The Werewolves]

19-Sep-73
US TX,Dallas,Gertie's
[with The Werewolves]

20-Sep-73
US TX,Dallas,Gertie's
[with The Werewolves]

Setlist: (one of the 4 shows) Courageous Cat Theme (*)/ Personality Crisis/ Vietnamese Baby/ Bad Girl/ Looking For A Kiss/ Great Big Kiss/ Pills/ Frankenstein/ Lone Star Queen/ Don't Start Me Talkin'.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: These shows are often wrongly listed as having happened in 1974. One of the shows is available on the "Dolls Live: Dallas '74" bootleg LP (Smilin' Ears 1978), except for (*). Also released as part of the "From Here to Eternity: The Live Bootleg Box Set" 3CD (Sanctuary/Castle 2006) and again on "Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos (1972-1975)" 5CD (Cherry Red 2018).
Arthur's arm is still in a cast so roadie Peter Jordan continues to replace him on bass.


Memphis 21-Sep-73

21-Sep-73
US TN,Memphis,Ellis Auditorium South Hall
[with The Stooges]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Article 1: Scan of article, taken from the Leaf Chronicle.

Article 2: Scan of article, taken from The Memphis Press-Scimitar 05-Dec-73.

Note: A riot ensues during the Dolls' shows. The cops beat up a kid, David stops the music and is arrested. He spends the night in jail. Arthur's arm is still in a cast so roadie Peter Jordan continues to replace him on bass.


Detroit 22-Sep-73

22-Sep-73
US MI,Detroit,Michigan Palace
[with Birtha and Aerosmith]

Poster: Reproduction of poster, taken from "Too Fast To Live, Punk & Post Punk Graphics 1976-1986", a book by Andrew Krivine. Poster design Dennis Loren. Scan of alternative flyer .

Review: Scan of review and interview, taken from Detroit Free Press, Sep 30, 1973.

Article: Scan of article, taken from Livingston County Daily Press and Argus, 03-Oct-73.

Note: Arthur's arm is still in a cast so roadie Peter Jordan continues to replace him on bass.


23-Sep-73
US MI,Detroit,WABX-FM radio
Interview with Dan Carlisle


Milwaukee 24-Sep-73

24-Sep-73
US WI,Milwaukee,Teddy's

25-Sep-73
US WI,Milwaukee,Teddy's

Ad: Scan of ad from (University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) UWM Post (student paper) 21-Sep-73.

Review: Scan of review from UWM Post 28-Sep-73. "Dolls are nothing but image by Steve Wiest. According to Rolling Stone, Creem, and other rock journals, the New York Dolls are the best new band in years. [...] The New York Dolls are a group of young men masquerading as teenage gay musical prodigies. However, they are neither nineteen, homosexual, nor talented. [...] The majority of a crowd that had paid $2.50 apiece to get in, left Teddy's by the end of the Dolls' first ragged overloud set. [...]"

Note: The club opened in 1968 by Tony Machi as The Barn and renamed Teddy's in 1973 after Tony's son. It was mostly a jazz and blues club, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker played there in '73/74. In 1989, the building was renamed Shank Hall in honor of the Milwaukee concert venue in the "This is Spinal Tap" movie.


Chicago 28-Sep-73

28-Sep-73
US IL,Chicago-Elmhurst,The Corporation
(cancelled)

29-Sep-73
US IL,Chicago-Elmhurst,The Corporation
(cancelled)

Poster: Photo of poster, courtesy of Terri DeBoo.

Ad: Scan of advert from Chicago Tribune 23-Sep-73.

Note: Show cancelled. The Dolls show moved to October 11 (@ the Auditorium Theater), with Mott The Hoople.


Chattanooga 03-Oct-73

03-Oct-73
US TN,Chattanooga,Municipal Auditorium
[support for Mott The Hoople, with Aerosmith]
(cancelled)

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Blues singer Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga.


Atlanta 04-Oct-73

04-Oct-73
US GA,Atlanta,Municipal Auditorium
[support for Mott The Hoople, with Aerosmith]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Atlanta Constitution 23-Sep-73.

Note: Rejoining the Mott The Hoople tour.


West Palm Beach 05-Oct-73

05-Oct-73
US FL,West Palm Beach,Auditorium
[support for Mott The Hoople, with Aerosmith]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Miami News 04-Oct-73.


Chicago 11-Oct-73

11-Oct-73
US IL,Chicago,Auditorium Theater
[support for Mott The Hoople, with Aerosmith]

Photo: Credit Laurance Ratner. Sourced from Gettyimages/WireImage music photo libraries.

Review: Scan of review from Chicago Tribune 12-Oct-73.

Note: At Chicago (then the home of Mercury Records) Arthur attempts to play for the first time in weeks, but after the show has to put on a new cast for several more weeks.


12-Oct-73
US MO,Springfield,Drury College
[support for Lynyrd Skynyrd]

13-Oct-73
US MO,Springfield,Drury College
[support for Lynyrd Skynyrd]

14-Oct-73
US RI,Kingston,University of Rhode Island,Ram's Den


Rochester 16-Oct-73

16-Oct-73
US NY,Rochester,Auditorium Theatre
[support for Mott The Hoople, with Aerosmith]

Setlist: Looking For A Kiss/ Pills/ Back in the U.S.A [Chuck Berry]/ Bad Girl/ Great Big Kiss/ Trash/ Vietnamese Baby/ Personality Crisis.

Photo: Credit Greg Prevost.

Poster: Photo of poster, courtesy of Billy Claire.

Note: 14-year old (Rochester born) Lydia Lunch attends the show!


Buffalo 17-Oct-73

17-Oct-73
US NY,Buffalo-Symphony Circle,Kleinhans Music Hall
[support for Mott The Hoople, with Aerosmith]

Ad 1: Scan of ad, taken from The Spectrum 17-Oct-73.

Ad 2: Scan of ad.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Review: Scan of review, taken from The Ascent 14-Nov-73.


Pittsburgh xx-Oct-73

18-Oct-73
US PA,Pittsburgh,Syria Mosque
[support for Mott The Hoople, with Aerosmith]

Photo: Credit unknown.


19-Oct-73
UK Release of "New York Dolls" album (Mercury Records).


Philadelphia 19-Oct-73

19-Oct-73
US PA,Philadelphia,Schubert Theater

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Philadelphia Daily News 19-Oct-73.

Note: Not part of the Mott The Hoople tour. Oddly, Mott The Hoople and Aerosmith play the same theater the next day.


St Louis 20-Oct-73

20-Oct-73
US MO,St. Louis,American Theatre
[with Pavlov's Dog]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from The St.Louis Post Dispatch 14-Oct-73.

Review: Scan of review from St. Louis Post-Dispatch 22-Oct-73.

Note: Not part of the Mott The Hoople tour.


Minneapolis 22-Oct-73

22-Oct-73
US MN,Minneapolis,The Orpheum Theatre

Ad: Taken from the Minneapolis Tribune, October 21, 1973, courtesy of Jim F.

Note: Not part of the Mott The Hoople tour. Cancelled due to low ticket sales. The Orpheum is a large (2600 seats) space.


New York City 26-Oct-73

26-Oct-73
US PA,Pittsburgh,Nixon Theater
[with Felix Harp]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 26-Oct-73.

Review: Scan of review, taken from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 31-Oct-73.

Note: Not part of the Mott The Hoople tour.


Toronto 27-Oct-73

27-Oct-73
CA ON,Toronto,Victory Burlesque Theatre
[with Rush]
(early show- 8 PM)

27-Oct-73
CA ON,Toronto,Victory Burlesque Theatre
[with Rush]
(late show- 11 PM)

Poster: Photo of poster.

Review: Scan from the Toronto Star October 29, 1973. Another newpaper review by Robert Martin, courtesy of Jason Gropp.


28-Oct-73
US RI,Kingston,University of Rhode Island,Ram's Den


Bridgeport 29-Oct-73

29-Oct-73
US CT,Bridgeport,Stratfield Motor Hotel,Ballroom

Setlist: Looking For A Kiss/ Pills/ Subway Train/ Bad Girl/ Back In The USA/ Great Big Kiss/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Trash/ Vietnamese Baby/ Private World/ Personality Crisis/ Jet Boy.

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Bridgeport Post 14-Oct-73.


New York City 31-Oct-73

31-Oct-73
US NY,New York City,Waldorf Astoria,Grand Ballroom
Howard Stein's Halloween bash

Setlist:(1st set) Looking For A Kiss/ Bad Girl/ Pills/ Great Big Kiss/ Babylon/..and more..
(2nd set) Private World/ Personality Crisis/ Jet Boy/ Lone Star Queen/ Frankenstein/ .. and more..

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 11-Oct-73. Alternative ad.

Photo: Photo Credit Richard Drew.

Note: Some footage ("Babylon" and "Frankenstein") of this show, videotaped by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, is available on the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005).


03-Nov-73
US SC,Clemson,Coliseum


Atlanta 05/10-Nov-73

05-Nov-73
US GA,Atlanta,Richard's
[with Public Foot The Roman]

06-Nov-73
US GA,Atlanta,Richard's
[with Public Foot The Roman]

07-Nov-73
US GA,Atlanta,Richard's
[with Public Foot The Roman]

08-Nov-73
US GA,Atlanta,Richard's
[with Public Foot The Roman]

09-Nov-73
US GA,Atlanta,Richard's
[with Public Foot The Roman]

10-Nov-73
US GA,Atlanta,Richard's
[with Public Foot The Roman]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Atlanta Constitution 14-Oct-73, announcing a 6-day residency.

Note: Roy Hollingworth covers the residency in his piece "The New York Dolls: Music in a Doll's House" published in Melody Maker, November 24, 1973. "The hottest thing I've seen. Hotter than 12 pokers thrust in your eyes. Hotter than Marlene Dietrich —is the New York Dolls."


xx-Nov-73
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Baggy's/Baggies rehearsal space (on Wooster street and Grand street)
Reheasing for upcoming UK 2-week tour.


Baltimore 14-Nov-73

14-Nov-73
US MD,Baltimore,Hollywood Palace
[with Renaud and Junction]

Poster: Photo of poster.


15-Nov-73
US NJ,Madison,Farley Dickinson University


Newport 16-Nov-73

16-Nov-73
US RI,Newport,Viking Hotel,Convention Center

Ad: Scan of ad.


Brunswick 17-Nov-73

17-Nov-73
US NJ,New Brunswick,State Theatre
[with Forest Green]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 08-Nov-73.

Poster: Photo of poster.


20-Nov-73
UK Arrival at London Heathrow airport

20-Nov-73
UK London-South Kensington,staying at Blakes Hotel (@ 33 Roland Gardens)

Note: "'When we arrived in London, Malcolm and Vivienne were there to greet us,' said Sylvain Sylvain. 'They were at Brown's [sic Blakes] Hotel when we got in from the airport. We hung out with them as much as possible, and [we] visited McLaren at his shop. They gave us a bunch of clothes — I really liked the little black Too Fast to Live top with the zips and nude photos in plastic pockets.'" from "The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren: The Biography", a book by Paul Gorman.


22-Nov-73
UK London,South Bank Studios
ITV,Russell Harty Plus-TV talk show
(afternoon)

Note: Their appearance at the talkshow did not happen.


Warwick 22-Nov-73

22-Nov-73
UK Warwick,University-Rootes Hall
(evening)

Photo: Credit Graham Wiltshire. Sourced from Gettyimages/WireImage music photo libraries.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Ticket: Photo of ticket.

Ad: Cover of Melody Maker 24-Nov-73.


23-Nov-73
UK Release of "Jet Boy/Vietnamese Baby" 7" single (Mercury Records).


York 23-Nov-73

23-Nov-73
UK York,University

Photo: Credit Michael Putland. Sourced from Gettyimages/Hulton Archive music photo libraries.


Leeds 24-Nov-73

24-Nov-73
UK Leeds,University

Photo: Photo credit Witlessandtitless.

Review: Scan of review, taken from The Guardian 16-Nov-73.

Note: Only 600 of the 2000 ticket had been sold. A couple of acoustic guitars were stolen and the band had to send new ones over from New York.


Kensington 26-Nov-73

26-Nov-73
UK London-Kensington,Biba's Boutique
Rainbow restaurant - Christmas Ball
[with Beggars Opera, Lucas and McCullough]

Photo: Credit Ian Dickson. Sourced from Gettyimages/Redferns music photo libraries. Another set by David Warner Ellis @ Gettyimages/Redferns music photo libraries.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Review: Recollections by audience member Kasia Charko.

Note: The band borrowed Rolling Stones’ PA system, more suitable for a stadium than indoors. Attending the show were celebrities like, Paul McCartney, Brian Eno and Elton John. Other bands performing @ Biba from 1973-1974 were Procol Harum, Jimmy Cliff, Love, Be Bop Deluxe. Barbara Hulanicki’s new Biba store had just opened in September 1973. Biba was a fantasy palace with an Art Deco-interior reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood.


Old Grey Whistle Test 26-Nov-73

26-Nov-73
UK BBC 2 TV,Old Grey Whistle Test

Setlist: "Jet Boy" and "Looking For A Kiss".

Photo: Screen capture.

Letters: Reader complaints from Melody Maker 08-Dec-73.

Note: Lip-synching to the (single version of) "Jet Boy" and "Looking For A Kiss". TV show presented by Bob Harris, who labeled their music as 'mock rock'. Broadcast 27-Nov-73.


London 27-Nov-73

27-Nov-73
UK London-Kensington,Biba's Boutique
Rainbow restaurant - Christmas Ball
[with Beggars Opera, Lucas and McCullough]

Ad: Full page ad for UK tour, taken from Melody Maker 24-Nov-73.

Ad: Scan taken from UK music mag.

Review: Review, taken from Melody Maker 08-Dec-73.


Paris 28-Nov-73

28-Nov-73
FR Paris,Orly Airport,band arrives in France.

Photo: Credit Jean-Yves Legras, published in Best music mag (FR) January, 1974.

Note: At the airport the Dolls (accompanied by McLaren and Westwood) are awaited by French actor Jean-Pierre Kalfon, who was in New York in early '73, seeing them performing live at the Mercer Arts Center. For the French tour, the band are staying at the Ambassador Hotel and even more often @ (French designer and friend of McLaren and Westwood) Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's appartement @ 37, rue de Trévise. McLaren and Westwood accompany the Dolls in France and return to London after the Bataclan show (03-Dec-73).


28-Nov-73
FR Lyon,-

29-Nov-73
FR Lille,-

Note: "When the Dolls played in Lyons [sic] that night [28-Nov], Patrick Taton [Mercury Records, France] did not share the audience's enthusiasm, nor did he the following evening in Lille." (From "Too Much Too Soon", book by Nina Antonia). "We played a few shows in France, out in the country, and like the gigs outside of London (or even beyond New York), they were little more than space fillers between more memorable events". From Syl's book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream".


01-Dec-73
FR Paris,Ambassador Hotel (@16 Boulevard Haussmann)
press conference (afternoon)

Note: "The following day, at 12 o’clock sharp, Patrick Taton [Mercury Records France] sat down in the bar of the Ambassador Hotel [for the Doll's] press conference. Unsurprisingly, at that early hour, the band were nowhere to be seen. [..] Marty Thau: "I knew the press conference was never going to take place at 12, so I told the writers to have a drink and wait for the band. By four o’clock there was an $8,000 bar tab [...]”. By late afternoon all of The Dolls had assembled in the bar and the interviews got underway. As usual, David Johansen nursed a bottle of Remy Martin, his favourite accessory, as he entertained the gentlemen of the press. [..] Patrick Taton’s confidential Mercury report was made only a couple of hours after the press conference: “Next was a live concert at Radio Luxembourg. Although they had been requested for rehearsals at 17.30, the group were not ready before 19.00 and went to the studio in a frightening state of drunkenness." from "Too Much, Too Soon", a book by Nina Antonia.


Paris 01-Dec-73

01-Dec-73
FR Paris,Radio Luxembourg (studio @ 22, rue Bayard)
Live-to-air radio session @ 21:05

Setlist: Personality Crisis/ Bad Girl/ Looking For A Kiss/ (Give Her A) Great Big Kiss/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Pills/ Vietnamese Baby/ Trash/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)/ Puss 'n Boots/ Hoochie Coochie Man/ Jet Boy.

Photo: Photo credit Michel Agnes.

Note: Available on the "Paris Le Trash" CD (Triple X 1993), "From Paris With Love (L.U.V.)" (SFTRI 2002), "Vive Le Trash '74" (Cleopatra 2012) and "French Kiss 74" (Cleopatra 2013). Radio Luxembourg (RTL) is still located at 22 rue Bayard to this day. "If you listen to that recording you can hear what condition David was in. He was a drunken mess. His ego had gone completely overboard and he couldn't do no wrong in his own eyes. He was trying to talk French and he was so out of it." (Sylvain quoted in "Too Much Too Soon", book by Nina Antonia).


Paris 02-Dec-73

02-Dec-73
FR Paris,Olympia Théâtre (@ 28 boulevard des Capucines)
(matinée show at 14:30)

Setlist: (encores) Back In The USA/ Hoochie Coochie Man.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Review: Review by Christian Lebrun, published in Best music mag (FR) January, 1974.

Note: "Sylvain: “We looked absolutely beautiful. We’d just come from London where we’d raided Vivienne’s [Westwood] shop and got the loveliest things which we were trading back and forth between us. We’re on stage in the mid-afternoon and Arthur was wearing these big white aviator boots that kind of glowed in the dark and this kid in the front row put some LSD on the front of his boots. The whole band had been drinking a lot, and basically Johnny didn’t go to the john [toilet] before the show so we’re on the third or fourth song, and he had to go. He said something to David and walked right off. That really pissed David off. How could anybody walk off when he was about to sing? I filled in and played some blues… ‘Lone Star Queen’, and the kids started clapping along, Jerry got into it, swinging on a beat and David started blowing the harp, so it wasn’t that bad. Johnny came back, he’d taken a leak behind an amp but the gig ended with a spat between David and Johnny.” from "Too Much Too Soon", book by Nina Antonia.


03-Dec-73
FR Paris,TV show
(afternoon)

Note:"The day began with the news that [their managers] Marty Thau and Steve Leber had returned to New York, leaving the group without any funds. The Dolls [...] then scurried back into their [hotel] rooms [...] when they should have been preparing for an appearance on French TV. [...] Once The Dolls emerged, it transpired that the road crew had been dawdling in their duties and were five hours behind schedule in setting up the equipment at the television studio. Finally the show was taped and the Dolls left in a stretch Mercedes for their next engagement, a gig at The Bataclan on the Rue Voltaire/" from "Too Much Too Soon", book by Nina Antonia.


Paris 03-Dec-73

03-Dec-73
FR Paris,Le Bataclan (@ 50 Boulevard Voltaire)
(evening)

Photo: Credit Jean-Yves Legras, published in Best music mag (FR) June, 1984.

Note: "The Dolls concert lasts five songs. An outraged spectator spits on singer David Johansen. Johnny Thunders hits him with his Les Paul Junior [guitar]. A bunch of madmen then attack the group, who are saved through the intervention of their roadie, Frenchie [aka Christian Rodriguez]. The ORTF [French TV] stops filming [for their music program "Pop 2"]". Account by Philippe Manœuvre, published in the January 2016 issue of Vanity Fair France.


Bremen 04-Dec-73

04-Dec-73
DE Bremen,ARD TV,Musikladen

Setlist: Pills/ Trash/ Looking For A Kiss/ Bad Girl/ Personality Crisis/ Stranded In The Jungle.

Photo: Screen capture.

Note: Produced by Radio Bremen and directed by Michael Leckebusch. Live in the studio. Only "Looking For A Kiss" is broadcast (on 05-Dec-73).


Hamburg 05-Dec-73

05-Dec-73
DE Hamburg,Salambo Theater (@ Grosse Freiheit 39)
Press conference, followed by a (matinee) live -record company- show

Photo: Exterior of club circa early 70's, taken from "Grosse Freiheit 39", a book by Günter Zint. The photo (by Hans Georg Lehmann) on back cover of the "Too Much Too Soon" album was taken at a dressing room at this club.

Note: At a striptease club with live sex shows, opened by Frenchman René Durand in October 1970, at the site of the former Star Club. The Salambo burned down on February 18, 1983.


Hilversum 07-Dec-73

07-Dec-73
NL Hilversum,AVRO TV,Top Pop

Setlist: "Jet Boy" (playback in the studio).

Photo 1: Credit Gijsbert Hanekroot. Sourced from Gettyimages/Redferns music photo libraries.

Photo 2: Gallery @ Beeldengeluidwiki.

Note: Performing the same day are Slade, Suzie Quatro and Roxy Music. Broadcast 10-Dec-73.


Amsterdam 07-Dec-73

07-Dec-73
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso

Photo: Credit Gijsbert Hanekroot. Sourced from Gettyimages/Redferns music photo libraries.

Poster: Scan of poster, designed by Martin Kaye.

Review: Review taken from De Tijd 08-Dec-73; Review taken from Het Parool 08-Dec-73; Review taken from Algemeen Dagblad 10-Dec-73. "[..] Musically these five Americans, made up and partly dressed in women's clothing, were nothing. Their show was also no more than that of a starting housewives orchestra, which plunges into pop music. It remains incomprehensible that this group is doing so well with critics and with record companies alike. A singer without any volume. A bass player who apparently cannot tune his instrument. Two guitarists who can only play three chords on their guitar and a drumming lumberjack are presented as if they are the Rolling Stones of the 70s. However, the audience at the Paradiso clearly didn't appreciate them. Witness were the meager applause drowned out by whistling."

Ad: Ad from Dutch paper.


Sittard 08-Dec-73

08-Dec-73
NL Sittard,Stadsschouwburg

Ad: Scan taken from Aloha music magazine 4#16, dated 06/20-Dec-1973.

Review: Review taken from Limburgsch dagblad 15-Dec-73. " New York Dolls: fiasco. The performance of the group, which has been described as the best hard-rock formation since the Rolling Stones, was a major fiasco. [..] As a result [of their absurd food demands], the group arrived two hours late at the theater, where seven hundred young people were waiting impatiently. Once on stage, the group did not bother to adapt the sound of their precious installation to the acoustics of the hall: the musical qualities of The Dolls were lost in the deafening noise. The group refused to make any contact with the audience. The public reacted fiercely when The New York Dolls decided to stop after a one hour. [..] It is therefore a question for me whether The New York Dolls will ever break through."


09-Dec-73
NL Amsterdam,Universiteit

Note: Disrupted by homophobic protestors.


10-Dec-73
BE Brussel,BRT TV (@ Flageyplein Studio 6)
Binnen en Buiten-TV show

Setlist: "Jet Boy" (playback in the studio).

Note: Recording date. Likely broadcast on Sunday 16-Dec-73. "Binnen en Buiten" was Sunday afternoon TV show that ran from 1967 till 1974. At the age of 14, Willy Willy [The Scabs] saw this broadcast and decided to become a rock 'n' roll guitarist, just like Johnny Thunders. Willy died on February, 13 2019, at the age of 59.


Brussel 11-Dec-73

10-Dec-73
BE Leuven,University - Alma II
[with Lee]

11-Dec-73
BE Brussel,Théâtre 140
[with Lee]

Review: Scan of Théâtre 140 review taken from La Libre Belgique newspaper 13-Dec-73.

Photo: Photo at Théâtre 140, credit Jean-Hubert De Groot.

Note: Last European shows before returning to New York.


Washington 14-Dec-73

14-Dec-73
US Washington,George Washington University,Lisner Auditorium
[with Babe]

Ticket: Xerox of ticket. Day on ticket is wrong.

Photo: Photo credit Rainer Karasz from Hype fanzine.

Review 1: Review taken from Hype fanzine Vol. 5.1&2 - Fall/Winter 1974.

Review 2: Review by fan Dean Jeffrey.

Note: First show after returning from Europe. Their equipment was on an airline flight that was cancelled/delayed and the band then used local heavy metal band Pentagram's equipment instead. The (tiny) auditorium was only half full.


xx-Dec-73
US NY,New York City,-

xx-Dec-73
US NY,New York City,-


Boston 21-Dec-73

21-Dec-73
US MA,Boston,Orpheum Theatre

Review: Taken from the Boston Globe 24-Dec-73.


Kansas City 26-Dec-73

29-Dec-73
US KS,Kansas City,Cowtown Ballroom

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from the The Parsons Sun 26-Dec-73.


Des Moines 28-Dec-73

28-Dec-73
US IA,Des Moines,Vet's Memorial Auditorium
[support for Johnny Winter]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from the Des Moines Register.


Chicago 29-Dec-73

29-Dec-73
US IL,Chicago,Aragon Ballroom
[with Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Kracker]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from the Chicago Tribune.


Indianapolis 29-Dec-73

29-Dec-73
US IN,Indianapolis,Fairgrounds Colloseum
[support for Johnny Winter, with The James Gang, Brownville Station and Spirit]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from the Anderson Daily Bulletin 08-Dec-73.


Cleveland 30-Dec-73

30-Dec-73
US OH,Cleveland,Allen Theater
[with Left End]

Poster: Scan of poster.

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Akron Beacon Journal 21-Dec-73.


Detroit 31-Dec-73

31-Dec-73
US MI,Detroit,Michigan Palace

Setlist: Personality Crisis/ Bad Girl/ Looking For A Kiss/ Who's The Mystery Girls?/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Human Being/ Pills/ Trash/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)/ Puss 'n' Boots/ Babylon/ Lone Star Queen/ Don't Start Me Talkin'.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Ad: Scan of advert.

Note: Broadcast live to air by WABX FM. Available on the "Trash (Don't Take My Life Away)" bootleg LP (Desdemona 1974). Re-released on the "From Here To Eternity, The Live Bootleg Box Set" 3CD (Castle 2006) and again on "Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos (1972-1975)" 5CD (Cherry Red 2018).






1974
The year in which they record and release their second album "Too Much Too Soon".

Toledo 12-Jan-74

12-Jan-74
US OH,Toledo,Sports Arena-Exhibition Hall

Poster: Photo of poster.


Toledo 13-Jan-74

13-Jan-74
US MD,College Park,University Of Maryland-Ritchie Coliseum
[with Blitz]

Ad: Scan of ad from The Diamond Back 11-Jan-74, student newspaper.

Review: Scan of review from Argus Dimension Vol.10#2 18-Jan-74, student newspaper. "Dolled up but no dazzle by Dave Sparkman. The nature of the specialized appeal of groups like the New York Dolls and David Bowie was shown again last Sunday when only about 250 people bothered to show up for a concert featuring Blitz and the N.Y. Dolls. Still, the small size of the crowd had no effect on reducing the confusion on and behind stage which delayed the concert for two hours. [...] The N.Y. Dolls were a surprise simply because they were not as bad as they were expected to be. [...] The rest of the band showed amazing proficiency considering the circumstances. The main problem was the material. Each loud and raucous rocker was followed by one so similar that all the songs seemed to blend together by the end of the concert. [...] With the N.Y. Dolls there will be little lost."


Mediasound Studios Jan-74

xx-Jan-74
US NY,New York City,Media Sound Studios (@ 311 West 57th Street)

Demoing "Lone Star Queen" and "Don't Mess With Cupid" [Otis Redding]. Produced by Paul Nelson. Available on the "Rock 'N Roll" compilation CD (Polygram/Mercury 1994).

Photo: Google street view, November 2017.

Note: Mediasound (at the location of the former Manhattan Baptist Church) opened in June 1969 and was founded by Harry Hirsch, with assistance from Bob Walters. It closed in 1989. Some of the albums recorded at Mediasound are: Stevie Wonder: "Music Of My Mind" (1972) and "Innervisions" (1973), Kool & The Gang: "Wild And Peaceful" (1973), Gloria Gaynor: "Never Can Say Goodbye" (1975), Ramones: "Rocket to Russia" (1977), etc..


New York City 27-Jan-74

27-Jan-74
US NY,New York City,14th Street

Photo: Credit Bob Gruen.

Note: Shootings for Bob Gruen's "Lipstick Killers" film.


New York City 13-Feb-74

28-Jan/1x-Feb-74
US NY,New York City,A&R Recording,Studio R1 (@ 322 West 48 Street)

Recording "Too Much Too Soon" album in about 3 weeks. Engineered by Dixon Van Winkle and Dennis Drake. Produced by George -Shadow- Morton [The Shangri-Las]. "Babylon", "Stranded In The Jungle" [The Jayhawks/The Cadets], "Who Are The Mystery Girls?", "(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown" [Archie Bell & The Drells], "It's Too Late", "Puss 'N' Boots", "Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)", "Bad Detective" [The Coasters], "Don't Start Me Talkin'" [Sonny Boy Williamson] and "Human Being".

Also recorded "Great Big Kiss", which is available on the "Night Of The Living Dolls" compilation LP (Mercury 1985), and "Courageous Cat Theme" [Johnny Holiday], which is available on the "Rock 'N Roll" compilation CD (Polygram/Mercury 1994).

Guest musicians: Peter Jordan (bass) on some tracks when Arthur was incapacitated, Jerry's childhood friend Stan Bronstein [Elephants Memory, Lennon and Ono backing band] plays sax on "Human Being" and Alex Spyropoulos [Nirvana] on piano.

Photo: Taken on February 13, 1974 by Waring Abbott. Sourced from Soniceditions.com, fine art photographic prints.

Note 1: "But with so much time and effort put into touring (and partying) after the release of their first album, the Dolls had few new songs. Recalled Sylvain, "The truth is, we only wrote like two songs for that [second] album. Everything else was songs that were not put on the first album. The leftovers, like 'Human Being', were raided from the first album. So the only new songs were" 'Puss 'n' Boots,' . . . 'Babylon,' . . . and . . . the Johnny one ['Chatterbox']." Sylvain quoted in "Stranded In The Jungle", a book by Curt Weiss.

Note 2: "[Studio R1] had two vocal booths at the back of the room. David set up in one with all his harmonicas and Jerry was in the other one. We had the bass and both guitars in the main room. On one side in the front of the control room we had a bar set up and on the other side we had a table where you could roll a joint or whatever." Dennis Drake interviewed in 2022 for Les Monstres Sacrés blog.

Note 3: A&R Recording was founded in 1958 by Jack Arnold (A) and Phil Ramone (R). The West 48th street studio opened in 1974. A&R Recording closed in 1989.


New York City 15-Feb-74

15-Feb-74
US NY,New York City,Academy Of Music
St. Valentine's Day Massacre
[with Elliot Murphy]

Setlist: Puss 'n' Boots/ Bad Girl/ Looking For A Kiss/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Trash/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Great Big Kiss/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)/ Personality Crisis/ Babylon/ It's Too Late/ Pills/ Human Being/ Jet Boy/ Hoochie Coochie Man/ Back In The USA.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 15-Feb-74.

Article: Scan of article by John Rockwell taken from the New York Times 19-Feb-74.

Note: Preceded by the screening of Bob Gruen's "Lipstick Killers" film. In September 1976 the Academy of Music was rechristened the Palladium.


Bloomington 16-Feb-74

16-Feb-74
US IN,Bloomington, IU Fieldhouse
[with Screaming Gypsy Bandits]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Indiana Daily Student. Courtesy of Bradley D. Cook @ Indiana University Archives.

Note: The New York Dolls did not show up for the concert. The Screaming Gypsy Bandits still performed. Ticket holders were given partial refunds if they went ahead and attended the event, full refunds if they did not.


18-Feb-74
US NJ,Passaic,Capitol Theatre

Note: Rescheduled to 09-Mar-74.


Cambridge 21/23-Feb-74

21-Feb-74
US MA,Cambridge,Harvard Square,The Performance Center
[with Elliot Murphy]
(2 shows)

22-Feb-74
US MA,Cambridge,Harvard Square,The Performance Center
[with Elliot Murphy]
(2 shows)

23-Feb-74
US MA,Cambridge,Harvard Square,The Performance Center
[with Elliot Murphy]
(2 shows)

Article: Scan of article taken from the Harvard Crimson 21-Feb-74.

Note: The Performance Center, was small two-room club on the third floor of The Garage in Harvard Square at 36 Boylston Street (now JFK Street). The club only lasted nine months (December 1973 through August 1974).


Passaic 09-Mar-74

09-Mar-74
US NJ,Passaic,Capitol Theatre
[with Elephant Memory]

Ticket: Scan of ticket, courtesy of Jim B.

Ad: Scan of advert.

Note: In 1972/73 Elephant Memory were often John Lennon and Yoko Ono's backing band. Jerry's childhood friend Stan Bronstein was Elephants Memory's saxophonist and had just finished playing on the Dolls' "Too Much Too Soon" album. During the show a bunch of nudes guys stormed sthe stage.


Vancouver 13-Mar-74

13-Mar-74
CA BC,Vancouver,Commodore Ballroom

Ad: Scan of ad.

Review 1: Scan of review, taken from the Vancouver Sun 14-Mar-74.

Review 2: Scan of review, taken from the The Province 14-Mar-74.


Seattle 14-Mar-74

14-Mar-74
US WA,Seattle,Music Street (4:00PM)
Record store appearance

Poster: Photo of poster.


Seattle 14-Mar-74

14-Mar-74
US WA,Seattle,Moore Theatre (07:30PM)
[with Ze Whiz Kidz + Fabulous Pickle Sisters]

Poster: Photo of poster.


Santa Monica 16-Mar-74

16-Mar-74
US CA,Santa Monica,Civic Auditorium
[with Silverhead]

Setlist: Courageous Cat/ Personality Crisis/ Bad Girl/ Looking For A Kiss/ Great Big Kiss/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Puss 'n' Boots/ Trash/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Pills/ (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown(*)/ Hootchie Cootchie Man(*)/ Dizzy Miss Lizzy(*)/ Back In The U.S.A.(*)/ Bad Detective(*).

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Los Angeles Times 10-Mar-74.

Review: Scan of review, taken from Los Angeles Times 19-Mar-74.

Note: Preceded by the screening of Bob Gruen's "Lipstick Killers" film. (*) Available on the "Hootchie Cootchie Dolls" CD (Solid records 1998) and (except "Bad Detective") also on the "Dizzy Dolls" bootleg LP (1985).


17-Mar-74
US CA,San Diego,JJ's Club

Setlist: A.o. Jet Boy, as last song of set.


05-Apr-74
US WY,Casper,-


06-Apr-74
US RI,Providence,Civic Center
[with Sly & The Family Stone]

Setlist: Personality Crisis/ Looking For A Kiss/ Bad Girl/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Pills/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Babylon/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)/ Puss 'n' Boots/ Trash.


xx-Apr-74
US Release of "Stranded in the Jungle/Who Are the Mystery Girls?" 7" single (Mercury Records).


Long Island 14-Apr-74

14-Apr-74
US NY,Long Island,Roslyn,My Father's Place
Easter Parade [with The Miamis]

Setlist: Babylon(*)/ Puss 'n' Boots/ Looking For A Kiss/ Trash/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Personality Crisis/ Bad Girl/ Pills/ Hootchie Cootchie Dolls/ It's Too Late/ Chatterbox/ Human Being.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 11-Feb-74. Another advert from the Village Voice.

Note: Start of their 'Manhattan World Tour'. Broadcast by WBAB FM. Released on the "From Here To Eternity, The Live Bootleg Box Set" 3CD (Castle 2006), and again, except for (*), on "Butterflyin'" CD/LP (Easy Action 2015) and again on "Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos (1972-1975)" 5CD (Cherry Red 2018).


New York City 15-Apr-74

15-Apr-74
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City

16-Apr-74
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 04-Apr-74.

Photo: Photo credit Bob Gruen.


New York City 17-Apr-74

17-Apr-74
US NY,New York City,Club 82
Easter Parade (midnight show)
[with The Miamis]

Setlist: Babylon/ Personality Crisis/ Lookin' For A Kiss/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Puss'n'Boots/ Trash/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)/ Pills..and more..

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 18-Apr-74. Alternative advert.

Photo: Photos by Bob Gruen from Rock Scene, October 1974. Sourced from Circulation Zero.

Note: First of a 5 shows "Easter Parade" tour with friends @ Club 52, The Coventry, The Bottom Line and Kenny's Castaways.

Club 82 was a famous old drag place (on 82 E. 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue & the Bowery). The club was opened in 1951 as a lesbian hangout by the Maffia boss Vito Genovese's bisexual wife, Anna. Is was also, one of the many, centers of Genovese's heroin trafficking on East Fourth street. By the 70's the club was run by two bull dykes, Tommy and Butch, who as of late 1972 turned Wednesday nights over to the live bands on the glitter rock scene. When Max's Kansas City closed for the first time (end 1974), Club 82 became the place to be. It finally faded in '75/'76 (by then Max's had re-opened), when it was invaded by the disco crowd. In 1978 it became Film Forum, followed by an all-male stripper club.

This night the Dolls perform in drag, save for Johnny Thunders, who refuses to wear a dress, he performs bare-chested. Some footage ("Chatterbox" and "Pills") of this show, videotaped by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, is available on the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005). The Miamis are Queen Elisabeth minus Wayne/Jayne County.

For this show they are joined by Buddy Bowzer, Jerry Nolan's childhood friend, on sax. In 1961, Buddy Bowzer formed a high-school band, The Strangers, with Jerry when both were living in Lawton (OK). In 1968, when both were living in New York City, they formed a band named Maximillian.


New York City 19-Apr-74

19-Apr-74
US NY,New York City-Queens,The Coventry
Easter Parade (midnight show)
[with The Miamis + Casterbridge Union]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from Good Times 16-Apr-74.


New York City 20-Apr-74

20-Apr-74
US NY,New York City-Queens,The Coventry
Easter Parade (midnight show)
[with The Miamis]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 18-Apr-74.


New York City 21-Apr-74

21-Apr-74
US NY,New York City,The Bottom Line
Easter Parade [with Suzi Quatro]
(2 sets)

Setlist: (one set) It's Too Late/ Personality Crisis/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Puss 'n' Boots/ Great Big Kiss/ Looking For A Kiss/ Trash/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox) /..and more..

(other set) .../ Personality Crisis/ Looking For A Kiss/ Bad Girl/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Hoochie Coochie Man/ Trash/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Puss ‘n’ Boots/ ..and more..

Photo: Screen capture from the only color video Bob Gruen did of the New York Dolls.

Ad: Scan of advert taken from the Village Voice 18-Apr-74.

Note: The (400 seater) Bottom Line, opened on February 12, 1974. A (fake) bomb scare delayed the start of the show. According to Syl's book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream", the Dolls were blamed for the hoax and not allowed to perform the next evening. The ad for the show however, clearly states that the Easter parade show was for "One Night Only!".


New York City 21-Apr-74

21-Apr-74
US NY,Long Island,My Father's Place
(2 sets)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 04-Apr-74.

Note: On the same day as their Bottom Line show. Most likely this was cancelled. Village Voice ad of the 18th no longer lists the Dolls.


New York City 22-Apr-74

22-Apr-74
US NY,Manhattan,Kenny's Castaways
Easter Parade
Monday Talent showcase

Note: David Bowie, at the time recording his "Diamond Dogs" album, attends the show with his entourage.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 18-Apr-74.


Detroit 26-Apr-74

26-Apr-74
US MI,Detroit,Michigan Palace

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: May have been moved to 17-May-74.


09-May-74
US MA,Cambridge,Harvard Square,The Performance Center

Note: Cancelled and replaced by Aerosmith after Dolls' bassist Arthur Kane allegedly twisted his ankle wearing high heel boots.


10-May-74
US Release of the "Too Much Too Soon" album (Mercury Records).
Review from Cash Box 11-May-74.


Detroit 17-May-74

17-May-74
US MI,Detroit,Michigan Palace
[with Isis]

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Part of a 3 months tour to promote the release of the "Too Much Too Soon" album. With Buddy Bowzer on sax.


East Lansing 18-May-74

18-May-74
US MI,East Lansing-DeWitt,Northside Drive In movie theater
Outdoor festival
[with Rush, Slyhook, Liverpool,...]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: The Dolls replace Dr.John. Rush's first concert outside of Canada.


Columbus 19-May-74

19-May-74
US OH,Columbus,-

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Newark Advocate 16-May-74.


xx-May-74
US OH,Cleveland,-

Note: Part of a 3 months tour to promote the release of the "Too Much Too Soon" album. With Buddy Bowzer on sax.


Dayton 24-May-74

24-May-74
US OH,Dayton,Hara Arena
[support for Blue Öyster Cult, with Billy Cobham]

Handbill: Scan of handbill.

Ad: Scan of ad ,taken from Cincinnati Enquirer 19-May-74.

Note: The Dolls took the stage after midnight, headlining. Part of a 3 months tour to promote the release of the "Too Much Too Soon" album. With Buddy Bowzer on sax.


Tampa 25-May-74

25-May-74
US FL,Tampa,Old Florida State Fairgrounds
[with Leon Russel, War, Rare Earth, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Ike and Tina Tuner, Electric Light Orchestra,..]
Springtime Rock Jubilee-"Rockin On The Green"

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Tampa Bay Times.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Review: Scan of review, taken from The Tampa Bay Times 27-May-74.

Note: 12-hour festival which began at 10:30AM, opening with the Dolls. They also performed in Roseville (MI) the same day 1,200 miles apart.


Detroit 25-May-74

25-May-74
US MI,Detroit-Roseville,Trading Post

Photo: Credit Don Sortor.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Note: Part of a 3 months tour to promote the release of the "Too Much Too Soon" album. With Buddy Bowzer on sax.


2x-May-74
US CT,-,-

2x-May-74
US MD,Baltimore,-

Note: Part of a 3 months tour to promote the release of the "Too Much Too Soon" album. With Buddy Bowzer on sax.


Washington 30-May-74

30-May-74
US DC,Washington,American Theater
Kaleidoscope of Music festival

Article: Scan of ad from The Morning Herald 24-May-74.

Note: Part of a six-week festival. Scene 1: Bluegrass; Scene 2: Rock; Scene 3: Jazz; Scene 4: Chamber music; Scene 5: Big bands; Scene 6: International bands.


New York City 08-Jun-74

08-Jun-74
US US OH,Cleveland,Allen Theater
[with Kiss]

Ad: Scan of ad from Akron Beacon Journal 26-May-74.

Note: Rescheduled to 14-Jun-74.


St.Petersburg 08-Jun-74

08-Jun-74
US FL,St.Petersburg,Bayfront Center Arena
[with Slade and 10CC]

Review: Scan of review taken from the St.Petersburg Independent 10-Jun-74.


Wayne County 10-Jun-74

10-Jun-74
US MI,Wayne County,Allan Park Civic Arena
[with Astigafa and Salem Witchcraft]

Ad: Scan of ad from the Detroit Free Press courtesy of Alex F.


Flint 12-Jun-74

12-Jun-74
US MI,Flint,Industrial Mutual Association (I.M.A.) Auditorium
[with Kiss]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Ad: Scan of ad from the Detroit Free Press.

Review: Scan from the Flint Journal courtesy of Alex F.


Cleveland 14-Jun-74

14-Jun-74
US OH,Cleveland,Allen Theater
[with Kiss]

Review: Scan from the Scene, June 20-26, 1974 courtesy of Alex F.

Ad 1: Scan of ad , taken from The Akron Beacon Journal 02-Jun-74.

Ad 2: Scan of ad.

Ticket: Photo of ticket.

Note: Preceded by the screening of Bob Gruen's "Lipstick Killers" film. Rescheduled from 08-Jun-74. Reported audience 2000+


Toronto 15-Jun-74

15-Jun-74
CA ON,Toronto,Massey Hall
[with Kiss]

Ad 1: Scan of advert.

Ad 2: Xerox of alternative ad.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Ticket: Photo of ticket.

Review: Scan of review from newspaper.


16-Jun-74
CA QC,Montréal,-


28-Jun-74
UK Release of "Stranded in the Jungle/Who Are the Mystery Girls?" 7" single (Mercury Records).


Bacchus 01-Jul-74

01-Jul-74
US NY,New York City,Bacchus Rock Palace
[with The Stillettoes and Star Theater]

Photo: Credit Bob Gruen. Taken from "New York Dolls, photographs by Bob Gruen" book (Abrams Image 2008).

Flyer: Scan of flyer.

Note: The Dolls are also joined by the 3 singers from The Stillettoes on some songs. The Stillettoes (Mk.2) at the time were Debbie Harry (vocals), Elda Gentile (vocals), Amanda Jones (vocals), Chris Stein (guitar), Fred Smith (bass) and Billy O'Connor (drums). The Stillettoes (Mk.2) first gig was @ CBGB's New York City on 05-May-74. This line-up lasted until July 1974. Then they, minus Elda and Amanda, became Angel and the Snake (as of August 1974) before becoming Blondie (as of October 1974). Star Theater features Eric Emerson [ex The Magic Tramps].


Knoxville 04-Jul-74

04-Jul-74
US TN,Knoxville,Chilhowee Park Amphitheatre
"Summer Jam #2"-Glitter Rock Special
[with Kiss, Blue Öyster Cult, Nazareth]

Ad: Scan of ad, courtesy of Bruce Kawakami.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Note: Kiss did not play as singer Paul Stanley was ill. Paul's ailment was reported as strep throat (Billboard 13-Jul-74), forcing the band's cancellation of their involvement in all shows from 23-Jun-74 till 08-Jul-74.


Derbyshire 06-Jul-74

06-Jul-74
UK Derbyshire,Buxton,Booth Farm
[support for The Faces, with Humble Pie]

Ad: Scan taken from Melody Maker June 1974.

Note: The Dolls' date is cancelled.


London 07-Jul-74

07-Jul-74
UK London,Olympia National Hall
Rock Proms festival
[support for 10cc & with Incredible String Band, Dr. Feelgood,..]

Ad: Scan taken from Melody Maker June 1974.

Note: The Dolls' date is cancelled.


Boston 13-Jul-74

13-Jul-74
US MA,Boston,First Corp Cadet Armory
[with Duke and the Drives & Ronny and the Ronettes]

Setlist: Jet Boy/ Looking For A Kiss/ Personality Crisis/ Pills/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Puss 'n' Boots/ Great Big Kiss/ Trash/.. and more..

Review: Scan of review from the Boston Real Paper 07-Aug-74 courtesy of Billy Claire.

Ad: Scan of ad from the Boston Real Paper also courtesy of Billy Claire.

Ticket: Scan of ticket from Lorry Doll.

Note: Philipe Marcade [The Senders] attends the show (from "Punk Avenue", his autobiography book).


Jersey Shore 14-Jul-74

14-Jul-74
US NJ,Jersey Shore,The New Dunes

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from the Philadelphia Daily News, July 12, 1974.


Baton Rouge 16-Jul-74

16-Jul-74
US LA,Baton Rouge,Independence Hall
[support for Blue Öyster Cult, with Kiss]

Ad: Scan of ad.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


17-Jul-74
US LA,New Orleans,The Warehouse
(cancelled)

19-Jul-74
US NC,Fayetteville,Cumberland County Memorial Arena
[support for Blue Öyster Cult, with Kiss and Nazareth]
(cancelled)

Note: The New Orleans show is cancelled, because the place was burned down. Also the Fayetteville show is cancelled. The band is replaced by local band Glass Moon.


Los Angeles 22-Jul-74

22-Jul-74
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,Roxy Theater
(at midnight)

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from Los Angeles Times 22-Jul-74.

Article: Scan of article, taken from Los Angeles Times 20-Jul-74.

Review: Scan of review, taken from Los Angeles Times 27-Jul-74.

Note: Kid Congo Powers [The Gun Club], then 15 years old, attends the show.


Los Angeles 23-Jul-74

23-Jul-74
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,Roxy Theater
(cancelled)

Article: Scan of article, taken from Los Angeles Times 26-Jul-74.

Note: Tuesday show cancelled because the sound system failed in the middle of the screening of "The Rocky Horror Show" movie, preceding the concert. On Wednesday, Elmer Valentine, who runs the Roxy, informed the group that the engagement was being terminated early, due to their "rudeness [to the staff] and unprofessionalism" on Monday July 22nd. According to David Johansen it was due to The Rocky Horror Show staff.


Long Beach 24-Jul-74

24-Jul-74
US CA,Long Beach,Auditorium
[with Rufus]

Setlist: (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Trash/ Chatterbox/ Looking For A Kiss/ Personality Crisis.

Photo: Screen capture from TV broadcast.

Note: Filmed for Don Kirshner's "Rock Concert" TV program. First broadcast 09-Nov-74 (TV listing from Los Angeles Times Saturday 09-Nov-74). Don Kirshner died on January 17, 2011 in Boca Raton, Florida at the age of 76. Above tracks, later released as bonus tracks on the "Butterflyin'" CD (Easy Action 2015). (Rufus featured Chaka Khan. Uriah Heep's show was recorded @ the Shepperton Film Studios, London 15-Mar-74).


24-Jul-74
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,Roxy Theater
(cancelled)

25-Jul-74
US CA,Los Angeles-West Hollywood,Roxy Theater
(cancelled)


Hey Good Lookin Jul-74

xx-Jul-74
US CA While in Hollywood, the Dolls are attending the shootings for Ralph Bakshi's "Hey Good Lookin'" live/animated film. A live-action scene (deleted from the finalized film), featured the New York Dolls, taking place at the party before Vinny attempts to convince the Stompers to brawl the Chaplains. While Vinny and Crazy are in the bathroom, the other Stompers fight with the Dolls back and forth outside the bathroom. Many photographs of the scene were taken during filming. The film was finally finished/released in 1982. Ralph Bakshi had done two animated movies by then "Fritz the Cat" (1972) and "Heavy Traffic" (1973).

Article: Scan from Billboard magazine 17-Aug-74.

Photo: Photos by Bob Gruen from Rock Scene, March 1975. Sourced from Circulation Zero.


27-Jul-74
US OH,LaRue,Marion County International Raceway
Dudley Creek Rock Festival
[with Blue Öyster Cult, Aerosmith]


Canton 28-Jul-74

28-Jul-74
US OH,Canton,Meyers Lake Ballroom
[with Chris Jagger and special guest MC Kid Leo]

Poster: Photo of silk screened poster, courtesy of Johnny Witmer, from his personal collection.


17-Aug-74
US NJ,Parsippany,Joint in the Woods


New York City 19-Aug-74

19-Aug-74
US NY,New York City,Club 82
(2 shows -10:30PM and 12:30AM)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 15-Aug-74.

Note: The second show was curtailed by the arrival of police officers who slapped writs on the club management for overcrowding.


23-Aug-74
US ND,Minot,-
[with Blue Öyster Cult, Gandolf]

24-Aug-74
US ND,Fargo,Civic Auditorium
[with Blue Öyster Cult, Gandolf]

Note: The Dolls cancelled their show in Fargo and most likely also in Minot.


New York City 25-Aug-74

25-Aug-74
US IL,Decatur,Fans Stadium
[with Electric Flag, Climax Blues Band, Aerosmith, Renaissance,..]

Poster: Photo of poster.


New York City 26-Aug-74

26-Aug-74
US NY,New York City,Club 82
(2 shows)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 22-Aug-74.


New York City 27-Aug-74

27-Aug-74
US MI,Detroit-Roseville,Electric Circus - Trading Post
[with The Turner Brothers and Frost]

28-Aug-74
US MI,Detroit-Roseville,Electric Circus - Trading Post
[with The Turner Brothers and Frost]

29-Aug-74
US MI,Detroit-Roseville,Electric Circus - Trading Post
[with The Turner Brothers and Frost]

Flyer: Scan of flyer.

Note: On one of these dates, Arthur Kane sang "Poor Little Fool" [Ricky Nelson]. The Trading Post was at a shopping mall that got abandoned, which turned into a combination of a pinball parlor and 'headshop', and was run by former pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Denny McLain. They had a room at the back with a stage where the bands played.


Hammond 30-Aug-74

30-Aug-74
US IN,Hammond,Parthenon

Ad: Scan of ad.


Englishtown 31-Aug-74

31-Aug-74
US NJ,Englishtown,Raceway Park-Outdoor festival
[with Kiss, Blue Öyster Cult, Lou Reed, Black Oak Arkansas, Faces and more]

Ad: Scan from Billboard magazine August 31, 1974.

Note: 50,000 tickets were sold, but the show was canceled when the Faces postponed their tour and construction of the main stage was over budget and behind schedule.


Minneapolis 01/02-Sep-74

01-Sep-74
US MN,Minneapolis/St.Paul-Falcon Heights,State Fair
Youth Expo '74 and Music Festival
(2 sets 7:30 and 9:30)

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from the Star Tribune 25-Aug-74..

Article: Photo of article, from the Pioneer Press August 16, 1974, courtesy of Jim F.

Note: 11-day festival, the Dolls play on 2 days. Peter Jordon replaces Arthur Kane, who stayed in NYC (in rehab).


Minneapolis 01/02-Sep-74

02-Sep-74
US MN,Minneapolis/St.Paul-Falcon Heights,State Fair
Youth Expo '74 and Music Festival
(2 sets 7:30 and 9:30)

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Star Tribune.

Note: 11-day festival, the Dolls play on 2 days. Peter Jordon replaces Arthur Kane, who stayed in NYC (in rehab).


08-Sep-74
CA BC,Vancouver,Commodore Ballroom

09-Sep-74
CA BC,Vancouver,Commodore Ballroom

Setlist: Hoochie Coochie Man/ Great Big Kiss/ Don't Mess With Cupid/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)/ Babylon/ (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Jet Boy/ I'm A Human Being/ and more...

Note: Peter Jordon replaces Arthur Kane, who stayed in NYC (in rehab). Available on the "I'm A Human Being" CD (Receiver 1998). Re-released on the "From Here To Eternity, The Live Bootleg Box Set" 3CD (Castle 2006) and again on "Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos (1972-1975)" 5CD (Cherry Red 2018).


Jimmy's 13-Sep-74

13-Sep-74
US NY,New York City,Jimmy's (@ 33 West 52nd street)
[with Suburban]
(early show -8PM)

13-Sep-74
US NY,New York City,Jimmy's (@ 33 West 52nd street)
[with Suburban]
(late show -12AM)

Handbill: Photo of handbill.

Ad: Scan of advert taken from the Village Voice.

Note: Billed as an "Erotic Show". In 1959, legendary saloonkeeper 'Toots' Shor re-opened his name-sake restaurant @ 33 West 52nd street, frequented by his close celeb friends Joe Dimaggio, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra etc.. Due to tax issues with the IRS it has to close down in 1971. In September 1972 (ex-Deputy Mayor) Dick Aurelio and Sid Davidoff open a steakhouse/political club called Jimmy's at Toots' old spot.


14-Sep-74
US FL,St.Petersburg,-


16-Sep-74
US Release of "Puss 'N' Boots/(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown" 7" single (Mercury Records).


Denver 16-Sep-74

16-Sep-74
US CO,Denver,Ebbets Field

17-Sep-74
US CO,Denver,Ebbets Field

18-Sep-74
US CO,Denver,Ebbets Field

19-Sep-74
US CO,Denver,Ebbets Field

Poster: Photo of poster.

Review: Review of show on the 16th from newspaper.

Note: With Buddy Bowzer on sax.


Kansas City 20-Sep-74

20-Sep-74
US KS,Kansas City,Memorial Hall
[with Blue Öyster Cult]

Setlist: Looking For A Kiss/ Personality Crisis/ Somethin' Else/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Don't You Start Me Talkin'/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)/ Trash/ Ain't Got No Home/ Teenage News/ Puss 'n' Boots.

Poster: Photo of poster.


21-Sep-74
CA ON,Toronto-Guelph,University of Guelph
[support for Billy Preston]

Setlist: Looking For A Kiss/ Personality Crisis/ Somethin' Else/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Don't You Start Me Talkin'/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)/ Trash/ Ain't Got No Home/ Teenage News/ Puss 'n' Boots.

Note: Buddy Bowzer joins for some songs, on saxophone.


Montréal 27-Sep-74

27-Sep-74
CA PQ,Montréal,Palais du Commerce/The Showmart
[with Charlee]

Setlist: Looking For A Kiss(+)/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?(*)(+)/ Somethin' Else(*)(+)/ Pills(*)/ Great Big Kiss(*)/ Subway Train(*)/ It's Too Late(*)/ Trash/ Bad Girl/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)/ Puss 'n' Boots/ Stranded In The Jungle.

Ad 1: Scan of ad, taken from The Gazette 21-Sep-74.

Ad 2: Scan of advert, taken from The Montreal Star 14-Sep-74.

Review: Review, taken from The Montreal Gazette 30-Sep-74.

Note: With Peter Jordan on bass, instead of Arthur and Buddy Bowzer on saxophone as of "Pills". Broadcast by CKVL 96.9 FM radio on 28-Sep-74. (*)Available on the "Looking For A Kiss" bootleg LP (Company Records 1989) and (+) on "The Junkies" bootleg 7" (Trash records 1975/1984).


Syracuse 28-Sep-74

28-Sep-74
US NY,Syracuse,The Yellow Balloon
[with Zane]

Setlist: Something Else/ Looking For A Kiss/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Pills/ Personality Crisis/ Puss 'n' Boots/ Trash/ Trash/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox)/ Ain't Got No Home/ It's Too Late/ Teenage News/ 32-20 Blues/ Back In The USA/ I Don't Know Baby/ Human Being.

Poster: Scan of poster, designed by a member of Zane, courtesy of Mike Donohue.

Listing: Scan of listing taken from Syracuse Post-Standard 21-Sep-74.

Note: With Buddy Bowzer on sax.


29-Sep-74
CA PQ,Montréal,Palais du Commerce/The Showmart

Note: Canceled.


Hackensack 05-Oct-74

05-Oct-74
US NJ,Franklin-Malaga,The Liberty Bell Lounge

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Courier Post 04-Oct-74.


Los Angeles 11-Oct-74

11-Oct-74
US CA,Los Angeles,Hollywood Palladium
Hollywood Street Revival and Dance
[with Iggy Pop,GTO's,Flo & Eddie,Peter Ivers]

Ad: Scan of ad, labeled as "Banned From The Roxy".

Handbill: Scan of handbill.

Review: Scan of review, taken from Los Angeles Times 15-Oct-74.


Calgary 17-Mar-74

17-Oct-74
CA AB,Calgary,Stampede Corral
[with Goose Creek Symphony and King Biscuit Boy]

Article: Scan of article.

Note: Dolls canceled the day before.


2x-Oct-74
US New York City-Manhattan,Record Plant East studios-Studio B (@ 321 West 44th Street)

Attempting to record "Teenage News", a new song Sylvain had written. Engineered by Jack Douglas. Arthur and Johnny don't show up for the session, Jerry had to return home because he was sick. In the studio's corridor, Syl meets John Lennon, who was recording his "Rock 'N' Roll" album (from 21-25 October, 1974).

Note: "Everybody who heard ["Teenage News", a new song Sylvain came up with] agreed that it was a hit, a balls-out rocker in a Chuck Berry meets Eddie Cochran meets the Stones kind of way, with three separate hooks and a title I borrowed from a line in Gary US Bonds' "I Dig This Station" - "It keeps us up to date on every day, the top tunes from the teenage news." Even the team who started Punk magazine, John Holmstrom and Legs McNeil, told me their original title for the magazine was going to be Teenage News. We were sent off to record it. We were back at the Record Plant, where we recorded the first album, and Jack Douglas, our engineer on that occasion, was going to produce. He'd already heard the song; he came over to my apartment one evening, and I played him my little demo. "So this is the song everyone's talking about? God, I love it. You've still got the Brill Building in you." But ... the curse of the Dolls. I was there first, talking to Jack. Jerry was next; he set up his drums and we were just beginning to get the drum sound right when - let's say he got sick and had to go home. Arthur didn't show at all, and neither did Johnny. The only people in the room were Jack, David and I, and out in the hallway, John Lennon! He was in the studio too, down the corridor in Studio B where he was recording his Rock'n'Roll album, and had popped outside for whatever reason. And now I was chatting to him; I mentioned [...] I'm in the New York Dolls. "Yeah, I know," he said, and he gave me one of those looks. I changed the subject. "Hey, I've got a guitar that you're going to love." I took him into the studio, opened the case, and there she is, the 1959 hollow body White Falcon, with a little decal of a fifties pin-up girl with a black panther, and he just flipped. He couldn't help himself; he picked that baby up, started strumming, and I swear, if he'd not been called back to the studio, he'd never have put it down. We never did record "Teenage News". But hey, I met John Lennon again".From Syl's book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream".


Manhattan xx-Oct-74

xx-Oct-74
US NY,New York City-Manhattan,Jefferson Market Garden in front of the Jefferson Market Library
Save Our Libraries Rally

Photo: Photo credit unknown.

Note: Peter Jordan replacing Arthur on bass.


Long Island 01/02-Nov-74

01-Nov-74
US NJ,Elmwood Park,Mr. D's

02-Nov-74
US NJ,Elmwood Park,Mr. D's

Ad 1: Scan of ad taken from The Record 25-Oct-74.

Ad 2: Scan of advert, taken from the Village Voice 23-Oct-74.

Ad 3: Scan of advert, taken from the Village Voice 30-Oct-74.

Note: Peter Jordan, played bass behind the stage while Arthur Kane, who was unable to actually play, would stand there propped up against the amps.


xx-xx-74
US MA,Ashland,The Cricket Lounge
[with Reddy Teddy]


Westborough 13/15-Dec-74

13-Dec-74
US MA,Westborough,The Fox Music Hall
[with Live Jive]

14-Dec-74
US MA,Westborough,The Fox Music Hall
[with Live Jive]

15-Dec-74
US MA,Westborough,The Fox Music Hall
(matinee show and evening show)
[with Live Jive]

Ad 1: Photo of mircofilm image courtesy of Billy Claire.

Ad 2: Microfilm image from the Worcester Telegram 08-Dec-74 also courtesy of Billy Claire.


Cleveland 24-Dec-74

24-Dec-74
US OH,Cleveland,The Piccadilly Penthouse Inn

Photo: Credit Nina Huryn.

Note: Christmas Eve. During a break David dressed as Santa and handed out Christmas presents to the audience.


Fort Lauderdale 27-Dec-74

27-Dec-74
US FL,Fort Lauderdale-Dania Beach,Flying Machine restaurant
(2 sets: Midnight and 3AM)

Setlist: (1st set-Midnight) Personality Crisis/ Something Else/ Lookin' For A Kiss/ (Give Her A) Great Big Kiss/ Who Are The Mystery Girls?/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Milkman (a.k.a. Chatterbox).

Setlist: (2nd set-3 AM) Courageous Cat Theme/ Human Being/ Back In The USA/ Babylon/ Puss'n'Boots/ Something Else/ Don't Start Me Talkin'.

Ad: Photo of ad.

Note: Show booked by a distant cousin of Sylvain, Roger Mansour [ex-The Vagrants]. The Flying Machine was located in Ft. Lauderdale on Route 1 and S.E. 28th Street. The club's entry was an old sea plane.


Fort Lauderdale 28-Dec-74

28-Dec-74
US FL,Fort Lauderdale-Dania Beach,Flying Machine restaurant
(2 sets: Midnight and 3AM)

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Miami News 26-Dec-74.


Uniondale 31-Dec-74

31-Dec-74
US NY,Uniondale,Nassau Coliseum
[support for Chuck Berry & Little Richard]
Rock and Roll New Year's Eve Party

Note: All shows cancelled.

Flyer: Scan of flyer.






1975
The year in which Marty Thau leaves as manager and Malcolm McLaren [later Sex Pistols manager] becomes involved, altough never officialy as manager. In the spring of 1975, the original New York Dolls break up.

xx-Jan-75
US New York City-Manhattan, a place on 20th Street

Note: "Malcolm McLaren arrived in Manhattan at the beginning of 1975 with a wedge of cash and luggage bursting with the latest designs from [his and Vivienne Westwood's shop] Sex. [...] Now the Dolls were no longer the kingpins. Both guitarist Johnny Thunders and drummer Jerry Nolan had become seriously addicted to heroin and bass player Arthur Kane was way down the road to being a hopeless alcoholic [...] Consequently guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and singer David Johansen were at their wits' end. [...] 'Being dropped by their managers meant they weren't getting $200 a week any more, which was a big deal to them for various reasons,' said photographer and Dolls comrade Bob Gruen, who met McLaren for the first time at the beginning of 1975 and was to remain a lifelong friend. 'The record company didn't know what to do with the band, and, on top of the album not doing well the promoters stopped booking them even though the tickets would sell. Johnny and Jerry were off copping dope and Arthur was on another planet, so they'd show up on stage two hours late and there would be a riot with doors smashed and seats torn up.'"

"[...] McLaren offered his services and threw himself enthusiastically into the task of revitalising the Dolls. First, he sat them down for a session to clear the air of the gripes that were tearing them apart. [...] Next McLaren [...] paid for Thunders and Nolan to visit a doctor specialising in heroin addiction. And, again at his own expense, McLaren found a place for Kane in the Smithers Alcoholism Center [and Rehabilitation Unit (@ 56 E. 93rd St.)] of the Roosevelt Hospital, [...] Kane's weeks-long recuperation cost $800. 'I remember visiting Arthur there with Malcolm,' said [Bob] Gruen. 'It did Arthur some good for a while. Malcolm was a great organiser, intelligent and very capable.' There was no management contract between McLaren and the Dolls." From "The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren: The Biography", a book by Paul Gorman.


New York City 17-Jan-75

17-Jan-75
US NY,New York City-Queens,Coventry
[with Age, Sniper, The Dictators]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 13-Jan-75.

Note: Sniper was a NY band, formed in 1972. By early 1974 their frontman Jeff Hyman [Joey Ramone] had left to form The Ramones. In 1975 guitarist Frank Infante [in 1977 in Blondie] joined Sniper.


New York City 18-Jan-75

18-Jan-75
US NY,New York City-Queens,Coventry
[with Age, Sniper, The Dictators]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 20-Jan-75.


Jan/Feb-75
US NY,New York City,loft/rehearsal space on 23rd street (rented by Malcolm McLaren).

The band practices: "Red Patent Leather", "Teenage News", "Down Down Downtown", "Pirate Love", "Something Else" [Eddie Cochran], "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" [Larry Williams], "Daddy Rolling Stone" [Otis Blackwell/The Who], "Ain't Got No Home" [Clarence 'Frogman' Henry], "Girls, Girls Girls" and "On Fire".

Note 1: "The loft was convenient for everybody. [...] Malcolm's enthusiasm swept through the New York Dolls like a plague. You have to remember, it was only a few weeks earlier that I couldn't even get three-fifths of the line-up to the Record Plant to record the best song I'd ever written. Now, you could scarcely keep us apart. Sometimes I'd arrive at the loft at whatever time we said we'd meet, and they'd already be there, already playing, and looking over at me as if to say, "What kept you, man? We've been here for hours." Songs and new arrangements were pouring out of us. 'Red Patent Leather' just leaped into the world, fully formed before it was even completely written. 'Teenage News' was growing even tighter, and it had already been seamless to begin with. 'Downtown' was coming back and it was on fire. Johnny came up with one of the greatest songs he ever wrote, 'Pirate Love'. I introduced 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy' and Eddie Cochran's 'Something Else', and we made them our own; and 'Daddy Rolling Stone', which I wanted us to play like The Who used to, back on their very first album. But Johnny could never quite get the riff together, so he changed it and it became even better. [...] I was singing lead on a song or two, and playing keyboards too, a lovely Fender Rhodes 88. You should have heard our version of 'Ain't Got No Home', that terrific old Frogman Henry blues; or the original vision of 'Girls Girls Girls', which would wind up on David's first solo album. Everything we touched turned to gold; half a new album had already come together, and we'd worked up a killer set list as well. We even threw in a few of our oldies! We had some fantastic jams in that loft." From Syl's book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream".

Note 2: The loft was earlier used by Mandrill, a black jazz/funk/soul group from Brooklyn, formed in 1968.


New York City 19-Feb-75

19-Feb-75
US NY,Long Island-Roslyn,My Father's Place

20-Feb-75
US NY,Long Island-Roslyn,My Father's Place

21-Feb-75
US NY,Long Island-Roslyn,My Father's Place

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 20-Feb-75.


NYD Trash 3D-film

xx-Feb-75
US NY,NY,New York City-The Bronx,abandoned film lot

Photo 1: Photo credit Bob Gruen.

Photo 2: Photos by Bob Gruen from Rock Scene, July 1975. Sourced from Circulation Zero.

Note: The Dolls mime "Teenage News" for a short 3-D film "Trash", produced by a Canadian film unit.


New York City 28-Feb-75/02-Mar-75

28-Feb-75
US NY,New York City,Little Hippodrome (12 PM)
[with Steve Lyons Eyeshow]

01-Mar-75
US NY,New York City,Little Hippodrome (9 PM and 12 PM)
[with Steve Lyons Eyeshow]

Ad: Scan of advert from Village Voice.

Note: All Dolls were dressed in Vivienne Westwood designed red vinyl trousers and tops and in red patent leather ankle boots. A red Communist flag was used as a stage backdrop. The Little Hippodrome was a drag and stand-up comedy club located @ 227 East 56th Street, between Second and Third Avenues. Soon after in 1975 the club re-opened as The East Side Club, a gay men's social club. These days (2022) it's the location of Checkmate, a lifestyle club for swingers.


New York City 28-Feb-75/02-Mar-75

02-Mar-75
US NY,New York City,Little Hippodrome (5 PM)
[with Steve Lyons Eyeshow]

Setlist: Red Patent Leather/ On Fire/ Something Else/ Daddy Rolling Stone/ Girls, Girls Girls/ Ain't Got No Home/ Dizzy Miss Lizzy/ Down Down Downtown/ Pirate Love/ Pills/ Teenage News/ Personality Crisis/ Looking For A Kiss/ Stranded In The Jungle.

Handbill: Scan of handbill.

Promo: Scan of promo sheet.

Note: Some footage ("Down Down Downtown", "Pirate Love" and "Teenage News") of the March 2 show, videotaped by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck, is available on the "All Dolled Up" DVD (MVD 2005). The 02-Mar-75 show is available (except for "Stranded In The Jungle") on the "Red Patent Leather" CD (Receiver 1993). Re-released on the "From Here To Eternity, The Live Bootleg Box Set" 3CD (Castle 2006) and again on "Personality Crisis: Live Recordings & Studio Demos (1972-1975)" 5CD (Cherry Red 2018).


New York City 07-Mar-75

07-Mar-75
US NY,New York City,Little Hippodrome (1 AM)
[support by Television and Pure Hell. DJ Wayne County]

Photo: Credit Paul Zone (aka Paolo Cilione), taken from his photobook "Playground" (Glitterati 2014).

Poster: Scan of poster, collection of Roberta Bailey.

Note: First of 3 extra shows added. Peter Jordon replaces Arthur Kane on bass ('cos Arthur had started drinking again). Having seen Richard Hell at CBGB, McLaren invites Television to open up for the Doll's extra shows.


New York City 08-Mar-75

08-Mar-75
US NY,New York City,Little Hippodrome (1 AM)
[support by Television and Pure Hell. DJ Wayne County]

Photo: Credit Bob Gruen, taken from Feeling #6 -June 1978, a French music mag.

Ad: Scan of advert taken from the Village Voice Mar-75.

Matches: Scan of matchbook courtesy of Luc Santé. Merci Luc!

Note: Second of 3 extra shows added. Peter Jordon replaces Arthur Kane on bass ('cos Arthur had started drinking again).


New York City 09-Mar-75

09-Mar-75
US NY,New York City,Little Hippodrome (10:30 PM)
[support by Television and Pure Hell. DJ Wayne County]

Photo: Screen capture, depicting the Dolls with Spider on drums, from "Looking For Johnny", a film by Danny Garcia.

Note: Third of 3 extra shows added. Peter Jordon replaces Arthur Kane on bass ('cos Arthur had started drinking again) and Spider [aka Michael Anthony Sanders of Pure Hell] replaces Jerry Nolan (who's in a Rehab Center) on drums on this final Hippo date. One month later, Richard Hell would leave Television and join Johnny and Jerry to form The Heartbreakers.


East Hackensack 12-Mar-75

12-Mar-75
US NJ,East Hackensack,New Bell discotheque
(2 sets)

13-Mar-75
US NJ,East Hackensack,New Bell discotheque
(2 sets)

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from The Record 28-Feb-75.

Note 1: "I saw the Dolls at their next to last performance [assumingly in the NY area, ed.] , at the New Bell, a dive on Route 4 in Jersey. This had been over the fortieth occasion I had trekked out for them. Backstage, they were visibly cranky and upset. In less than two years they had gone from a sold out Felt Forum playing with Mott The Hoople to playing before fifty disco fans at a bar. They wanted to leave rather than do a second set. Arthur was fresh out of a Alcoholic Rehab Center. Drummer Jerry Nolan, replacement for Billy Murcia who died of pills and booze, was currently in a Rehab Center. Syl Sylvain, David Johansen and Johnny Thunder (sic) were all hanging on. But that was it." Paul (Ziggy) Goldberg from "The Gauntlet" [Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey] Tuesday, May 13, 1975. Spider [aka Michael Anthony Sanders of Pure hell] replaces Jerry Nolan (who's in a Rehab Center) on drums.

Note 2: Currently the location of "Hooters" night club. Google street view 2015.


Columbia 27-Mar-75

Columbia 27-Mar-75

27-Mar-75
US SC,Columbia,The Left Guard
[with Mayson and Sniper]
(2 sets. 10:30 and 12:30)

Setlist: a.o. Red Patent Leather/ On Fire/ Daddy Rolling Stone/...

28-Mar-75
US SC,Columbia,The Left Guard
[with Mayson and Sniper]
(2 sets. 10:30 and 12:30)

29-Mar-75
US SC,Columbia,The Left Guard
[with Mayson and Sniper]
(2 sets. 10:30 and 12:30)

Ad: Scan from The Gamecock student newspaper 27-Mar-75.

Photo: Photo at the 27-Mar-75 show (credit unknown).

Video: Screen captures from video at the 27-Mar-75 show.

Review: Scan from The Gamecock student newspaper 31-Mar-75 .

Note: After the first night's gig, the band had a meeting and decided to send Arthur back to rehab in New York City. He was driven to the airport with Malcolm McLaren. Arthur was put on the plane and replacement bassist Peter Jordan was picked up. Mayson had supported the Dolls before, at their 3 dates @ the Whisky A Go Go late August 1973;


Briny Breezes 31-Mar-75

31-Mar-75
US FL,Palm Beach County-Briny Breezes,Dante's Den
(April Fools Party)

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Article: Scan of article, taken from The Palm Beach Post 03-Apr-75.

Note 1: Malcolm McLaren takes the band on a tour of Florida. Peter Jordon is still replaced Arthur Kane on bass.

Note 2: The band performed at a freaky costume night, where the top 2 participants could win a trip to Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Reuben D. Ferguson [a.k.a. Arkrat], who did the sound at the club, recollects: "...and the New York Dolls were totally disgusting individuals. I watched one of them peel the wrapper off of a stick of butter and eat it like a banana! Gross!"


xx-Apr-75
US FL,Tampa,-
(week residency)

Note: Some dates were possibly in support for Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan, although this information could be refering to a rebroadcast of their Don Kirshner's "Rock Concert" 1974 TV program, when both bands were on the show.


Fort Lauderdale xx-Apr-75

xx-Apr-75
US FL,Fort Lauderdale-Dania Beach,Flying Machine restaurant
[with Sam Thompson and T.J. Crock]

Photo 1: Credit unknown.

Photo 2: Exterior of club circa 1975.

Article: Scan of article from News-Press 18-Apr-75.

Note: Returning to the place they performed at late December 1974. Arthur Kane is back on bass. The Flying Machine was located in Ft. Lauderdale on Route 1 and S.E. 28th Street. The club's entrance was an old sea plane.


xx-Apr-75
US FL,Tampa-Zephyrhills,Crystal Springs,Jerry Nolan's mother's motel.

Note 1: The group's 'head quarters' while touring Florida. An argument between David, and Johnny and Jerry ensues. Johnny and Jerry quit the band and return to New York and form The Heartbreakers on 11-Apr-75.

Note 2: Sylvain Sylvain: "We were staying at Jerry Nolan's mother's house, and Johansen was getting lushy drunk. He was an abusive drunk. He'd tell you that you didn't matter, and that he was the singer, and could go on his own without your hang-ups and bullshit. Basically, he said that to us one day after dinner, and Johnny and Jerry, after they heard they could be replaced again and again, walked out. I drove them to the airport. (1998)";

David Johansen: "I don't remember the exact chain of events, but we were down in Florida, at a 'Bates Motel' place that Jerry's mother owned. There were these old trailers they would use as hotel rooms, and we were gonna base ourselves there, and go off and gig all the time. The band broke up because a lot of these guys [Johnny and Jerry], they couldn't function without junk, so it just got impossible to do. You know, big rock stars have nurses and gofers but we never had that shit. These guys wanted to be like Bela Lugosi. (1997)" from "New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB", a book by Steven Blush.


Line-up #3 (Florida/New York City: April 1975):
David Johansen (vocals)/ Sylvain Sylvain (guitar)/ Arthur Kane or Peter Jordon (bass)/ Blackie 'Lawless' Goozeman (guitar)
and a drummer (drums)

xx-Apr-75
US FL,-
(2-3 more dates)

Note: Blackie 'Lawless' Goozeman [a.k.a. Steven Duren, from Staten Island. In 1982 W.A.S.P.] replaces Johnny on guitar and a drummer [not Tony Machine, but perhaps James "Jimmy Image" Moore] replaces Jerry.

Blackie and Arthur would, in July 1975, form the Killer Kane Band (with Andrew Jay from Detroit's "Motor City Bad Boys" on lead guitar and James "Jimmy Image" Moore on drums) in Hollywood-Los Angeles. Killer Kane Band would last until July 1976, when Arthur returned to New York City and Blackie formed Sister with James "Jimmy Image" Moore. Later in 1982 Blackie Lawless formed the successful Heavy Metal band W.A.S.P.


Apr/May-75
US LA,New Orleans,Cornstalk Garden Hotel

Note 1: "Then Johansen, Jordan and [roadie Roger] Mansour followed suit and headed back to New York. `So there we were, Malcolm and I, left with the Plymouth Fury 3,' said Sylvain. [...] since Malcolm had never been to New Orleans, [we] headed to Louisiana. [Malcolm] wanted to experience it all, particularly the music.' [...] In New Orleans, McLaren and Sylvain roomed at the Cornstalk Garden Hotel in the heart of the Latin Quarter and spent their days visiting record shops, music clubs and bars. [Mclaren and Sylvain] then made their way back to New York in the Plymouth, breaking their 1300-mile journey to stay at cheap motels. 'We had a fine time, bought great records, smoked some pot, partied with girls we met.' On the road they talked about their respective futures [...] McLaren declared his intention to return to the UK and start working in earnest with the young musicians he had encountered through his shop. Maybe, as he had suggested, there would be a way to fit Sylvain's New York flair and sass into the line-up. On their return, McLaren stayed in Manhattan for a few weeks, raising cash for his ticket home by selling the rest of the Sex [shop] clothes he had held over in a lock up during the trip south." From "The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren: The Biography", a book by Paul Gorman.


New York City 05-Apr-75

05-Apr-75
US NY,New York City,Academy of Music

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Note: Cancelled. In September 1976 the venue was rechristened the Palladium.


11-Apr-75
US New York City. Johnny Thunders calls Richard Hell, who left Television 3 days earlier, and asks him to form a band with him and Jerry Nolan. The Heartbreakers are born.


New York Dolls officially disband

25-Apr-75
The orginal New York Dolls officially disband.

Article 1: Scan of article by John Rockwell taken from New York Times 25-Apr-75.

Article 2: Scan of article by Robert Hillburm taken from the Los Angeles Times 10-May-75.


New York City 30-Apr-75

30-Apr-75
US NY,New York City,Club 82
[support for Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, with The Demons]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice Apr-75.

Note: First Heartbreakers gig! Line-up till June 9, 1975: Richard Hell (vocals/bass), Johnny Thunders (vocals/guitar) & Jerry Nolan (drums).


New York Central Park 11-May-75

11-May-75
US NY,NYC,Central Park,Sheep Meadow
The War Is Over! Celebrating the end of the Vietnam war
[with Phill Ochs, Patti Smith, Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, Joan Baez, Richie Havens,..]

Photo: Photo credit Bob Gruen.

Note 1: Over 50-100,000 people attended this rally. Organized by legendary singer-songwriter Phil Ochs and activist Cora Weiss. Others appearing Bella Abzug, Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, Tom Paxton, Odetta, American Indian Movement Drummers, David Dellinger, Elizabeth Holtzman, Barbara Dane, Deadly Nightshade, Bread and Puppet Theater, Rev. Fred Kirkpatrick, etc..

Note 2: Sylvain Sylvain, Malcolm McLaren, David Johansen, Cyrinda Foxe hang out with Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye. The next day McLaren leaves for London taking with him Sylvain’s Gibson guitar and Fender Rhodes keyboard on the basis that the ex-Doll might follow him to join a group of young musicians [the future Sex Pistols] who had gravitated to his shop Sex in King’s Road.


11-May-75
US NY,New York City,Beacon Theatre

Note: Cancelled.


Line-up 'Japan' New York Dolls (New York City: July 1975 - June 1976):
David Johansen (vocals)/ Sylvain Sylvain (guitar)/ Peter Jordan (bass)/ Chris Robison (piano and organ) and Tony Machine (drums)

New York City July 1975

July 1975
US NY,New York City,auditions/rehearsals

Article: Taken from Circus Magazine December 1975.

Note: "One night I was in Folk City [Greenwich Village,NYC] drinking with my good friend Rick Frank, drummer for Elephant's Memory. I was no longer in his band, for the second time. Rick says,with his wild eyes "Chris, wanna go to Japan?" "Sure!" "Then go up to this audition tomorrow." I did, to a rehearsal space in the East 20's where The Ramones were rehearsing. There in the other room was David Johanson, Sylvain Sylvain, Peter Jordan on bass and Tony Machine on drums. We jammed a few hours-they had a nice Hammond B-3 organ for me to play. They invited me back for the next afternoon and we jammed away a few more hours. I said, "So David, do I pass the audition?" He gave me that great Johanson shit-eating grin an' said simply, "Yeah...". Recollections by Chris Robison . Tony Machine [a.k.a. Krasinski] was at one time the New York Dolls' tour manager.


Pittsfield-Adams 11-Jul-75

11-Jul-75
US MA,Pittsfield-Adams,Sahara Club
(2 sets. 9PM and 11PM)

12-Jul-75
US MA,Pittsfield-Adams,Sahara Club
(2 sets. 9PM and 11PM)

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from the Berkshire Eagle. Scan of another advert.


2x-Jul-75
US VT,-,-

Note: Warm-up show in Vermont for the Japan tour.


03-Aug-75
JP Sapporo,Makomanai Kyogijo Ice Arena
Eastland World Rock festival
[support for Jeff Beck and with Felix Pappalardi (of Mountain)]

05-Aug-75
JP Nagoya,Aichi-Ken Taiikukan
Eastland World Rock festival
[support for Jeff Beck and with Felix Pappalardi]

Note: Five day festival organised by Yuya Uchida. Complete line-up: Anzen Band, Cabaret, Carmen Maki & OZ, Cosmos Factory, Creation, Far East Family Band, Felix Pappalardi, Joe, Gedo, Jeff Beck, National Flag, New York Dolls, West Road Blues Band, Yellow, Yonin Bayashi, Yuya Uchida & 1815 Rock'n'Roll Band.


Kyoto 06-Aug-75

06-Aug-75
JP Kyoto,Maruyama Park Amphitheater
Eastland World Rock festival
[with Felix Pappalardi (of Mountain)]

Photo 1: Credit Bob Gruen from Rock Scene magazine January 1976. Sourced from Circulation Zero.

Photo 2: Photos by Bob Gruen from Rock Scene, January 1976. Sourced from Circulation Zero.

Note: Jeff Beck had to cancel his show due to a cold and the Dolls were asked to play twice. They did and got paid twice too.


Tokyo 07-Aug-75

Tokyo 07-Aug-75

07-Aug-75
JP Tokyo,Kohrahuen/Korakuen Stadium
Eastland World Rock festival
[support for Jeff Beck and with Felix Pappalardi (of Mountain)]

Setlist: Looking For A Kiss/ Daddy Rolling Stone/ Puss 'N Boots/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Pills/ Funky But Chic/ Flip Flop Fly/ Frankenstein/ Teenage News.

Photo: Credit Bob Gruen, taken from Rock Scene magazine January 1976.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Show available on the "Tokyo Dolls - Live" bootleg LP (Fan Club 1986).

We toured Japan that summer ('75) with Jeff Beck, and Felix Pappalardi of Mountain, and had a blast. The best gig was at Tokyo Baseball Stadium where we played to 55 thousand screaming people-big stage set up on 2nd base and we played towards home plate. As we were making our frantic escape surrounded by screaming girls and boys and uniformed police wielding billy clubs, Sylvain almost caused a riot: We were dashing for the limo and somehow in the next moment Syl was ON TOP of the car inhaling a helium balloon and screaming "ARRIGATO" in a high pitched helium induced voice ----They went WILD! and the cops started swinging their clubs full force at the fans. I managed to empty a sapporo beer onto the back of the head and shoulders of one of the riot police and when he spun around towards me brandishing his club -- well, that was one of those sublimely odd moments that stay with you always.. Recollections by Chris Robison .


09-Aug-75
JP Miyagi-Sendai,Sugo Sportsland
Eastland World Rock festival
[with Felix Pappalardi (of Mountain)]

Note: Jeff Beck had to cancel his show due to a cold.


07-Oct-75
Mercury issues a press release announcing that their contract with The New York Dolls expired on the 8th of August 1975, whilst touring Japan.


19-Oct-75
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City


London McLaren letter

22-Oct-75
London,Malcolm McLaren sends Sylvain a letter

Photo: Envelope (and some pages) reproduced in Syl's book "There's No Bones in Ice Cream".

Note: Malcolm McLaren sends a seven page letter care of Sylvain's mother's place to convince Syl in joining the Sex Pistols as guitarist. Syl does not accept the offer, because after the Japan tour, the new Dolls are doing fairly well. A month prior to the letter, on 27-Sep-75, McLaren had placed an ad in (UK weekly) Melody Maker looking for a ‘Whizz Kid Guitarist’ to join the Sex Pistols. (Scan courtesy of Paul Gorman.) On 06-Nov-75 the Sex Pistols would play their first gig @ St. Martin’s College, London.


New York City 31-Dec-75

31-Dec-75
US NY,New York City,Beacon Theatre

Photo 1: Photo by Bob Gruen from Rock Scene, Nay 1976. Sourced from Circulation Zero.

Photo 2: Photos by Bob Gruen from Rock Scene, Nay 1976. Sourced from Circulation Zero.

Ad: Scan of advert taken from the Village Voice.






1976
The year in which David and Sylvain revive The Dolls for about 30+ shows.

New Orleans 11-Mar-76

11-Mar-76
US LA,New Orleans,Ballinjax Electric Bistro
(early show @ 10PM, late show at 2AM)
[with Ultrex]

Setlist: (partly) Personality Crisis/ Looking For A Kiss/ Daddy Rolling Stone/ Funky But Chic/ Wreckless Crazy/ Gimme A Pigfoot (and A Bottle of Beer)/ Heavy Mental Kids (a.k.a. The Kids Are Back).

Photo: Photo by Bob Gruen from Rock Scene, September 1976. Sourced from Circulation Zero.


New Orleans 12-Mar-76

12-Mar-76
US LA,New Orleans,Ballinjax Electric Bistro

Setlist: (early show @ 10PM) Wreckless Crazy/ Girls/ Daddy Rolling Stone/ Funky But Chic/ Gimme A Pigfoot (and A Bottle of Beer)/ It's On Fire/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Frenchette/ Lovin' Up A Storm/ Personality Crisis/ Looking for A Kiss.

Setlist: (late show @ 2AM) Frankenstein/ Wreckless Crazy/ Teenage News/ Frenchette/ Girls/ Gimme A Pigfoot (and A Bottle of Beer)/ Puss N Boots/ Funky But Chic/ Check It Mr. Popeye/ Heavy Mental Kids (a.k.a. The Kids Are Back)/ Cool Metro/ Flip Flop Fly.

Photo: Photos by Bob Gruen from Rock Scene, September 1976. Sourced from Circulation Zero.

Note: "All four members of KISS ventured over to a nightclub in the French quarter called Ballinjax, where they attended a 2 A.M. performance by the New York Dolls. Surprisingly, Gene and Ace can be heard on a private [audience tape] recording of the concert playfully heckling the Dolls [...]" From "KISS Alive Forever - The Complete Touring History", a book by Curt Gooch. KISS had their own show at the Warehouse earlier that night.


13-Mar-76
US LA,New Orleans,Ballinjax Electric Bistro
(early show @ 10PM, late show at 2AM)


New York City 21/22-May-76

21-May-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City (2 sets)
[with Tuff Darts]

Setlist: (early show) Wreckless Crazy/ Daddy Rolling Stone/ It's On Fire/ Frenchette/ Funky But Chic/ The Kids Are Back/ She Knew She was Falling In Love/ Gimme A Pigfoot (and A Bottle of Beer)/ 777-7870/ Girls/ Teenage News/ Downtown/ Personality Crisis/ Looking for A Kiss.

Handbill: Scan of handbill courtesy of Joseph Pope @ rockymountainlow.com .

Note: Johnny Thunders guests on guitar for the last 3 songs. Also joining are Jeffrey Salen [Tuff Darts] and Joe Perry [Aerosmith].


New York City 21/22-May-76

22-May-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with Tuff Darts]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice. Another scan here.


New York City 30-May-76

30-May-76
US NY,New York City,Manhattan Center
(Benefit for Wayne County)

Setlist: Gimme A Pigfoot (And A Bottle Of Beer) / It's On Fire/ Little Bitty Pretty One/ Frenchette/ Funky But Chic.

Handbill: Photo of handbill.

Note 1: Organised by Peter Crowley, Barbara Rothwell and Leee Black Childers.
During a show at CBGB's (March 1976) Wayne County had smashed a microphone stand over Dick Manitoba's [of The Dictators] collarbone when Dick was heckling him. Dick Manitoba had to be hopitalized and sued Wayne for it. Other bands artists performing at this benefit are: Walter Lure/ Blondie/ Jerry Nolan/ Wayne County & Back Street Boys/ The Planets/ Jackie Curtis/ Dee Dee Ramone/Mick Ronson/ Mink DeVille/ Suicide/ Divine/ Johnny Thunders/ Tuff Darts/ Richard Hell/ Cherry Vanilla & her Station Island Band/ Ian Hunter/ The April Lawton Band and Holly Woodlawn. All proceeds go to the Wayne County legal defence fund.

Note 2: One of my biggest regrets in life is how my growing problem with alcohol back then led to a certain night of whiskey- induced rage and mental distortion. I was in a blackout and to this day don't know exactly what I said to Sylvain--but it was enough said to convince Syl and the boys to leave for [shows in Ohio and at] the Cobo Hall Michigan gig without me. I woke up the next afternoon and they were already gone, and so was my stint with The New York Dolls. Sorry, guys ..... Months later, though, Sylvain invited me to play with his band the Criminals up in Boston. And I've continued to be a big fan of David's projects Buster Poindexter, and the Harry Smiths. When the Dolls ground to a halt that next year, bass player Peter Jordan joined me in my next project, Stumblebunny.". Recollections by Chris Robison .


Line-up 'The Dolls' (New York City: June - December 1976):
David Johansen (vocals)/ Sylvain Sylvain (guitar)/ Peter Jordan (bass)/ Bobby Blain[e] (keyboard) and Tony Machine (drums).

Youngstown 06-Jun-76

06-Jun-76
US OH,Youngstown,Tomorrow Club
[with Vanessa]

Ticket: Scan of ticket, courtesy of E Covey.

Ad: Scan of advert.

Note: First show with Bobby Blain The Tomorrow Club night club opened at the State Theater on October 20, 1974 and closed on December 22, 1978. The venue hosted such bands as AC/DC, KISS, Rush, Ted Nugent, The Runaways and most notably The Ramones' first show outside of the New York City metro area on June 20, 1976.


New York City 11-Jun-76

07-Jun-76
US OH,Cleveland,Agora Ballroom

Setlist: Girls/ Funky But Chic/ Frenchette/ Gimme A Pigfoot (And A Bottle Of Beer)/ Falling In Love/ Check Mr. Popeye/ It's on Fire/ Cool Metro/ Teenage News/ Flip Flop Fly.

Photo: Photos by Bob Gruen from Rock Scene, November 1976. Sourced from Circulation Zero.


Detroit 11-Jun-76

11-Jun-76
US MI,Detroit,Cobo Arena
[with J.Geils Band and L.A. Jets]

Ad: Scan of ad.

Review: Scan of review.


Cleveland 12-Jun-76

12-Jun-76
US OH,Cincinnati,Bogart's
[with Greg Kihn Band]

Ticket: Photo of ticket stub courtesy of Don H.


Ann Arbor 14-Jun-76

14-Jun-76
US MI,Ann Arbor,Second Chance
[with Hot Lucy]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from the Michigan Daily 12-Jun-76.


1x-Jun-76
US MA,Boston,catholic girls school
(early show)


Baltimore 20-Jun-76

20-Jun-76
US MD,Baltimore,The Palace
[with Satan Dolls]

Ad: Scan of ad, taken from the Evening Sun.


New Orleans 24-Jun-76

24-Jun-76
US LA,New Orleans,Cord's Underground

25-Jun-76
US LA,New Orleans,Cord's Underground

26-Jun-76
US LA,New Orleans,Cord's Underground

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: On the 26th of June Steven Tyler and Joe Perry [both Aerosmith] joined the Dolls onstage for two songs. Joe on "Pills" and Joe and Steven on "Flip Flop Fly". Aerosmith were playing the following night at City Park Stadium in New Orleans.


Max's Kansas City 01-Jul-76

01-Jul-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
(1st set 10PM, 2nd set 1AM)

02-Jul-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
(1st set 10PM, 2nd set 1AM)

03-Jul-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
(1st set 10PM, 2nd set 1AM)

Ad: Scan of newspaper ad.


New York City 04-Jul-76

04-Jul-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
(3 sets: 10PM, 1AM and 3AM)

Setlist: (one of the 3 sets) Cool Metro/ Gimme A Pigfoot (And A Bottle Of Beer)/ Girls/ Funky But Chic/ Frenchette/ Check It Mr. Popeye/ It's On Fire- Daddy Rolling Stone/ Stranded In The Jungle/ She Knew She Was Falling In Love/ Teenage News/ Pills/ Boys High Mambo/ Personality Crisis.

Badge: Scan of badge courtesy of Luc Santé.

Note: Mick Ronson [The Spiders from Mars] guests on guitar for the last 4 tracks.


Toronto 12-Jul-76

12/16-Jul-76
CA ON,Toronto,The Queensbury Arms
(week long residency)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Toronto Star, courtesy of Robert Sikora. Used with kind permission.

Note: Dates are most likely. Scan courtesy of Robert Sikora.


Bala 17-Jul-76

17-Jul-76
CA ON,Bala,The KEE to Bala

Photo: Credit Robert Sikora. Used with kind permission.


xx-Sep-76
US NY,New York City,Manhattan Arts Center

18-Sep-76
US NY,Long Island,Longfellows


New York City 24/25-Sep-76

New York City 24/25-Sep-76

24-Sep-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City (2 sets)
[with Harry Toledo]

Setlist: (early show) Cool Metro/ Teenage News/ Funky But Chic/ Wreckless Crazy/ She Knew She Was Falling In Love/ Frenchette/ 777-7870/ Bad Girl/ Girls/ Personality Crisis/ Looking For A Kiss.

Setlist: (late show) Wreckless Crazy/ Cool Metro/ (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown/ Gimme A Pigfoot (and a Bottle of Beer)/ Look At Granny Run Run/ Funky But Chic/ Frenchette/ Check Mr. Popeye/ Girls/ Boy's High Mambo/ Teenage News.

25-Sep-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City (2 sets)
[with John Collins]

Setlist: (early show) Cool Metro/ Looking For A Kiss/ Teenage News/ Frenchette/ Funky But Chic/ Ain't Got No Home/ Gimme A Pigfoot (and a Bottle of Beer)/ Girls/ 777-7870/ Bad Girl/ (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown/ Personality Crisis.

Setlist: (late show) Cool Metro/ Looking For A Kiss/ She Knew She Was Falling In Love/ Wreckless Crazy/ Funky But Chic/ It's On Fire/ Frenchette/ Out With The Wrong Woman/ Stranded In The Jungle/ Bad Girl/ Look At Granny Run Run/ (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown/ Girls/ Boys High Mambo/ Check Mr. Popeye/ Teenage News.

Ad: Scan of ads taken from the Village Voice 27-Sep-76.


New York City 04/06-Nov-76

04-Nov-76
US NY,New York City,On The Rocks
[with The Brats]

05-Nov-76
US NY,New York City,On The Rocks
[with The Brats]

06-Nov-76
US NY,New York City,On The Rocks
[with The Brats]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 01-Nov-76.

Note: Opening of a new club.


New York City 26-Nov-76

26-Nov-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Fast]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 21-Nov-76.


New York City 03-Dec-76

03-Dec-76
US NY,New York City-Greenwich Village,Actor's Playhouse
[with Uncle Son] (1st show-10PM)

03-Dec-76
US NY,New York City-Greenwich Village,Actor's Playhouse
[with Uncle Son] (2nd show-midnight]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice.


New York City 26-Nov-76

29-Dec-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with Blondie]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 27-Nov-76.

Note: Last ever Dolls shows.


New York City 30-Nov-76

30-Dec-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with Blondie]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice Dec-76.

Note: Last ever Dolls shows.






Aftermath
Four more Dolls die

23-Apr-91
LA,New Orleans,St Peter Guest House (now Inn on St Peter) - room 37 (@ 1005 Saint Peter Street).
Johnny Thunders dies at the age of 38 from drug-related causes/possible leukemia.

14-Jan-92
NY,New York City-Manhattan,St. Vincent's Hospital (@ 170 West 12th Street)
Jerry Nolan dies at the age of 45 from meningitis/fatal stroke.

13-Jul-04
CA,Los Angeles, Arthur Kane dies at 55 from leukemia.


Less than a month before he died, Arthur joined David and Sylvain for 2 New York Dolls reunion shows @ the London Royal Festival Hall on 16 and 18 June 2004. The event was organised by one of their early fans, (Steven) Morrissey. The band released 3 albums since: "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This" (2006), "Cause I Sez So" (2009) and "Dancing Backward in High Heels" (2011) and continued touring.
The New York Dolls' final live show was @ The Bowery Electric, New York City (US) on December 31, 2012.


13-Jan-21
TN, Nashville, Sylvain Sylvain dies at 69 from cancer, which he had been battling for the previous two and half years.



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