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Sylvain Sylvain and Glen Matlock
Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson
If the Sex Pistols were the brutish louts of punk’s formative years – all spit, snarl and crude aggression – then you wouldn’t know it from the band’s surviving members, at least the ones who’ve played ‘round here lately.
Johnny Lydon, aka Rotten, did get his sneer on when his post-Pistols band Public Image Ltd played at Upstate Concert Hall last October, but PiL’s grinding death-disco was anything but unsophisticated.
And original (pre-Sid Vicious) Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, during his acoustic show with the New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain at The Linda in March, was more recognizable as the guy who formed the Rich Kids, a Midge Ure-fronted power-pop band, following his Pistols departure.
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July 20th, 2011, 11:54 am by Greg
“At the big record companies, they’re all too busy looking for their next job instead of doing the job that they’re actually getting paid to do right now. All they look at is sales and, of course, hit records. But that is just so uninteresting to me.
If you go in that direction, I think you’re going to kill the whole essence of rock ‘n’ roll. The most honest thing that happens in the whole music business is when the kid goes into the store and says, `Here’s my money. Give me that record because I love it.’
That’s why I make music.”
What do you get when you pair up the New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain with former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock for an unplugged concert? Acoustic anarchy, that’s what. And the seminal rockers are headed into WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Friday (March 15). Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. NOTE: Tommy Ramone was originally slated to share the bill with Matlock, but he has cancelled his performance due to illness.
“A lot of people don’t know this, but Sylvain is an immigrant. I was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1956. By 1958, my family was exiled out of Egypt for being Jews, and we first immigrated to Paris, France. I always spoke French. All the North African Jews speak French anyway from Lebanon all the way to Morocco.
So anyway, my first records when I was growing up in France were basically by Johnny Halliday. I think the first one was ‘C’Est Ma Fete (Et Je Plue si Je Vieux),’ which is ‘It’s My Party (And I’ll Cry If I Want To).’ They were all knock-offs – as we would say in the rag business – of American hits by Leslie Gore and all those kinds of people.”
Guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and the rest of the New York Dolls step into the spotlight at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Saturday, opening for Poison and Motley Crue. Tix are $49.50, $69.50 and $95.00 for reserved amphitheater seats; $26 for lawn general admission.