GLEN MATLOCK (SEX PISTOLS) AND SYLVAIN SYLVAIN (NEW YORK DOLLS)
NORTH AMERICAN ACOUSTIC TOUR
Friday, Mar 15, 2013 - 8:00 pm, $15.00
Tickets $15 in advance $18 at the Door
Glen Matlock is one of the most respected, if underrated British musicians. In a career that has spanned over thirty years, Glen has made indelible contributions to music as the original bass player with The Sex Pistols, formed the underrated Rich Kids, worked with a variety of artists ranging from Iggy Pop, fellow original School of '76 Brit Punk Rockers The Damned, through to neo-rockabilly singer Robert Gordon, whilst pursuing his own musically distinctive direction where melodic and inventive rock music thrives. To cap it all, 2010 saw Glen release a brand new album - arguably the finest to bear his name - in the shape of Born Running, as well as taking the coveted bass playing role in the reformed Faces.
In 1974, whilst employed as an assistant in the King's Road, Chelsea clothing emporium Let It Rock (owned by Malcolm McLaren and his then-wife Vivienne Westwood) he joined up with guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook (alongside guitarist Wally Nightingale) in a combo that would become The Sex Pistols. The band line-up was completed by the recruitment of John Lydon (soon to become Johnny Rotten) as their vocalist. The Sex Pistols line-up eventually settled around Rotten, Jones and Cook, with Matlock playing bass and singing backing vocals. However, Matlock made the most crucial musical contributions to the Pistols, his innate grasp of melody and song structure essential to knocking the band song ideas into a workable shape.
Despite John Lydon's talent for quotable sound bites, it is actually Glen Matlock who is the most articulate and thoughtful of the Sex Pistols. When the Pistols former manager Malcolm McLaren died in April 2010, it was Matlock who provided the world's press and media with their main point of contact to the Sex Pistols, and provided a distinct, considered overview of Malcolm McLaren's contribution to contemporary culture and his legacy.
In April, 2010, Matlock toured Australia with US rockabilly singer Robert Gordon, along with Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats and guitarist Chris Spedding. Spedding produced some demo recordings for The Sex Pistols in 1976, one of the few old school musicians who acknowledged the worth of the band, and Matlock returned that favour three and a half decades later!
In the spring of 2010, it was announced that three members of The Faces - Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones - were to reform, with Mick Hucknall on vocals, and with Glen taking the coveted role as Ronnie Lane's replacement on bass, a huge accolade and confirmation of Glen's high standing amongst his musical peers, and a massive personal achievement for a lifelong fan of the band.
Glen's latest album, Born Running, offers up twelve more punchy and direct examples of Matlock's innate ability to craft timeless, melodic rock songs. Born Running is the latest salvo from a musician and songwriter who is never satisfied with resting on his considerable musical achievements; there is much more to come from this hugely gifted individual.
Before joining the now legendary New York Dolls in 1971, Sylvain Sylvain was a member of the band Actress, which featured Dolls' members Arthur Kane and Johnny Thunders, as well as former fashion partner, Murcia. He played rhythm guitar for the Dolls (replacing Rick Rivets) from 1971 until the group's final dissolution in 1977.
Sylvain and singer David Johansen were the last remaining members at the time the group broke up, after which he frequently played with Johansen on his solo projects, as well starting his own band, The Criminals, with another ex-Doll, Tony Machine, and continued to play the New York club scene. Landing a solo recording contract with RCA, Sylvain released one album with Lee Crystal (drums; later of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) and Johnny Rao (guitar) as his backing band.
For a period, Sylvain drove a cab in New York City, before moving to Los Angeles in the early 1990s to record the album, 'Sleep Baby Doll' for Fishead Records, which featured Brian Keats on drums (Dave Vanian's Phantom Chords), Speediejohn Carlucci - bass (formerly of The Fuzztones/Speedies), and Olivier LeBaron' on lead guitar, as well as guest appearances by Frank Infante of Blondie and Derwood Andrews of Generation X, and was eventually re-released as 'New York's Au Go Go'. In 2004, he reunited with the surviving members of the New York Dolls, along with Steve Conte, Brian Koonin and Brian Delaney, along with Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks), replacing Arthur Kane (who passed away in 2004). They have since released two albums; 'One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This' and 'Cause I Sez So'. The reunion was filmed as part of a documentary on Arthur Kane and was released in 2005 as 'New York Doll'. Sylvain joins Glen acoustically on this tour.
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