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- Posted on May 6th 2009 12:00PM by Mike Ayers
For those that don't recognize the address, Varvatos's store is housed at the site of the former CBGB's; remnants of days gone by still existed in the form of stickers along the ceiling exhaust pipes, and the stage remained in the same place. But the chandelier and glowing bar helped erase a lot of those dirgy memories, as did the framed poster of bands like Buckcherry and Dillinger Escape Plan that lined the walls.
Johansen and the band tore through most of their new album to a less than rambunctious crowd. Noticing this, Johansen provided his own commentary throughout the night after they'd wrap up a song. "That was really good," he remarked after the chugging sounds of 'My World,' and "I would say we are as good as the Seeds," after 'Muddy Bones.' We'd agree.
The set was also being broadcast live via Sirius XM's Faction Radio Channel on Varvatos newly launched 'Born in Detroit' show. Right before the encore, Johansen remarked that the listeners at home were louder than the actual crowd, capping off his mini-rant with "This is ridiculous! That's why this next song is called 'Trash.'" The classic Dolls tune was melded with the new, island inspired version that appears at the end of 'Cause I Sez So.' But those playful insults just rolled off the backs of everyone; it was the fear of the open bar running out that was more terrifying, it would've seemed.