The New York Dolls – Live From The Royal Festival Hall, 2004

This is much better than it has any right to be. Three decades after the Dolls first strutted their dimestore-Stones stuff on New York's wild side, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and Arthur Harold Kane shook London's RFH with punchy retakes of classics from their first two platters. When those included "Trash", "Babylon", "Jet Boy" and "Lookin' For A Kiss" , how could they miss? Naturally Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan are missed, but add-on axeman Steve Conte is a slicker player than Junkie Johnny ever was. You can put your arms around this memory.

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This is much better than it has any right to be. Three decades after the Dolls first strutted their dimestore-Stones stuff on New York’s wild side, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and Arthur Harold Kane shook London’s RFH with punchy retakes of classics from their first two platters. When those included “Trash”, “Babylon”, “Jet Boy” and “Lookin’ For A Kiss” , how could they miss? Naturally Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan are missed, but add-on axeman Steve Conte is a slicker player than Junkie Johnny ever was.

You can put your arms around this memory.

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