Cleveland 1970s punk-rock legends the Dead Boys returned to town to play to packed Beachland Ballroom. While only two-fifths of the lineup — guitarist Cheetah Chrome and drummer Johnny Blitz — remain from back in the day, the band displayed the feral energy it was beloved for, despite its years of drug abuse being long behind it.
The new lineup was formed last year to do dates around a 40th anniversary re-recording of the band’s 1977 debut, Young Loud and Snotty. The new members — vocalist Jake Hout, stepping in for the late Stiv Bators, rhythm guitarist Jason Kottwitz replacing the now retired Jimmy Zero, and bassist Ricky Rat — performed their roles well.
An added treat was the opening set by the Cleveland garage-rock brother organ/drum duo Archie & the Bunkers. Although Cullen and Emmett O’Connor are still in their teens, they are an experienced stage act which combines raw energy and musical poise. Next month, they’ll be doing their third European tour, and they’re certainly more than ready.
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