The New York Dolls lost their lead vocalist, Johnny Thunders, and their drummer, Jerry Nolan in the spring of 1975. The pair briefly teamed up with Richard Hell, but creative differences saw that mix fall apart with Billy Rath replacing him and the core of Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers was set.
It didn’t last … by 1991 Johnny Thunders was gone (drug overdose) and the following year, 1992, Jerry Nolan stroked out. But during their moment in the limelight that generated a following that lasts until this day.
Cleopatra Music and Film, with sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has tabbed Friday, Apr. 5, for the special DVD/CD Combo Pack release of Johnny Thunders: Madrid Memory. A newly-minted vinyl edition is also being released the same day.
During their 1984 “reunion” world tour — it was about this time that Thunders had acquired the original L.A.M.F. album tapes and remixed them (aka: L.A.M.F.: Revisited) with excellent results — the band popped-in at the Madrid studios of La Edad de Oro (aka: “The Golden Age”) for a live set, which was recorded for posterity.
The result was a 90-minute live concert featuring a 17-song set that included “Born Too Loose” from L.A.M.F., “I Love You” from the 1979 album, Live at Max's Kansas City; plus quite of material drawn from Johnny Thunders’ solo albums 1979 and 1983 … “Too Much Junkie Business,” “You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory,” “Pipeline” and “In Cold Blood.”
Appearing in this live concert are Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Billy Rath and Sylvain Sylvain (another alumni of The New York Dolls.