Lure, Burke, Stinson, Kramer - L.A.M.F. Live At The Bowery Electric - review

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In seismic 1977, the Heartbreakers were the most exciting pure rock‘n’roll band on the planet and, even if it took years to gain its rightful mix, their sole album L.A.M.F. remains the degenerate classic from the New York streets that spawned them.

In November 2016, NYC troubadour Jesse Malin enticed the last Heartbreaker standing (now retired stockbroker) Walter Lure to perform a startto-finish celebration of the album at the Bowery’s latest favourite venue. Three sold-out shows whooped for a supergroup featuring Lure alongside ageless Blondie powerhouse Clem Burke, MC5 guitarist/Johnny Thunders’ Gang War buddy Wayne Kramer and Replacements/Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson, who takes most vocals, although Malin, Kramer and Burke get their shot, joined by former Dead Boy Cheetah Chrome on two.

Ragged and sober but unfeasibly energised, it’s a fitting tribute to a long-gone time and NY landmark.

Kris Needs

Kris Needs is a British journalist and author, known for writings on music from the 1970s onwards. Previously secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club, he became editor of ZigZag in 1977 and has written biographies of stars including Primal Scream, Joe Strummer and Keith Richards. He's also written for MOJO, Record Collector, Classic Rock, Prog, Electronic Sound, Vive Le Rock and Shindig!