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arthur “killer” kane

Posted on 14 July 2004 by Caryn Rose (4)

Who knew? Did anyone know he was sick? [See the Billboard obit.]

I’m just glad he got to play with them one more time. And I’m sad as fucking hell that I wasn’t there to see it.

My rule is always, always: go see the show. You’re rarely upset that you went, but you’ll almost always be upset that you didn’t go (and if you say you weren’t, you’re probably lying). But I couldn’t do this one. For once, it wasn’t work or lameness, either.

I don’t know what they’ll do now. I imagine it will still go on, but we are almost out of New York Dolls, just like we are almost out of Ramones, and I don’t much like the idea of what this planet will be like when this entire generation is gone and we are left with the likes of, say, Guster and Ben Folds and Rufus Wainright (sorry, shirts on the train home tonight, they were at Summerstage I think) and Dave fucking Matthews and Trey Anastasio, all of which are probably fine musicians, but are not interesting or dangerous or exciting or loud or obnoxious or joyous or rebellious, all of which rock and roll is *supposed* to be.

Goddammit.

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4 Responses to “arthur “killer” kane”

  1. Nick says:

    Just a response to the trey comment:
    Here are a few things that I find interesting about him:
    1. He formed a band at the age of 18 which went on to dominate and define a genre of music over the course of a 21 year career (yes Phish has been around since 1983).

    2. His band attracted legions of fans without ever having a hit radio single. They have packed every major venue in the country (note that they sold out Madison Square Garden in 4 hours back in 1994 *before* Jerry Garcia died).
    Trey recently cited what he thought to be the pinacle of the band’s career: Playing a 7 1/2 hour set to over 70,000 fans on new years eve 1999. Now some might find that *obnoxious* others joyous, and most would at least find it interesting.

    3. Trey will now retire from his famous band in style by going out on top. Phish sold out its final concert in its home state of Vermont months before the show. So 70,000 plus of his fans will drive thousands of miles to see the bands last performances. The shows begin, interestingly enough on Saturday August 14th. SO we know how many people will be there to see Trey on that day. I wonder how many people will be in New York to see your bands.

  2. clr says:

    Your band is *still* boring as all fuck, and its fans have no sense of humor whatsoever, as demonstrated by your self-righteous comment.

    I got tired of arguing with “Phish phans” around the time that they would insist that Phish were de facto a “better” band than Pearl Jam, simply because the members of Phish were – get this – *college graduates*!!

    The fact that you have no idea or clue whatsoever as to the significance of the New York Dolls or the Stooges is, well, very very sad. Not to mention ignorant and pathetic.

    No, Phish are not interesting. Glad they are breaking up.

  3. rlv says:

    You know how Sting made the comment several years back, about being able to have tantric sex for 8 hours?

    That particular HELL sounds just slightly less painful than a 7 1/2 hr Phish concert.

    The only way either would be bearable? Copious amounts of heavy drugs.

    If you need heavy drugs to partake in either sex *or* a concert, that’s a wee hint that you might be in the wrong place.

    But hey, that’s just me.

  4. Nick says:

    I regret that my earlier post sounded like “bigger is better” because thats not how I feel.
    Also, I remember the PJ phish comparisons and I think you are taking what was said out of context. The primary argument was that the members of Phish studied music in college. Trey studied a lot of musical composition and had a lot of technical training in all things music. 3 of the members each ultimately did their thesis in music. It was their technical training and background that was the argument, not simply that they had a college degree and members of PJ didn’t.
    But whatever. Pearl jam happens to be my favorite band (why else would I visit your site?) and I thought it was a stupid debate.

    I thought my response was friendly. Just because I have little interest in the obscure beginings of punk music doesn’t mean that I am ignorant and stupid. I realize that you fancy yourself as somewhat of a rock historian but you didn’t need to make generalizations about my knowledge of other genres of music.