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Message started by solodka on Aug 23rd, 2005 at 9:39pm

Title: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on Aug 23rd, 2005 at 9:39pm
Can you remember clubs that you have seen the Romantics play?

There is a club in NY that is pretty infamous called CBGB's.  Ever hear of it?  Here is an interesting article:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/11/cbgb.eviction.ap/

Here is the link for the club:

http://www.cbgb.com

Somehow the Romantics aren't named!  We need to do something about that! :D

http://www.cbgb.com/bands.html

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by oldfriend on Aug 23rd, 2005 at 9:45pm
Ever hear of it? You are kidding, right? Off hand, I don't remember the Romantics ever playing CBGB'S, but I could be wrong.

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on Aug 23rd, 2005 at 10:28pm
They did play there.  I am actually in the process of getting them to add the Romantics to their list!
I also didn't know how many people would be aware of CBGB's that weren't around in their "hay day"!  Those of us in that "age range" would know, but the others?  Just making everyone aware! :D

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by Rob on Aug 24th, 2005 at 4:31am
I seem to remember they were supposed to play there, but it was cancelled due to the "big blackout" that hit the east coast that year....???

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by Kevin1 on Aug 25th, 2005 at 12:46am
I may have told this story before, but I saw them play in November, 1990, at a tiny little dive in Madison, Ind., called the Electric Lady. The place is in a building at least 100 years old, and when the band cranked up the amps, bits of plaster started falling from the ceiling. I thought the whole place was going to collapse!

Oh, and I've got a piece of the CBGB's wall. A friend of mine was there about three years ago. Knowing what a Ramones fan I am, she had her boyfriend take a hunk of the wall near the men's room, and smuggled it out under her jacket. Now that's friendship ... or is it just vandalism? Geez, I hope the NYPD doesn't see this post ...

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on Aug 25th, 2005 at 3:55am
Rob]I seem to remember they were supposed to play there, but it was cancelled due to the "big blackout" that hit the east coast that year....???


You are correct, they did not play the night of the blackout.  However, it was rescheduled and they did play eventually! :o

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by BrewCity on Aug 25th, 2005 at 4:26am

wrote on Aug 23rd, 2005 at 9:39pm:
Can you remember clubs that you have seen the Romantics play?


Can I!:

The Alibi, Oshkosh, WI
Marty Zifko's Chandelier Ballroom, Hartford, WI
Varsity Theater (Marquette University)
UW-Milwaukee Ballroom
The Rave in the Eagles Club, Milwaukee
Double Door, Chicago
Oscar's, Rockford, IL
Summerfest, Milwaukee (twice)
Fish Day, Port Washington, WI
Northern Lights Theater in Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee

Those aren't all clubs, but they're all places where I've seen them play.  I've probably forgotten a few......you know, the beer and the years add up.......In addition, they were scheduled to play Milwaukee's historic Oriental Theater (on the Rhythm Romance tour) and I had Row 1 tickets (!), but the show was cancelled at the last minute due to poor ticket sales.   >:(

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on Aug 25th, 2005 at 5:50am
BrewCity
Marty Zifko's Chandelier Ballroom, Hartford, WI


Sounds like an interesting place!  Any photos?

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by buyadodge on Aug 25th, 2005 at 12:38pm
:-/i remember going to see wally at a club in GrandRapids atleast 20 yrs ago and driving back to hamtramck so tired i was seeing things like a drive-inn movie playing at 3:30am, and a propane tank i had to go around. also at tracks on gratiot, and i think at bookies on 6mile.

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by BrewCity on Aug 25th, 2005 at 11:19pm
Zifko's was a really cool place.  It was a big old wood floored, wood paneled ballroom built in the 1920's, I think.  It probably held about 1500 people, and, of course, had a gigantic crystal chandelier over the dance floor.  They served beer in long necked bottles, even for the concerts.  It's about 1/2 hour northwest of Milwaukee.  It's still there, but it's gone through several ownership changes in the past 10 years, so I don't know what kind of shape it's in now.  It also has a different name.

As for photos, I saw the Romantics there in the mid-'80's, well before the portable camera was invented.  Too bad. :-/

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on Aug 26th, 2005 at 12:31am
Sounds like a really "characteristic" place!  I would have loved to have seen it!
As for camera's.....well, I have taken one wherever I went for the past 25 years!  Still do and always will!  Whether or not it ever comes out of my bag is another story!  But I am always ready to capture something!
;)

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on Aug 26th, 2005 at 3:34am
If anyone happens to have any photos from the Romantics at CBGB's they would love to post them on their website.  Let me know if anyone happens to have any! :)

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by mymeka on Aug 27th, 2005 at 6:45am
Saw some great bands at CBGB's, unfortunately The Romantics were not one of them.

Remember seeing them at The Channel somewhere in New England, gosh, and a ton of other clubs - I'll find my list and list them!

Just saw them this past year at a tiny, tiny club in Philly.

Lori

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on Aug 30th, 2005 at 4:18am
My one and only time seeing the Romantics was actually this year on February 24th at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, FL.  It will definitely be one that I won't quickly forget!
Check it out:

http://www.velvetsessions.com/feb05rbandthumbs.html

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by BrewCity on Aug 30th, 2005 at 4:23am
Please, give us your review of the show!  We love to get the different angles, especially since we haven't heard from anyone who went to that Orlando show.  How did the band sound?  How was the crowd?  etc..

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on Aug 30th, 2005 at 5:24am

wrote on Aug 30th, 2005 at 4:23am:
Please, give us your review of the show!  We love to get the different angles, especially since we haven't heard from anyone who went to that Orlando show.  How did the band sound?  How was the crowd?  etc..


You can actually see photos of the people who were there on the website for the Velvet Sessions!  Free drinks and food was abundant that evening!  I am the type of person who likes to be right up front, so right up front I was!  Well, close, about 3 people back from center stage!
I was with a whole bunch of girls that evening.  One of whom was actually in the Talking In Your Sleep video.  We are true die hard rockers and danced the whole time!  The Romantics were awesome!  Don't ask me now to remember what was played because that will not be happening!
I do believe that might have been the first show that Rich was involved with in a long while.
The energy was high and a good time was definitely had by all!  My first experience was one that I will remember forever!  I do have to say that I really enjoyed listening to Wally commenting during the performance.  It showed his personality!  I like it when bands interact with the crowd and interact he did!  Unfortunately, that is the first time that I was without  my camera because I didn't know if it would be allowed, so I didn't take any photos!  But I have had it all the time since!  My next Romantics concert I will be sure and take photos!  Biloxi here I come!  That is if it is still there! ;D

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by oldfriend on Sep 5th, 2005 at 1:50am
Rich tells me that the Romantics did indeed play CBGB's a few times while he was in the band. In fact, he tells me that the Romantics were in the middle of a set when a huge blackout hit New York and cut their set short.

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by mikethedrummer on May 16th, 2008 at 3:02am
My apologies for resurrecting such an old thread, but I have a lot of catching up to do...

I saw them play three times at The Decade in Pittsburgh:

3/20/79 - Opening for The Police - The Romantics went over really well - almost got called for an encore.

5/25/79 - My band, Eddie & the Otters, opened.  They played two sets, no encore, but went over well.

2/7/80 - Eddie & the Otters opened again.  They played their standard set for the tour supporting their first album, two encores.  This was on my birthday and it turns out that my wife-to-be was in the audience - it was her birthday too - which ultimately led to us meeting a month later.

I also saw them in December of 1980 at the Masonic Auditorium in Detroit (I'd moved there for my first job after graduating from college).  The difference between seeing them in a small club in Pittsburgh and on their home turf was unbelievable - constant screaming, three encores.  Does anyone know if this show was broadcast on the radio?  I have a promo 45 of "I Ain't Got You" from this show - it was the third encore - and I got the impression it was from a nationally syndicated radio broadcast.

Also saw them in 1984 opening for Adam Ant at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh.

If anyone's interested in setlists from the 1979-80 shows, let me know...

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by bookies_original on May 16th, 2008 at 5:46pm
seeing those setlists would be fun mike!!
yes, i believe the masonic show was a live broadcast on wabx maybe?
i think the band does their best shows in front of the home crowd!

thanks for your post!
i just checked out some info on eddie and the otters
interesting stuff!
http://members.aol.com/mkolesar/otters.htm

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by mikethedrummer on May 16th, 2008 at 7:31pm
The setlist for 3/20/79 (opening for The Police):

First In Line
Running Away
She Knows It
I Can't Tell You Anything
Give Me One More Chance
Tell It To Carrie
Outside Influence
Stone Pony
The Girl Next Door
What I Like About You
She's Got Everything
Coming Back Home

The setlist for 5/25/79:

1st set

When I Look In Your Eyes
Hung On You
She Knows It
Give Me One More Chance
Tell It To Carrie
Take Me Out Of The Rain
Something Else
Stone Pony
Let's Swing
The Girl Next Door

2nd set

First In Line
Running Away
I Can't Tell You Anything
Outside Influence
Till I See You Again
Keep In Touch
She's Got Everything
What I Like About You
Hippy Hippy Shake
Coming Back Home

The setlist for 2/7/80

When I Look In Your Eyes
Hung On You
Give Me One More Chance
Till I See You Again
Stone Pony
Keep In Touch
The Girl Next Door
Tell It To Carrie
Little White Lies
What I Like About You
Friday At The Hideout
She's Got Everything
Coming Back Home
Hippy Hippy Shake (1st encore)
The Last Time (2nd encore)

This must have been the standard set for the tour, because I have tapes of radio broadcasts from the Paradise in Boston (2/12), the (Hollywood?) Agora in Florida (2/24) and Royal Oak Theatre (3/2) that are identical.

If anyone has a recording of that 12/80 show at the Masonic, I'd sure love to get a copy.  All I remember about the set is that it was a mix of cuts from the first two albums, the 1st encore was "The Beat Goes On", the 2nd was "Hippy Hippy Shake", and the 3rd was "I Ain't Got You", which made it onto the B Side of "A Night Like This".

What are the bands feelings about live recordings, particularly the early shows?

Thanks!

Mike


Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by BrewCity on May 19th, 2008 at 4:59am

mikethedrummer wrote on May 16th, 2008 at 7:31pm:
What are the bands feelings about live recordings, particularly the early shows?


oldfriend?

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on May 19th, 2008 at 6:27am
I know someone who would love to have a copy from the Agora Ballroom show in Hollywood, FL!

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by mikethedrummer on May 20th, 2008 at 12:21am
E-mail me and we'll work something out.  Please keep in mind that when I acquired the tape, it was labelled "Florida Agora" - I'm guessing it was Hollywood but could be wrong.  Any corrections would be appreciated.

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by oldfriend on May 20th, 2008 at 5:31am
Yo Brew, I know that when I gave Wally and Rich copies of "Meet The Romantics", they really enjoyed the dozen or so live tracks that were on that cd. At this point, I don't think they really much care about what is floating around out there for the last 30  years or so. I can't imagine that they would object to the fans trading different live recordings. I know they didn't have a problem with me giving you guys the Meet The Romantics disc. Rich tells me he listens to it all the time and Wally has posted here that it is his favorite Romantics cd. That's why I am thinking that they probably wouldn't mind some of the fans here having some of the stuff I put on DVD either.

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by wallypalmar on May 21st, 2008 at 10:31am

mikethedrummer wrote on May 16th, 2008 at 7:31pm:
The setlist for 3/20/79 (opening for The Police):

First In Line
Running Away
She Knows It
I Can't Tell You Anything
Give Me One More Chance
Tell It To Carrie
Outside Influence


What are the bands feelings about live recordings, particularly the early shows?

Thanks!

Mike

A source close to the band can confirm the song title as "Outside Interest".   ;)

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by mikethedrummer on May 21st, 2008 at 7:54pm
I'm mortified.   :-[  Thanks for the correction Wally.  You'll never get me to admit that at the time of that show, I thought "Stone Pony" was called "Slow Boating".  Apparently I'm somewhat challenged when it comes to deciphering lyrics.

By the way, do you happen to remember that particular show or any of the other times you played at The Decade, Wally?

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by wallypalmar on May 22nd, 2008 at 11:15pm
I distinctly remember that show with The Police as we did 3 or 4 shows with them and the last one was in Detroit.  We headlined the Decade 2 or 3 times after that.

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by BrewCity on May 28th, 2008 at 6:17am
"Slow Boating"!  

That's my favorite!   :D

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on May 28th, 2008 at 8:29am
Isn't that what you do in the inter coastal water ways?!  Just kidding!  I thought Brew would have gone with that one!  I used to think the theme song for Live and Let Die, was The Little Red Spy!  And You're The One That I Want by Olivia Newton John and John Travolta was You're The Wizard of O!  Go figure!  I'm sure that everyone has some!  Or at least I'm hoping! :)

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on May 28th, 2008 at 10:30am
By any chance, does anyone happen to have a live recording of She's Got Everything?

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by mikethedrummer on May 28th, 2008 at 7:20pm
More than you would ever need to hear  :P - 6 or 7 versions from 1979-1980.  I'm happy to trade if you're interested.

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by dennis on Jun 7th, 2008 at 1:23am
Here's my list of the night clubs where I have been fortunate enough to see the Romantics play.  There are a couple of concerts where I have seen the Romantics in Reno and Las Vegas, but I can't seem to remember the dates.  Is it the age or the alcohol?  

Old Waldorf, San Francisco:  3/27/1980
                                         2/11/1981
                                        11/07/1981
                                         9/30/1982

Keystone, Palo Alto:            11/06/1981

Kabuki, San Francisco:         4/18/1984

Starry Night, Portland, OR:   4/20/1984
                                       10/30/1984

Astor Park, Seattle:             3/23/1986
                                        3/26/1986

The Living Room,                5/19/1988  
Providence, RI:

Jimmy Z Ltd., Evertt, WA:    5/21/1989

La Luna, Portland, OR:         6/19/1993

Fat Cat, Modesto, CA:          3/31/2004

Great American Music          4/01/2004
Hall, San Francisco:

12 Galaxies, San Francisco: 10/05/2006

Rocks Lounge, Las Vegas:     9/21/2007


I was struck by the huge gap between the show in 1993 and 2004.  But, as I remember it, during that itme I saw the Romantics play a show after a Mariners game in the King Dome in Seattle and at least once at a Casino in Reno.

dennis

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by pinkbubelz on Jun 16th, 2008 at 1:35pm
Oh my....
I saw them sometime around 1988 or 1989 at the River Rock Cafe (?) in Detroit.
Not sure, but I think Johnny B was their drummer at that show (I know it wasn't Jimmy or Dave Petratos).

07/01/2001 - Phoenix Center, Pontiac, MI
I think it was the Arts Beats & Eats festival and that was the 1st time I ever met Wally, Mike, Coz and then-drummer, Clem Burke. I remember Wally was wearing a dark purple Jacket...

2003 - Emerald Ballroom, Mt. Clemens - 2nd time I met the band--I went to this show with Bookies & LMK, my hubby and a few of my other friends. :-)

Then there are a slew of shows since then...
need to go back to my digital pics to remember all of the dates and exact locations... :-)
I was a huge fan back in college, but never had the money to see them... So, now, I'm re-living my youth and trying to see them as many times as possible...

Toledo, OH
Cleveland, OH
Comerica Park - All Star Baseball Game Concert, Detroit, MI
Common Ground Music Festival, East Lansing, MI
Comerica Tastefest, Detroit, MI
Little Steven's Underground Show, Detroit, MI
Southcoast Casino, Las Vegas, NV (the furthest I've ever traveled-- and I met Dennis for the 1st time there!)
Rockford, IL
Rockin' on the Riverfront, Detroit, MI
Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant, MI - well, this one might not really count-- We got there only in time to hear "What I LIke About You"--(which, for me is my favorite song, so I was happy about that, but not so happy about missing the rest of the show!)

This isn't completely in order, but I'll fix it later when I have time to look up all of the venues & Dates. :-)

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by pinkbubelz on Jun 16th, 2008 at 1:37pm

dennis wrote on Jun 7th, 2008 at 1:23am:
Is it the age or the alcohol?  



Alcohol, definitely....we're not old, are we??? LOL

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by Drummerwife on Jun 20th, 2008 at 1:51am
Here is my list.  I don't write much, but when I do I always get great help from the members.

2/17/01  House of Blues   M.B.S.C
6/?/01    A casino Milwaukee, Wi
6/?/01    Fair Grounds, Oshkosh, Wi
7/?/01    Secrets, Ocean City, Md
8/?/01    4 Shows Fairmont Street, Las Vegas
9/?/01    Ocean Front Grounds, Virginia Beach, Va
10/?/01  Fair Grounds, Baltimore, Md.
8/1/07   Ocean Front, Virginia Beach, Va
2/?/08   Velvet Room, Orlando, Florida

Wish we could see these guys more than we do they are great.

Alice

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by mymeka on Jul 12th, 2008 at 7:38pm
I'm aging myself here, but I met the boys in December 1983, and have seen them a zillion times in a zillion places, including many clubs.  I'm one of the lucky ones to remember the boys when they played with Jimmy Marinos.  

I live in suburbs outside of Philadelphia but remember many a "ROMANTICS ROAD TRIP" with my girlfriends.  Have seen them at The Channel/Boston, Secrets/Maryland, not sure I remember the name of the club, but it was in Wildwood, New Jersey (ah, those were the days!), WildHorse Saloon/ Nashville, TN, The North Star Bar/Philadelphia, The Troc/Philadelphia, Club Met/Harrisburg, PA, Wildwood Convention Hall, Wildwood, NJ (Wally got arrested or reprimanded greatly by the police, to my recollection - hey, you'll HAVE to ask him), and most recently The Borgata in the Casino/Atlantic City, NJ.

There are SO many more, but I'm having my morning coffee and am not thinking clearly yet.


Lori

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by Rob on Jul 13th, 2008 at 3:17am
Mymeka,
I'm aging myself also (40 is the new 30! ) but I met them in April of 1984. I saw Jimmy Marinos with them at that show, then once more when he came back in 1996. He was truly a showman and incredible drummer. This band has always luckily been blessed though to have many talented drummers right on up to Brad.

As far as how many shows, and where, I havent sat down and tried to figure it out yet. Im guessing at least 20-25 shows over the last 25 years.....

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by angel on Aug 24th, 2010 at 8:12am
Im aging myself too I saw them in 1987 and 1988
but I never met them :-[

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by solodka on Aug 30th, 2010 at 11:41am

mymeka wrote on Jul 12th, 2008 at 7:38pm:
Wildwood, NJ (Wally got arrested or reprimanded greatly by the police, to my recollection - hey, you'll HAVE to ask him),
Lori


I think I actually heard that story!  Quite a funny recall!  Ah, to be a fly on the wall for that one! ;)

Title: Re: Clubs The Romantics Have Played
Post by angel on Sep 29th, 2010 at 6:16am
I saw them several times in many clubs but I didn't follow them around they seem like nice guys but a groupie I am not ;D

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