Belated Bollocks
by on July 18, 2018 in Bollock's Blog

It’s been a while since the last Bollocks Blog. Trust me, that’s not because we’ve been sitting around scratching our….. Well, anyway. Au contraire; it’s been a busy time – rehearsing, gigging, picking a few new songs plus, believe it or not, trying to chart a course for the future. (Planning – never been a fan, but some people seem to like it). In any event, time has been, and is, flying.

Last time we checked in, we had just enjoyed a kick arse gig at the lovely Parkside Lounge on the lower east side. That was in late May. Since then, we’ve hit Connolly’s Klub (June 7th), the Delancey (June 17th) and Pianos – twice (June 26th and July 8th). Without any codding or joking, all were a load of fun, each for its own reasons.

At Connolly’s – our first time time there – it was our privilege to open for Total Blam Blam. What a cool bunch of dudes, not to mention great musicians. They totally rocked. Check out their Facebook page and watch for their next dates. We rocked, too; if you don’t believe it, you can see highlights from our set on YouTube. If you’ve never been to Connolly’s Klub, it’s awesome. Go. It’s on 45th Street, just east of Times Square. The Klub part is upstairs and it’s a brilliant place to catch live music….and cold beer…and great bar food. All of which we did.

Next up was the Delancey, one of our regular and favorite venues. So much so that we organized this evening of live music ourselves. And it was truly bollocks-rattling. Six awesome bands, and a pretty darn good turn-out for Father’s Day. In addition to The Dog’s Bollocks, the line-up included Earth to Matilda, Francesca Love and the Beating Hearts, Reality’s Dream, Nasty Women and Bad Hombres, and Handsome Pete. If you’ve ever caught any of those bands before, you’ll know what I’m talking about. This was like Woodstock! Only smaller. And indoors. And drier. And without Jimi Hendrix. Anyway – you get the idea. It was brilliant. Thanks to all who took part. Thanks to the Delancey. Thanks to everyone who showed up. We’ll do it again in the future. Hey, Woodstock did it a second time…

Our last two gigs of recent times were both at Pianos. Our first time there, too. We played upstairs in whatever that room is called. “Upstairs,” I think. Going in, we had prepared a mellow, intimate set. Advance intel had been that mellow and intimate would be most appropriate for this venue. Bollocks we may be, but we can handle mellow and intimate when the need arises. Thing is, advance intel totally f@#*ed it up. We arrived and the place was ROCKING! Some dude’s birthday, with him as the guitar-playing entertainment. And the room jammed with his 20-something, shot-chugging, hip-hop sing-alonging mates. We were screwed.

Needless to say, out the window went mellow and intimate. In the window came all the rockers we could think of. Funnily enough, the one that really got them going was the Monkees. Who would ever have thought that Mickey, Davey, Peter and Mike would resonate across the decades? (Although, maybe it was Shrek. We did, “I’m A Believer.) Anyway, the joint started jumping and we even had to do an encore! Bloody hell. Thankfully, they didn’t shout Two! More! Songs! or we would have had to do “I’m A Believer” One! More! Time! It was a load of fun, so much so that we got invited back to fill a slot little more than a week later. The birthday people were missing this time, which was a shame. There’s nothing quite like a bunch of partiers to get the party started. It was still a fun gig, though, and we hope to be back.

Speaking of next gigs, with many Bollocks in abstentia for the summer, we don’t play again until September 7th, when we will be appearing at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village. If you google the people who have played at this celebrated establishment, you will find Joni Michell, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Preston, Linda Ronstadt, Tracy Chapman, Jim Croce, Les Paul, John Denver, Neil Diamond, Bo Diddley, Van Morrison, Anne Murray, the Everly Brothers, Neil Young, Rick Nelson, Johnny Nash and a welter of others. Finally management has opted to take it up a notch and, after protracted negotiations, The Dog’s Bollocks is on the bill. More details will be forthcoming after our people speak to their people who will communicate with your people. (We’ll send you a bunch of e-mails).

In the meantime, have a rocking summer.

The Dog’s Bollocks

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