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Posted on February 12, 2008

Roadrunner Records is proud to announce the signing of seminal punk rock artists the New York Dolls. Since rising to the heights of the lower east side glam/punk scene, the NY Dolls have become synonymous with low-fi, down and dirty, rock music. The band Rolling Stone Magazine credits with “the sound and snarl of jubilant outlaw spirit,” will soon record an album of fresh, original material due out on Roadrunner in the Spring of 2006. Featuring founding members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, with Steve Conte (guitar), Sami Yaffa (bass), Brian Delaney (drums) and Brian Koonin (Keyboards) the band is currently touring North America with scheduled stops at Bumbershoot in Seattle, Sunset Junction Fest in LA and the Voodoo Fest in New Orleans. Says Roadrunner Records Director of A&R David Bason, “I can’t believe I just signed the most dangerous band in the history of Rock’n’Roll! I’ve heard all about the legendary first few years, bought the records, read the books, saw the photographs. From what I can tell the first time was just a dress rehearsal. Watch yer back!” In a time in music that is chock full of comebacks (the reunited Pixies & M퀌_tley Cr퀌_e experiencing enormous success on their tours, among others), Smiths legend, Morrissey, experienced his highest US sales ever with the release of You Are The Quarry. Morrissey, less notably a past President of the New York Dolls fan-club years before he even joined The Smiths, made the request that reunited the New York Dolls in 2004 for the Meltdown Festival in the UK. Ever since, the ‘Dolls have been touring steadily, playing festivals around the world including two dates in Ireland as special guests of fans the White Stripes. Says the LA Times, “on stage, the ‘Dolls proved worthy of the legendary status that has been built over the years, and then some.” In addition, the band has been headlining shows around the US including Little Steven’s Underground Garage Festival on Randall’s Island, NY, WHFestival in Baltimore, MD and shows at both SXSW and NXNE. Comments Johansen, “We know that we’re right where we’re supposed to be.”


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