Thursday, July 15, 2004

Seems like the old New York punk pioneers are dropping like flies. Guitar player Bob Quine (Television, a ton of other great NY bands) died recently, and now I'm sad to report that Arthur Kane of the NY Dolls has died of leukemia; what doubly sucks is that the Dolls had recently re-formed and were playing shows in England (at a Morissey festival!!)and were planning one in NYC. Yahoo News had this to say:

"New York Dolls bassist Arthur Kane died Tuesday night in Los Angeles due to complications from leukemia, the pioneering '70s glam rock group's manager told Billboard.com. Kane was 55.

The reunited Dolls were fresh off a well-received appearance at Morrissey's Meltdown Festival in London last month and had also opened some of Morrissey's concerts in May in New York. It is unclear if the David Johansen-led group will still perform next month at Little Steven's International Underground Garage Festival in New York...

Kane is the fourth member of the Dolls to pass away, including guitarist Johnny Thunders, who died of a drug overdose in 1991."

Is Arthur Kane the only NY Doll to die of natural causes? Not sure...

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