In 2017, punk rock pioneers the Dead Boys celebrated the 40th anniversary of their landmark first album Young, Loud and Snotty with a worldwide tour and special re-recording of the record.
Formed in Cleveland in 1976, the Dead Boys were one of the first American acts to combine the proto-punk fervor of bands like the Stooges and the New York Dolls with a new level of intense energy. They quickly moved to New York City where they became a staple of the CBGB scene with iconic club owner Hilly Kristal at the helm as their manager. Their 1977 debut LP produced one of the first great punk anthems, “Sonic Reducer,” and was a pivotal album in the birth of hardcore punk.
After one more record, the band split in 1979. They reunited for a few gigs in the 80s, but following the death of lead vocalist Stiv Bators in 1990, the band members went their separate ways except for two brief reunions in 2004 and 2005. The return of the Dead Boys began with guitarist Cheetah Chrome.
“I’ve had my solo band for the last twelve years and Dead Boys songs have always been included in my shows,” says Cheetah, “but over time the right mix of people came together to not only pull off but enhance the Dead Boys sound.” Together with original drummer Johnny Blitz, guitarist Jason Kottwitz, Detroit punk legend Ricky Rat on bass, and vocalist Jake Hout, the Dead Boys are back! As Cheetah puts it, “I’ve been singing Dead Boys songs myself for 20 years because I couldn’t find another singer I trusted enough to hand it to. The first gig with Jake, it was like, ‘You got it, man!’ I think Stiv would be very proud of our choice.”