Monday, May 27, 2013

About My Blog


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So okay, yes, this should have been
my very first entry... LoL


But since we've only just begun to touch the surface here, I wanted to put this out there in case there is someone on the fence about whether to follow the blog or not.



And hopefully this will interest you enough to
keep you coming back... and not...
chase you away!


This message is also on my website... TommyRaw.com



Which I use as a starting point for the blog.
So without further ado,
lets find out all..................







About My Blog



Hey everyone, my name is Tommy Mondello, and this webpage is your doorway to what I'm hoping transforms into an entertaining reading experience. For the very next click you make will walk you right through that doorway into a strange new world.
Which just happens to be... my blog.


Now you won't find any recipes there. No advice on how to buy a watch or brand new car. Oh no, they'll be none of that constructive learning bullshit on my page. The only thing that you'll find here
is pure emotional release my friends,
spewing from the depths of a
foul-mouthed, slang-using knucklehead... yours truly!

A young Tommy Mondello... look at those fuckin cuffs
That's right folks... that's me! Well at some point it was me.
This cute little Brad Pitt looking innocent child
is the person who is about to assault your delicate dispositions
with his foul-mouthed banter.
I started out so perfect??
What the fuck happened!!!  LoL


Hopefully you guys never underestimate the power of the written word and the journey it could lead you on, no matter whose fingers are doin' the typing. Because even though you don't have a clue as to who I am... yet... at this point, I would so enjoy having you right here alongside of me while we ride the emotional roller coaster of life, amongst the peaks and valleys of good times and bad on this journey of words,
keeping me company.


Come help me relive some of my life won't you; moments that span the entire spectrum of emotional makeup. From the absurd, belly-laughable goings on of a wonderful child/adulthood to a downright dreadful utter meltdown of monumental proportion. And all of it has been neatly wrapped in a slightly drunken neighborhood barroom narrative that will put you right at ease, hopefully giving you an alternative outlet to the daily grind of horrible newspaper headlines that are beginning to overwhelm us all just a bit. Well at least I know they've overwhelmed me at times. How about you?


But have no fear, for my words will lead you right into the waiting arms of glorious escape. To a less serious, more embarrassing, silly side of life. Which of course would be... my side! Even though that dreadful utter meltdown of monumental proportion thing was
pretty heavy LoL


Nothing on this earth can ever prepare us for what the days ahead may bring right? The good, the bad and most definitely the ugly. But it seems that we somehow always rise to the occasion of each and every situation that confronts us. We can belly laugh with the best of any Ringling Brothers' clown around, empathize with all of the caring passion found within the attentive nurse upon bended knee, and cry thoughtful, disillusioned, sad tears to rival even the mighty Niagara. All in all it seems, that we're built to exude
that human emotional release.
You guys agree?


So join me now and throw all caution to the wind as we set forth upon a path of silly observation, heartfelt advice, self deprecating humor, terrifying desperation, and of course every bit of it, every fucking word, is blended together amongst a street-like language not fit for print. And... you will love every uneducated filthy word of it. I can guarantee one thing.
Be it good or bad,
you're gonna react to it in one way or another.


It all boils down to this... that either you enjoy my honest street-like approach of entertaining or you're going to think I'm an illiterate asshole. Just try to be a bit gentle with your criticism, if you can, because I bruise like an aging peach for goodness sake! Whichever it is though, be it love or hate, the bottom line is that I'm glad you're at least giving my words a shot. How could I ever ask for any more than that from such an astute gathering of humanity. And so I thank you all very much for this fleeting opportunity to aggravate, exacerbate and possibly even
penetrate your existence.


And finally I just want to present you with this one question. If you were the author presenting these emotions, these written words,
which would satisfy you more?
To have the readers love you and want more?
Or have them hate you... and want more?


Welcome my friends... welcome to Tommy's world!





Saturday, May 25, 2013

Miniature Golf... Mondello Style




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Okay, here we have myself, older brother Joey, and younger brother Michael transforming into neanderthal Cavemen right before
your very fucking eyes!


We had a great childhood.
And here's proof of just how awesome
kids can be!
It's unbelievable we made it this far!








Miniature Golf... Mondello Style


My backyard as a kid was like Lon Chaney…… Man of a Thousand Faces.


You never quite knew what to expect when you walked through that gate. Would it be grass and a pool? Grass and rocks? Or you could’ve even witnessed grass, a big brown circle of sand,
and rocks.
(No pool, for those of you having trouble
keeping up!)

Tommy Mondello and family layin' down the sod
There's the round spot where the pool goes.
We were in the middle of laying down sod at this point.
The tree is still a tree and not a stump... yet. The shed to the left with the rabbit cage.  That's my brother Michael to the left looking up at my mom or dad take the photo. I think that's my cousin Kevin leaning in as my dad or Uncle Kenny cuts a piece of sod. I'm kneeling over to the left sodding away. That's gotta be my brother Joey in the back against the tree. Looks like we have a fire going behind the tree. Looks like smoke to the left of the tree. We dug a fire pit and all our friends would gather there and we'd bake potatoes in the fire. Colud be wrong though. We may have filled in the pit at this point. But I'm tellin' you guys, we did fuckin' everything in this yard!


But by far, the best look had to be the all sand days. The entire backyard was just sand.
Fuckin’ beautiful!


The backyard was about fifty feet long, by about twenty-five feet wide, with a shed and a tall tree (later to become a tall stump) at the rear.



Also on occasion you would find a boat and a large homemade rabbit cage. (And yes, one winter we forgot to bring him inside, and we found him a frozen block at some point along the way. Sorry Bugs!) The yard was fenced in on all four sides with the house covering half
of the fourth side.


This was our Yankee StadiumMadison Square Garden and Giants Stadium all rolled into one.


Today it was football. The next it was wiffleball. It could’ve been anything. I remember one winter we shaped some kind of sheet metal and rubber lining into a circle, filled it with water and by the next morning we had ourselves an ice rink. Instant hockey game.

Michael Tommy Joey Mondello on backyard hockey rink
How cool is that!? Michael on left, me than Joey.
Madison Sqare Garden right in our own backyard. This was early 1970's.


The yard also served as my very own private construction site.


One day, my friend Franky and I turned the yard into the Panama Canal. We dug a horseshoe shaped trench about twenty feet long, two feet wide and about two feet deep. Now here’s the best part. The only tools we used
were our Tonka Trucks.


Bulldozer’s, dump trucks, and cranes! That’s it. We had a lot of free time on our hands back then dont'cha know.


But by far, the most creative use of the yard had to be when my two brothers and I constructed the miniature golf course. It was a thing of beauty my friends.

Michael & Tommy Mondello & friend Doreen backyard mini golf course
Oh man, I can't believe I found this pic!
Michael to the left, me than our neighbor Doreen.
This was obviously before the madness had begun... LoL


Basically, the yard was one gigantic sand trap, but we managed to engineer a course that even Jack Nicklaus would’ve been proud to play on. Well, we’d like to think he would anyway!


The course went over well, and for a short while actually managed to keep the attention of the three of us. But, as with anything else in life, the old “What have you done for me lately” syndrome kicked in. And we grew bored of just putting a small white golf ball from hole to hole.


(We needed More Power!)


Good grief, could we just leave well enough alone and enjoy the simple, relaxing pleasures of that most delicate of games, miniature golf. Oh no, not us. We had to make it better,

mold it into something new!


The transformation began slowly at first, but then quickly mutated into something so savage, so grotesque, that I dare not speak of it for fear that others might attempt it.

Well, fuck it, I’ll tell ya anyway.


At first, just to make the game a bit more, lets say interesting, we went ahead and substituted baseball bats for the putters. Hey, anyone could play golf with a putter right?



Put a baseball bat in Tiger Woods' hands, and let’s see how many tournaments
that muthafucka wins then!


We figured it would just make the game slightly more of a challenge thats all.

Sounds innocent enough right?


Well, after just a few strokes with the baseball bats, we decided that it made the game a little too challenging. I mean, how the hell were you supposed to hit that little round ball

in a straight line, with a round bat?


Im-fucking-possible!


So we went back to the putters, right? WRONG! That would’ve been the normal thing to do. But remember who we're talkin' about here. We were far from normal, as kids. In fact, we were awesomely abnormal!


Why go back to the putter, when you could just as easily stay with the baseball bats, and simply use a bigger ball! Makes sense, right? Who says that you need to use a golf ball to play golf?


So what kind of ball did you guys decide to use?
Glad you asked!


Now we could’ve used a baseball, but we didn’t. That made too much sense, right? Maybe we used a softball? Nope, still too practical. Then what the hell did you guys use? Why, the most obvious ball of all, a basketball, of course!


(More power Scotty!)


Now just put yourselves in our shoes here for a moment. Here we were, three boys, ages fifteen, twelve, and eight, standing on a homemade golf course constructed completely of sand, and all three of us with baseball bats in our hands.


Now, doesn’t a basketball seem like the perfect ball to use to you? Of course it does! I knew you would see it our way once you put those shoes on! You just may be as abnormal as us! LoL


But just as with the first improvement, new frustrations soon set in. We quickly came to the realization that a basketball would not fit into those tiny holes that were meant for a golf ball. Shit!



We’ll have to go back
and enlarge all the holes now.


Aaaah…… I don’t think so!


At this point we just said fuck it, and began to hit the basketball from green to green, and pretended that it went in the hole.


Oh boy, what fun! We were actually playing imaginary miniature golf. Could we get any further from the real thing?


Then we began to skip over holes completely, and try to hit the greens at the far end of the yard in one shot.


This went on for a few moments, but then, before we knew it, we were standing at opposite ends of the course hitting the basketball back and forth to each other over the length of the yard.


Can you feel the momentum racing towards catastrophe here?


Soon after that, we designated goal areas and came up with brand new rules for our demented activity. And the new rules for this insanity were... and I quote...


"NO rules! NONE whatsoever!"


Get that fucking basketball in that fucking goal any fucking way possible.


(I need more power Scotty…… Now!)


Thus, the game of HockeyBall was born. Man, were we way ahead of our time, or what?


I mean we just started swinging baseball bats at one another like cavemen. Complete with kicking, shoving, pushing and punching. Fists were flying, balls were soaring, and four-letter words filled the air.



We were bloodied, black 'n blued,
and loving every second of it.


My goodness, we were three Neanderthals desecrating the delicate game of golf with Louisville Slugger baseball bats, and something far more dangerous, far more lethal…… imaginations!


I mean just look at what we were doing!


(I’m giving it all she’s got Captain!)

Tommy Michael & Joey Mondello West Shore Little League uniforms
That's the Cavemen! Joey on the right, Michael holding that over sized
whiffleball bat in the middle (we did everything big time!)
And yes, I'm the fat one to the left.
No wonder I could never beat out a fuckin' ground ball... LoL
Christ, eat a salad would ya! This was at the opposite end of the yard
by the house.


How none of us ended up with a cracked skull or broken bones is far beyond my comprehension
I tell ya that much.


I mean, I think back now on just how demented we were. Well then again, wait a minute. It still actually sounds like a pretty neat game to me! I'd love to get a few swings in right now
as a matter of fact.


I’ll tell ya, I know you get a great sensation when you strike a golf ball just right with a golf club. But man, there’s no sweeter feeling in the world than as the one you get when that bat first meets ball. Basketball that is!


I still remember the first time I got a hold of one and sent it flying through the air. It was sublime! Truly a heaven on earth right here

in our very own backyard.


When that Louisville slugger made contact it was as if the mythical gods above rumbled with applause. I bet even Babe Ruth and Joe Dimaggio stopped what they were doing to take a look down at the action. What a sound!


I’m tellin’ ya, that ball really moved. There’s no way in hell that that round rubber orb was meant to be tossed through some silly metal hoop with a net. Not the way that baby took off on impact!


We played that game with a vengeance. Not a putting green would be left standing

by the end of the day.


But wait now, our gladiators surely don’t just play Hockeyball all day, and then triumphantly walk off into the sunset, now do they?

What'ta you think?


Well, just as with all other great innovations, setbacks are bound to occur. And yes, unfortunately for us we did have a minor one. Well okay it was pretty major in fact.


You see, the life-span of HockeyBall was cut short the moment I took that last fatal swing

of my Louisville slugger.


I was at the opposite end of the yard away from the house. Mutha “F”. I made solid contact, watched that basketball glide through the air over my brothers’ heads, over the goal, and then crash right into the kitchen window.


Mondello & Reilly family 336 Simonson ave backyard
There it is... the downfall of Hockeyball!!
I forgot to mention that there was about an 8 foot patio before the dirt/grass/sand/weeds/rocks began.
We lived in a duplex with our awesome neighbors Frank 'n Jean next door!
I wanna say the ball crashed into our window on the left closer to the door,
but I can't be sure.
Either way, it was the shot heard 'round the world... LoL
Michael left, Joey, mom in blue chair, baby Shannon, me behind Shan, Kevin, Aunt Mo in green chair. Early 1970's


Man, what a shot it was. Beautiful! Crash... smash! We froze. And of course, we were busted! I mean, where the fuck could we run, home?


There we stood, sluggers in hand, three pairs of bugged out eyes, mouths wide open, and then we heard it. We heard the wrath a'comin'.



What the hell is goin’ on out there? How many times have I told you............”


Actually our parents were very cool about the situation. I mean it’s not like this was the first nightmare we’ve ever presented them with.


At this point, we just hung our heads low, knowing damn well that our new creation would never again see the light of day!



Yes my friends, the days of swinging baseball bats at one another just came to a crashing end.
HockeyBall would live no more.


Man, the shit my parents put up with. For certain there are two pairs of wings awaiting them in the heavens when that time arrives. Believe me, they earned every fuckin’ feather! They’re awesome!

Tommy Mondello and his snowman
Pool to the left, me and my snowman. Tree is now a tall stump at this point.

Michael Mondello & friend backyard pigeon coup
Boat to the left, Michael and one of his buddies.
The rabbit cage is now by the tree.
(I was just told by Michael that that was the pigeon coop
and not the rabbit cage)
Don't know if Bugs froze to death at this point :(
That's Van Name Ave towards the back. The yard looks so small in these
photo's, but when we were kids utilizing it for everything under the sun...
it was fucking huge. Eventually we laid a path of rocks from the gate
leading to the shed.
I would use a baseball bat and stand there for hours and hit those rocks
into the woods that were over to the right.
Fuckin' awesome!


I bet you guys have come up with some wacky scenarios yourselves over the years. I know you girls did crazy things with your Barbies
didn’t you?


C’mon, we’re all friends here,

you can come clean!


And I’m sure you men created all sorts of off-the-wall sport-like activities as kids.


I wonder what you had those Barbie ‘n Ken’s doing?  Mmmmmmm...????












Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New York / New Jersey... The 1970's / 1980's Rock Club Daze... Part 1: The Clubs







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The Blog entry has become too large
and so I have broken it up into 3 parts!


The Rock Club Daze...
Part 1: The Clubs (this entry)
Part 2: The Bands
Part 3: The Ad's & Promotions
















The recent passing of legendary Doors keyboard player... Ray Manzarek, certainly
bummed me out for the day.


Tommy Mondello 1981 day before navy bootcamp with the doorsmobile
As you can tell... I was a big doors fan!
My first car, 1981... the doorsmobile.


But then it got me to thinking about all those incredible nights at the local rock clubs back in the 70's and 80's here in the New York, New Jersey area. And suddenly, I was less bummed!


This really wasn't what I had in mind for my blog, it's really going to be more story telling than anything. But I just wanted to see if I could stir up a few awesome memories within you guys with these names and places.


And I'm betting that you recognize
at least some of them... cheers!


And play it loud mutha!!


First off though... I wanna tip my hat to Ray. What an unmistakable sound he made
with those fucking keyboards!


We miss you already muthafucka!!
Say hello to Jim for us!


That's Ray and the new Doors in the photo's below. And also the tickets from when 2
of the 3 remaining Doors,
Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger,
joined forces with Ian Astbury, front man for The Cult, when they toured back in 2003. John Densmore was unable to tour as he was suffering with severe tinnitus at the time. Stewart Copeland (The Police)and others took over the drumming during the tour. I made the PNC show but never made it to Jones Beach.


Thanx to Billy for the tix. You'll be hearing more about him, and the time we made it to Paris France to party on Jim Morrison's grave a little later on into the blog.

Ray Manzarek of The Doors
The New Doors... 2002-2003... Ray Manzarek, Ian Astbury, Robbie Krieger, Stewart Copeland.
Our concert tickets for The Doors August 23, 2003 at PNC

Tommy Mondello March 1972... my best Ray Manzarek impersonation!
That's me Tommy Mondello at age 11.
It was March of 1972 in Staten Island, New York
just 2 blocks away from what would become The Rock Palace!
A Ray Manzarek clone?? Not quit...
... but I could play a mean "Silent Night"... LoL
There would be no "Light My Fire" in my future.








Now... lets see if any of these names and faces jog a memory or two outta you...
... you half dead drunken muthafucka's!


Great times... great  fuckin' times... LoL


After you've had a fun trip down memory lane, check out another post entitled
Rock 'n Roll Bookmarks
and see if anything clicks with you!


When in doubt...
just put your favorite album on
and kick fucking ass!!








Local Tri-State area
rock clubs & shitholes



And... right off the bat...
I want to thank EVERYONE in advance if any of the photo's here came from your site, post or where ever! Thank you so much for helping to make this blog entry simply a fucking awesome
walk down memory lane for so many of us!

Most of these photo's here were posted
by other's all over the Internet...
I just wanted to put them all in one place
for us to enjoy!
Thank you again for sharing!!

But if you do see something of yours here and want it gone... just contact me
and I will delete it right away okay!

tommyrawblog@gmail.com




********    Update for    ********

THIS YEAR
2014



Before we get to the old stuff...

Here is something that is going to happen...
this year...
and twice no less!!


Fuck yeah!


So wake up you Tri-State rock club
hounds of the past...
and check this out!


Rick Bandazien
former owner of the legendary
Circus-Circus rock club
is having 2 book release parties for the
upcoming sure to be best seller...
Rock and Roll Meltdown


Three of our favorite club bands from
that amazing snapshot in time...
which was our fucking youth...
will be appearing at both parties...


Yasgur's Farm
Condor
The Badlands Band


How many fucking memories just ran thru your thick skulls just now huh!!! LoL
Pretty neat right!


First one will be
Friday October 17, 2014
at Tommy Fox's in Bergenfield, New Jersey.

Book release party by Rick Bandazien "Rock & Roll Meltdown" at Tommy Fox's


And the second one will be
Saturday October 18, 2014
at Jenkinson's in Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey.

Book release party by Rick Bandazien "Rock & Roll Meltdown" at Jenkinson's
The Circus reunion & book release show 10/18/2014 at Jenkinson's


Had a great time at Jenkinson's!

You just couldn't help but have a smile
on your face the... entire time!


Snapped a few photo's of Condor
during their fun & energetic set.
It was just like being at
the Rock Palace on a Sunday night
all over again!!
These fucker's made me late for work
every damn Monday morning... LoL
All 3 bands were really great!


Condor at Jenkinson's Circus Circus book release party October 18, 2014
Condor at Jenkinson's Circus Circus book release party October 18, 2014
Condor at Jenkinson's Circus Circus book release party October 18, 2014
Condor at Jenkinson's Circus Circus book release party October 18, 2014
Condor at Jenkinson's Circus Circus book release party October 18, 2014
Condor at Jenkinson's Circus Circus book release party October 18, 2014
Tommy Mondello with Johnny Sing from Condor after their set... and yes there were many beers! Jenkinson's Circus Circus book release party October 18, 2014
My copy of the book along with my wristband from the club from the event
Rick Bandazian was nice enough to sign my copy of the book
Thanx to Rick Bandazian for putting together a fun event!
And also all the hard work you put into the book.
Can't wait to begin reading!
It was great to meet you at the show and thanx for signing my copy!
YOU...  and the other club owners... gave us all...
the chance TO ROCK my friend!!


Also talked with 3 members of
the amazing White Tiger band who were
in the crowd watching the show
And they told me that
WHITE TIGER
will be reuniting on
Saturday
December 13, 2014
and playing at
The Stone Pony

How fuckin' awesome is that going to be!!


White Tiger ad for The Stone Pony December 13, 2014


I was unable to get to the show

but here are some pix of the
boyz on stage.
From the comments I read on fb
it was a packed Stone Pony
and White Tiger picked up
right where they left off
some 40 years ago...
which was of course...
kicking fucking ass!!
(thx to Joe Decker from fb for the pix!)

White Tiger on stage at the Stone Pony Dec 13, 2014
White Tiger on stage at the Stone Pony Dec 13, 2014


Go to White Tiger's facebook page

for many more photo's and video's
from that night!

https://www.facebook.com/whitetigerrocks








Also...

for an even longer trip down memory lane
and tons of great photo's
from the rock club days...
check out the facebook page of
Bruce Fishon
Bruce Fishon... keeper of our local Rock 'n Roll hero's!!

Local 70's Bands That Rocked The Tri-State Area
(NY,NJ,CT)









Just one more thing before we take that stroll down memory lane.

Just wanted to mention that one of the all-time great Rock-n-Roll photographers...

Mark Weiss

... was nice enough to check out this blog entry and take the time to leave a comment down below! Now how fuckin' cool is that!!


Mark Weiss... Rock-n-Roll photographer extraordinaire! And one cool muthafucka!!

Mark has been the driving force behind so many of the incredible photo's we've been viewing over the years of our favorite rock hero's.
From Circus Magazine to Iconic album covers
and so much more!

He's now working on a book with
Daniel Siwek
do out April 5, 2016 entitled...

The Decade That Rocked


There's Mark with one of my all-time favorite local rock hero's...

Dee Snider

... shooting the cover for the Stay Hungry album then at a more recent meeting.
Too fuckin' cool right!!


Mark Weiss and Dee Snider on the set while shooting the cover for Twisted Sister's "Stay Hungry" album!!
Mark Weiss and Dee Snider

After hitting Mark's facebook page
(link up above)
Go check out...
weissguygallery.com








And now, finally, to the old stuff...

The stuff that filled our memory banks
with nothing but amazing nights
of Rock 'n Roll...
and tons of whatever beer
we could afford!!







Go to The Rock Club Daze...


Go to The Rock Club Daze...







The Rock Club Daze...
Part 1
The Clubs





The Rock Palace... (my old stomping ground)
later became Billy O's and then October's
The Rock Palace... home sweet home for my friends & me!! Staten Island, New York. My mom & Dad used to frequent this place when it was called Cuchinello's Pizzeria when I was a little kid. Pretty cool right!
Inside The Rock Palace November 1981
The Rock Palace rock club in Staten Island, New York
The Rock Palace in Staten Island, New York my neighborhood
Van Pelt Ave & Walker Street on Staten Island
right around the block from my house.
We lived in this fucking place!


The Rock Palace Staten Island, New York around the block from my old house!


The Birch Hill Nightclub
Tommy Mondello at The Birch Hill Nightclub sign on Route 9 south Old Bridge, New Jersey
That's me underneath the big sign out on Route 9 in Old Bridge/Marlboro, NJ
just weeks before they tore the joint down and began new home construction.
The sign and poles are still there but of course say something different.

The Birch Hill Nightclub sign on Route 9 south Old Bridge, NJ
Awesome! The Birch Hill Nightclub last marquee in Old Bridge, New Jersey
This was the last event at the Birch Hill Nightclub in Old Bridge, New Jersey
Awesome! The Birch Hill Nightclub last marquee in Old Bridge, New Jersey
Birch Hill nightclub very near the end of a glorious run!!
The Birch Hill Nightclub, route 9 in Old Bridge, New Jersey
The Birch Hill Night Club in Old Bridge, New Jersey
Art Stock... Legendary club owner of The Birch Hill, Playpen Lounge and many others. Thanx Art!!
Birch Hill night club back entrance Marlboro/Old Bridge New Jersey
Inside Birch Hill 2001
A young Zakk Wylde pre Black Label Society & Ozzy at Birch Hill
A young Zakk Wylde pre Black Label Society & Ozzy at Birch Hill
The Birch Hill Night Club free pass 1989
Birch Hill nightclub ticket stub for Battle of the Bands July 23, 1986
Tommy Mondello at what used to be The Birch Hill Nightclub sign on Route 9 south Old Bridge, NJ  March 2015
What used to be The Birch Hill Nightclub sign on Route 9 south Old Bridge, NJ  March 2015
What used to be The Birch Hill Nightclub entrance from Route 9 south Old Bridge, NJ  March 2015
What used to be The Birch Hill Nightclub entrance from Route 9 south Old Bridge, NJ  March 2015
What used to be The Birch Hill Nightclub entrance roadway from Route 9 south Old Bridge, NJ  March 2015
What used to be The Birch Hill Nightclub entrance roadway from Route 9 south Old Bridge, NJ  March 2015
What used to be The Birch Hill Nightclub rear entrance from County Road 520 Old Bridge, NJ  March 2015
What used to be The Birch Hill Nightclub rear entrance from County Road 520 Old Bridge, NJ  March 2015



L'amour's of Brooklyn / of Staten Island
L'amour's rock club in Brooklyn, New York
L'amours of Staten Island
L'amours of Staten Island, New York
L'amour's in Brooklyn New York T-shirt
Free admission card at L'amour's for TT Quick every Thursday
L'amour's of Brooklyn, New York
L'amour's of Brooklyn, New York
Inside L'amour's Brooklyn
L'amour staff t-shirt
L'amour's of Brooklyn rock club... present day
L'amour's of Brooklyn rock club... present day
L'amour's of Brooklyn rock club... present day
L'amour's of Brooklyn rock club... present day




The Colonel's Garter
The Colonel's Garter route 35 north, South Amboy, New Jersey
The Colonel's Garter button
Where The Colonel's Garter once was alive and kicking our asses!
The Colonels Garter building Route 35 North South Amboy, NJ April 6, 2014
 The Colonels Garter building Route 35 North South Amboy, NJ April 6, 2014
 The Colonels Garter building Route 35 North South Amboy, NJ April 6, 2014
The Colonels Garter building Route 35 North South Amboy, NJ April 6, 2014
The Colonels Garter building Route 35 North South Amboy, NJ April 6, 2014
The Colonels Garter lower parking lot
Took a drive down Route 35 today and snapped a few pix
of the old stomping grounds. April 6, 2014.

The Colonels Garter building
Route 35 North South Amboy, NJ April 6, 2014


It was a strip joint for a long time. Now it's just vacant. Remember the
parking lot?? The one that dropped to the depths of hell!! How many
nights did you stumble down that muthafucka in a drunken stupor
trying to get to your car... so you could DRIVE home!!! LoLoLoL
How the fuck did we ever get thru those daze???? Awesome!!



The Playpen Lounge
The Playpen Lounge building Route 35/9 North Sayreville, NJ April 6, 2014
The Playpen Lounge building Route 35/9 North Sayreville, NJ April 6, 2014
The Playpen Lounge building Route 35/9 North Sayreville, NJ April 6, 2014
The old Playpen Lounge is now yet another strip joint... LoL
So many great nights here with TT Quick & Edgar Cayce...
Remember how you were right on top of the fucking stage!

The Playpen Lounge jacket
Playpen band line up November 1989... Edgar Cayce & Big Richard on the same night. They would always end up on the stage together towards the end of the night kicking our muthafucking asses! It was really something to see. So talented and actually made it look easy!! Great nights!
Art Stock's Playpen Lounge South (Ft Lauderdale Florida)
Art Stock's Playpen Lounge South (Ft Lauderdale Florida)



Club 35 / Brother's 3 / Mingles
The old Club 35 Route 35 North South Amboy/Sayreville, New Jersey
The old Club 35 Route 35 North South Amboy/Sayreville, New Jersey
This is the old Club 35/Brother's 3 & Mingles. That's Route 35 there.
This place was called many things over the years.
Remember another big disco club just south of here?
Was called club Abyss and way back when it was called Close Encounters.
So many places on this stupid road huh!!
Mingles Lounge billboard Route 35 South Amboy/Sayreville, New Jersey
Mingles Lounge Route 35 South Amboy/Sayreville, New Jersey November 1982
Mingles Lounge Route 35 South Amboy/Sayreville, New Jersey November 1982
Mingles Lounge Route 35 South Amboy/Sayreville, New Jersey November 1982
Club 35 matchbook
Down Under Club at Mingles Route 35 South Amboy, New Jersey




The Club Bene' / Krome
The Club Bene Route 35 South Sayreville, New Jersey
The Club Bene Route 35 South Sayreville, New Jersey
The Club Bene Route 35 South Sayreville, New Jersey
The Club Bene Route 35 South Sayreville, New Jersey
The Club Bene Route 35 South Sayreville, New Jersey
The Club Bene Route 35 South Sayreville, New Jersey
The band Jesse Blue opening up for The Marshall Tucker Band on stage at The Club Bene June 20, 1998
The Club Bene building Route 35 South Sayreville, NJ April 6, 2014
The Club Bene building Route 35 South Sayreville, NJ April 6, 2014
The Club Bene building Route 35 South Sayreville, NJ April 6, 2014
The old Club Bene'... with the big parking lot over to the right.
That's Route 35 right before the brand new Laurence Harbor draw bridge.
April 6, 2014


The Club Bene/Krome Route 35 South Sayreville, New Jersey
The demolition of The Club Bene late 2014
The demolition of The Club Bene late 2014
The demolition of The Club Bene late 2014
The demolition of The Club Bene late 2014






I took the pix below on Christmas morning Dec 25, 2014
just a few weeks after the Club Bene was torn down by bulldozers.

The first one was from across Rt35 and the others were while I was standing
right in front of where it was then turned around and took a few
of the parking lot as well.

Club Bene Rt35 no more Dec 25, 2014
Club Bene Rt35 no more Dec 25, 2014
Club Bene Rt35 no more Dec 25, 2014
Club Bene Rt35 no more Dec 25, 2014
Club Bene Rt35 no more Dec 25, 2014
My brother giving us the "Dio" horns as he drives by what used to be the Club Bene Dec 25, 2014
Club Bene parking lot across from club Dec 25, 2014
Club Bene parking lot across from club Dec 25, 2014
Club Bene parking lot across from club Dec 25, 2014



The Factory...
and later became Snoopy's
The Factory rock club Staten Island, New york
The old SS White factory on Staten Island where this club was born.
Great place... they had 2 stages. Saw the Joe Perry Project here.
It was so cool, all the amps and stuff had the Aerosmith logo on them!
Tommy Mondello in the Factory parking lot early 1980's to see Crystal Ship play
This was taken in The Factory parking lot.
We were there to see Crystal Ship play.


The SS White factory that was The Factory/Snoopy's rock club in Staten Island, New York
The SS White factory that was The Factory/Snoopy's rock club
The Factory before it was a rock club
The Factory before it was a rock club
The Factory before it was a rock club
The "SS White building & factory" before it became The Factory and the Snoopy's rock club
The factory rock club Staten Island, NY
Teazer flyer for The Factory rock club
Snoopy's rock club formally The Factory rock club in Staten Island, New York

The Stony Pony... Asbury Park, New Jersey marquee 1980

The Stone Pony at the start 1974
The legendary Stone Pony rock club Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Stone Pony Asbury Park, New Jersey
Inside wall of the Pony
Inside The Stone Pony Asbury Park, New Jersey
Inside The Stone Pony Asbury Park, New Jersey
A very young Bruce Springsteen & Steven Van Zant on the Pony stage
The Stone Pony Asbury Park, New Jersey
Stone Pony ad
Stone Pony matchbook
Inside The Stone Pony Asbury Park, New Jersey
Inside The Stone Pony Asbury Park, New Jersey
Inside The Stone Pony Asbury Park, New Jersey 
Asbury Park, New Jersey boardwalk
Bruce in the early days hangin' in Asbury Park
The Stone Pony was a bar called Mrs. Jays in Asbury Park, New Jersey before the legend began! Although judging by these photo's, this place was already legendary!!
The Stone Pony was a bar called Mrs. Jays in Asbury Park, New Jersey before the legend began! Although judging by these photo's, this place was already legendary!!
The Stone Pony was a bar called Mrs. Jays in Asbury Park, New Jersey before the legend began! Although judging by these photo's, this place was already legendary!!
The Stone Pony was a bar called Mrs. Jays in Asbury Park, New Jersey before the legend began! Although judging by these photo's, this place was already legendary!!
The Stone Pony was a bar called Mrs. Jays in Asbury Park, New Jersey before the legend began! Although judging by these photo's, this place was already legendary!!
The Stone Pony was a bar called Mrs. Jays in Asbury Park, New Jersey before the legend began! Although judging by these photo's, this place was already legendary!!
The Stone Pony was a bar called Mrs. Jays in Asbury Park, New Jersey before the legend began! Although judging by these photo's, this place was already legendary!!



The Fountain Casino club route 35 north Aberdeen, New Jersey
The Fountain Casino in Aberdeen, New Jersey entrance from huge parking lot
The Fountain Casino club route 35 north Aberdeen, New Jersey
The Fountain Casino club route 35 north Aberdeen, New Jersey
The Fountain Casino marquee on Route 35 in Aberdeen, New Jersey
The Fountain Casino rt35 North Aberdeen, New Jersey
The Fountain Casino Route 35 North Aberdeen, New Jersey... and awesome multi-stage rock club!!
The Fountain Casino club route 35 north Aberdeen, New Jersey
The Fountain Casino club route 35 north Aberdeen, New Jersey
The Fountain Casino club route 35 north Aberdeen, New Jersey
The Fountain Casino club route 35 north Aberdeen, New Jersey
The Fountain Casino New Year's Eve dropping the ball 1981
The Fountain Casino rear with the Charlie Daniel's Band Tour Bus and equipment tractor trailor
Fountain Casino pass for Twisted Sister 1980
Twisted Sister ticket stub for the Fountain Casino rock club December 30, 1983
Joan Jett at The Fountain Casino ticket stub
Joan Jett at The Fountain Casino ticket stub
Alice Cooper ticket at The Fountain Casino 1981
Aerosmith ticket for the Fountain Casino April 27, 1980 at the beginning of the break-up. The photo's below are after the "Rock In A Hard Place" album came out and right before they re-banded.
January 6, 1984 Aerosmith at the Fountain Casino with Jimmy Crespo on guitar
 January 6, 1984 Aerosmith at the Fountain Casino with Jimmy Crespo on guitar
January 6, 1984 Aerosmith at the Fountain Casino with Jimmy Crespo on guitar
January 6, 1984 Aerosmith at the Fountain Casino with Jimmy Crespo on guitar
January 6, 1984 Aerosmith at the Fountain Casino with Jimmy Crespo on guitar
Fountain Casino building Route 35 North Aberdeen, NJ (I did not take this one)
Fountain Casino building Route 35 North Aberdeen, NJ exit onto route 35 (I did not take this one)
Fountain Casino building Route 35 North Aberdeen, NJ April 6, 2014
Fountain Casino building Route 35 North Aberdeen, NJ April 6, 2014
The Fountain Casino is now
a high end wedding/catering hall. Remember the big huge parking lot?
That's still there as well. That first pic was taken with my back
towards the parking lot and that second pic, my back was to RT 35.


Twisted Sister setlist August 31, 1981 at the Fountain Casino
The Fountain Casino t-shirt



The Holster, Mother's, Michaels, Bentley's,
FM Station then back to Mother's
Mother's rock club rt23 Wayne, New Jersey
Mother's rock club rt23 Wayne, New Jersey
Mother's free admission pass for The Southern Cross Band
Mother's rock club rt23 Wayne, New Jersey bumper sticker
Where Mother's rock club in Wayne, New Jersey used to stand
Where Mother's rock club in Wayne, New Jersey used to stand
Where Mother's rock club in Wayne, New Jersey used to stand
Wowii on stage at Mother's rock club 1977 in Wayne, New Jersey
Mother's rock club button
Mothers rock club after in burned down in Wayne, New Jersey
The band Tusk on stage at Mother's rock club when the club was first opened in Greenwood Lake, NY just north of the Jersey line. The club moved to Route 23 in Wayne, NJ in the late 70's.
The band Tusk on stage at Mother's rock club when the club was first opened in Greenwood Lake, NY just north of the Jersey line. The club moved to Route 23 in Wayne, NJ in the late 70's.
Mother's rock club Wayne, New Jersey before Salty Dog took the stage




The Fastlane Asbury Park, New Jersey
Fast Lane ticket to see Cloverhill
The Fast Lane rock club in Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Fast Lane rock club in Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Fast Lane rock club in Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Fast Lane rock club t-shirt & bumper sticker
Tony Romeo and the Sinners on stage at The Fast Lane in Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Fast Lane T-shirt
The Fastlane was the blue building on the right adjacent to the Asbury Lanes bowling alley
The Fastlane was demolished back in 2013



Carnegie Hall Entertainment Lounge
Carnegie Hall rock club in Lawrencville, New Jersey

Jimmy Byrne's
Jimmy Byrne's Sea Girt, New Jersey
Jimmy Byrne's Sea Girt, New Jersey
Jimmy Byrne's Sea Girt, New Jersey
Jimmy Byrne's Sea Girt, New Jersey
Jimmy Byrne's Sea Girt, New Jersey
Jimmy Byrne's "then & now" Sea Girt, New Jersey
Jimmy Byrne's T-shirt Sea Girt, New Jersey
Jimmy Byrne's T-shirt Sea Girt, New Jersey



Baby O
Baby O's rock club in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Baby O club in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Baby O t-shirt in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Baby O t-shirt in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Baby' O ashtray

The Main Event rock club in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Main Event button
Main Event bumper sticker
Main Event shirt

Close Encounters
Close Encounters Route 35 Sayreville, New Jersey
The Features band on stage at Close Encounters club in Sayreville, New Jersey
Close Encounters t-shirt (front)
Close Encounters t-shirt (back)

The Ritz Theatre... Staten Island
The Ritz Theater Staten Island, New York
The Ritz Theater Staten Island, New York
The Ritz Theater Staten Island, New York
The Ritz Theater Staten Island, New York ticket stub
Ritz Theatre Staten Island


The Osprey Hotel
The Osprey club Manasquan, New Jersey
The Osprey club Manasquan, New Jersey
The Osprey club Manasquan, New Jersey when the band Salvation was going to play
The Osprey Grand Opening ad
The Osprey Hotel
The Osprey Hotel
The Osprey Hotel


The Mad Hatter / Turtle Bay
The Mad Hatter rock club in Stony Brook, Long Island
The Mad Hatter rock club in Stony Brook, Long Island
The Mad Hatter rock club in Stony Brook, Long Island
The Mad Hatter / Turtle Bay night club in Stony Brook, Long Island being demolished January 20, 2016
The Mad Hatter / Turtle Bay night club in Stony Brook, Long Island being demolished January 20, 2016
The Mad Hatter rock club in Stony Brook, Long Island
The Mad Hatter rock club in Stony Brook, Long Island
The Mad Hatter rock club... Stony Brook Long Island, New York
The Mad Hatter rock club... Stony Brook Long Island, New York
The Mad Hatter rock club t-shirt in Stony Brook, Long Island
The Mad Hatter rock club t-shirt in Stony Brook, Long Island. 102.3 WBAB rock radio
The Mad Hatter rock club Stony Brook, Long Island




The Chatterbox
The Chatterbox club in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
The Chatterbox night club in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
The Chatterbox club
Chatterbox free admission ticket for Yasgur's Farm
Chatterbox Bar
The Chatterbox club bumper sticker
Free drink from Crystal Ship at The chatterbox September 6, 1980
The Chatterbox in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Strutter at the Chatterbox entrance in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
The "Miss Chatterbox" trophy
The Chatterbox in Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Chatterbox


Speaks / The Rock Pile / The Action House
Speaks club in Island Park, Long Island, New York
Speaks club in Island Park, Long Island, New York
Speaks rock club in Island Park, Long Island, New York
Speaks rock club in Island Park, Long Island, New York
Speaks rock club in Island Park, Long Island, New York
Speaks reunion show 1997 in Island Park, Long Island, New York
Speaks rock club shot glass in Island Park, Long Island, New York
Twisted Sister on stage at Speaks February 1978 in Island Park, Long Island, New York
Twisted Sister on stage at Speaks February 1978 in Island Park, Long Island, New York
Where Speaks, The Rock Pile, and The Action House once stood in Island Park, Long Island, New York
Where Speaks, The Rock Pile, and The Action House once stood in Island Park, Long Island, New York
Where Speaks, The Rock Pile, and The Action House once stood in Island Park, Long Island, New York
The Action House before it was Speaks club in Island Park, Long Island, New York
The Action House before it was Speaks club in Island Park, Long Island, New York




Emmet's Inn building now the Garvey Family restaurant in Jamesburg, New Jersey
Emmett's Inn one last time August 5, 2016
Emmett's Inn one last time August 5, 2016
VIP pass for Emmett's Inn one last time night of rock August 5, 2016
Emmitt's Inn in Jamesburg, New Jersey
Bob Barvey with Dee Snider in Jamesburg, New Jersey
Emmett's Inn ad 1981 in Jamesburg, New Jersey
Inside wall of band photo's when it was Emmet's Inn in Jamesburg, New Jersey
The inside wall with many of the bands that played at Emmet's
before it became Garvey's Family restaurant & pub.


The Soap Factory
The Soap Factory Palisades Park, New Jersey
The Soap Factory
The Soap Factory club match books
Aerosmith ticket at The Soap Factory April 28, 1980
The Soap Factory
The Soap Factory beer mug
The Soap Factory band line up for November 1979
What used to be The Soap Factory 2016 in Palisades Park, New Jersey






The Tow Path / One Step Beyond
The Tow Path Lounge in West Paterson, New Jersey
The Tow Path Lounge & nightclub in West Paterson, New Jersey
The Tow Path / One Step Beyond nightclub in West Paterson, New Jersey
The satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey
The satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey
The Satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey
The satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey
The satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey
The satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey
The satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey
The satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey
The satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey
The Satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey
The Satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey
The Satellite Lounge Cookstown, New Jersey


The Redspot
The Red Spot Staten Island, New York
The Redspot club Bay Street Staten Island
The Redspot
The Redspot matchbook


The Great Gildersleeves
The Great Gildersleeves club New York, New York
The Great Gildersleeves club New York, New York

Zappa's
Zappa's rock club Brooklyn, New York

Joint In The Woods
before that it was The Rainbow Ranch
The Joint In The Woods aka The Rainbow Ranch in Parsippany, New Jersey
The Joint In The Woods aka The Rainbow Ranch in Parsippany, New Jersey
The Joint In The Woods aka The Rainbow Ranch in Parsippany, New Jersey
The Joint In The Woods club
Joint In The Woods T-shirt



Headliner
The Headliner marquee down the Jersey shore in Neptune, New Jersey
The Headliner marquee down the Jersey shore in Neptune, New Jersey
The Headliner down the Jersey shore in Neptune, New Jersey



TJ Mcturtles
The old TJ McTurtles club now closed Greenbrook, New Jersey
The old TJ McTurtles club now closed Greenbrook, New Jersey
The old TJ McTurtles club parking lot now closed Greenbrook, New Jersey
The old TJ McTurtles club now closed Greenbrook, New Jersey

Rising Sun
The Rising Sun rock club in Yonkers, New York
The Rising Sun rock club in Yonkers, New York
The band Rondo on stage at The Rising Sun rock club
The band Talshia on stage at The Rising Sun rock club
Rising Sun matchbook
Rising Sun club band lineup for June of 1979
Rising Sun t-shirt


Beggar's Opera
Beggar's Opera rock club once resided in the building with blue awning in Queens, New York
Inside Beggar's Opera rock club in Queens, New York
Twisted Sister at beggar's Opera in Queens, New York
Beggar's Opera free pass
Beggar's Opera



Mary's Husband's Pub
Turtle races at Mary's Husbands Pub in Belmar, New Jersey
Mary's Husband's Pub
Mary's Husband's Pub
Mary's Husband's Pub in Belmar, New Jersey


taken from inside the pub.
It's pretty cool, as I remember
many a time walking into the bar
from the beach straight as an arrow
with the sun blazing down and then hours
later, after many, many... many
Long Island Ice Tea's...
walking out of the bar completely hammered, back out into that very same sun still blazing down upon us.
Wasn't it such a great time!!


My Father's Place
My Father's Place Long Island, New York
My Father's Place Long Island, New York
My Father's Place Long Island, New York
My Father's Place Long Island, New York
My Father's Place
My Father's Place


Circus Circus (and then changed to The Circus)
(Rick Bandazian has great memories on this facebook page!)
The Circus formally Circus Circus rock club in Bergenfield, New Jersey with Sticky Fingers Larry LaRue promo photo
The Circus formally Circus Circus rock club in Bergenfield, New Jersey
The Circus formally Circus Circus rock club in Bergenfield, New Jersey
Circus Circus rock club in Bergenfield, New Jersey
Circus Circus rock club ticket to see Steppenwolf July 7, 1979
Circus Circus rock club bumper sticker
Circus Circus rock club in Bergenfield, New Jersey
Inside Circus Circus rock club in Bergenfield, New Jersey
Circus Circus rock club
Circus Circus rock club t-shirt
Circus Circus
The Circus
Opening night of the Circus Circus rock club  in Bergenfield, New Jersey March 15, 1979 with Badland's on stage! Cool pic Rick Bandazian (club owner)... day fucking one!!!
What used to be Circus Circus 2016 in Bergenfield, New Jersey




Club Spanky
Club Spanky marquee 1979 in Long Branch, New Jersey
Club Spanky in Long Branch, New Jersey
Club Spanky in Long Branch, New Jersey
Club Spanky coupon in Long Branch, New Jersey
Club Spanky keychain Long Branch, New Jersey



The Tradewinds
The Tradewinds club in Sea Bright, New Jersey
The Tradewinds club in Sea Bright, New Jersey
Saying goodbye to The Trade Winds Club in Sea Bright, New Jersey
Saying goodbye to The Trade Winds Club in Sea Bright, New Jersey
The Trade Winds Club in Sea Bright, New Jersey

The Final Exam
and later Obsessions / Jordan's
The Final Exam grand opening ad in Randolph, New Jersey
The Final Exam rock club in Randolph, New Jersey
Tuey's rock club in East Setauket, Long Island
Tuey's rock club in East Setauket, Long Island



Park Place
Park Place in Asbury Park, New Jersey
Park Place rock club in Asbury Park, New Jersey
Park Place t-shirt
Crystal Ship pass for Park Place rock club

Rum Bottoms
Rum Bottoms rock club in Long Island

The Capitol Theatre
The Capitol Theatre in Passiac, New Jersey
Ticket stubs for The Capitol Theatre 1976 / 1983
The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey
The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey
Another Pretty Face flyer for The Capitol Theatre

The Tide
The Tide club located on Long Beach Island, New Jersey

The Depot
The Depot rock club

The Showplace
The Showplace in Dover, New Jersey
The Showplace marqee in Dover, New Jersey

Dizzy Duncan's
Dizzy Duncan's in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey
Dizzy Duncan's t-shirt in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey

Union Jack
Where the Union Jack once lived... South River, New Jersey
Union Jack t-shirt for the Pretty Baby Band
Union Jack free pass in South River, New Jersey
Union Jack ad


The Royal Manor South/North
Royal Manor South in Wall, New Jersey. Royal Manor North was located in North Brunswick, New Jersey
Royal Manor South

The Dunes 'Til Dawn
The Dunes Till Dawn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
The Dunes Till Dawn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
The Dunes Till Dawn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
The Dunes staff 1977 in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
Hopefully you didn't fuck with the bouncers... it never ends well does it... LoL
The Dunes t-shirt

Dirty Nelly's
Dirty Nelly's in Elmwood Park, New Jersey
Dirty Nelly's in Elmwood Park, New Jersey burning down
Dirty Nelly's business card

Cuss From Hoe
Cuss From Hoe in Paramus, New Jersey

El Greco
EL Greco in Bricktown, New Jersey
EL Greco band line up

Bar Casablanca
Bar Casablanca in Brielle, New Jersey

Guilio's
Giulio's South in Asbury Park, New Jersey
Giulio"s North was located in Warrenville, New Jersey... Somerset County


Paradox / Shout / The Club House
Paradox Nightclub / Shout / The Club House in Plainfield, New Jersey

The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse 1984 in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
The Lighthouse in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey present day July 2016. It's a bar / restaurant now
The Lighthouse in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey present day July 2016. It's a bar / restaurant now


Red Baron / Sgt. Pepper's
The Red Baron and then Sgt. Pepper's route 35 Hazlet, New Jersey

Big Man's West
Big Man's West Red Bank, New Jersey
Ticket stub collection from Big Man's West


Ruins Cafe
The Ruins Cafe in Lodi, New Jersey

The Wreck Room / Rock The House
The old Wreck Room sign in Wallington, New Jersey
The old Wreck Room building in Wallington, New Jersey
The old Wreck Room building in Wallington, New Jersey
The old Wreck Room building in Wallington, New Jersey
The old Wreck Room building in Wallington, New Jersey
The old Wreck Room building in Wallington, New Jersey
The old Wreck Room building in Wallington, New Jersey

A's Cafe
A's Cafe in Bergenfield, New Jersey
The old A's cafe building for sale in Bergenfield, New Jersey
The old A's cafe building for sale in Bergenfield, New Jersey
The old A's cafe building for sale in Bergenfield, New Jersey



The Caves / Demyan's
Demyan's then later became The Caves on Staten Island, New York

Governors Inn
Governor's Inn in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
Governor's Inn sign on display at the Lake Hopatcong Museum at Hopatcong State park with the club owner "Big" Al Kessel

Studio One
Studio One in Newark, New Jersey

The Oak Beach Inn... OBI... in Oak Beach on Jones Beach Island, Long Island, New York
The Oak Beach Inn... OBI... in Oak Beach on Jones Beach Island, Long Island, New York
The Oak Beach Inn... OBI... in Oak Beach on Jones Beach Island, Long Island, New York
The Oak Beach Inn... OBI... in Oak Beach on Jones Beach Island, Long Island, New York
The Oak Beach Inn... OBI... in Oak Beach on Jones Beach Island, Long Island, New York
The Oak Beach Inn August 15, 1980
The Oak Beach Inn... in Oak Beach on Jones Beach Island, Long Island, New York
The Oak Beach Inn... in Oak Beach on Jones Beach Island, Long Island, New York
Save the Oak Beach Inn bumpersticker
Oak Beach Inn

Malibu Night Club
Malibu Night Club in Lido Beach Long Island, New York
Malibu Night Club in Lido Beach Long Island, New York
The Malibu night club in Lido Beach Long Island, New York
The Culture Club on stage at The Malibu Night Club in Lido Beach Long Island, New York 1983
Inside The Malibu night club in Lido Beach Long Island, New York
Inside The Malibu night club in Lido Beach Long Island, New York
Inside The Malibu night club in Lido Beach Long Island, New York

The Dublin Pub
The Dublin Pub in New Hyde Park, New York

Sundance
Sundance club in Bayshore, Long Island

Kenny's Castaway's
Kenny's Castaway's in Manhattan, New York
Kenny's Castaway's in Manhattan, New York

The Crazy Country Club in Brooklyn, New York
The Crazy Country Club in Brooklyn, New York

The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Salt 'n Pepper / Gulliver's
Salt 'n Pepper and then Gulliver's in Port Chester, New York

Creation (Was Faces before that)
Creation marquee in West Orange, New Jersey

The Green Parrot
The Green Parrot in Neptune, New Jersey
The Green Parrot in Neptune, New Jersey
The Green Parrot in Neptune, New Jersey
The Green Parrot rock club in Neptune, New Jersey


Zaffy's
Zaffy's rock club in Piscataway, New Jersey


The Meadow Brook
The Meadow Brook in Cedar Grove, New Jersey
The Meadowbrook
The Meadow Brook button in Cedar Grove, New Jersey
The Meadow Brook in Cedar Grove, New Jersey
The Meadow Brook in Cedar Grove, New Jersey
The Meadow Brook
That's Bruce DeVito... DJ/Manager of the club. Thanx for posting those great photo's of the club Bruce!
The Meadow Brook is now a church in Cedar Grove, New Jersey




Dodd's
Dodd's rock emporium East Orange, New Jersey
Dodd's
Dodd's
Dodd's




Kimberly's Inn
Kimberly's Inn in Wayne, New Jersey


The Rock Quarry
The Rock Quarry rock club in Parsipany, New Jersey


Kandy Bar Rock Cafe
Kandy Bar Rock Cafe in Lodi, New Jersey


Sparks
Spark's rock club in Long Island, New York


(formally The Hunka Bunka Ballroom dance club)
The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey
Hunka Bunka... pre Starland
Hunka Bunka... pre Starland
The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey after superstorm Sandy 2012



Hammerheads rock club in Long Island, New York
Hammerhead's T-shirt celebrating Twisted Sister's 2000th show. Fuck yeah!!


Rock Away
Rock-Away rock club in Rockaway Beach Long Island, New York
Rock Away rock club promotion.


The Hole In The Wall / Pebbles
Backstage pass for Pebbles rock club... which was The Hole In The Wall before that in Rochelle Park, New Jersey


The Turtle Brook Inn
The Turtlebrook Inn in West Orange, New Jersey


The Loop Lounge in Passaic, New Jersey


Aldo's
Aldo's in Lyndhurst, New Jersey


Glen Island Casino
The Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York present day
The Glen Island Casino 1950's top & present day
The Glen Island Casino
The Glen Island Casino matchbook



Fore n' Aft rock club
Fore n' Aft rock club
Fore n' Aft rock club
Fore n' Aft rock club
Fore n' Aft rock club buttons
Fore n' Aft rock club
Fore n' Aft rock club
The Fore 'n Aft South in White Plains
Fore n' Aft rock club present day


The Dirt club Bloomfield, New Jersey


Canoe Place Inn... CPI... Hampton's Long Island, New York
Canoe Place Inn... CPI... Hampton's Long Island, New York
Canoe Place Inn... CPI... Hampton's Long Island, New York
Canoe Place Inn... CPI... Hampton's Long Island, New York
Canoe Place Inn... CPI... Hampton's Long Island, New York
Canoe Place Inn... CPI... Hampton's Long Island, New York
Canoe Place Inn... CPI... Hampton's Long Island, New York
Canoe Place Inn... CPI... Hampton's Long Island, New York
Canoe Place Inn... CPI... Hampton's Long Island, New York




List of clubs I have not found photo's of yet


007
516
23 Valley Street
A Touch Of Glass
Abbey Road
Ace-In-The-Hole
Angle
Apples
Apple Annie's
After Dark
The Aftermath
The Alamo
The Amusement Park
The Arlington Lounge
The Arrow Lounge
Aunt Kate's
Baby Hughie's
Back Stage
Backstreets Pub
The Ballroom
Barkers
The Beach House
The Bedroom
The Belmont Cafe
The Best Inn
The Body Shop
Bogey's
Bojangles
Bonnie's Roxx
Bottle Hill Pub
The Buccaneer
Bullwinkles
Butch's Place
Butterfield's
CC Mugs
Capricorn
Carol's Place
Casbah
Casey O'Toole's
The Cave at Scandia Spa Hotel
(29 seconds into the footage... it's quick, but still cool
and some nice pic's of the inside and out from the website.
It still looks the same... awesome!)
The Chance
Channel 80's
Charley Kelly's
Cheers
The Chessmen
Chevy's
The China Club
City Garden's
Classic's Cafe
The Clinton Manor
Club 210
Club 57
Club Choo Choo
Club Xanadu
Collage
College Manor
Colorado Cafe
Connections
The Cove
The Crazy Donkey
Crazy Horse cafe
The Cricket Club
Cross Key's
Cryan's
Crystal Palace
The Crystal Wave
Danny's Inn
Deja Vu
Detroit was Happy Daze before that
Dock Side
Dome 3
Donovan's
Dweet's North
Edgar's pub
Englander's
Escapades
The Exchange
Faces Rock Club
Fallin' Station Saloon
Farcher's Grove
The Fastlane 2
February's
Finish Line
Firehouse Pub
The Flying Dutchman
Focus
The Forest Edge
The 4 o'Clock Lounge
The Foxes Lair
Freddy's
Funky Times
The Galaxy
Gatsby's
Gatto's
Gemini 2
Giggles Pub
Giulio's
The Goal Post
Good Time Charlie's
The Goose 'n Gander
The Great Escape
Hambone Kelly's
The Hayloft
Heaven
Hitching Post Lounge
Hot Rocks
Hotel California
The Hound & Hare
Hurricane Alley
Illusions
Industry
Jade Fountain
Jammer's
The Jetty
Jimmy Reid's
JJ's
JP's
Joe Pops'
Joey Harrison's
John Barleycorn
Joran's
JT Richard's
The Junk Yard Pub
Just Out
Kerwin's
Left Bank
Lili Marlene's ROCK, ROCK
The Lion Club
Live Tonight
Lone Star Cafe
The Long Pond Inn
The Long Run
The Machine
Main Street Exchange
Manhattan
Mar's
Marshmallow's
Maximus
The Melody Bar
Mel's Lounge
The Metro
Michelangelo's
Motionz
Mr. Muggs
Mr. T's
Mulchahy's
Murphy's Crocodile Inn
Mr. Nick's
Mrs. Jay's
My Way Lounge
Nelly's
New Bell
Newport Inn
Nickels Alley
Night Moves
Night Owl's
NJ ROXX
Nobody's Inn
The Nook
The North Shore House
Nylons
O'Harah's Pub
The Old Homestead
The Old Straw Hat
The Old West
On Broadway
On The Boardwalk
Orangeburg Pub
The Orbit Inn and then it became The Third Set
Orphan Annie's
(Scroll down to the 9th photo, look for St George in bold)
The Parker House
Patrix's
Packee's Pub
The Pandemonium
Pappy's Road House
The Penalty Box
The Pier pub
The Pipeline
Playpen
(another Art Stock club in Diamond Beach
way down south Jersey)
Plum
Pompton Pub
Pop's
Port Chester Club
Purple Haze
The Quarry
Quarter Deck Ship Bottom
Raritan Manor
Raspberries
Red Fox Inn
The Red Rail
Reggie's
Right Track Inn
The Rip Tide
The River
Riverview
The Rock Machine
The Rock View
Rockaway Rock 'n Roll Club
Rocky's
Rollin' Stone
Rosebud's
The Royal Manor North
Rum Runners
Rumble Seat
Rumours
The Rusty Nail
The Sandbar
The Sand Piper
Sand Stone
The Saint
The Salty Dog
Shannon's
The School House
Sherri's
Sherwood at Forest Lodge
The Silver Dollar
Session 73
Shady Lane
Ship Wheel Inn
The Silo Pub
The Silver Dollar
Slater's Mill
The Sly Fox
Solomon Grundy's
Someplace Else
The Soap Greek Saloon
The Speakeasy
Spit
Spy's
The Squire Lounge
SRO Cafe
The Stable
Stage
The Stage Door
Starship
The Stirling Hotel
Stone Fox
The Strawberry Patch
The Summerhill Inn
The Sunshine In
The Surf Club
The Surf Club North
Swift Kick
TG's
Third Rail
Thirsty Ear
The Thirsty Stone
The Tiger's Tail
Time Out
Tony Marts
Traces
Trax
The Tin Lizzie Garage
Uncle Bob's Rock 'n Funhouse
Uncle Sams
Used To Be's
Valentino's
Valley Street 23
Voodoo
Wallace's
Wally Wag's
Walley's
The Werx
The Whipping Post
Wild Mikes
Willie McBrides
Willy's
World Stage
Wurlitzers







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The Bands


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Part 3
The Ad's & Promotions





Thanx for the memories muthafucka's!!


later... tommy