50th Anniversary of Aladdin Sane
Jilly’s Music Room, Akron
– Sunday Brunch, January 8, Doors at 11:00am
The BOP STOP, Cleveland
– Saturday, January 14, Doors at 7:30pm
Aladdin Sane is the sixth studio album by David Bowie, released on 13 April 1973. The follow-up to his breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), it was the first album he wrote and released from a position of stardom. It was produced by Bowie and Ken Scott and features contributions from Bowie’s backing band the Spiders from Mars — Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder and Mick Woodmansey — as well as pianist Mike Garson (who has performed on two Vanity Crash records), two saxophonists and three backing vocalists. Recorded at Trident Studios in London and RCA Studios in New York City between legs of the Ziggy Stardust Tour, the record was Bowie’s final album with the full Spiders lineup.
Vanity Crash was born on stage under hot lights in the crucible of sound and fury as the glam-punk band The Angry Inch in Cleveland Public Theater’s production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Ever since, Vanity Crash has been dressing up and throwing down with eye-popping synchronized light shows, outrageous stage costumes and provocative attitude, opening for the likes of the New York Dolls, Poison, Semi Precious Weapons, the Darkness, and Gogol Bordello. The band placed songs in the movies Kingsbury Run and Hellweek. Their recent acclaimed tributes to David Bowie include timeless gems performed live alongside their own incendiary originals.
Jeff Niesel of Scene magazine says, “One of the only bands on the local circuit that keeps the glam rock flame burning brightly, Vanity Crash has been going strong for a decade now, pumping out good, gritty records with regularity.”
Dennis Van Crash
Having played guitar for Queue Up, System 56, Verdanzen and The Times, Dennis has also composed original scores for numerous plays, including the musical version of Lysistrata and the recent hit at Cleveland Public Theatre, Shakespeare’s Titus. Dennis served as musical director and guitarist for the musicals Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. When not writing songs and playing guitar, you can find Dennis behind the camera creating videos and photographs.
Virginia Plain Crash
What’s her name? She’s been around a long time just trying to make the big time since The Rubburheads. Made her stand in the desert strand singing and playing guitar with bilingual darlings, Everybody’s Cousin, until falling in love with the sheer and chic Vanity Crash. A songwriter and photographer, she also loves to sing and to bang on things that make sound, all while dancing the cha-cha through till sunrise, far beyond the pale horizon.