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Cheetah Chrome Revives ‘Dead Boys,’ and Talks Tour and a New Album in an Exclusive Interview

‘Stiv Would Say, Why Ain’t I Involved?’

Photos By HEATHER HARRIS – Interview By DONNA BALANCIA

The Dead Boys have come back to life.

Cheetah Chrome is touring with a renewed Dead Boys band and will be releasing a new album, Still Snotty: Young, Loud and Snotty at 40! 

Johnny Blitz, drummer from the original Dead Boys, rejoins Cheetah with Chinchy on guitar, Detroit punk legend Ricky Rat on bass, and vocalist Jake Hout from ‘zombie’ Dead Boys tribute band, the Undead Boys. They launch their tour in Dallas on Sept. 7 and the album drops Sept. 8 on Plowboy Records.

Jake Hout and Cheetah Chrome of the revived Dead Boys – Photo © 2017 Heather Harris

Hilly’s Gift

“We have a band together now, and we have the opportunity to use the name,” Cheetah said. “And now I’m in the merch business.” That’s because the late manager and CBGB owner Hilly Kristal left Cheetah the Dead Boys name in his will, Cheetah said.

How does it feel to reunite with Johnny?

“Johnny”s totally happy to be back in the fold,” Cheetah said. “He says ‘You’re a good man, Chrome, this is fun.’ Me and Johnny have been playing since we were 15. We’re going back to the beginning with me and him. To have him come back and playing and having a great time getting along is really wonderful,” Cheetah said.

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Cheetah Chrome Snarls His Way Through SoCal Swing at Whisky A Go-Go and Alex’s Bar in Long Beach

Cheetah Band Brings Life to Dead Boys Songs, New Tunes

By DONNA BALANCIA

Cheetah Chrome and his band got the crowd going at the Whisky A Go-Go and they’ll probably light up Alex’s Bar in Long Beach in much the same manner.

Cheetah, known as one of the original Dead Boys is single-handedly keeping punk alive with his cool demeanor and enthusiastic interaction with the fans.

Frontman Jake gets air during Whisky show - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Frontman Jake gets air during Whisky show – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Let’s face it, Cheetah’s no stranger to change, as he has played in a few extremely well-known punk groups and has introduced a cast of characters to his audiences time and again.

This time, enter via flying leap, Jake from the Undead Boys who took over fronting duties on Cheetah’s current tour.   The frontman really knows how to grab and hold the attention of the crowd who ate up his every move.

Cheetah and his undead band swing through SoCal - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Cheetah and his undead band swing through SoCal – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

It was hard to hold on to your spot on the floor as moshers took over the Whisky, colliding with everything and everyone in sight.

But Cheetah takes it all in stride and played a range of favorites and a couple of new tunes as well.  After all, this is a guy who was one of the original punks, and still today snarls his way through sets to the delight of the fans.

The band - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The band – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

On hand for this gig were some great friends of Cheetah, including Evita, Heather and Bruce Duff and his wife.  And we can’t forget to mention James Ames, his trusty roadie, who has a talent when it comes to creating cool punk clothes, all with the theme of each tour.

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Facebook F***s Cheetah Chrome Out of his Name; Punk Legend Battles Company Over Identity

Cheetah Chrome, r, with Bruce Duff performs with James Williamson last January at Bootleg in LA - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Cheetah Chrome, (R), with Bruce Duff, performs at James Williamson’s Re-Licked show last January at Bootleg in LA – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA – Punk Rock icon Cheetah Chrome — the famed musician and founder of legendary group The Dead Boys — has been denied a page under his famous stage name on Facebook.  And he’s furious about it.

The renowned guitarist, whose real name is Eugene Richard O’Connor, has been lobbying the social media giant to be able to use the name he has gone by for more than 40 years — Cheetah Chrome — but the company is denying him.

“I’ve been on Facebook for 10 years using Cheetah Chrome and one day with no warning, they shut me down,” Chrome told CaliforniaRocker.com.

What’s more, Facebook allowed a fan in France to call herself Cheetah Chrome and start a page with the name.  And the company added insult to injury when it sent Chrome an automated note informing him that Facebook was generating a compiled common license Cheetah Chrome Facebook page “based on his interests.”

“I’ve had this Facebook page for years,” Chrome said. “I can’t believe this situation.  They want to see a driver’s license and they want all this proof from me, but yet they just let someone else — who clearly isn’t me — present themselves on Facebook with my identity.”

Fans of Chrome, one of punk rock’s most well-known characters, and considered one of the midwest founders of the genre, went berzerk after reading Chrome’s posts about the topic on Facebook.

Not only do his fans feel he ought to be able to have a page in the name of Cheetah Chrome, they got together and started a Facebook page to raise awareness of the issue.  The page is called “Give Cheetah Chrome Back His Name,” created by Jack Lee Galbraith.  In the first hour the Facebook page was up, it attracted more than 400 fans.

“I have been dealing with this problem since last July,” Chrome said. “I’m ready to shut down my page and get off Facebook altogether.”

The lady in France is a fan with no malice intended, but it took Chrome some tender words to her and a special messaged request for the fan to take down the page.

“She was really nice about it,” Chrome said. “It was something she had done a while ago and overlooked.”

Attorney Neville Johnson of Johnson and Johnson LLP of Beverly Hills said while unfair, the experience is not uncommon. A simple perusal of celebrity pages on Facebook shows many copycats.  Johnson said Chrome’s issue underscores the need for artists, musicians and other creative types to exert the right to ownership of their names — and trademark and copyright their creations as well as their created names, Johnson said.

“This is not the first time something like this has happened and it won’t be the last,” Johnson said. “It shows that people using assumed names have to register and trademark them when appropriate.”

Many artists, musicians, writers and others in the creative fields also use a DBA.

Facebook has not returned CaliforniaRocker.com’s calls for comment.

 

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