I had the pleasure of speaking with Jayne County on my program on Thursday; she hit the stage at Bowery Electric on Thursday for the Max's Kansas City Alumni Reunion shows (which goes on through Sunday). Check the archive for the interview. I heard that Jayne might be at La Mama before her much anticipated Max's reunion performance, so it was off to the Ellen Stewart Theatre first! The La Mama show was- Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis -an exhilarating collage performance containing elements of the Warhol star's life; poetry, film snippets, songs and great vignettes. The final performance is on June 10th. With a killer cast: Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett, Cole Escola and Steel Burkhardt, the production was a huge pleasure to take in. Jayne County did indeed grace the theatre-goers with her rendition of Max's Kansas City, as seen here as an encore to the show. She was gone in the blink of an eye (aye aye!) as soon as the show was done, and was soon to get onstage with her alma mater, so to speak, the Max's Kansas City Alumni Reunion show. The shows run all weekend at Bowery Electric, check their site for scheduled shows!
I spoke with Peter Crowley, booking agent for Max's back in the day, also during the program Thursday (same link as above, later in the show), and he recounted a great story about how the Cramps started out. The Rattlers took the stage at the Bowery Electric and electrified the audience with a good number of songs that stopped prematurely, as Mickey Leigh busted his guitar at what seemed to be the middle of the set. After a brief break, Jayne County took the stage; twice in one night, it was killer. I have to say that Jayne's encore at the Ellen Stewart Theatre was demure in comparison to her ballsy rock set at Bowery Electric. She hinted at retiring, yet has more energy than half the bands I've seen play live out there, say it isn't so, Jayne!! Pix: 1- Justin Vivian Bond in JUKEBOX JACKIE 2- JUKEBOX JACKIE cast in Warhol vignette, 3-5 Jayne County, 6-Mickey Leigh of the Rattlers