Retro Review Preview: New Nils Lofgren CD, Ian Hunter/Mick Ronson and PIL Live DVDs Take Listeners on a Joy Ride Back to Halcyon Days of Soaring Guitar Solos/Glam/Punk

Posted on: Mar 7th, 2012 By:

By Philip Nutman
Contributing Writer

Nils Lofgren, OLD SCHOOL
Ian Hunter Live at Rockpalast, Featuring Mick Ronson
Public Image Limited Live at Rockpalast
MVD Entertainment

In 1971 I would wear my sister’s stack-heeled red boots, steal Mum’s mascara, lipstick and face powder.

I wanted to be Bowie/Ziggy. Mott the Hoople were my favorite band. Yes, I was a Glam Rock kid pretending to be a rock n roller (I can’t play any instrument or sing; I will never play Madison Square Garden and open for Aerosmith). As I grew older, it was Blue Oyster Cult, Motorhead and The Damned…then Cheap Trick (but I grew up listening to early Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who)…

MVD have just released a CD of rare Nils Lofgren songs and two DVDs of German Rockpalast performances: Public Image Limited (PiL) and Ian Hunter (of Mott  plus Mick Ronson of Ziggy-era Bowie fame). They are “must haves.”

Nils makes my heart soar. The PIL performance with John Lydon (rather fat, but performing “Anarchy in the UK”) made me pogo on the couch and throw myself on the floor.

The Hunter/Roson DVD drove me nuts…visuals fluctuate, but audio nearly destroyed my sound system.

You love music? BUY THESE NOW (and thank me later).

Note: This is a preview of more extensive reviews of all three that will appear on soon.

Contributing Writer Philip Nutman has been FANGORIA magazine’s longest running reporter ­ 30 years this May ­ but also knows a thing or two about rock music. He is also the author of the cult classic zombie novel, WET WORK, and just wrapped filming ABED, the sickest zombie movie ever, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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