Amanda Lepore is a fashion icon! The transsexual icon has appeared in countless music videos, including her own, and is a popular subject of photographer David LaChapelle. Moments after I met LaChapelle at an afterparty for his new exhibit, I met the fabulous Amanda Lepore. Amanda was hosting her new weekly party Carnival on the top floor of New York’s Bowlmor Lanes. If you haven’t been yet, you must go! Under a circus tent – literally – there are performers, popcorn, prizes, cocktails, dancing and people dressed to the 9s, gay style! It’s a blast! The photo was taken by nightlife promoter, fashion designer, artist and hottie Joey Israel (more to come on his really great art coming soon – stay tuned). Thanks Joey and thanks Amanda! I had a wonderful time!
When 2 members of Panic! At The Disco split the band, they formed The Young Veins and they opened for Rooney at a sold out show at New York’s Irving Plaza on July 14, 2010. They rocked. Their music reminds me a bit of the young Beatles but with a harder edge. They performed songs from their debut album “Take A Vacation,” and I enjoyed what I heard. Before the song “Capetown,” lead singer Ryan Ross explained that he’d taken a trip there and his band-mate saved him from marrying a woman he’d just met. The lyrics of that song tell the story of this adventure in a very catchy way. You can get a free sampler of their music on their official website (link is above), so definitely check them out if you need to “take a vacation” from all the boring music they are playing on the radio.
See some more pictures of The Young Veins as well as the set list after the jump.
Brooklyn’s own Black Gold opened for Rooney at Irving Plaza in New York on July 14, 2010. Black Gold are an indie rock band that will make you feel guilt free from rockin’ out to their songs. This was my first exposure to the band and I really liked what I heard. Eric Ronick got the crowd more than warmed up and he even took time to wish the drummer a happy 21st birthday. What a way to spend your birthday – playing a sold out gig at the legendary Irving Plaza! That’s pretty awesome, according2g. They played songs such as “Breakdown” (which was my favorite song of the evening) and “The Come Down.” Also featured was a brand new song – that is so new, they admitted they were playing it for the first time live tonight. Look out for “Heaven Come Back To Me,” it was awesome. I met lead singer Eric Ronick after the show and he was extremely nice! Thanks Eric. Looking forward to hearing more great music from Black Gold.
See more pictures of the band as well as my encounter with the very handsome Eric Ronick after the jump.
After attending 3 art exhibitions and seeing 3 bands, I figured I’d top the evening off with a visit to Amanda Lepore’s new party Carnival at Bowlmor Lanes in New York, which is extremely cool, by the way. As luck would have it, one of my photographer idols David LaChapelle was in the house and I got to meet the man that’s taken iconic photos of Cher, David Bowie, Madonna, Pamela Anderson, Amanda Lepore, Whitney Houston, Courtney Love, David Beckham – need I go on? He also directed Elton John’s Vegas stage show “The Red Piano,” has worked for every cool magazine under the sun, has directed countless music videos and has several amazing coffee table books of his work in print! Needless to say, the man is a god! He was extremely nice when I met him, though I don’t want to start any blasphemous rumours but I think he was just a bit intoxicated, and by just a bit, it was lucky he was standing. Regardless, he was wearing a Shepard Fairey shirt and he was extremely nice, so that’s all that really matters to me. This is a website that does its best to share the love and not talk trash. David LaChapelle – I bow before your greatness and thanks again for being so cool!