Monday, September 2, 2002 @ 12:25 AM
The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs Liv
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REVIEW BY: Gus Carrillo
The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs took the stage for the last time, or at least for a very long while, at The Garage in Silverlake, CA. Led by front man/lead guitarist Frank Meyer, The Cheetahs blasted through a set of their classics broken up with a couple of new cuts from their forthcoming album Gainesville.
The crowd packed in tight in the tiny club as The Cheetahs hit the stage. They started off the set with "Mama Train" and continued their sonic onslaught as they ripped through classic such as "Future Lost," "Kick Me Down," "No More" and "Motor City Rock N'
As the current Cheetahs line-up said a final goodbye, the highlight of the night came when the bands original line-up took the stage in the form of Frank - Vox/Lead Guitar and Art Jackson – Guitar, joined by Dino Everett - Bass and Breckin Meyer - Drums. They kicked off the reunion by playing the first song the band ever played live, MC5's "Black Tom Comm." The crowd got to witness an old school Cheetahs moment as Frank and Dino dove off the stage and thrashed and wailed around until they ended up jamming on top of the bar like so many other times before. After working their way back to the stage, they finished off the 2 song set as they kicked into another MC5 classic "I Want You," which can be found on the second disc of the bands Live On KXLU release.
After a few thank you's and goodbyes, the band packed up their gear and left the stage for what will most likely be the last time. The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs played some great shows over the years and will truly be missed in the L.A. scene.
Formed in 1995 as a cover band inspired by ‘70s rock acts such as The Stooges, Radio Birdman and Detroit's MC5, The Cheetahs soon began writing their own material. The band released several recordings in the form of 7" singles, an EP and their first studio album, 1997's Overdrive, before finally hitting it big with their 1999 Live On KXLU double disc. The release garnered them much deserved attention from local and even national press in the form of a 4 out 5 rating in Rolling Stone magazine. Several releases later and with many gigs under their belt including several national tours and a recently-completed European assault, The Cheetahs prepare to release their "oeuvre" in the form of the 16-track double disc, Gainesville.