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Howie Pyro fundraiser rocks Bowery Ballroom

BY EVERYNIGHT CHARLEY CRESPO | Jesse Malin, the unofficial mayor of the Lower East Side music scene, annually curates an all-star, year-end concert in New York City followed by a similar new year event in Los Angeles. The shows feature a full concert by him and his band, plus performances by many of his illustrious musical friends. All proceeds go to charity.

The Lunachicks performed at the Howie Pyro benefit. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

This time around, Malin has directed the proceeds from the shows to a medical support fund for Howie Pyro, Malin’s bandmate in the 1990s glam-punk band D Generation. Pyro is currently in California, recovering from a liver transplant. Contributions to the benefit fund can be donated at

Suzi Garner of L7. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Leah Hennessey was part of the jam for Pyro. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

At New York’s Bowery Ballroom on Dec. 11, the concert was in three segments. A series of emerging local circuit musicians performed starting at 8 p.m. Following a DJ set by Jonathan Toubin, Malin and his band performed for a little more than an hour. The concert concluded with performances by additional music acts, ending at 1:30 a.m.

Jesse Malin, left, held the benefit for his former D Generation bandmate. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

The West Coast event reportedly will happen on Jan. 8. The location and lineup will be announced soon. The New York audience saw performances by Lunachicks, the Toilet Boys, Murphy’s Law, Tommy Stinson (the Replacements), Richard Bacchus (D Generation), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith & Her Band), Robert Gordon, Suzi Gardner (L7), Pete Stahl (Scream), Tish & Snooky (Sic F*cks), Tom Clark, Capital Punishment, Leah Hennessey (Hennessey), Diane Gentile (Diane & the Gentle Men), Lynne Von Pang (the Carvels NYC), Sam Hariss (the Sweet Things), Marti Beaut, Heather Litteer and others.

The Toilet Boys rocked the stage. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

Jesse Malin set list

  1. The Way We Used to Roll
  2. Backstabbers
  3. Before You Go
  4. Turn Up The Mains
  5. Whitestone City
  6. Room 13
  7. Fall
  8. She Don’t Love Me Now
  9. Death Star
  10. Shining Down
  11. Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio (Ramones cover)
  12. Wendy
  13. Winter (The Rolling Stones cover)
  14. Meet Me at the End of the World Again
  15. Sally Can’t Dance (Lou Reed cover)
  16. Father Christmas (The Kinks cover)

The Toilet Boys set list

  1. Go Go Boy
  2. Another Day in the Life
  3. Living Like a Millionaire

Lunachicks set list

  1. Dear Dotti
  2. Bad Ass Bitch
  3. The Day Squid’s Gerbil Died
  4. Luxury Problem

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