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Squeezebox! Premiere Party
Blender Theater
April 25, 2008

Written by John Janusz

Opposite Photo: Debbie Harry

Last Friday SqueezeBox! premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was directly followed by a SqueezeBox reunion party. Unlike the SqueezeBox parties of old that were held at Don Hill's in Soho from 1994-2001 this one was held at the Blender Theater in Gramercy. Just before midnight, along with up and coming screenplay writer Jonathan Stark, I made my way through the drizzling rain and over to the party.

John Waters
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Brandy Wine and Brenda A Go-Go
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Lady Bunny and Sherry Vine
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In retrospect, the rain may have been a blessing in disguise. The party was crowded from start to finish but never overcrowded. Perhaps, the rain kept the lightweights away, leaving the night to belong solely the SqueezeBox alumni.
We arrived just before midnight and after twenty minutes and a can of Corona the show began. The event was emceed by Sherry Vine. She was fabulous and entertaining the entire evening. The music was kicked off appropriately by Formika covering Led Zeppelin's "Rock n Roll." It was a nonstop musical climax for the next two hours. Among the more notable performances were a cover of David Bowie & Queen's "Under Pressure" by Justin & Lily, which was as close to the real thing as a duo can get. And, perhaps the most notable, the powerful vocal performances by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask as the audience received a flashback of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The evening was a success. In addition to the stellar performances there was a good vibe throughout that was both positive and energetic. And then, around 2 a.m., the rumors came true. Debbie Harry from Blondie took the stage and rocked out "X Offender." I’m still in denial that song is now 32 years old. Seeing Miss Debbie Harry on stage was a golden moment.

Set #1
1) Intro
2) Rock 'n' Roll - Formika
3) Squeezebox - Theo
4) TKO - Sherry Vine
5) Gimme Danger - Jamie Burke
6) Under Pressure - Justin & Lily
7) TVH of Karen Black

Set #2
1) X Offender - Deborah Harry
2) Russian Roulette - Jesse Malin
3) Sugar Daddy - Stephen Trask
4) Midnight Radio - John Cameron Mitchell & Stephen Trask
5) Another Day - Toilet Boys
6) Are You A Boy – Jayne County
7) Killing in the Name of - Formika



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