Lizard Lounge channels the Spirit of ’77 with tribute to The Clash, Sex Pistols, and Ramones


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From Luke O’Neil to Star Wars, there are quite a few notable things turning 40 this year. But as we noted back in January, it’s also a bang-on year for album anniversaries, and four classic records will be on sonic display Tuesday night (May 9) at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge.

As part of its Tribute Tuesday series, the Massachusetts Avenue venue will host “Spirit of ’77: Music of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and The Ramones”, featuring house band Dee Zaster and The Designated Drivers (Dee Zaster, Tony Savarino, Sean McLaughlin, and Mike Levesque) and a trio of vocalists familiar in the Boston music scene: Ward Hayden (Girls Guns and Glory), Andrea Gillis (Andrea Gillis Band), and Chris Cote (The Upper Crust).

Organized by Dino Cattaneo, the night will tear through Leave Home and Rocket To Russia by The Ramones, The Clash’s eponymous debut album (which turned 40 just last month), and The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks…

“For this very special Tribute Tuesday, three of Bostons best singers backed by a killer band will take you on a journey through the music from four landmark albums in the order in which they were released,” writes Cattaneo. “1977 was a milestone year for punk rock. Within the short span of less than 11 months, the three bands that ended up defining this era of punk on both sides of the Atlantic released four albums that would represent the benchmark and template of classic punk. The seeds of punk had been planted in the years ahead… But 1977 was the year that it all exploded on record, making its way to disgruntled teenagers around the world.”

And 40 years later, the music still rips.

SPIRIT OF ’77 :: Tuesday, May 9 at the Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, MA :: 8:30 p.m., 21-plus, $12 in advance and $15 at the door :: Lizard Lounge event page :: Advance ticket page

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