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Chelsea Hotel ’78

Chelsea Hotel '78

On Wednesday night, I visited City Winery to see Alejandro Escovedo perform his second of three nightly album release gigs. In support of his strong new LP, Street Songs of Love, the Texas-based punk/Americana musician was on fire even if the venue is more equipped for wine tastings than it is rock concerts. There were a lot of great moments in the night: Tift Merritt joined him for a duet of the pretty new song “Meteor Shower,” and Tony Visconti joined him for a performance of the David Bowie classic (originally produced by Visconti) “The Man Who Sold The World.” I was also happy that Escovedo and his band tore through one of my favorites from his canon, “Chelsea Hotel ’78.” Escovedo once lived in the Chelsea Hotel, next door to Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. This song is about Nancy’s mysterious 1978 murder, which was more or less the Altamont of the New York punk scene. Here is an acoustic performance of the tune:

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