North Jersey Notes: The Dirty Pearls

Dirty PearlsCongrats need to go out to a New York City band who made the Top Sixx in Motley Crue and Guitar Center’s “Make Rock History” contest. Yes, I’m talking about The Dirty Pearls! Millions of bands entered this contest, which was, at first, judged by fan Internet voting. Once the contest was narrowed down to the “Final Sixx,” Motley Crue, their management, and their label would judge to pick just who would go on tour with Motley Crue for a year, win $25,000 in cash, and get a record and management deal. Well, after going to their website and listening to them, I might have to say that The Dirty Pearls might have been a good choice to represent NYC!

Though they’re roughly new to the scene, they’ve already become a quite a classic! The Dirty Pearls, who hail from the streets of New York City, really deliver with their style of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll bravado, sharp hooks, witty lyrics, and seedy swagger that is reminiscent of the finest glam bands from the 1970s. Fans of The Dirty Pearls would call the band a “supergroup of the East Village” because their line-up consists of former members of some of NYC’s most beloved local bands. The Dirty Pearls legend began in 2006 when lead singer Tommy London set out on a manhunt for four gents who shared a similar eagerness to stir up some of NYC’s recipe of some good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll while resurrecting the magic created by legendary NYC bands like The Ramones and The New York Dolls. Tommy’s search would end quickly when he would find guitarist, Johnny B. and drummer, Marty E. After a handful of auditions, guitarist Richie White and bassist Doug Wright would round out the line-up that we see today, and is known as The Dirty Pearls.

The Dirty Pearls perform regularly and have been selling out venues throughout New York City, as well as it’s surrounding areas. Oh, and by the way, they’re also making a name for themselves on the West Coast, as well! Their high- energy live shows will have you wanting more which is what a good rock show is all about—wanting more! If you want to check them out and hear great songs like “Happy New Year,” “Hollywood La La La,” and “Rockstarlivin,” log onto their MySpace page,


I recently got an email from Life Without Warning bassist, Andrew Rohloff, telling me that the band had finally found a new guitarist in Zack Kenworthy. Zack has already added his influence into the band, which some of you might hear on the upcoming Life Without Warning CD. Life Without Warning also recently discovered that they’ll be opening for Atlantic Records Recording Artists, Shinedown, over at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, on Dec. 11 as part of 95.9 The WRAT’s Annual Christmas Bash. For tickets, log onto or

Just a quick concert mention—John McEuen And Sons make a pit stop at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ, on Tuesday, Nov. 25. John McEuen is known for his work in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, whose best known for their song “Mr. Bojangles.” McEuen is also in the midst of producing a CD for comedian and actor, Steve Martin. Tickets for John McEuen And Sons at Mexicali Live are $10 and can be purchased or

And finally, my bud Amanda over at The Aquarian asked me to check out a band called Satterthwaite from Nutley, NJ, which I was happy to do. The only problem was that I featured these guys already a couple of years ago! The good news is that they have brand new songs posted on their MySpace page, Log on and give it a listen! It’s some pretty good stuff! And yes, they’ve improved immensely since I featured them! Not that they were bad to begin with!

That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey and you want some exposure, send your demos and press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140 Little Falls, NJ 07424. No cover bands, please!

Just remember, We’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!