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Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers made a cottage industry of rent party (“reunion”) gigs at Max’s Kansas City, those events that happened long after the band had officially fizzled. Many, many Heartbreakers fans were grateful for such, even if Johnny was often tumblin’ from of the stage. (And aren’t some things just so cute and downright sacred?)

So it is one of Detroit’s greatest four-on-the-floor rock ’n’ roll bands of all time, the ever-lovely Trash Brats, are heading up another reunion gig (rent party?) at Small’s this Saturday night, and many many Brats fans are grateful. The last Brats’ reunion show, in fact, was wall-to-wall, standing-room only in which more beer was guzzled per person than at an out-of-work auto worker’s party in Hamtown. (And you could swear you saw old Johnny Thunders there in the corner staring at your girlfriend’s tits.)

Since the Brats held it together all of the 1990s into 2004 or so, with handful of now-classic albums under their wide pewter belt buckles, there’ll be no shortage of fist jackings, comely folks and three-minute shout-it-out-louds.

Also on the bill, you’ll note, is Ohio’s best collection of riffaramic miscreants since Chrissie Hynde and Stiv Bators moved away, the Luxury Pushers starring Dayton’s very own guitar hero Jamy Holliday and Brats guitarist Ricky Rat, who’s riffing double duty.

Small’s, 10339 Conant St., Hamtramck; 313-873-1117

Top: Ricky Rat Bottom: Jamy Holliday


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