City Slang: Bootsey X memorial on Saturday

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A memorial for Bootsey X, real name Robert Mulrooney, will be held this Saturday, January 18, at the Tangent Gallery; 715 E. Milwaukee St., Detroit.

There will be a musical tribute featuring The Lovemasters, with guests performing Bootsey's songs. Those tipped to appear include Danny Kroha, Jerry Vile, Margaret Doll Rod, Tino Gross, Nick Pivot and Wendy Case, among many others.

Bootsey died on Thanksgiving Eve after a long struggle with brain cancer. Best known as the leader of his own band, Bootsey X & the Lovemasters, he also played with the Ramrods, Dark Carnival, Coldcock, the Sillies and Rocket 455, among other bands.

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Bootsey X was a true rock star, the “Pusherman of Love” and a “Genius from the Waist Down.” He may not have received the attention that he deserved outside of Detroit, but in the Motor City he was — and will always be — adored. The rocker will be remembered as a tremendous frontman and an absolute gentleman.

So come on out and remember everything that was great about a man wholeft an indelible mark on Detroit.

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