Ronnie Spector @ The Fast Lane – Asbury Park, NJ

  • Saturday / May 25, 2013

Ronnie Spector @ The Fast Lane – Asbury Park, NJ

The night we met I knew I needed you so
And if I had the chance I’d never let you go
So won’t you say you love me?
I’ll make you so proud of me
We’ll make ’em turn their heads every place we go
So won’t you, please?
(Be my, be my baby)
Be my little baby …

Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich

Okay! Here we go …! More oldies but goodies from my negative vault. I got busy scanning photos. This time I’m posting Ronnie Spector @ The Fast Lane – Asbury Park, NJ circa 1981 or 1982. And I do believe that John Eddie And The Front Street Runners opened for her that night. Actually I know they did. My only problem is trying to remember if I photographed the Runners that night too. If I did, I can’t find the negatives. But the search continues.

You have to remember I was still a “starving student” back then and the cost of film and developing would always influence what I did and did not take photos of. Seeing that I photographed Ronnie Spector in black & white, leads me to believe this was a “poorer” shoot and I might have had limited funds. Otherwise I would have shot in color.

Ronnie Spector @ The Fast Lane - Asbury Park, NJI know I took backstage photos of some of the guys posing with Ronnie. There’s also this great photo of me posing with Ronnie too. Kim the bass player took the photo of me, using my camera, after Ronnie asked if I “the cute photographer” would like to have my photo taken with her as well. How could I refuse such an invitation! I’m wearing my fave Clash T-shirt and a pair of suspenders. Ronnie is pulling me closer and hanging onto to one of my suspenders. It’s a classic shot and one of my all-time favorite photos of me. I just love that photo to death! And I wish I still had that T-shirt … because it would still fit me! I also know that the copy of the photo you see here is a scan from a black & white print that I colorized in Photoshop, eons ago. So it bugs me that I can’t find the original negatives of the backstage photos. But I will continue to look.

Here are the photos of Ronnie Spector @ The Fast Lane – Asbury Park, NJ … hope you enjoy them. And Gary … if you’re out there … you need to check your records and let me know what the date of this show really was. Please leave a comment.

Thanks & enjoy!


Ronnie Spector @ The Fast Lane – Asbury Park, NJ
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Joe Streno

Joe Streno

artist . musician . photographer . apple computer consultant . residing on planet earth with his two cats rocky & rose & living to tell tales about it

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Of all the shows I saw there for some reason Robert Gordon stands out in my memory. What a great place!


such great times-worked there as the stage lightman doing lights Mott the Hoople,Beaver Brown,Link Wray,Cindy Lauper(it was blue angel the name of her band then)David Johansen,Mink DeVille,Bruce was in there all the time,Meat Loaf hanging out in the dressing room, I felt so bad for the stage manager for the Ramones He was adjusting the follow spot and it came crashing down on his finger-He put some duck tape on it and carried on!David Crimi

Joe Streno

David …

Thanks for leaving a comment. It’s always great to connect with folks who were there during that time!

The Fast Lane was by far my favorite place to see shows. I was so sad no one reopened it, with all the rebuilding in Asbury. And when they tore it down, it was the end of an era.

I saw so many bands there, and it’s wild that YOU may have been doing the lighting! It’s a small world! Did you do the lighting for this Ronnie Spector show, or for Carolyne Mas, John Eddie , or Billy Idol … there were so many!

I have Mink DeVille @ The Fast Lane photos I still need to scan. Saw them there a few times!

Were you able to go to the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Society’s photo exhibit “Life In The Fast Lane – Asbury Park NJ“? I had many of my photos of bands I photographed at The Fast Lane in the show.

Thanks again for stopping by & if you have more stories to tell … feel free! :)


My first time ever in a night club was the Fast Lane one night when JE and I drove all the way from south jersey to see Beaver Brown. I cannot tell you how enthralled I was to see the halo of light you surrounded Kenny Jo Silva and the rest of the band with as they launched into their first song (On the Dark Side??). Your lighting is burned into my sense memories and I”m pretty sure that scene is going to be on my “last reel” when I finally get my award show to the sky! Your work is remembered!

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