The A’s And The Billies @ Gildersleeves – NYC – 1981

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It’s funny. I was looking for a photo of A’s drummer Mikey Snyder for his birthday to post to Facebook. And as I was rummaging through images in Adobe Lightroom, I found this whole group of photos of the The A’s @ Gildersleeves – NYC – 1981. Wow! I remember the show well. There was a NY band called The Billies—that I also liked—and were opening for The A’s. What made the night even more memorable was, John Oates of Hall & Oates fame was there to play with The Billies.

As usual, the year is a total guess. I know I was still at CW Post when I shot the show. And my friend Carole Herscheit was also with me at the show. I remember that because there’s a backstage photo of Carole sitting next to Richard Bush. Again, photo proof … we were all there.

But aging brain cells, and poor record keeping on my part … and time and memory slips aways … again. No matter … some great photos for you all to see of the A’s and The Billies.

The other piece I can’t remember was … did the Billies open for the A’s or the A’s open for the Billies? I think it was The Billies opening for the A’s … but I could be wrong. Yeah … go figure!

As usual … if you know the date or you were at the show … leave a comment, please.



Joe Streno
artist . musician . photographer . apple computer consultant . residing in asbury park nj with his two cats rocky & rose & living to tell tales about it

2 thoughts on “The A’s And The Billies @ Gildersleeves – NYC – 1981

  1. Are you sure that wasn’t SNAFU on 21st and 6th. My late friend Greg was the bass player with The Billies and I remember seeing them at SNAFU with Oates. Went to Gildersleeves too back in the day (also CB’s and Max’s).

    1. Hi Alan …

      Yes positive of the place, not sure of the exact date though. Also confirmed with guys in the A’s. Plus I know I had never seen any show at SNAFU or Max’s. I shot the A’s a lot & I also loved the Billies so knowing they were playing with the A’s was great! Plus I always got guest listed to A’s shows. I was a poor student back then, so that always helped. It was very cool to get to see the Billies, I use to play them on my radio show when I was attending CW Post on Long Island.

      John Oates being there was a total surprise — but a pleasant one. I think I remember that Oates was producing for them at the time? Or am I just rewriting history? lol

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you liked the Billies photos.

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