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THE DRESDEN DOLLS
HALLOWEEN - OCTOBER 30, 2004
AVALON - BOSTON, MA


with special guests
THE TIGER LILLIES & COUNT ZERO


PHOTOS by SHERI HAUSEY


For a few moments I really think I've got their number. As Brian and Amanda waddle onto the darkened stage, their limbs constrained by the black hood like body bags, "bagism" rings through my brain. How perfect! Endless 60's images of Yoko Ono and her "bagism" trip come to mind. Of course Yoko's was usually white but black does fit the halloween mood. Maybe they'll re-enact the 1969 Toronto peace concert? Brian as John Lennon can wail out "Cold Turkey;" while Amanda as Yoko can lie on the stage extending her arm from under the bag with the set lists and new lyrics. How much more shocked am I then when they emerge as Sonny and Cher! Hey, at least I got the decade right. And truth be told, Brian as Sonny looks quite a bit like "White Album" era George Harrison--an ever so slight Beatle connection. The crowd erupts in laughter and shouts. Their rendition of "I've Got You Babe" is, dare I write it, movingly sweet. A knowing connected energy pulsates beneath the posed body language and odd vocalizations. For beneath the 60's paraphernalia these Babes in Doll-Land have got each other and all the rest of us as well.



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BRIAN & AMANDA as SONNY & CHER

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Dazed, I switch the camera to video mode and capture most of this opener in framed close-ups. Wait...what the...now Amanda's got both her hands on her head. One...two and the wig comes off. With a dramatic hair toss the Strip Tease begins. And what a tease it is. They undress one another with those knowing winks to the frenzied crowd; fling pieces of clothing in time to the tease-o-rama drumbeat; and revel in their black taped breasts. Dr. Frank-N-Furter meets Betty Paige in this 21st century morphing of a mid-20th century photo spread op.

I keep the video going. Body parts move in and out of the tight frame. The camera creates a keyhole peek-a-boo perspective, heightening the "tease." The grainy quality of these color video frame grabs echoes the low-fi stag films of a bygone era.


DOLLS PEAK-A-BOO STRIPTEASE

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Ah, gee...do they really have to put on clothes? Amanda snaps a sparkling strapless bra around Brian's chest. "Don't cover him up!" implores one distressed fan. Not to worry. That boy always loses his shirt before the show ends.

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EXCEPT for the OPENING B&W PHOTO, ALL THE COLOR PICS on THIS PAGE are FRAME GRAB SCREENSHOTS from a LO-FI VIDEO AVI.

THE NEXT ARROWS will take you to SEVERAL MORE PAGES of the CONCERT with ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPHS.



CLICK NEXT ARROW TO SEE
BRIAN & AMANDA as BRITNEY SPEARS TWINS


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DOLLS @ AVALON - BOSTON - SPRING 2004




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