Maxwell’s Memories: Nick Lowe

[Continuing the ongoing Maxwell’s Memories feature here on Hoboken411. Paying tribute to bands that came and played at the legendary Maxwell’s at 1039 Washington Street – which is closing for good on July 31, 2013]

Maxwell’s Memories: Nick Lowe

On May 2, 2008 – Nick Lowe, legendary English singer/songwriter began playing with the band Rockpile in 1975 and was a pivotal figure in UK pub rock and New Wave scene, performed an amazing solo acoustic show to a packed house.

It was the final show of his US tour promoting his new record At My Age.” Celebrities were there in profusion, including WFMU’s Glen Jones. Unfortunately for him, he spent part of the show watching the back of local Sasquatch legend Jim D’s hat. Sometimes you could hear a pin drop. Someone even “shushed” Mr. D when he had the gall and audacity to say “yeah.” What’s so funny about peace, love and muttering? Good times.

(Note: Video quality so-so, but audio is better. Music starts at around 1:20 after his intro message).

About Maxwell’s Memories

Maxwell's Memories in Hoboken NJ Knights of the New CrusadeMaxwell’s Bar officially opened back in 1978 by the Fallon family, and was converted from a “workers tavern” (for nearby Maxwell House coffee workers), into a “Bar/restaurant.” After the original members of The Bongos rehearsed some material in the back-room (which at the time was unused), “live music” began to catch on, and Hoboken was beginning to become inviting to both musicians and artists. Maxwell’s was also even believed to be the first restaurant to offer a “Sunday brunch” in town.

In the mid-90’s, due to some ownership re-arrangements, Maxwell’s was briefly a micro-brew pub, trying to capitalize on that fad, but quickly reverted back to a standard comfort food bar/restaurant and music venue in 1998 – and had remained that way ever since.

Despite apparently being named the number three “rock ‘n’ roll club” in America by Rolling Stone magazine in 2013 – Maxwell’s announced their abandonment of the property (and Hoboken), effective July 31, 2013.

Maxwell’s Memories is a collection of previously unpublished photographs and videos of various bands and acts that performed on the famous local stage.

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