The news at 11, Smithereens style

Jim Babjak, Severo "The Thrilla" Jornacion and Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens rock B.B. King's. (Photos copyright 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? has been preoccupied with paying the bills and going to shows in the first weeks of this year. As a result, we’re way behind in posting.

Sid Bernstein introduces The Smithereens at B.B. King's.

The Smithereens played their annual B.B. King’s show last month. It was a powerful set, the first half of which was a beautiful rendition of the hard-rocking band’s third official album, 1989’s 11. They opened the show with some early footage of the band performing and an introduction by Sid Bernstein, who brought the Beatles to Shea Stadium and who’s been a huge supporter of the Smithereens.

The band also played some of its superb cover of The Who’s Tommy, in anticipation of its participation in the March 2 Carnegie Hall tribute to The Who, in which The Smithereens have been invited to participate.

Dennis Diken keeps the beat.

Yes, this really is Pat DiNizio in the early days of The Smithereens.

The Smithereens have a great time.

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