Television, who along with Patti Smith and the Ramones wrote the book on New York punk in the 1970s, returns to Seattle for a rare gig Tuesday, June 23.
New York City’s Television, slated for a rare live appearance at the Moore Theatre, didn’t make many records, but just two were enough for flagship membership — along with Patti Smith and the Ramones — in the club that created 1970s East Village punk.
On its first, 1977’s “Marquee Moon,” singer-guitarist Tom Verlaine and guitarist Richard Lloyd rewrote the book on “lead” and “rhythm” roles in two-guitar bands. The album is among the most accomplished debuts in rock history, as devout fans R.E.M., Sonic Youth and U2 will attest. Its 10-minute title track, a spellbinding six-string symphony, still induces goose bumps nearly 40 years later — but the fiery “Friction,” yearning “Venus” and melancholic “Elevation” stand just as tall, which makes picking a favorite song a fool’s errand.
Television last cut a record in ’92, and unfortunately Lloyd retired in ’07. The group’s legendary status, however, was sealed long ago, and any chance to see Verlaine, the master, in action, plus Billy Ficca, one of rock’s most underrated drummers, is one not to be passed up.
Deep Sea Diver opens the show. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, Seattle; $22.50-$42.50 (206-467-5510 or stgpresents.org)
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