Dust (band)

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Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Blues rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Years active 1969–1972
Labels Kama Sutra Records
Associated acts The Ramones, Richard Hell, Stories, Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve, The New York Dolls
Past members Richie Wise
Kenny Aaronson
Marc Bell
Kenny Kerner

Dust was an American hard rock band active in the early 1970s.


Dust was formed in the late 1960s by Richie Wise and two teenagers, Kenny Aaronson and Marc Bell. Additionally, Kenny Kerner wrote the group's lyrics, and acted as their producer and manager. Their debut album was released on Kama Sutra Records in 1971, followed by a sophomore release on the same label the following year. While the group only released these two albums, they later became of historical interest to collectors interested in early American heavy metal.[1]

After Dust[edit]

The group's members all went on to other projects.

In the mid-1970s, Bell worked with Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Estus and Richard Hell & The Voidoids (playing on the latter's seminal Blank Generation). In 1978, he replaced Thomas Erdelyi in the Ramones, assuming the name Marky Ramone. The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He also later performed with The Ramainz, Marky Ramone and the Intruders, Marky Ramone & the Speedkings, Teenage Head, Misfits and Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, as well as on solo recordings by former bandmates Dee Dee Ramone and Joey Ramone. Bell is currently an on-air personality on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, hosting "Punk Rock Blitzkrieg". Bell has also appeared on numerous TV shows including The Simpsons and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

Aaronson joined Stories, who earned a number one hit with "Brother Louie". He later toured and/or recorded with Edgar Winter, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, Billy Squier, Foghat, HSAS (Sammy Hagar, Neil Schon, Kenny Aaronson, Michael Shrieve), Brian Setzer, Mick Taylor, Dave Edmunds, Graham Parker, Hall and Oates, Leslie West Band, Rick Derringer, Blue Öyster Cult, Michael Monroe, Brian Setzer, Dana Fuchs, John Eddie, Mountain, Robert Gordon, Joe Cocker, Corky Laing and Richard Barone, among others. He is currently a member of the New York Dolls.

Wise and Kerner went into production with Kiss, among others.

Former members[edit]

  • Richie Wise - guitar, vocals
  • Kenny Aaronson - bass
  • Marc Bell - drums
  • Fred Singer - Keys (Hard Attack)
  • Kenny Kerner - lyrics, production, management



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