In 1976, Dave Treat lived in Lakewood on Giel Ave. His neighbor was Stiv Bators, singer in the punk band Frankenstein (that would become the Dead Boys). At that time, Treat was studying photography at Cooper School of Art. Bators asked him if he would shoot a promo photo for the band, so they went downtown on Saturday and spent most of the day shooting.
For one photo, Treat had them climb over a fence between two buildings and move to the back. That photo became their promo photo and their template for their first album. Treat recently discovered the photos from that photo shoot in his closet. With help from the vintage store/record shop/record label Blue Arrow Records, he's put together an exhibit of some of those photos for a show he's calling Stiv 1976: Lost Photos of Stiv Bators and the Dead Boys. The exhibit opens with a reception that runs from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, June 5, at Gallery 160. Treat also intends to publish a book of the photographs.