VINCENT GALLO: THE EARLY YEARS
Our item about Vincent Gallo provoked an acquaintance to tell us another surprising story about him – and we DO love eccentrics. It seems one of the first jobs Gallo had when he arrived in Manhattan in his early twenties, was as a dancer at the Gaiety Male Burlesk club near 42nd street. He had breakdancing experience and called himself “Prince Vince.” Young guys danced in bikini costumes – variations of Village People outfits- and stripped down to NOTHING. Most of the clientele was elderly or overweight men. The club was wild in those days – there were “private rooms” where the boys socialized for extra tips. Vince was always complaining that he didn’t make enough money – maybe because of his “offbeat ” looks. Madonna made the place famous when she filmed a video there and a few years ago the landmark was torn down.