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Cheetah Chrome, born Gene O'Connor, (February 18, 1955) is an American musician who achieved fame as a guitarist for Rocket From the Tombs and the punk rock band the Dead Boys.
After the Dead Boys break-up, Chrome played around New York City (mostly at Max's Kansas City) doing shows with the Stilettos, as well as his own band Cheetah Chrome and the Casualties. He recorded a single for ORK Records, "Still Wanna Die/Take Me Home", recorded by Atlantic Records co-founder Herb Abramson. Shortly thereafter, he played on Ronnie Spector debut solo album Siren. He appeared on several recordings during the 1980s, most notably his own "Cheetah Chrome and the Ghetto Dogs" (Get Hip) and Jeff Dahl's " I Kill Me" (Sympathy For The Record Industry). He also rejoined the Dead Boys for the ill fated reunions of the late 1980s.
In the 1990s, Chrome moved to Nashville, Tennessee and recorded a live album Alive in Detroit (DUI) at Lili's in Hamtramck, Michigan. In the 2000s, he played guitar on several tracks for False Alarm's Fuck ‘Em All We've All Ready (Now) Won!.
In 2003, after the release of The Day the Earth Met the Rocket from the Tombs, he reformed Rocket From The Tombs with David Thomas, Craig Bell, with Steve Mehlman (Pere Ubu) on drums and Richard Lloyd (Television) replacing the late Peter Laughner.
The reincarnation of the group toured in 2003 and 2006. In 2004 it entered the studio to record some of the band's old material for the first time. The recordings were released as Rocket Redux (SmogVeil).
As of 2010, Cheetah is working on a project named "Batusis", with Sylvain Sylvain from the NY Dolls, and Tommy Price [Joan Jett] drumming on studio tracks, and Lez Warner [The Cult] drumming for LIVE shows.
Cheetah also has a book soon to be released, and continues to play live shows both in the United States and Europe.