Eric the Actor Memorial Outside SiriusXM Howard Stern Studios @sternshow

The Howard Stern gang had a memorial for Wackpacker Eric the Actor/Midget outside SiriusXM radio.  Jennifer Hudson was leaving after being interviewed by Howard.  Mariann from Brooklyn got her to sign the card and sang for her.  Fans and Stern staffers also signed the card and left Eric’s favorite drink, Pepsi.

In the photos…Michael Fox, Joey Boots, Marianne from Brooklyn, Jim McClure, Speech Impediment Man, High Pitch Erik, Lisa G.  Very cool people.

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Chris Caffery of Trans-Siberian Orchestra Performs at Oktoberest

Oktoberfest at Action Park/Mountain Creek/Crystal Springs was awesome as always.  This year we had a special surprise.  Chris Caffery of Savatage and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra performed with the Grammy award winning Jimmy Sturr Orchestra.

Chris started by doing some polka songs and then busted out Kiss’ Rock and Roll All Night.  He’s an amazing guitar player.

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Apple iPhone 6 Goes on Sale in New York City

The best phone of all time went on sale today.  The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus made their debut at 8am this morning.  Thousands of people in line.

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Jackyl and Trixter Jackyl’d Off Bergen PAC @jackyljesse

Wow, this show was great. I’ve seen thousands of concerts and this was one of my favorites.

IMG_0690The night started with me hearing music blaring from inside Jackyl’s tour bus which was parked in front of Bergen PAC. I tweeted Jesse asking what they were listening to. He actually tweeted me back ‘rolling stones.’ (how cool is that?!?!)

Okay, before I begin talking about the show, let’s ignore that:

  • Bergen PAC has horrible acoustics.
  • Some big drunk oaf next to me kept hitting me in the head with his tree trunk arm.
  • Three girls showed up in the middle of the Jackyl set, spent the whole time taking ‘selfies,’ making fish faces and talking to the oaf next to me.  They were like an SNL sketch.

Last time I saw Trixter was also at Bergen PAC when they opened for Kix. In addition, I saw Trixter guitarist PJ Farley a few months ago when his cover band, The Zoo, backed Bret Michaels at Hard Rock Cafe New York.

Trixter is tighter than ever. They rocked their asses off up there. The entire band was having a blast on stage. I’m a bigger fan of them now, than when I was in High School.

I was surprised there were so few people (approx 50) in the venue while they were performing. Growing up in Paramus, this is considered a hometown show. It was a Friday night, good weather, only 10 minutes from Paramus.

This was my first time seeing Jackyl live. I’ve been following them since the 90s, but never had the pleasure of seeing them.  This was on my bucket list.

They don’t play a lot of dates. This explain why some people traveled crazy distances to get to Englewood, New Jersey.  One couple drove eight hours from Ohio.  Another couple drove three hours from Boston.

More people filled the venue when Jackyl hit the stage, but the floor was barely half full (approx 100 people). And this is after Bergen PAC tried selling the tickets on Groupon for the past month. Maybe, they’re bigger down south or in the midwest. New York/New Jersey is a strange market.

The small venue and small crowd made it feel like they were performing in my living room. It was awesome. Jesse came on stage like a bat out of hell. The band was jacked.

Jackyl played old songs, new songs and did a cover. At one point, they brought a teenage boy on stage to play some guitar. I couldn’t hear who they said he was. I think he was a band members’ son.

Jesse would occasionally fuck with the other band members to distract them from playing.  At one point, he put his finger under Jeff’s nose.  It completely broke his concentration.  Hysterical.  You had to be there.

They finished with The Lumberjack. Jesse came out with his signature chainsaw and stool which he cut in half throughout the song. It was like waiting for Gallagher to smash the watermelons.  At the end, he smashed it against the stage and gave pieces to the crowd.

They rocked me, rolled me and Jackyl’d me off.

The performance was so powerful that I NEED to see Jackyl again. Jackyl is like crack. I may need to take a road trip to Sturgis next year or at least to one of the Full Throttle festivals.

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On the Scene for Dancing with the Stars Cast Reveal

Today, ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars announced the contestants on Good Morning America.  The celebs came out around 850am New York for a quick photo opp.

The cast of this season’s Dancing with the Stars was revealed on Good Morning America today.  Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong fame), MMA Hall of Famer Randy Couture, Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones, Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson, Back to the Future’s Lea Thompson and radio talk show host Tavis Smiley, Michael Waltrip, Alfonso Ribeiro.






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Horrific Bus Accident on 7th Avenue NYC

Two tour buses collided on seventh avenue at 47th street completely ripping off the front of the one bus. Several people injured.

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Judas Priest’s Heavy Metal Hard Rock Arrival @judaspriest @eddietrunk @HardRockCafeNYC

It’s Judas Priest week here in New York City.  They’ve been doing tons of promotion for their new album Redeemer of Souls (released today), but nothing tops what I saw today.

The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square gave fans the chance to meet Judas Priest and get their new CD signed.

There were certain rules to follow:

  1. Fans must buy the CD from the FYE makeshift store (a table essentially) on 43rd street at 4PM.
  2. Only the first 500 fans that buy a CD will get a wristband, which allows them to come back at 6:30PM to have the CD signed.
  3. Fans could not start waiting before, I think, 3PM.
  4. They will not sign anything else.
  5. They will be signing from 6:30-8PM.
  6. They will not pose for photographs.

When I got out there at 4PM, there were already 500 people lined up halfway down 43rd.  When I came back at 5:30PM, it was an adrenalin packed party.  The Unknown Bikers, a Brooklyn-based motorcycle club was there, as well as tons of Priest fans.  In addition, there were a dozen radio contest winners who got to have their CDs signed first.

At around 5:40PM, The bikers vanished.  Then at 6:10PM, I heard someone tell security that they were on their way.  At 6:15PM,  the Harley’s returned, barreling down 43rd, escorting Judas Priest in a classic Cadillac.

There was lots of press there, as well as onlookers who had no idea who they were photographing.

 

 

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Bubble Butt. Bubble Bubble Butt.

Homeless guy yells at a guy who threw something at him.

Commander Poopy Pants

Commander Poopy Pants

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MCA Day 2014 Comes to a Close @MCADAYNYC @beastieboys @adrock

MCA Day 2013 was awesome.  MCA Day 2014 was even better.

This year’s MCA Day began on Friday with a really cool promotion in Union Square.  It featured breakdancing monks.  It was a lot of fun and I was able to zip down there during lunch to see it.  After Union Square, they headed to Washington Square Park (I couldn’t attend).

MCA Day was Saturday at Littlefield, Brooklyn, New York (same venue as last year).  It’s the perfect venue for this type of event. It’s only a 5 minute walk from the R train.  There are two exhibition areas, one in the front next to a bar (good beer and liquor) and one in the rear of the venue, along with the stage.

Panorama of the stage area. Kevin Bednarz seen working on the left.

Panorama of the stage area. Kevin Bednarz seen working on the left.

You know you’re in the right area because Dave Sussman’s car is parked right out front.  This same car was used to pick up Danny Boy of House of Pain from the airport.  As you approach the front door, the first thing you see if Danny Boy sitting with some folk at a table (how cool is that ?!?!).

Dave Sussman's car

Dave Sussman’s car

When you walk through the front door, the bar is on the right.  To your left is a table with a guest book and lots of free schwag (stickers, buttons, flyers). The room is full of amazing art, including a piece that Cey Adams had been working on for seven days straight trying to get it done in time…and had just finished the night before.  Cey had told Mike Kearny (the founder of MCA Day) to leave space on the wall for his piece.

People posing with Cey Adams in front of his art work

People posing with Cey Adams in front of his art work

I saw Cey walking around talking to and taking pictures with fans.  Cey is a super-friendly nice guy.

Seldom seen photos

Seldom seen photos

Seldom seen photos

Seldom seen photos

Delta Bravo Project photos

Delta Bravo Project photos

Delta Bravo Project photos

Delta Bravo Project photos

Delta Bravo Project photos

Delta Bravo Project photos

Great art work

Great art work

Seldom seen photos

Seldom seen photos

Free flyers, stickers, buttons and sign-in book

Free flyers, stickers, buttons and sign-in book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By noon, the place was packed. Twice as many people as last year. They ran out of beer and had to order more. Long bathroom line. After last year’s MCA Day, word must have gotten around that Beastie fans can’t miss this event. People flew in from around the world. MCA Day founder, Mike Kearny, took to the stage to say how appreciative he was.

People hanging out

People hanging out

Punk rock is good for you

Punk rock is good for you

Mike Kearny appreciating the huge turnout

Mike Kearny appreciating the huge turnout

 

 

 

 

 

DJ Hurricane was in attendance last year, but I wasn’t sure if he’d be here this year. Then, I found out that he had just RSVP’d the day before. He didn’t want to miss it. He talked to and took photos with fans, interviewed by reporters.

DJ Hurricane being interviewed

DJ Hurricane being interviewed

Mike Kearny, Dave Sussman, DJ Hurricane, Cey Adams

Mike Kearny, Dave Sussman, DJ Hurricane, Cey Adams

DJ Hurricane, Cey Adams

DJ Hurricane, Cey Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ Hurricane, Cey Adams, Michelle Lawlor

DJ Hurricane, Cey Adams, Michelle Lawlor

DJ Hurricane  talking with Mike Kearny

DJ Hurricane talking with Mike Kearny

 

 

 

 

 

There were a few breakdancing groups in attendance, including the most adorable couple of kids. I couldn’t believe how good they were.

Breakdance masters

Breakdance masters

 

 

 

 

 

People were standing in the back room watching a compilation of Beastie Boy vids, listening to jams being mixed by a number of DJs, including Dante, who generously donated their time. IMG_8924

Spinning tunes

Spinning tunes

Spinning tunes

Spinning tunes

People watching a compilation of Beastie Boy vids

People watching a compilation of Beastie Boy vids

People watching a compilation of Beastie Boy vids

People watching a compilation of Beastie Boy vids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cey Adams took the stage briefly to talk about Adam Yauch, as well as the art piece he had been rushing to get finished for MCA Day.

Cey Adams recalling MCA and talking about painting he just finished working on.

Cey Adams recalling MCA and talking about painting he just finished working on.

Then, Bill McMullen ‘Billions McMillions’ took the stage. He spent a good 15 minutes talking about working with Adam Yauch and how brilliant he was. Adam would call him in the middle of the night with different ideas he had running through his head. Yauch was a big fan of Peter Sellers. He called Bill one night doing one of Sellers’ characters, calling Bill ‘Billions McMillions.’ This is how the name was coined.

 

 

Bill 'Billions McMillions' McMullen

Bill ‘Billions McMillions’ McMullen

Bill 'Billions McMillions' McMullen recalling MCA

Bill ‘Billions McMillions’ McMullen recalling MCA

Bill 'Billions McMillions' McMullen recalling MCA

Bill ‘Billions McMillions’ McMullen recalling MCA

Bill 'Billions McMillions' McMullen recalling MCA

Bill ‘Billions McMillions’ McMullen recalling MCA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Kearny stalked Darryl McDaniels aka DMC of RUN DMC at a charity event at Lucky Strike bowling in Boston.  He was able to push his way past reporters and get some great MCA stories.  This video also includes tributes from Rakim from Eric B and Rakim, Monie Love, Chuck D and Doug E. Fresh.

NYC Fresh Crew.

Shortly after I left, Mixmaster Mike, came and spoke.  Kicking myself for missing him.

Rest in peace, Adam Yauch.

Kevin Bednarz work in progress

Kevin Bednarz work in progress

Kevin Bednarz finished drawing.

Kevin Bednarz finished drawing.

People soaking up the cool vibes.

People soaking up the cool vibes.

Entrance to the stage area.

Entrance to the stage area.

The bar

The bar

People hanging out

People hanging out

People enjoying the awesome artwork

People enjoying the awesome artwork

Cey Adams art he finished the night before, after working on it for seven days

Cey Adams art he finished the night before, after working on it for seven days

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome

Awesome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MCA Day 2014 Promo Comes to Union Square @mcadaynyc @dannyboy1968 @beastieboys @mrchuckd @ceyadams

Today, Michael Kearny and company kicked off MCA Day 2014 with a special promotion in New York City’s Union Square.  MCA Day regulars from around the world, including Danny Boy from House of Pain and Coka Nostra waited in anticipation.

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Then, at a little after 12pm, break dancing monks appeared. Their crew performed some kick ass moves.  Watch below.

MCA Day 2014 takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at Littlefield in Brooklyn.  Celebrate the Life of Adam Yauch. This will be the third annual MCA Day.  The first one was impromptu and took place in Union Square shortly after Adam Yauch’s death.  Last year’s was also in Littlefield.

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