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RINGO STARR Birthday Tribute highlights!

We celebrated Ringo Starr's 77th birthday with a full set of his solo hits and some choice Beatles cuts.  Many thanx to my incredible band of stellar musicians: Bennett Paster (keys), Benny Landa (guitar), Anthony Babino (guitar), Steven Babino…

Defending My Defense Of Dave Dexter Jr!

Being a freelance writer in the internet age is not for the faint of heart.  The court of public opinion has grown wider and more vicious than ever, with “comments” sections full of self-appointed thought leaders skewering anything and anyone…

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CLASSIC BLOG: Sting's "THE LAST SHIP" review (5.22.14)

Being a Sting fan hasn't always been easy.  Haters love to tell you how pretentious and self-indulgent they think he is, and how his solo work lacks the fire and passion of The Police.  But I disagree: I love the…

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The iPod Playlist That Got Away!

Sept. 29, 2016 

Last Saturday night I was doing a “private event” gig in Manhattan (aka “the city”).  I generally take the subway to city gigs; traffic and parking make the driving experience hellish, and my amp is light…

IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY...

July, 1996.  The Summer Olympics are being held in Atlanta, and my “private events” band is flown down by Swatch to play their massive event at the Hard Rock Cafe.  We are given all-access VIP credentials for the “Olympic Village,"…