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Little Kids Rock Benefit

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October 23, 2015

The Little Kids Rock Benefit event took place the other night at The Hammerstein Ballroom. It was to raise money for children to continue their education in music in schools.

The kids got to perform with Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Darlene Love and Paul Shaffer. The music director was Will Lee. Hosted by Maureen Van Zandt. I was invited by my friend, Gary Lippman and his wife Vera. At our table were my friends Willie Nile and Simon Kirke (Bad Company, Free). There were lots of other friendly faces in the room too, like my friends Billy Amendola (Associate Editor of Modern Drummer ) and Jules Danza Follett (Sticks ‘n’ Skins author).

We were surprised by the kids who performed…they were absolutely fantastic and very knowledgeable about the music. You can see some of them in the video. The high point of the evening was the surprise guest presenter for Paul Shaffer, his old boss, David Letterman. He did a standup comedy routine, that I must say, I miss. He still has it. Just a great fun night of music!

 

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 Great to spend a few minutes with Paul before the show. He also sent his love to my kids .. Lara and Sebastian. How sweet. Thanks Paul for a great show.   Hanging out with Claudia at a Doo Wop show in Westbury. Can't wait to see my friend Lou Christie perform tonight.  Look who I found at Simon and Maria's wedding!?
 His tribute song to John HERE TODAY...nice.  Ashley Davie invited me down to a dinner with lots of Macca fans. A couple I knew. We were at Tony DiNapoli's having family style dinner. My favorite was the Eggplant Rollotini. I was glad I could make it as I sprained my foot and it was still painful. Thanks Ashley, I had a fun evening.  3 of my friends getting ready to jam at my Labor Day BBQ 2017. Mike Lefton from The Dives, Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) and Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper.) if you didn't know, Joe and Dennis along with Albert Bouchard have formed a group called Blue Coupe. They are awesome!
 Lovely to hear BLACKBIRD.  At Maria and Simon Kirke's wedding, I met the former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his wife, Veronica. Lovely couple.  Haven't seen this couple, Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash) and his wife, Pauline, since the day of their wedding in England 45 years ago! Nice surprise!

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