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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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 The Kids Are Alright!  Eddie Money and his fabulous wife Laurie @MET. We were waiting for the rest of their kids so we can go and have lunch there. Eddie had to leave to meet DJs Ken Dashow and Maria Milito. Great afternoon!  Everyone seeking shelter from the downpour. The Moodies will come back to finish the set after the rain stops.
 Forgot the sunglasses and riding on the ferry to CT. Memories crossing the Long Island Sound with John years ago. My #TBT  At The Burger and Lobster restaurant at their new location @ 132 w 43rd St. I'm in heaven!  Here I am with Claudia Upton and Chris Palmerini. I even have a spare for tonight for Jones Beach's concert
 The second half of the day. Dinner with my friend Eve Brandstein. Great catching up...having a meal at The Duck House in Chinatown. Just had fabulous day all around with good friends!  My photo used in the HBO documentary "The Defiant Ones" about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. I guess my passion for photography paid off! Ha...#jimmyiovine #thedefiantones  Excited to see The Moody Blues tonight at Jones Beach doing Days Of Future Pass...50th anniversary.

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