Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - May 05, 2010
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Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt

PARROTHEADS! What a concept for a CD: Encores by Jimmy Buffett, a compilation of encore performances from 22 different cities on his 2008-09 concert tour. Selection 22 on the two-disc set features Buffett singing A Pirate Looks At Forty from his Waikiki Shell show. I really enjoyed listening to the CD after Buffett presented me with the “first copy” while visiting our town a couple of weeks ago. It makes for great listening and also made me realize what a prolific writer he is. But one of my favorites actually wasn’t written by Buffett - it’s his rendition of Bob Dylan‘s Blowin’in the Wind. Now available at Walmart ...

Fun Fact: The liner notes were written by Buffett earlier this year during a stay at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel after returning from our trip to Bora Bora.

On April 24, all four members of the Rascals reunited for the first time in years at the Kristen Ann Carr benefit held at New York’s Tribeca Grill. The event honored E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen. Bruce Springsteen and Van Zandt joined Dino, Eddie, Felix and Gene for their closing song, Good Lovin ...


 

Fun fact: When the Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Van Zandt, a fan, introduced them. In honor of the NYC-based group, he came dressed as a gangster. Watching that night was Sopranos creator David Chase, who liked what he saw and cast “Little Stevie” as a Sopranos regular ...

Congrats to Angie LaPrete, associate producer of the Lifetime movie Deadly Honeymoon, which premiered last week. Lifetime is thrilled with the high ratings: 2 million viewers ...

This week in 1997: Gloria Estefan performs at Aloha Stadium as part of her “Evolution Tour 97.” We’d started a promotion for her to appear here in 1990, but a near-fatal tour bus accident forced a cancellation of the show. A very emotional crowd welcomes her seven years later. From a Star-Bulletin review by John Berger: “Gloria was lowered to the Aloha Stadium stage from a shiny metallic sphere. Backed by a 16-piece band, she kept the crowd entertained for two-and-a-half hours with a mix of infectious dance hits and sweet ballads” ...

The No. 1 hit is Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G. ...

 

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