Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - October 11, 2006
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Madonna
Madonna

Why the high cost of concert tickets????? During her recent Japan tour, Madonna spent six nights in a top Tokyo hotel. She and her party, which occupied 164 rooms, must have had a wonderful time - the tab was reportedly more than $1,000,000 ...

Bart DaSilva
Bart DaSilva

Oldies 107.9’s Bart DaSilva was ecstatic that he was one of the early callers to order tickets to the Rolling Stones.

Several hours later, while telling pals at the station of his good fortune, he proudly showed off his confirmation and -

to his horror - discovered his tickets were for a Stones concert the next night in Wichita, Kansas. The sympathetic folk at Ticketmaster promptly exchanged them for the Nov. 22 show at Aloha Stadium ...


Hey, Waiter, There’s An Umbrella In My Drink!, the new book by gifted Star-Bulletin humorist Charlie Memminger, is sure to bring smiles to the faces of his loyal column readers. Now in bookstores, it’s filled with some of his best musings, including the title chapter in which Charlie reports that there are 2,543 exotic drinks available in Waikiki and most of them include umbrellas. Duke’s Waikiki is throwing a book party next Wednesday, Oct. 1h, at 5 p.m. to celebrate (you’re all invited), and in his honor they’re introducing a new drink - The Charlie! What do you wanna bet it includes an umbrella ...

And speaking of exotic drinks: In the current issue of Aloha Airlines’ inflight magazine, Scott Botelho, manager of the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, says he wouldn’t be surprised if 25,000 Mai Tai’s are made in Waikiki on any given day. Scott is quoted in The Sweet and Sour Saga of The Mai Tai, a fascinating story about Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic, each claiming to be the originator of the Mai Tai…


This week in 1977: Eric Clapton makes his last appearance in Hawaii at the Blaisdell Arena. One of his backup singers is Hawaii’s own Yvonne Elliman. Yvonne can be heard on the classic Clapton recording, I Shot The Sheriff. I get so many inquiries asking “When are you bringing Eric back?” I’d love to, anytime! A funny story about Eric almost getting arrested during this visit appears in my book, Showman of the Pacific...

The #1 record in Hawaii is ‘You Light Up My Life” by Debbie Boone.

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