From bands that have been popular in my lifetime, there may be about three rock saxophonists I can name off the top of my head. Clarence Clemmons (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), Kirk Pengilly (the hugely underrated INXS) and LeRoi Moore (Dave Matthews Band). In part, their names stick out not only because they’ve been a part of high-profile acts, but also because of their natural talent and distinct sound as individuals.
So as someone who loved playing alto sax through high school and likes his share of Dave Matthews Band material, I was sad to read that Moore, 46, died yesterday afternoon of complications relating to an all-terrain vehicle accident he had June 30. He was to begin physical therapy in Los Angeles, where the band played last night.
Matthews, who spent much of his childhood in Yorktown, talked about his friend’s death to the crowd after his band’s opening number last night:
(Our) good friend LeRoi Moore … gave up his ghost to heaven and we will miss him always.
If I had to pick one sax solo to remember Moore by, it’d be “Ants Marching,” because it’s upbeat, lively and fun. Just like the man himself.
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On the big show this week: Dave Matthews vs. Mel Gibson, Ed McMahon vs. The Bank, and Howard Stern no longer vs. Rosie O’Donnell.
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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s trivia quesiton: On Sunday night, Oâ€™Donnell appeared on â€œMillion Dollar Passwordâ€ and helped Yonkers resident Dante Mercadante win $50,000. While giving clues, which of the following words did Rosie successfully get Mercadante to say?
Dave Matthews, comedy powerhouse? Who knew?
The jam-rocker and former Yorktown resident can be seen plucking for yuks in Adam Sandler’s “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan,” whose opening weekend just reaped $40 million at the box office.
For the flick, Matthews isn’t exactly playing it as safe as his adult-contemporary radio hits. He plays the leader of a band of “racist rednecks” who just happen to love former Verplanck resident Mel Gibson, who famously spewed an antisemitic rant during a DWI arrest in 2006.
Evidently, Matthews must have thought Gibson’s remarks were “Too Much.” And yes, I’ve used that awful Dave Matthews pun on Suburbarazzi before.
(AP Photo of Matthews by Michael Kim; AP Photo of Gibson courtesy of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.)
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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Born in South Africa, musician Dave Matthews spent the bulk of his childhood growing up in Yorktown, but heâ€™s now lending his voice to TV commercials for the tourism board of the next state he called home. Which state is that?
A) South Carolina
Musician Dave Matthews spent his childhood in Yorktown and South Africa, but heâ€™s now lending his voice to TV commercials for Virginia’s tourism board.
Yes, Matthews formed his band in Charlottesville, Va., in 1991, but what about 1969-1977, when his tiny feet used Yorktown Heights as his stomping grounds? Where’s his “I (Heart) New York” pitch?
Wouldn’t “Ants Marching” be an appropriate tourism song for the place where Matthews probably first recalls seeing the picnic creatures on parade?
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Although many frat boys and sorority girls are still on winter break, they’re probably hoisting a frosty beverage to honor former Yorktown resident Dave Matthews, who turned 41 today.When he was two years old, his family moved from Johannesburg, South Africa to Yorktown Heights, where Matthews’ father, John, worked for IBM, according to Biography.com. The family headed back to Johannesburg after John died, then returned to the States to live in Virginia after Dave finished high school.
Hopefully as the DM in DMB celebrates the big 4-1, he won’t “eat too much (or) drink too much. Too Much!”
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