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.
(AP Photo/Michael Kim)
“Today” hosts Al Roker, formerly of Yorktown, and Matt Lauer, formerly of Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale, did the Lower Hudson Valley and America proud this morning with the following triumphant athletic exhibition:
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(Courtesy of MSNBC.com; via BestWeekEver.tv.)
Disclaimer: I’m an avid reader of BestWeekEver.tv, one of my favorite non-LoHud blogs out there these days. So if this quick-hitter format and source material looks familiar, it is, and I’m coming clean with that up-front. Plagiarism kills, kids!
RINGDOM COME: New Scarsdale resident Jay-Z is finally wearing a wedding ring these days. You might have “the hottest chick in the game wearin’ (your) chain,” Shawn, but BeyoncÃ© seems pretty intent on your wearing jewels of Hova matrimony. (Source: MollyGood via BestWeekEver.tv)
MUNCH SINGS!: My friend and comedienne extraordinaire Abbi Crutchfield caught comedian Richard Belzer’s recent act at Comix, where he was lauded by Robert Klein of Briarcliff Manor from the crowd and backed by Bedford’s Paul Shaffer and the Belzonics on stage. No word on if Ice-T offered similar musical collaboration, which surely would have been accompanied by the echoey “Law & Order” gavel. (Source: The Apiary)
PANETTIERE IS FRENCH FOR ‘PARKING ANYWHERE’: “Heroes” star and Palisades native Hayden Penettiere appears to have been busted for a parking violation. It’s unknown if similar fines are pending for a subpar second season. (Source: I’m Not Obsessed via BestWeekEver.tv)
BA-ED NEWS, GOO-ED NEWS: Ed McMahon, whose family once lived in Bronxville, is being sued for money he allegedly owes his daughter’s divorce attorney. At least his new gig helping out Jimmy Kimmel will help Ed pay off his McMahon-sion. Hiyo! (Source: E!)
VIEIRON MAIDEN: With Irvington resident Meredith Vieira on lead vocals, former Yorktown resident Al Roker on drums and former Chappaqua-Ardsley-Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer on “guitar,” the Today Show’s attempt to play Rock Band is almost as bizarre as the Willard Scott ditty that follows it. (Source: BestWeekEver.tv.)
(AP Photo/Darryl Dyck,THE CANADIAN PRESS)
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?
(AP Photo/Michael Kim)
My apologies for the horrendous screen-cap. Not my best freeze-frame.
At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: With everyone from the Foo Fighters to Alicia Keys in attendance, Clive DavisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ pre-Grammy party has become almost as celebrated as the ceremony itself. Where does the music mogul live in Westchester County?
D. Pound Ridge
A few years ago, some New York Giants fans might have complained quarterback Eli Manning was playing football like a dog. This June, the Super Bowl MVP will again be playing golf for man’s best friend.
It was announced today that Manning will return to host the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic on June 23 at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk. Entering its 31st year, the event raises money and awareness for the Yorktown Heights-based organization that trains guide-dogs and offers them to the blind for free.
In a press release, Guiding Eyes CEO and President Bill Badger said at last year’s fundraiser — held June 25 at Mount Kisco Country Club — Manning golfed with sponsors and stayed at the banquet until the event’s conclusion. Badger continued to rave about the recent Super Bowl champ:
Everyone here — even our blind graduates, who couldn’t watch the game but listened instead — is moved by Eli’s association with Guiding Eyes. On behalf of our staff, our graduates, and our volunteers, Guiding Eyes for the Blind extends its heartiest congratulations to Eli Manning and the New York Giants.
Hear hear! Or should I say woof woof?
(Game photo: Julie Jacobson/AP; golf photo: Ricky Flores / The Journal News)
Say it ain’t so, Mo! It was announced on January 30 that “The Montel Williams Show” is coming to an end. Fast. CBS Television Distribution said that it will cease making new episodes and that, in lieu of new broadcasts, it will just supply “Best of Montel” shows instead. Said Montel to the AP, “I can’t say thank you enough to those who’ve welcomed me into their homes for the past 17 years. It has been both an honor and a joy.”
What exactly precipitated the end of the Montel show? Was it due to Rupert Murdoch, Montel’s MS, Health Ledger, or marijuana? A few theories are after the break.
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!”
(Photo courtesy of dmband.com)
At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: In what year did “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” hit No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts?