13 March 2002
Springsteen Joins Bono In Tribute To Frank Barsalona
and Little Stevenand and J Geils's Peter Wolf celebrate Premier
Talent's Frank Barsalona.
Barsalona and partner Barbara Skydel have run tour promoters Premiere
Talent for thirty years. The celebration, Monday, at the Roseland
Ballroom, was in aid of the Nordoff Robbins charity which uses music
therapy to help children and adults - it’s especially important
in working with children with autistism and brain damage.
For photos of the event, including Bono with Bruce and Little Steven and others check www.wireimage.com
‘ But before all the tributes started,’ reports Roger Friedman of
Fox News www.foxnews.com
‘Bono and Bruce participated in the live auction conducted by industry
guru Michael Klenfner and Howard Stern's radio producer Gary Dell'Abate.
‘Each rocker snatched up a record from Barsalona's famous collection
of vinyl records. Bono got Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show's first
album, with the seminal hit "Sylvia's Mother." Springsteen picked
up the equally famous and out of print rare 1971 debut album by
Sir Lord Baltimore, a cult New York band. Bruce will have no trouble
tripling his investment with any rare record dealer.
‘So, more to the point, is Bono a fan of Dr. Hook? "Absolutely,"
the Irish rocker told me. Any chance of U2 covering a Dr. Hook song,
I wondered? "Absolutely not," he replied. "Our sexuality is too
well defined for that."
‘Bono was not satisfied with his Dr. Hook purchase, however. He
is trying to persuade music publisher Allen Klein -- who controls
the rights to songs by the Rolling Stones and Sam Cooke, and who
once represented John and Yoko in their split from the Beatles --
to sell him George Harrison's Gretsch guitar from the Traveling
Wilburys. Klein bought the guitar, which was designed by Harrison,
at the auction for less than $5,000 -- and it's signed by Harrison,
Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty.
Full report of the event at www.foxnews.com
More on Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in :
US - www.nyu.edu
UK - www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk