Dedicated to the memory of Louis DeMartino – “Mr Lou” – († 1959 – 2015)
Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe the events of Saturday July 25th, 2015 a date that had been circled on my calendar for a good, few months on account of a musical gathering called, Musik unter 15 Eichenor in other words, “Music Under 15 Oak Trees” located in… Melle! That’s right… this magical corner of Lower Saxony that has featured in my blogs many times before for playing host to concerts from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes or more recently, the Billy Walton Band as well as the annual Light of Day shows that do so much to raise the awareness of Parkinson’s Disease. These events are mainly due to the fact that long-time New Jersey/Tri-state music fan, Reiner Borgmeyer is from this area of Germany and he has been paramount in making them happen, something for which we, his friends and fellow New Jersey/Tri-state music fans, will always be grateful for.
I remember the exact day, date and time I first heard of Steven Jump and “Badlands”, as in the UK Springsteen Fan Club and as per the ticket stub I still have from my first ever Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes concert which took place in The Institute, Digbeth, Birmingham on Wednesday 4th March, 1992 – the same day that “Human Touch” and “Lucky Town” were released.
The news that announced the passing of Delores Holmes on April 16th, 2010 was met with great sadness; not just from those closest and dearest to Delores, but also from the New Jersey music scene. Its roll of honour had just lost another mainstay performer.
I’d like to wind back time and go back to Friday, December 7th, 2001.
The place: Jack’s Music, Red Bank, N.J.
The occasion: Danny Federici was making an in-store appearance at Jack’s to promote the release of his CD, Danny Federici.
It just so happened that I was in NJ at the time of the above event mainly because I was taking part in the official launch of The Bruce Springsteen Special Collection at Asbury Park’s Library the following day, December 8th; and naturally, when I discovered that Danny was making a personal appearance, it seemed like something I didn’t want to miss.