All over the world, wherever the popular American TV show “21 Jumpstreet” is playing, people are hearing New Jersey’s own Boystown. Boystown was one of the top original bands on the scene in the late ’80s, and they spawned several songs that are still played in various places around the globe.
It’s been a long time since Southside Johnny Lyon toured as extensively as he did last year with his band of merry men, aka the Asbury Jukes. During an amazingly frank radio interview with DJ Vin Scelsa at the end of 1998, Johnny talked openly about the reasons that made him decide to take a break from performing. Continue reading “Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – “… on the road again…” in 1999″
About eighteen months ago, I saw Lance Hyland Stark play a set with Bobby Bandiera and bassist T M Stevens during the course of a benefit event which was hosted and staged at Cheers in Long Branch. At the time I didn’t really know too much about Lance, but since I made that trip in the autumn of ’96, I’ve discovered lots of interesting things about the drummer whose name I couldn’t recall!
Speaking as a fan of Bobby Bandiera’s music living some four and a half thousand miles due east of New Jersey, I know all too well that getting the chance to see him play with his own band in Europe is not something which happens very often. Continue reading “Rockin’ with the Bobby Bandiera Band at the Chesterfield Café in Madrid… OLÉ!! – includes exclusive interview with Bobby Bandiera.”
Back in ’88, Backstreets magazine ran a feature which named eight New Jersey bands who were tipped to be rising stars of the 1988 shore music scene. One of these bands was James Deely and The Valiants. They played a unique blend of big beat Jersey rock from R&B to CCR and from Elvis to Bruce. One of their regular playing haunts was the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park and as well as travelling all over New Jersey, they took their sounds to other places such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia and of course, New York City.