Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes earned the title of being “The Greatest Bar Band in the World”, waaaaay back in the day when they became famous for playing the legendary bar scene that speckles the Jersey Shore.
Whenever someone mentions the word “festival”, several images come instantly into my mind. For example, “music” as in: different kinds of music; “people” as in: lots of people; “volume” as in: connected with and related to aforementioned music and people; “beer” as in: countless litres of the stuff flowing freely from many designated areas; “mud” as in: the squidgy browny-black stuff that is usually the result of lots of rain falling onto a grassy area that could perhaps have been described as a field in another life.
Yep, the 34th Bospop gathering had the lot! Continue reading “BOSPOP 2014 – 2 days of rock, soul, blues ‘n’ rain!”
Something was certainly in the air during the week the Jukes returned to Central Europe – and I don’t just mean the heady aroma of the Dutch Weed that seems to appear as if by magic, encircling you like Harry Potter‟s cloak of invisibility the minute you enter the Amsterdam city limits.
No, this “something” was even more powerful than that.
So what is it about the Jukes that can entice several hundred people from the coziness of their homes to a dot-on-the-map (albeit a very nice dot) on a foggy, almost Halloween night, in lower, Lower Saxony, Germany, huh?
With absolute precision, C’mon Caroline steered into the Jukes’ set perfectly, helped by the fact that all the Jukes were on stage anyway!
There were lots of much-deserved congratulatory hugs and embraces for Bobby from his fellow band members as he sidestepped his way towards his new place on stage for the remainder of the night. But before he had actually traversed the few necessary paces, Southside Johnny was already reciting the first line of I Only Want To Be With You, which turned out to be the first of two sensational openers.
Apart from the few shows the Jukes did with Bon Jovi in 2001, it has been almost eleven years since the band last performed in Germany – scary stuff if you think about the way in which the world has changed since then. And before anyone starts getting the impression that the band boycotted Germany or anything, there are a lot of commercial reasons that make it very difficult for overseas artists to perform in Germany.
May 27th, 2001 started off much the same as any other late spring Sunday I’ve spent in New Jersey with blue skies and sunshine providing the perfect conditions for a walk along the Shore.
The Background: When Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes decided to play their historic New Year’s Eve show on December 31st, 1999 they had no idea they were inadvertently triggering off the sequence of events that would ultimately become “Jukestock”.
For the last few months, there has been much speculation among Southside Johnny Lyon’s loyal fans regarding the news that he was back in the recording studio. Topics like what songs will be on the new CD and which musicians will be supporting him have been flying around like an ice hockey puck in a Stanley Cup final. Maggie Powell, Jersey Shore Editor of the UK fan magazine, The Ties That Bind, had a cyberchat with Johnny about his forthcoming work and this is what they talked about: