Posted: 6:07 pm Friday, May 11th, 2018
After being in this job for 36 years I thought I had experienced everything and for the most part I have. I have met hundreds of rock stars, hosted countless shows and met thousands of listeners. One of the coolest things I have done is get on stage at a large venue like Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden and the like. Generally I am excited and pumped up yet on point and handle it like, well, work! Usually I go up on stage with the house lights are on and I give a welcome and make a couple of announcements then tell everyone the band will be out in five minutes and then walk off as what ever music the sound-man is playing goes back on. Other times I announce the band and the lights go out. Last night at Bon Jovi it was different.
We had a contest to put a Long Island band on on the Madison Square Garden stage to open for Bon Jovi. Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for any up and coming band. After weeks of entries and voting, the band Tempt won the special slot. I thought that was the end of it but I was wrong as my promotion manager Jason informed me I would be bringing them on. Cool I thought I’ve done this a bunch of times. Cake, right! Wrong!
In the videos below you will see Jason’s front of house view of me up there and a video I was to capture my perspective. There is also a video of the band thanking everyone and a song. But the video that I shot with my iPhone tells my story. First of all for some reason the video is upside down and second I did nothing to catch my perspective in the sense that I wanted. You see this time I waited underneath the stage at the stairs that come up in the center of the stage. I was ready to rock. The boys in Tempt were psyched and standing right behind me. Suddenly the house lights went out and I was handed a mic and was told “It’s all you! You have 60 seconds”
Up the stairs I went and the stage lights came on and my mind went blank. The feeling was totally different. I don’t even think I realized I had my phone in my hand at this point. The first thing I had say is who I am and where I’m from. I say “102.3 WBAB Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” every day several times a day for years and I botched that! SMH The rest of it was pure adrenaline and determination pushing me through. 56 seconds later I finished and the band started.
I walked out to front of house and said to Jason “I can’t believe I screwed that up.” To which he said “Dude you were great” We’ll see what Chris (My Boss) says. We watched the set and they were really good. Check out Tempt here. In the end it was a great experience and totally fun and I had a feeling of pride watching these young men represent Long Island before one of the biggest bands around. When I came in today my boss said he loved it, so what do I know lol.
On the air and in the wind, Fingers
This first video is from my phone (my perspective) interestingly enough upside-down and bewildering which is how I felt lol
This video is Jason’s perspective (audience view)
This next video is where the band thanks everyone at about 35 seconds in. Then they go into the song “Under My Skin” that they entered into the contest.
Here is the official video for “Under My Skin”