Saturday, May 7, 2011
Mr Meister writes me "We Finally made it in to meet Nikki Sixx and yes he did sign the bass for my son Andrew Meister who is currently driving the M1-A1 Abrams Tank & the new Stryker armored personnel carrier.
He is in Fort Benning, GA. And awaiting his orders for Afghanistan.
Nikki was very gracious and remembered us from the last time he was in town signing his Heroin Diaries book.
He remembered my son because last time he didn't ask for anything to be signed, he just wanted to shake his idols hand, from one bass player to another.
Nikki and his entire crew also said to tell Andrew thank you for what he is doing and for serving our great nation." - What a nice ending. Thank you Andrew, God Speed. Happy Mother's Day Jessica, and thanks everyone for this story.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau BRIGHT SPOTS:
Well the biggest event happening in Philadelphia is the Expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center is now open, and is booking up quickly. Now that it is open lots happening in the surrounding area including the building of a brand new parking garage across the street. I wish with the added lot the price of parking would go down in the area, but I don't think that is the case. A new 10 level parking garage with retail on the bottom floor is set to be built right across from the newly expanded Convention Center on Arch Street near Broad.
May 7 is going to be a very busy day here in Philly as two big conventions will overlap on this day. The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children’s Annual Conference (DVAEYC) with it's estimated 3,000 attendees ending it's stay on Saturday and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) 91st Annual Meeting brings nearly 5,000 attendees on May 7 to begin a five day stay. The best part, our hotels are going to be packed.
On May 10 at 9:30 AM, Mayor Nutter will be joined at Love Park by Ben Franklin and hundreds of hospitality industry workers to encourage people to open a door for someone else, offer to take a picture for a visitor in front of a Philadelphia landmark, or give directions to someone who looks lost.
From May 15-19, LIGHTFAIR INTERNATIONAL will hold its annual convention and tradeshow at the newly expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center
In less than two weeks, LIGHTFAIR International (LFI), the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, will swing open the doors to welcome the 2011 attendees in this year’s location in the newly expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center. With consistent record-breaking shows over the last five years, LFI is poised for the largest trade show and conference in its history and the debut of more innovation this year in Philadelphia.
Yesterday I ran into Susie Celek and her friend Allyson Burke who were out and about celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Tonight Susie and Julie Dorenbos along with Joe Gaglioti will be honored by Kisses for Kyle (remember I mentioned them yesterday as the children's cancer charity organization that is working with Krispy Kreme doughnuts on a project.), well tonight at 879 Lounge (110 Chestnut), Celek, wife of Eagles tight end Brent Celek, who's a partner in the bar along with teammate Todd Herremans, will be recognized along with Julie Dorenbos, wife of Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, and hairstylist Joe Gaglioti, Joseph Anthony Retreat and Spa for their service to children.
Last night at the Grand Opening Party for Hugo Boss at their new location in the Cherry Hill Mall Flyers right wing Ian Laperriere, former Philadelphia Eagles greats Mike Quick, Vince Papale, Ron Jaworski were on hand to celebrate.
About the book: Music, Photography and Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx, a follow up to his New York Times bestseller, The Heroin Diaries. Just about 750 fans line up to see Nikki, short of the 2,000 he signed for earlier this week in DC.
Nikki was last in town about 4 years ago in 2007. It was then that I really learned about who he was as a celebrity, rocker, role model and how devoted fans his fans are, the Motley Crue as you will see. Sometimes a person might judge a rocker fan with tats, tattered clothing, cursing like a sailor, and long hair, but get beyond the fashion armor and you'll discover we all need a little love, and desire to be accepted and connected as we are; Nikki fans make up several generations and I found moms, dads and kids in line waiting for hours for a chance to meet Sixx. Rock fans (especially Nikki Sixx) seem to be very genuine, p[passionate and friendly; I would never pass up an opportunity to cover his signings and get a chance to meet the Motley Crew that flocked out in devotion to see him. Many folks were dressed in their favorite concert t shirts and told me the stories of each event, a few were in suits, scrubs, but most were dressed in my choice of clothing all black. Although many came from the tri-state area, I did hear stories of a women who flew in from Iowa, and met more than that who drove down from Albany, up from DC and over from Ohio.
Sugar Free, Yvonne Cuslen aka Vonnie C, Melanie Cunningham with Officer Strange. Wendy Stumpf made espresso brownies and brought Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters Jamaican Me Crazy coffee...from Rochester NY for Nikki Sixx. OK I'm awake.
Debbie & Ally Rivera brought "XS" Energy Drinks for him,
Pretty in Pink - Stylin' with that hat. Adorable
Hello. Many of these fans arrived early in the morning to pick up their wrist bands.
but there's a whole crew inside the building in group "A" that arrived the night before. Their reward, they got to hang during the day inside the building.
These fans, and by that I mean a lot of them follow Nikki Stixx from city to city on his tour. Many folks said they follow the band too. They're like the Grateful Dead fans of years gone by, although there seemed to be a lot less pot smoking in their crowd, and by that I mean none at all. - Lori Mudrick, on left, drove in from Alliance, Ohio as this was the closest if come to hear. She plans the works at 6Am back in Ohio, and she tells me she's going to make it.
Shawn, Lari, Jessica and TJ traveled down from Pocono, Pa to meet Nikki. They brought son Andrew's guitar to see if they could get it signed. Andrew couldn't come cause he is in boot camp preparing to be deployed to Afghanistan. They were hoping that the good folks at B&N would not confiscate it and hold it like they said they would as Nikki was only signing his book. All the fans know that is not the case, Nikki signs whatever you put in front of him. I tried to locate his publicist, but it was too chaotic when Sixx came in. i do hope they were able to get it signed.
Fun scarf. So many generations love Motley Crue.
Crystal Snider and Dean Pierce. He's a Nikki fan, but is also getting a graph for his sister who couldn't make it.
Jenny Penny was bringing him a dozen black roses.
A few Cheerleaders
Can you guess which person is not a Nikki Sixx fan per se, but does love a good photo with a celebrity. He paid $100 bucks to switch places with someone in the front of the line just to get a pix with Nikki. It must have been somewhat odd for Sixx since the guy didn't have any books to sign, and well the rules were you don't get a picture with only a picture of, but I saw it and he quickly got the shot he wanted of him and a celeb. Jodi White, from near a town near Buffalo, NY
Reunion: 4 years ago when Nikki Sixx was in town to promote the Heroin book I met this girl and told her story on my blog that proceeded this one, "Confessions of a Paparazzi"
She had 90 days sober and at the signing gave Nikki her 30 day sober coin. It was touching and I send her a dozen or so photos of the event. Here she was 4 years sober later with the photos that I had sent her and now she was going to get them signed. So sweet. We had a little public AA meeting right then and there chatting about the gifts of sobriety. I get to write mine each and every day right here on PhillyChitChat.com, thanks for your support. So wonderful to re-connect with her and meet her sister too. XOXO
He shook all the photographers hands and thanked them for coming. I got to tell him I was going to celebrate my 20th year sober this year and he grin widely and congratulated moi!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The Philadelphia Soul Practices for their Upcoming Game in the Middle of Market Street, makes sense eh?
The team will be shutting down the 16th and 17th block of Market Street in Center City on Thursday, May 5 from noon to 1 p.m. to hold the first ever professional sports team practice on the streets of Philadelphia. The ‘walkthrough’ practice was opened to the public and will be the last practice prior to the Soul’s home game against the Jacksonville Sharks on Friday, May 6 at the Wells Fargo Center, with kickoff at 7:05 p.m. (EST).
Head coach MIKE HOHENSEE and entire coaching staff; Mayor of Philadelphia MICHAEL NUTTER; Former Governor of Pennsylvania ED RENDELL; Co-Majority Owner RON JAWORSKI; Co-Majority Owner CRAIG A. SPENCER; Member of the Ownership Group, PETE CIARROCCHI; Member of the Ownership Group, COSMO DeNICOLA; 2011 Soulmates; VINNIE THE CRUMB; Mascot, SoulMan.
Two years ago The Soul won their " 2008 Arena Bowl Championship" and had an awesome a parade on Market Street. I was there and here are those snaps.
Lifetime Achievement Award Gala
Honoring Music Icons
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST BILLY PAUL JUST CONFIRMED
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM CLASSICAL VERSIONS OF GAMBLE & HUFF HITS
Since it's Cinco de Maya I'm posting the Spanish subtitled version of the great song.
WHAT: The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a founding resident company of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, presents its Lifetime Achievement Award Gala in honor of Philadelphia music legends Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. The Gala will kick off with cocktails and a three-course dinner, followed by the award ceremony and an evening of dancing and live music. In a special presentation for Mr. Gamble and Mr. Huff, Chamber Orchestra Music Director Dirk Brossé will direct members of the Orchestra in classical orchestrations of Gamble & Huff songs. Silent and live auctions will also take place, featuring travel opportunities, sports and music memorabilia, concert tickets and more. The event is black tie.
WHO: The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, with Gala honorees Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, and Gala Chairman The Honorable Edward G. Rendell. Grammy Award winner Billy Paul and the TSOP Band led by Emmy Award winner Bill Jolly have been confirmed to help celebrate the award. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Billy Paul has released over ten albums with Mr. Gamble and Mr. Huff’s record label, Philadelphia International Records. Mr. Paul won a Grammy for his #1 hit written by Mr. Gamble and Mr. Huff, Me and Mrs. Jones, which he will perform at the Gala.
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2011 · 6 p.m.
WHERE: The Westin Philadelphia · 99 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
WHY: To honor the groundbreaking song writing and production team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and their accomplishments, which include the 40th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records, the duo’s numerous #1 soul and R&B hits as well as their service to the community.
HOW TO RSVP: Individual tickets and full-table sponsorships are available until May 13. Please visit www.chamberorchestra.org/gala or call 215.545.5451 x29 for more information.
Mom Kathleen Watkins tells me she is very proud and excited for Amber-Joi and will be making the trip out to Las Vegas to see her compete in June.
I spotted a few familar faces in the crowd including Shariff, Courtney Grant, Hacina Saadi and David Helfrick. Both Hacina and Courtney can be found at Serafina, as they will be hostessing. Serafina is scheduled to open May 27th just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.
Sean Weatherspoon, Alexis Sophia, Isaiah Mares and Bobby McRae
Miss Teen Pa, Madison Longstreth. Madison is from Spring Grove which is located in southwestern York County, about seven miles southwest of York, PA, Mike Bankus, who is standing next to lady killer Arthur Kade (Madison stay far away from this guy.), and Ed Dale. Vote for your favorite dress and swimsuit for the Miss Teen USA pageant July 16th!! http://www.missuniverse.com/missteenusa/polls/view/20
Chad, Dan Forestor, Barret Vance and Phillip Baldenton
Maris Montague and Glenn A Longstreth
Dustin Kaplan and Maria Axarlli. The night benefited "Students Run Philly"
Also coming up MIDATLANTIC will be taping this year's first keg of Stoudt's Ex Gratia, serve a 3 course feast with proceeds from Ex Gratia benetitting Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. $30 dinner, Ex Gratia $10 5/12 6PM reservations 215-386-3711