As you may recall, earlier this year we wrote about the case of NYC singer Collette McLafferty, who was sued for ten million dollars for allegedly being too ugly and mediocre, according to plaintiff Charles Bonfante.
Last week, Judge Arthur Pitts dismissed the “frivolous” lawsuit.
McLafferty is now seeking compensation and reimbursement for her legal expenses from Bonfante.
FYI – when not in court, Judge Pitts presides on another bench – as an amateur pianist on Long Island!
Now THAT’S a judge of character!
This past week, was the first ever gathering of Piano Bar Performers, hosted by Tim Buie and Ticklers Dueling Piano bar in New Orleans.
Dozens of international performers met over four days, for panels, performances, and a parade through the French Quarter, among the notable events.
The event was so successful, that plans are already underway for the next convention, in 2017, to be held here in New York City. Hopefully, the excellent work of this first event will be the seed that inspires many future get-togethers, for performers and fans alike.
At the convention, Shake Rattle & Roll Pianos was honored with an award for our work on preparing and helping develop the program.
The video above, was shot at Ticklers, with four of the phenomenal entertainers from the convention…ENJOY!
A rock n roll story that has drifted into legend is now resurfacing on the internet.
Back in 1989, The Rolling Stones were winding up their Steel Wheels tour, and they got booked to play Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City. The event was sponsored by Donald Trump, and the band categorically stated that they would only do the gig if the Donald had NOTHING to do with the show. The deal further stipulated that he not even be allowed on the premises for the show.
Sure enough, he showed up.
The story continues, as recounted by tour manager, Michael Cohl –
“I get word that I have to come to the press room in the next building. I run to the press room in the next building and what do you think is happening? There’s Donald Trump giving a press conference, in our room!”
Cohl told Trump to leave; he initially obliged, only to return five minutes later.
When Richards got wind of Trump’s actions, “he pulls out his knife and slams it on the table and says, ‘What the hell do I have you for? Do I have to go over there and fire him myself? One of us is leaving the building – either him, or us.’”
Ultimately, Trump left the band’s press room, but not before “three shtarkers he’s with, in trench coats, two of them are putting on gloves and the other one is putting on brass knuckles.” Cohl said to he responded by calling the band’s head of security who “got 40 of the crew with tire irons and hockey sticks and screwdrivers.”
Trump and his men left.
For the record, the Rolling Stones are my favorite band in the world.