Springsteen Joins Bono In Tribute To Frank Barsalona

13 Mar 2002
and Little Stevenand and J Geils's Peter Wolf celebrate Premier Talent's Frank Barsalona.

Barsalona and partner Barbara Skydel have run tour promoters Premiere Talent for thirty years. The celebration, Monday, at the Roseland Ballroom, was in aid of the Nordoff Robbins charity which uses music therapy to help children and adults - it’s especially important in working with children with autistism and brain damage.

For photos of the event, including Bono with Bruce and Little Steven and others check www.wireimage.com.

‘ But before all the tributes started,’ reports Roger Friedman of Fox News www.foxnews.com ‘Bono and Bruce participated in the live auction conducted by industry guru Michael Klenfner and Howard Stern's radio producer Gary Dell'Abate.

‘Each rocker snatched up a record from Barsalona's famous collection of vinyl records. Bono got Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show's first album, with the seminal hit "Sylvia's Mother." Springsteen picked up the equally famous and out of print rare 1971 debut album by Sir Lord Baltimore, a cult New York band. Bruce will have no trouble tripling his investment with any rare record dealer.

‘So, more to the point, is Bono a fan of Dr. Hook? "Absolutely," the Irish rocker told me. Any chance of U2 covering a Dr. Hook song, I wondered? "Absolutely not," he replied. "Our sexuality is too well defined for that."

‘Bono was not satisfied with his Dr. Hook purchase, however. He is trying to persuade music publisher Allen Klein -- who controls the rights to songs by the Rolling Stones and Sam Cooke, and who once represented John and Yoko in their split from the Beatles -- to sell him George Harrison's Gretsch guitar from the Traveling Wilburys. Klein bought the guitar, which was designed by Harrison, at the auction for less than $5,000 -- and it's signed by Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty.

Full report of the event at www.foxnews.com

More on Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in :
US - www.nyu.edu
UK - www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk

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