As summer winds down with the season’s new ritual, Made in America weekend, it’s important to note a seismic shift in the continuum: Jon Bon Jovi has fired Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi. Yes. This is nearly as bad as Jon Bon Jovi firing Jon Bon Jovi from Bon Jovi. Maybe worse. Because you can’t fire a brother. You can shun him, lose him, hate him or run him out of town. What you can’t do is just flat-out give him a pink slip. But Jon did that to Richie. So there go all the feelings of camaraderie from those anthemic choruses. And there goes any joy reminiscing about their “talking box” guitar solos. Never mind the fact that, not so secretly, I like the song “It’s My Life” and its Sinatra allusions. No more. The band is dead to me. I suspect it’s dead to mostly everyone save Jon Bon Jovi.
It’s swell to hear that one of my favorite bands of brothers, Philly/N.J./Brooklyn crunching rockabilly act Low Cut Connie, has become friends with my-man-pots-and-pans Jerry Blavat. “Me and Jerry are buddies,” says Low Cut’s Adam “Ladyfingers” Weiner. “I’ve been a fan of his forever and he’s been spinning our songs ‘Boozophilia’ and ‘Brand New Cadillac’ on his radio shows.” Geator and Connie are a Philly match made in heaven. To prove as much, Low Cut Connie will perform with the Geator at his club at the Shore, Memories in Margate, on Labor Day weekend, Sun., Sept 1.
Last week, I spied actor Leo Rossi in town with his buddy Tony Luke Jr. at the Philly Mag Best of Philly party. Atsa nize. Next thing you know, Tony throws a going-away shindig for Leo — which was a ruse. Actually, the party at Francoluigi’s was part of actor/cheesesteaksman Luke’s plan to get engaged to Jennifer Schloder. Thankfully, she said yes. Mazel tov to that pair.
When the Brit-pretty folk chanteuse Laura Marling plays the Prince Theater on Aug. 30, it will be the official kickoff of the reinvigorated showplace’s autumn 2013 season. As of this writing, the Prince’s peeps are finishing up putting in brand new seats and carpets, and redoing its lobby. They’ve got AEG booking the place and Allied Advertising doing its marketing. Yay them.
While we wait for the cinematic release of director Tommy Oliver’s 1982 — the West Oak Lane film he lensed with Wayne Brady last year — Oliver the producer is wrapping up post-production on Plastic Jesus and is currently in pre-production for Destined. DRGN KING’s Ritz Reynolds produced a tune on Juicy J’s new Stay Trippy album and brought in fellow DRGN Dom Angelella to play mandolin on the “Talkin’ Bout” track. But it’ll be a whole-band affair when DRGN KING plays Johnny Brenda’s on Sept. 5.
There’s always more Icepack at citypaper.net/nakedcity. Don’t go looking for it on Critical Mass. Critical Mass is in the past.