ALL THOSE YEARS AGO
By CHRIS JORDAN
Asbury Park Press
Visions of Beatles fame and glory came to singer-songwriter Bruce Foster in a Laundromat.
It was while washing his clothes that Foster wrote The Beatles tribute song "Platinum Heroes" in
1977, and the single went on to receive airplay in several major markets, including on WNEW, 102.7-FM, in New York City.
"I wrote it for my very first solo album," said Foster, Oceanport. "The whole song seemed to play itself out for me."
Foster paid tribute to the Liverpudlian lads in an "American Pie" narrative style on "Platinum Heroes." The guitar pop track details the Fab Four's career from 1964 to their demise in 1970, and subsequently has sold 70,000 copies, Foster said.
"I don't know where the inspiration came from, but I wrote it and pursued it and put it together," Foster said. "It's one of the best things I've ever done. It's heartfelt and clever. The thing is to recapture the original music and pay tribute to it without ripping it off."
The track was included on Foster's album, "After The Show," released on Millennium Records, a label that was distributed by Casablanca Records. It's available these days though Foster's web site, www.brucefoster.com
John (Lennon) was touched by it," says Bruce Foster of his song, "Platinum Heroes." "It was the only tribute song really that he kind of liked, and he liked it very much."
Foster got word through producer and studio hand Jimmy lenner that John Lennon himself thought the track was gear.
"Jimmy said that John was touched by it," Foster said. "It was the only tribute song really that he kind of liked, and
he liked it very much."
lenner was almost able to arrange a meeting between Foster and Lennon. The three were to attend performance
of "Beatlemania," which was then playing on Broadway.
"We were all excited, going into New York, and Jimmy said, 'Listen, one of my friends might be going with us.' So
we stopped off at an office and Jimmy had to leave for a moment. He said to me, If Dr. Feelgood or Winston Boogie calls, tell him to hold on and I'll be right back, somehow I was thinking it would be one of Jimmy's old friends, but the phone rings, and Jimmy rounds the corner just in time to pick it up.
Jimmy's "old friend" was actually John Lennon, who couldn't find a disguise to see the show in.
"I almost saw 'Beatlemania' with John," Foster said.
It's been a career filled with stardust and plenty of almosts, but never quite stardom for Foster.
After moving to England, Foster performed on the 1971 Status Quo album "Dog of Two Heads." Upon returning to the States played keyboards on albums for Kiss and Gladys Knight and the Pips in the 1970s.
But his big-label solo album "AfterThe Show" faltered, and seemingly so did Foster's chances of stardom.
However, he would later write songs for Cher and his "Look Out for Number One" from the 'Stayin' Alive' soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Fans may recall his gigs at the former Charlie's Uncle in East Brunswick. First as Bruce Foster and Friends, and later as Shark Frenzy, Foster entertained Central Jersey audiences and helped introduce a young Richie Sambora to the concert stage. Sambora would later go on to superstardom as a member of Bon Jovi.
These days, Foster is spreading the word on behalf of world peace. He and Sambora co-wrote the song "One Night of Peace," which Foster performed Sept. 14 during an international simulcast from Planet Hollywood in Sydney, Australia.
Foster encouraged the nations of the world to lay down their arms for 24-hours for "One Night of Peace."
But the halcyon days of 1970s post Beatlemania will always hold a special place for Foster. Particularly the day in 1980 after Lennon was shot by a deranged fan.
Early that day on Dec. 8, Foster was still unaware of Lennon's death.
"I went to Sam Goody's in Eatontown, you could still buy recording tape there in those days, and I walked in. I hadn't read the newspapers," Foster said. "I heard my name over the speakers introducing my song and a girl I knew had tears in her eyes. I was walking in at this moment, and I was happy that they were playing my song. I said to her, 'This is cool, why are you crying?' She said, 'Don't you know, they're playing this song as a eulogy for John Lennon.' "
WNEW in New York City played the track several times in the days after Lennon was shot.
"(John's) passing was very personal," Foster said. "It was a beautiful moment finding out that my song, was being played as a 'eulogy: It was an overwhelming experience."
Asbury Park Press,
December 8, 2000